- Canary Islands
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Although the island of Gran Canaria is known for its great weather and back to back hours of sunshine, sometimes it does happen to get some bad weather and rainy days. So what can you do when this occurs while you're there on holiday?
The island gets around 2 rainy days per month, but the autumn-winter season tends to get more rain than the summer months. During the summer season, there are almost no rainy days in Gran Canaria, so you can enjoy long and uninterrupted hours of sunbathing on the beach or by the pool.
However, Gran Canaria is a large island and with very different landscapes and microclimates, so if it's raining high up in the mountains, it may not be raining in the south in Maspalomas for example. There are lots of places to explore and things to do in Gran Canaria, so even if the weather is bad you can still make the most of it by visiting some of the places listed below.
You may have had plans for a holiday where all you do is sit all day by the pool, but the weather may have other plans.
So if you don't want to spend an entire day inside your hotel room, then we suggest that you take initiative and hire a car for a few days.
Gran Canaria is an island that deserves to be discovered and you may be surprised at how different the weather may be from one side of the island to the other.
This is the perk of living in a place with various microclimates: when it's bad weather somewhere, there's a great chance that it's sunny somewhere else.
If it's raining in Maspalomas, go up north to Teror, or if it's raining in Las Palmas you can head down south to Puerto de Mogan or Puerto Rico. There's so much to see in Gran Canaria, that you can't let a few drops of rain to spoil your holiday.
Las Palmas is a cultural town with lots of good museums, galleries and other interesting places to visit, so you can easily spend a day visiting some of these places without being bothered by the rain outside.
Casa de Colon has great architecture and provides valuable insights about Gran Canaria's history and Christofer Columbus, who spent a few days here in this house, back in the day.
Casa de Colon is one of the top things to see while in the capital Las Palmas, so it's ideal for a rainy day when you don't know what to do in Gran Canaria.
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The Elder Museum is also situated in Gran Canaria's capital, Las Palmas.
Whether you're visiting this place with kids or not, the museum can prove to be a nice way to spend a few hours when you are forced to spend time somewhere inside.
In total there are 4 floors that can be visited, so there's plenty of things to see: a floor dedicated to technology, one dedicated to physics, mathematics and biology, another dedicated to temporary exhibitions and one dedicated to the history of humankind.
Another top attraction in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the modern aquarium called Poema del Mar.
One of the most recent attractions in Gran Canaria, Poema del Mar has now opened its gates for the public and it has quickly become one of the major points of interest for visitors to the capital.
A rainy or cloudy day may be just the excuse you need to go inside and see the marine life inside Poema del Mar and find out more about the species that live around the Canary Islands.
Escape rooms can be the ideal activity to pass the time as a family on a rainy day in Gran Canaria. If you're in the south, you can try Fox in a Box in San Fernando, Maspalomas, or, if you are in Las Palmas, you can go to WAYOUT Room Escape Las Palmas. In both of these places, you can play the games in Spanish and English.
If it rains while you're in Gran Canaria you can take it as an opportunity to go spend some relaxing time at one of the amazing SPA and wellness centers on the island. You can go to the famous Thalasso Gloria – Amadores in Puerto Rico, which is one of the most complete thalassotherapy centers in Europe. By the time you're done with your SPA day, the rain will probably have stopped or if it didn't... who cares anymore, when you've has such a relaxing day?
Gran Canaria is great for shopping, as there are many shopping malls, especially around Telde and the capital - Las Palmas, although you can find a lot of shopping opportunities even in the south of the island.
This is a nice and modern shopping center, with plenty of brands and local shops as well. You'll find here all you need, although the food options are not exceptional, just the standard shopping mall type of fast food or restaurants.
This place is sort of the shopping Mecca in Gran Canaria and if you planned to do some shopping while on holiday, take advantage of the moody weather and visit this shopping center.
There are enough shops here to see over the course of two days, depending on what you're looking for and also a large Carrefour hypermarket.
If it's not raining, but the weather is not great for a day at the beach either, you may try and visit some of the themed parks in Gran Canaria. These activities are great also for an overcast day when you want to find something else to do besides bar-hopping.
Palmitos Park is the largest animal park and dolphinarium in Gran Canaria. There are lots of animals to see, including reptiles, exotic birds and dolphins.
Visiting Palmitos Park on a cloudy day maybe even a better choice than coming here on a sunny day, when the heat will make it more difficult for you to walk around and see the entire park.
If you want to see more of the flora and vegetation specific to the Canary Islands, you should visit the botanical garden in Tafira Alta, close to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Entry to this park is free, so it's one of the best free things to do in Gran Canaria, considering how well-tended all the plants are and how many different species you can see.