Escaping to the winter sun, our bucket list holiday to Gran Canaria

September-January is a very busy time in our household and we desperately wanted to escape to some winter sun. So we decided upon a bucket list holiday to Gran Canaria. We have very recently returned from a ‘9 sleep’ holiday there. Well, that’s how Jamie sees his days! We started looking at getting some winter sun back in late November. Nearly everywhere was thrown into the mix. In the end short haul (around 4 hours), cheap fares on Ryanair and virtually guaranteed sun won the day and we had our outbound flight to Gran Canaria booked. 1 week later we’d booked the accommodation and our return flight home.

About the island of Gran Canaria

There are 7 islands in the Canaries. 4 you can fly to, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Gran Canaria is the 2nd most populous and the third largest. You can tell that the island has a volcanic history as the scenery is very rocky and stunningly pretty. Because of its location off the west coast of Africa, the weather is pretty much fabulous all year round, especially in the South. The island does have a few microclimates and the weather in the north and centre of the island can be a lot different to the warmer south. The average high does not go below 20oC all year round.

What to wear/pack for Gran Canaria over winter

I tried for some time to google about the winter weather in Gran Canaria, as I didn’t want to overpack with our 10kg hand luggage weight limit. I did struggle to find the information I was looking for. But in the end, we got it about right. For Jamie, I packed 4 pairs summer joggers, 4 pairs shorts, 3 long sleeves tops, 5 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts, 2 short sleeve shirts and a thin hoodie. (plus extra essentials) He wore everything, but the thin joggers were worn more than the shorts. The days when the sun was out all day we were in shorts. If it turned cloudy then extra layers were usually needed. It was always quite cool first thing in the morning and at night once the sun had gone down.

For myself, I packed 3 pairs of shorts, a tunic dress with thin long sleeve top, 3 maxi dresses, 1 long skirt, 1 pair cool trousers that can be changed into shorts, 1 cardigan, 1 long sleeve over top and 5 T-shirts. I wore everything but 1 of the maxi dresses (I had a few things washed while we there).

Where we stayed in Gran Canaria

We always use Tripadvisor to look at hotel reviews before booking. Then we usually book with and we read hotel reviews there too. I’d googled about where the best fishing was and the warmer weather and came up with Puerto Rico at the south of the island. We stayed in a really modern and very fabulous 4* hotel there, you can read my review here.

Marina suites, gran canaria blog review

My husband wanted to pick the second hotel in another nearby port of Puerto de Mogan. Sadly we missed out on the hotel of his choice by 12 hours. So we booked into his second option in the same town. You can read my review here for this hotel by clicking here.

Top 12 things to do with kids in Gran Canaria

There is a fair variety of things to do with children on the island. We managed a few of those things and I have also created a post for other days out ideas. Please follow my link here for our top 12 things to do with kids in Gran Canaria.

We went for a ride on a camel a ride on a glass bottom boat a ride on a pirate ship – and visited Palmitos zoo park.

I don’t think that we could have asked for better weather while we were there. We never had any rain in the day, I think it rained twice at night…although the husband prefers to think otherwise!  I highly recommend a holiday to Gran Canaria. The weather is mostly fabulous, the island is a good size for day trips, there are lots to do with kids, there are some great hotels to stay at and they have an abundance of beaches. Plus some stunning scenery!

Click below for our family holiday video to Gran Canaria.

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Escaping to the winter sun, our bucket list holiday to Gran Canaria


  1. I have Grand Canary on my bucketlist too and can not wait to visit. You’ve got to love the cheap flights from Ryanair and easyJet

  2. It’s not somewhere I have ever been, but it looks fabulous, especially for kids! I wrote about Tenerife for someone a year or so back, and it sounded like a brilliant place to visit! 🙂 #mondayescapes

    1. Thank you 🙂 I’ve been making videos of our holidays like this for ages now. It’s nice to now have somewhere to share them. The weather was amazing, I can highly recommend Gran canaria for some winter sun

  3. Having read this I thought it was very enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

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