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By the time December is here, most European cities are busy organizing Christmas Markets where visitors come to drink hot mulled wine in order to warm up. This is when the climate of the Canary Islands starts to really differentiate itself from the rest of European destinations.
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.
Tenerife is the largest Canary Island and one of the most popular places to visit in November in Europe.
Is it getting cold and rainy at home and you are looking for a bit of sun in Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles? Then you are looking at the right place because the Canary Islands are the top destination for Europeans when the cold season is just around the corner.
In November, when the weather starts to get cold almost all over Europe, the Canary Islands still enjoy a mild climate, with temperatures above 20°C, long sunny days and water warm enough for swimming in the ocean.
October is one of the more quiet months in Fuerteventura, except for the time period when the children in the UK are on their autumn half-term holiday. At that time the island becomes busy again and prices for flights are considerably higher than during the rest of the month.
October is a transition month in Tenerife, with the weather changing from its warmer summer season to a slightly cooler autumn period, but October is still a beach month in Tenerife, especially in the south of the island.
Are you wondering if September is a good month to come to Maspalomas? September is definitely still hot, no doubt about that. The island also get much quieter after the first half of the month, when most families with children have returned home for the start of the school year. For us, September is an amazing time to be in Gran Canaria.
Are you planning a holiday in the Canary Islands in September and you're wondering how the weather is? From our experience, September is one of the best months to visit the Canary Islands and it's actually one of our favorites months to come over.
Is August a good time to visit the Canary Islands? Or summer in general? Many people see the Canary Islands as the best destination for winter sun in Europe, but what about the summer season? Should you plan a beach holiday in the Canaries in August?
By the time July is here, Fuerteventura goes into full summer mode. July and August are the hottest months in Fuerteventura, so if you're wanting a really warm holiday in the sun, these are the best months to visit. It's a good thing the trade winds make their presence felt, as otherwise, it would simply be unbearably hot during the afternoon.
Thinking of your summer holiday? Well, June is the start of summer here in Tenerife and the weather is getting warmer and warmer every day.
Once June hits, the weather starts to feel like proper summer in Lanzarote: temperatures go up, the number of sunshine hours goes up, as well as the number of visitors. The only thing that usually goes down (and which is a good thing) is the number of rainy days. AWAY with the rain and IN with the sun!
June is when things start to get heated in Fuerteventura: it's still not as hot as it will be in July or August, but for those who are satisfied with temperatures just shy of 30°C during the daytime, June will prove to be a good month to visit.
June comes with a significant increase in temperatures in Gran Canaria, which are also accompanied by the trade winds which are characteristic for the summer months in the Canaries.
Looking to come to Maspalomas / Playa del Ingles for an early summer break? Or are you planning to come over for a family holiday during half term?
The Canary Islands are a year-round beach destination, so any month is perfect for a visit to get some sun and enjoy some beach time. June is no exception to this rule, so June is also a great month to visit the Canary Islands, a bit cooler than July and August, which can be a plus for many people, especially if you don't like very high temperatures.
The start of summer is a beautiful time to visit La Gomera, since the weather is getting warmer and warmer, so it will be possible to enjoy the water and go out to swim in the ocean. So if you're planning a trip to this small and lovely Canary Island in June, read our article to learn more about what temperatures you can expect in June in La Gomera.
May is a good month to visit Tenerife if you are looking for a warm and peaceful holiday before the school year ends. The island starts blooming and the weather is perfect for sunbathing without being too overly hot that you have to hide from the scorching sun.
May starts to feel like proper summer in Lanzarote, the UV index is already at high levels and the warm weather is just perfect for a lazy day in the sun, followed by a dip in the sea.
By the time May gets to Fuerteventura, the weather is starting to really warm up and temperatures are really nice to enjoy long days on the beach or by the pool, with a beer or a cocktail in hand. Although temperatures don't go up like they do during the summer months, May is still a nice month to visit Fuerteventura, because the atmosphere is more relaxed and chilled, ideal for a quiet holiday meant to recharge your batteries.
Although the weather in Gran Canaria is mild and sunny all year round, May is when the temperatures really start to rise and you know that summer is almost here.
