Sunset in Gran Canaria: Where the light sets and the colours are born

One of the best spots on the planet to watch the sunset. If you're on Gran Canaria, don't miss this daily event.

From the beaches and spectacular landscapes, enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in Gran Canaria that will remain engraved in your memories for the rest of your life. The sunsets on the island are breathtaking so take your camera and enjoy our recommended locations of the best sunsets on the island.

Whether it’s your first time or your twentieth visit to Gran Canaria, watching the sunset here on Gran Canaria is always a beautiful moment. Do you think you have seen it all? Remember that every sunset is unique. So, make sure to come back again the next day for another spectacular sunset.

Things to consider when looking for the best sunset spot in Gran Canaria

The island hides some strategic spots to see amazing sunsets. But before you choose one of them, there are a few things you should know.

Time in Gran Canaria

It may not seem too important, but have you thought about it? Gran Canaria time could be different from what you expect. If you come from a northern country, surely you are used to seeing the sun disappear at an early hour. But this works differently on the island. What time is it in Gran Canaria? That matters if you want to be punctual for the sunset.

Depending on the time of the year you come, sunsets in Gran Canaria will have a different schedule. Pay attention to the sunrise and sunset hours, and you will be able to plan your perfect sunset field trip. And don’t forget: Gran Canaria time zone is not the same as in the rest of Spain! It’s likely that you will have to adjust your dinner time to see the sunset, but it'll absolutely worth it.

Weather in Gran Canaria

The location you choose to see the sunset on the island will have a direct relationship with the weather. Then, what’s the time in Gran Canaria to find the perfect sunset? The Canary Islands are known for their mild winter and their not too hot summer, so it’s always a good time to go out and look at the night making its appearance. But if you don’t want to postpone your dinner too much, it will be better than you check the weather before you book your flight, especially if you don’t want to miss your sunset on the island.

Often, the coolest things you do on your holiday are the spontaneous ones. And there’s nothing more spontaneous that enjoying the daily sunset. Gran Canarias’ unique volcanic landscapes and mountainous peaks mean there are many spectacular spots for sunset watching. Add the island’ unique Atlantic position off the coast of North Africa, and you’ve got incredible opportunities to enjoy some truly fabulous sunsets.

When’s the best time to watch the sunsets in Gran Canaria?

The climate of the island is completely different to that of the rest of Spain. It is conditioned by the trade winds and the Azores high and is the proximity of the islands to the African coast. All these factors make the island has a tropical climate, with an average of 22º throughout the year.

It is scientifically proven that the weather has a very strong influence on the emotions; feeling the sunrays on the skin, breathing the sea breeze, playing with the sand between the toes or contemplating a sunset are moments that will make you feel full of vitality and happiness.

From March to October, between the spring equinox and autumn equinox, corresponding to the second half of spring, summer and the first half of autumn, we can enjoy the sunset approximately from 20:00 hours.

From October to March, between the autumn equinox and the spring equinox, which correspond to the second half of autumn, winter and the first half of spring, we can enjoy the sunset from around 17:30 in the afternoon.

Where are the bests sunsets in Gran Canaria?

As one of the most western points, Gran Canaria also serves up some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. However, not just any place is a good spot to watch the sun set. Where should visitors set up camp for it on Gran Canaria?

Andén Verde Viewpoint (La Aldea de San Nicolás)

Access to this gorge was gained along the dangerous steep cliffs by daring orchilleros, peasant shepherds who used to extract the valuable lichen (the raw material used in fabric dye) from the orchilla plant growing here; and especially, seamen who would make their way down through here to the coves and beaches in search of traditional fish and seafood.

This spectacular viewpoint is in the far west of Gran Canaria and hangs over the sea with spectacular views out over the Atlantic Ocean and the Teide on the neighbouring island of Tenerife. From the viewpoint, you get a clear view of a zigzag wall of sea cliffs called the “Dragon’s Tail”. The views are so impressive that you won’t want to leave until you’ve taken in the full range of sights and colours and the scent of the ocean.

Patalavaca (Arguineguín - Mogán)

Another of the best sunsets in Gran Canaria lies in Patalavaca, in the southwest of the island. It is one of the most privileged areas in the world with an average temperature of 20 degrees throughout the year, as it is free of winds and with a calm that gives the municipality of Mogán its fame as one of the places with the best climate in the world.

Here you can see the Teide in the background and the beautiful island heart of Anfi del Mar, a paradise in the middle of a tourist enclave. The beautiful promenade of Aguamarina will leave you an unforgettable mark on your memory.

Maspalomas (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)

And finally, there is nothing better than watching the sunset on the island with the Maspalomas Dunes in the background, a true natural monument. Watching the sun sets over this golden sand ocean is an amazing experience that will undoubtedly captivate you.

Indeed, the Maspalomas Dunes are the best spot where you can easily watch a beautiful sunset. Whether you’re sitting on a sand dune with the lighthouse silhouetted by the sunset or walking under the palm trees on Boulevard Faro, Maspalomas gets breathtaking sunsets almost every night. One of the best spots is the first set of dunes by the Charco de Maspalomas lagoon.

These are our recommendations about the best sunsets in Gran Canaria, so you can enjoy all the different nuances that feel and know an island that is a song to beauty.

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