Canary Islands Weather in March - Warm Spring Holiday

Published on October 04, 2019
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A perfect sunny day for a stroll in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in March

If you're thinking about a warm spring holiday somewhere in Europe, the Canary Islands might be just what you are looking for. With more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in this part of the world, they welcome visitors with mild temperatures that make sunbathing possible. 

The Canary Islands have a mild climate that allows for sunbathing and swimming almost year round, even during the winter months when the rest of the nordic hemisphere is usually suffering from snowstorms and low temperatures. 

By the time spring comes around the temperatures will start to slowly increase even in the Canaries, so March will usually be a bit warmer than February and definitely warmer than January.

What's the weather like in the Canary Islands in March

March can still be quite cold in most places in Europe, so if you're looking to escape the last days of low temperatures back home, you can pick one of the Canary Islands for your next holiday.

In March, we recommend that you stay in the south of the islands when traveling to either Gran Canaria or Tenerife. If you're planning to go to La Palma at this time of the year, stick to the west coast, in the area of Tazacorte and close to the coast.

Temperatures in the Canary Islands in March

Below you can see the average temperatures for the islands during the month of March. But do keep in mind that especially in Tenerife and Gran Canaria the temperatures in the north will be lower than in the south during the winter months.

Tenerife South

  • Average high temperature: 23.1 °C
  • Average low temperature: 15.6 °C
  • Daily mean: 19.3 °C

Gran Canaria (Airport)

  • Average high temperature: 22.3 °C
  • Average low temperature: 15.7 °C
  • Daily mean: 19 °C


  • Average high temperature: 22.9 °C
  • Average low temperature: 15 °C
  • Daily mean: 19 °C


  • Average high temperature: 22.2 °C
  • Average low temperature: 15.5 °C
  • Daily mean: 18.9 °C

As you can see, the values for temperatures in the Canary Islands in March are relatively similar between the largest and most visited islands in the archipelago.

If you're traveling to Tenerife and you plan to do some hiking or to go visit Teide National Park or Anaga Rural park, we recommend that you bring with you some warm clothes, as the temperatures can be much lower than in the sunny south on the coast.

If you want more info about the weather conditions, temperatures & sunshine hours in March, you can read the dedicated article for each island:


  • Tenerife South - Average rainfall (mm): 14.7 mm
  • Gran Canaria Airport - Average rainfall (mm): 13 mm
  • Lanzarote - Average rainfall (mm): 12.5 mm
  • Fuerteventura - Average rainfall (mm): 12 mm

In the case of Tenerife, please keep in mind that there is much more rain happening in the north than in the south of the island. The number above if for the precipitation happening in the south, but the north is much greener and in consequence, you can expect more rainy days in spring.

Sea temperature

  • Tenerife South - Average sea temperature: 20.4°C
  • Gran Canaria - Average sea temperature: 20.2°C
  • Lanzarote - Average sea temperature: 19.8°C
  • Fuerteventura - Average sea temperature: 19.8°C

The water temperature is similar to February, sometimes even lower. 

Actually, in February and in March the water temperature is at its lowest throughout the year. From now on it starts to warm up, but it will take a few months to be really great for swimming.

Can you swim in the Canary Islands in March?

Honestly, it depends on how the weather is that year and where you are trying to swim.

We've usually been able to swim in March every time we visited, but it depends on what beach you choose and in what part of the island. 

Should you travel to the Canary Islands in March?


We think the Canary Islands are a great place to visit at any time of the year.

It will definitely be warmer than back home, especially if you're traveling from the UK, Scandinavia, Germany or even the north of Spain.

Even on days when it's overcast and you may not be able to lounge on the beach, you can still find a lot of things to do in the Canaries: from hiking to exploring volcanoes or exploring charming towns and villages like Arucas in Gran Canaria, Garachico in Tenerife, El Cotillo in Fuerteventura and Teguise in Lanzarote.

March is also sometimes the month of carnivals in the Canary Islands, so you will be able to enjoy the best fiestas in the archipelago during your stay.

Read also: When is the best time to visit the Canary Islands?

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