May is as good of a time to visit La Palma as ever, with temperatures going up as the month progresses, but still at a very comfortable level, ideal for long walks and hikes.
May is a good time to visit La Gomera if you want a quiet holiday on the island since the children's summer holidays haven't started yet in most countries in Europe. The weather in La Gomera in May is usually beautiful and ideal for all outdoor activities, so you'll be able to enjoy the island at its best.
If you're looking for a warm and sunny spot for a holiday, the Canary Islands are usually the perfect choice no matter the time of the year. The month of May makes no exception, as the weather is already starting to feel like real summer here.
April is somewhat of a transition month in Gran Canaria: the weather is starting to really warm up and the amount of rain the island sees drops by half compared to March.
In April the weather in Fuerteventura keeps improving and there's a constant rise in temperatures towards the end of the month. If you're planning your upcoming holiday to the island, you may be interested to know more about what temperatures to expect, rainfall, daylight hours, sunshine hours, UV index, and sea temperature.
April can have a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to weather, although it may have more to do with people's erroneous expectations, than with the actual weather on the island. So what's the problem then?
If you're looking for a travel destination for April, where you can be outside and enjoy nature, then la La Palma is a top choice, as here you have beautiful weather, tall mountains, volcanic beaches and lots of sunshine, compared to the rest of the Northern hemisphere of the world.
Starting in April, the chances of rain in Lanzarote start to drop considerably and the weather is perfect for sunbathing, as well as for walking about while visiting the island.
Join us on a walk on Las Canteras promenade and Las Canteras beach, on a sunny and warm winter day.
Here's a quick look at the first day of 2023 in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria.
Lanzarote is one of the smaller islands in the archipelago, but this doesn't mean it falls behind on the weather front. Winters in Lanzarote are mild and warm, as in all the Canaries, so if you're planning a sunny Christmas, Lanzarote might be a great choice.
We will say it from the start: Gran Canaria is an excellent destination for the winter holidays if you love warm weather and sunny skies!
November is the month when temperatures start to drop and although it's as hot as it was during the summer season, the weather in Gran Canaria is still much great compared to what people living in continental Europe are getting.
November is pretty much a transition month - the weather is transitioning towards the winter season, which means that the temperatures will drop a bit and the wind will make its presence felt more than in the previous month.
November might not be the warmest month in Lanzarote throughout the year, but it's definitely sunnier and warmer than the UK and mainland Europe.
The month of October can be a tricky one in terms of weather in Gran Canaria and in the Canary Islands in general. It's when the transition from summer temperatures to autumn starts and it may rain a bit and you may also get some cloudy days, but in general, the weather will still be warm enough to suntan and also swim in the ocean.
September is a great month to visit Gran Canaria: it is still hot, rain is unusual and the island gets less crowded after the school starts in most European countries. So if you're looking for an adults only romantic trip to Gran Canaria September might be the perfect time to visit.
After a heated summer season, you would think that the weather would start to cool down in Fuerteventura in September. But this is totally not the case.
September is our favorite month to visit Lanzarote. The weather in September is still hot, but not quite as hot as in August. Also, after the first week of September passes the big summer crowds start to disappear, as schools start the new year all across Europe. Just don't imagine that you'll have the island all to yourself since Lanzarote is a year-round destination, and it's lively and busy even in winter.
In Tenerife, and in the Canary Islands in general, the month of September is still regarded as a summer month, although officially the autumn season has begun. But not in the Canaries! Over here, summer lasts a little bit longer...
We will say it right from the start: August is the hottest month of the year in Fuerteventura. But this probably comes as no surprise, as August is usually the hottest month of the year in most places in the Northern hemisphere.
August is the perfect month to visit Gran Canaria only if you like it...HOT! The weather that is. There's no other way to describe the weather in August accurately. It is very similar to July, but slightly hotter.
August is the hottest month in Lanzarote and there's no doubt about it. July is not that far behind, but August really takes the lead in terms of high temperatures here in Lanzarote.
