Warmest Canary Island in Winter - December, January & February

Wondering which is the warmest island in the Canaries for your upcoming winter holiday?

The Canary Islands have become a very popular destination during the last years, especially during the winter months. The no.1 reason is the warm weather, so if you want to know which is the hottest Canary Island in winter, depending on the month when you plan to visit, we have made a comparison between the most visited destinations in the archipelago. 

For people who are looking to escape the cold back home (if you live in Northern Europe you understand very well what we mean), the Canary Islands archipelago is one of the most accessible destinations, being only a short flight away from the European continent.

Where to go on holiday in December in Europe

Most of continental Europe is characterized by cold weather during the winter months, so the Canary Islands represent a great choice for a sunny holiday in December or January. Located just 4 to 6 hours away from most countries like the UK or Germany, the Canary Islands have a warm climate even during winter, with temperatures rising above 20°C.

Besides the Canaries, you also have the options of southern Spain (Andalucia) and Costa Blanca, which are the warmest parts of continental Spain, with plenty of hours of sunshine even during winter.

See the Top 10 Warmest Places in Europe in Winter

How warm are the Canary Islands at Christmas?

These are actual photos from Tenerife in December and also from early January.

During the daytime, the temperatures in the south often go above 20°C up to a max of 26 - 28°C. The weather is hot enough to sit on the beach and even enjoy a swim in the ocean. The average temperature for the ocean water in December is around 20°C, which may be too cold for some, but many people still enjoy a good swim after a few hours in the sun.

During the winter months, you can look for hotels or villas with heated pools, where the water is warm enough for swimming all year long.

Waterparks in Tenerife like Siam Park and Aqualand are still open in December and in fact all year long and the water is warm enough to enjoy the rides. Other smaller aqua parks like the one in Fuerteventura in Corralejo are closed during the winter months.

Info about the weather in the Canary Islands in December

All following numbers are based on data from the airport weather station on each island (in the case of Tenerife, the data shown is from the airport in the south - TFS). If you want to know more details about a specific island during a specific month, just click the corresponding links below and you can see data from several other locations on that island.

Warmest Canary Island in December

A sunny day in December in the Canaries 

Temperatures, sunshine hours and amount of precipitation for the Canary Islands in December.

Tenerife South in December 

  • Average high temperature: 22.8 °C / 73 °F
  • Record high temperature: 30 °C / 86 °F
  • Record low temperature: 10.4 °C / 50.7 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine: 6

More info about Tenerife weather in December

Gran Canaria in December 

  • Average high temperature: 22.2 °C / 72 °F
  • Record high temperature: 29.4 °C / 85 °F
  • Record low temperature: 9.7 °C / 49.5 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine: 6

More info about Gran Canaria weather in December

Fuerteventura in December 

  • Average high temperature: 22 °C / 71.6 °F
  • Record high temperature: 29.5 °C / 85.1 °F
  • Record low temperature: 9 °C / 48.2 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in December: 6

More info about Fuerteventura weather in December

Lanzarote in December 

  • Average high temperature: 21.8 °C / 71.2 °F
  • Record high temperature: 27.5 °C / 81.5 °F
  • Record low temperature: 9 °C / 48.2 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in December: 6

More info about Lanzarote weather in December

December Weather Average
High °C (°F)
Average
Low °C (°F)
Rain
mm (inches)
Rain
Days
Average
Sun Hours
Tenerife 22.8 (73) 16.5 (61.7) 30 (1.19) 4 6
Gran Canaria 22.2 (72) 16.2 (61.2) 31 (1.22) 5 6
Lanzarote 21.8 (71.2) 15.4 (59.7) 29 (1.15) 4 6
Fuerteventura 22 (71.6) 15.9 (60.6) 26 (1.02) 3 6
La Palma 21.8 (71.2) 16.7 (62.1) 80 (3.15) 8 5
La Gomera 22.8 (73) 17.4 (63.3) 33 (1.31) 3 5
El Hierro 22.2 (72) 17.8 (64) 33 (1.3) 4 5

The hottest Canary Island in December -  TENERIFE & GRAN CANARIA

Our choice for December & Christmas would be Gran Canaria. The warmest places in December are in the south: Maspalomas, Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan.

Warmest Canary Island in January

One of our favorite "secret" beaches for a hot day in January in the Canary Islands

Temperatures, sunshine hours and amount of precipitation for the Canary Islands in January.

