Warmest Canary Island During Winter - Where Should You Go On Holiday?

View of Teide covered with snow during winter - at the base it's still warm though most times

The Canary Islands have become a very popular destination during the last years, especially during the winter months.

For people who are looking to escape the cold back home, the Canary Islands archipelago is one of the most accessible destinations, especially if you are residing in Europe. 

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

Canaries in December - How 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.

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

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

Tenerife in December - Temperatures from Tenerife South Airport

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

Gran Canaria in December - Temperatures measured at Gran Canaria Airport

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

Fuerteventura in December - Temperatures measured at Fuerteventura Airport

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

Lanzarote in December - Temperatures measured at Lanzarote Airport

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

Hottest Canary Island in January

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

Tenerife in January - Temperatures from Tenerife South Airport

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

Gran Canaria in January - Temperatures measured at Gran Canaria Airport

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

Fuerteventura in January - Temperatures measured at Fuerteventura Airport

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

Lanzarote in January - Temperatures measured at Lanzarote Airport

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

Warmest Canary Island in February

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

Tenerife in February - Temperatures from Tenerife South Airport

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

Gran Canaria in February - Temperatures measured at Gran Canaria Airport

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

Fuerteventura in February - Temperatures measured at Fuerteventura Airport

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

Lanzarote in February - Temperatures measured at Lanzarote Airport

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

Conclusion - Which is the warmest Canary Island at Christmas and in winter in general?

Based on the numbers above, it seems that Tenerife is the warmest in December and overall is the hottest during all the winter months.

Be careful though, because 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.

January 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 places, 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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