August comes with full-on summer temperatures, very low chances of rain and long sunshine hours all over the island. Tenerife embraces the summer weather in August and attracts the crowds that are looking for a hot place in the sun, where they can sunbathe and swim all day long without having to worry about rain.
July means full-on summer in Tenerife, and this translates to high temperatures, low chances of precipitation and moderate chances of calima.
There's no doubt about it: summer in Gran Canaria is HOT and July is one of the most popular months for family holidays. If you're looking for hot weather, then July is the perfect month for you.
July is the month when temperatures start to rise well above 30°C constantly during the daytime, although July is not the warmest month of the year. That prize is reserved for August, which is the hottest month in Lanzarote, but July is not so far behind in terms of high temperatures and sunshine hours.
During the last two days, some parts of the Canary Islands have experienced a lot of (much needed) rain, as well as snow on the summits of Tenerife and La Palma, the islands with the highest altitudes in the archipelago.
According to Aemet, the Canary Islands will experience increased instability with possible moderate rainfall on the northern slopes of the mountainous islands.
Another episode of calima was announced by Aemet for this weekend in the Canary Islands, starting from this Friday, January 14th and accompanied by strong gusts of wind.
Weather prediction in the Canary Islands - Thursday, 13 January 2022 According to Aemet's forecast, on Thursday, January 13th, the temperatures will slightly rise in the Canary Islands, although some intervals of clouds might be possible.
Weather prediction in the Canary Islands - 11 January 2022 According to Aemet, this Tuesday the sky will be predominantly clear, with few cloudy intervals.
Aemet Canarias has issued an alert warning about the presence of Saharan dust in suspension over the Canary Islands this Sunday, January 9, 2022.
Spain is a popular holiday destination for people from all over the world and it is constantly among the most visited countries in the world because it has a multitude of attractions and beautiful cities, great food, incredible beaches, friendly people and good weather.
April might not be a warm month in continental Europe, but it is in the Canary Islands. Just like during the rest of the year, the weather in the Canary Islands in April is usually sunny and warm, ideal for outdoor activities like sunbathing, walking or hiking.
Are you hoping for a sunny holiday in the Canary Islands in October during the half-term holiday and you're wondering how the weather is? If back at home the weather starts to get really cold by the end of October, in the Canaries things are quite different and the weather is still gorgeous most of the time.
The Canary Islands are a very popular holiday destination for Europeans in winter, but how is the weather when it's the middle of summer? Is it really hot? Maybe too hot for some people? Are the Canary Islands in general a good destination for a summer beach holiday?
Although even the winter season is warm in Fuerteventura, the month of March marks the beginning of spring, and so the weather can be sometimes tricky and moody (just like people are when they are going through some big changes).
Although March marks the beginning of spring, in most places in Europe it's still a cold month, with low temperatures and even snowfall. But this is not the case in Gran Canaria.
Although it marks the start of spring, March can still be a cold month all over Europe and many countries still get a lot of snow at this time of the year. This is not the case in the Canary Islands, as the weather slowly starts to warm up and the rain chances drop.
Winter in Europe usually means low temperatures and snow, depending on the country that you're planning to visit. However, if you're not a fan of snow and cold winter weather, there are still a few places in Europe where the temperatures are mild and the weather allows for visitors to enjoy some much-needed winter sun.
We get this question quite often here at Guide to Canary Islands: what's the weather like in December in Tenerife? How warm will it be and can you sunbathe in Tenerife in December?
Gran Canaria is a warm winter destination for European travelers, but even so, many people wonder... does it ever snow in Gran Canaria? Is it possible to see snow on the island?
Tenerife is the largest and most popular of the Canary Islands and during the past years, tourism has grown, reaching 6 million tourists in 2016. With these numbers, it's clear that the island has become a popular tourist destination, especially for European visitors.
Are you looking to escape the autumn weather back home and come over to Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles? October is still a warm month, plenty of good weather and it's not as busy as in summer, except for when kids get their half-term holiday and families come over for a quick sunny break.
AEMET, the State Meteorological Agency in Spain, has issued a warning for extreme heat tomorrow in the following Canary Islands: Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.