Tenerife South in January 

  • Average high temperature: 21.7 °C / 71.1 °F
  • Record high temperature: 29.3 °C / 84.7 °F
  • Record low temperature: 9 °C / 48.2 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in January: 6

More info about Tenerife weather in January

Gran Canaria in January 

  • Average high temperature: 20.8 °C / 69.4 °F
  • Record high temperature: 29.5 °C / 85.1 °F
  • Record low temperature: 8 °C / 46.4 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in January: 6

More info about Gran Canaria weather in January

Fuerteventura in January 

  • Average high temperature: 20.6 °C / 69.1 °F
  • Record high temperature: 28.5 °C / 83.3 °F
  • Record low temperature: 8 °C / 46.4 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in January: 6

More info about Fuerteventura weather in January

Lanzarote in January 

  • Average high temperature: 20.7 °C / 69.3 °F
  • Record high temperature: 27.9 °C / 82.2 °F
  • Record low temperature: 8 °C / 46.4 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in January: 7

More info about Lanzarote weather in January

January Weather Average
High °C (°F)
Average
Low °C (°F)
Rain
mm (inches)
Rain
Days
Average
Sun Hours
Tenerife 21.7 (71.1) 15.2 (59.4) 17 (0.65) 2 6
Gran Canaria 20.8 (69.4) 15 (59) 25 (0.98) 3 6
Lanzarote 20.7 (69.3) 14 (57.2) 17 (0.65) 3 7
Fuerteventura 20.6 (69.1) 14.7 (58.5) 14 (0.55) 3 6
La Palma 20.6 (69.1) 15.5 (59.9) 49 (1.93) 5 5
La Gomera 21.6 (70.9) 16.2 (61.2) 12 (0.46) 2 6
El Hierro 20.9 (69.6) 16.6 (61.9) 28 (1.1) 3 5

The hottest Canary Island in January -  TENERIFE

In Tenerife we would recommend the resorts in the south of the island - the warmest resorts in January are Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas, Costa Adeje and Puerto de Santiago.

Warmest Canary Island in February

You still get glorious sunny days in February in the Canary Islands

Temperatures, sunshine hours and amount of precipitation for the Canary Islands in February.

Tenerife South in February 

  • Average high temperature: 22 °C / 71.6 °F
  • Record high temperature: 30 °C / 86 °F
  • Record low temperature: 9.8 °C / 49.6 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in February: 7

More info about Tenerife weather in February

Gran Canaria in February 

  • Average high temperature: 21.2 °C / 70.2 °F
  • Record high temperature: 30.9 °C / 87.6 °F
  • Record low temperature: 7.5 °C /45.5 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in February: 7

More info about Gran Canaria weather in February

Fuerteventura in February 

  • Average high temperature: 21 °C / 69.8 °F
  • Record high temperature: 30.8 °C / 87.4 °F
  • Record low temperature: 8 °C / 46.4 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in February: 7

More info about Fuerteventura weather in February

Lanzarote in February 

  • Average high temperature: 21.3 °C / 70.3 °F
  • Record high temperature: 29 °C / 84.2 °F
  • Record low temperature: 9 °C / 48.2 °F
  • Average hours of sunshine in February: 7

More info about Lanzarote weather in February

February Weather Average
High °C (°F)
Average
Low °C (°F)
Rain
mm (inches)
Rain
Days
Average
Sun Hours
Tenerife 22 (71.6) 15 (59) 20 (0.78) 2 7
Gran Canaria 21.2 (70.2) 15 (59) 24 (0.94) 3 7
Lanzarote 21.3 (70.3) 14.3 (57.7) 18 (0.72) 3 7
Fuerteventura 21 (69.8) 14.8 (58.6) 16 (0.63) 2 7
La Palma 20.7 (69.3) 15.3 (59.5) 57 (2.24) 4 5
La Gomera 21.1 (70) 16.1 (61) 24 (0.94) 3 6
El Hierro 20.8 (69.4) 16.4 (61.5) 29 (1.14) 2 6

The hottest Canary Island in February -  FUERTEVENTURA

Fuerteventura is not exactly the warmest, but it does get the least amount of precipitation during the month of February, which is why we recommend it. Best resorts for February would be in the south: Costa Calma and Morro Jable.

CONCLUSION - Which is the hottest Canary Island in winter?

So which is the warmest Canary Islands for a winter holiday 2019/2020?

Based solely on the numbers above, it seems that Tenerife is the warmest Canary Island during winter since it has the highest average temperature throughout December, January and February.

What you need to keep in mind is that those temperatures refer only to the weather in Tenerife South. In the north, it is much cooler, cloudier and it rains more often.

Tenerife has an ideal location, so it will have lots of days with temperatures above 22°C, even up to 28°C in the sun and the water can reach temperatures between 19 - 22 °C.

December is generally the month with most rain out of the entire year, but the weather should still be warmer and better compared to the rest of mainland Europe.

The south of Gran Canaria has a climate that is similar to Tenerife, so it's a great option also for your winter holiday.

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura usually have more days with strong winds, which makes the weather seem cooler compared to Tenerife.

So as a conclusion, our recommendation for the best Canary Island in December (and actually the best Canary Island for winter sun) would be TENERIFE followed closely by GRAN CANARIA.

This doesn't mean you should avoid the other islands, because the weather will still be warmer than most other places in Europe, but you will just have to expect more wind and a few more showers during the day.

Besides the weather, it all comes down to personal preference, since each island has its unique feeling and atmosphere and you should also take this into account.

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