Did you know that North Africa accounts for approximately 55% of global dust emissions? And due to their proximity to the Saharan coast, the Canary Islands sometimes suffer from a phenomenon which is known locally as La Calima, when a layer of Saharan dust covers the islands, affecting air quality and visibility.
October is a relatively peaceful and quiet month in Lanzarote, apart from the autumn half-term holiday period when prices also go up considerably. So if you are not conditioned by school holidays, try to plan your arrival to the island outside of that period to get a better price for flights and accommodation.
Looking to book a beach holiday to Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles in August? August is considered the hottest month of the year and the thermometers definitely prove it. During the day you will often see temperatures around 30 °C, which is quite a lot given the fact that the UV index is high and so the sun usually feels like burning if you don't stay in the shade during midday hours.
Are you trying to plan your summer holiday and you're wondering if either Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles in July are a good idea as potential destinations? Although the Canary Islands might not be your first choice for a summer trip, Gran Canaria has so much to offer all year round, that you shouldn't discard it when looking for the right destination for your next family holiday.
Planning a summer holiday to Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles in June? In June the weather starts to really feel like proper summer, although the Canary Islands enjoy a rather privileged climate, which feels like spring all year round. This means that although it is warm, the weather is usually not overly hot, although the UV index is very high.
If you're thinking of visiting Lanzarote during the winter season, you may be wondering if it ever snows on the island and what type of weather you can expect?
If you're planning a trip to Tenerife and you've never visited the island before, you may be wondering how bad the wind is and how it differs in-between season.
If it's your first time planning a holiday on the island, you may be wondering...does it ever snow in Fuerteventura? And if yes, when and where exactly on the island?
March marks the transition from winter to spring in Lanzarote and the weather gets warmer and warmer as the month progresses. So the island is the perfect escape place for people seeking to escape the bitter cold back home.
March is still a cold month pretty much all over Europe, so we understand that you're looking for a warm place to holiday at this time of year. And Tenerife is one of those great places where the weather is comfortably warm and the days are sunny, allowing for sunbathing during the month of March.
April is usually a quiet month in the Canaries, although the weather is warm and pleasant, with temperatures ideal for long walks and hikes around the mountains and the coast.
The first month of spring is usually still cold in most countries on the European continent, but in the Canaries, it's much warmer and better, since the winters are also milder and characterized by pleasant temperatures.
While Europe is still struggling with the harsh winter weather, La Gomera and the rest of the Canary Islands are usually basking in the sun, enjoying one of the best climates in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of the year.
The Canary Islands are, in our opinion, the best destination for a warm winter holiday in Europe, and La Gomera is a laid back island, where you can escape the noise and crowds which are typical for the larger islands like Tenerife or Gran Canaria.
La Gomera is one of the smaller Canary Islands, situated very close to the much larger island of Tenerife, from where you can grab a ferry and cross over for a much different experience.
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.
February can be one of the worst winter months on the Europen continent but in the Canaries, the weather is still sunny and warm most of the times, which is why traveling here might be just the thing you need.
Start the year with a holiday in the sun...what else can be better than relaxing in the sun, while back home it's cold and gloomy? And the Canaries might be just the perfect destination for such a trip in January!
Fuerteventura is one of the top choices for a sunny winter break if you're from the UK or from the rest of Europe. On most days you can sunbathe, maybe even swim, which is not possible anywhere else on the old continent.
If you're looking for a destination for a warm holiday during the cold winter season and you want a place that is only a short-haul flight away from Europe, Fuerteventura and the Canary Islands, in general, are your best bet.
If you're looking for a bit of warm weather during those cold winter months back home, Lanzarote might be the perfect choice for a holiday abroad: you have mild temperatures, a sunny sky usually during the daytime and what's more important...no snow!
When in doubt about where to go for a sunny winter break, Lanzarote is always a good idea. No matter the season, Lanzarote is blessed with a mild climate, which makes visitors fall in love with both its beauty and its warm weather.
There's no better place in Europe than Gran Canaria for a warm and sunny holiday in February. The days are pleasantly warm with temperatures than often go over 20°C, which means that you can go back home with a tan after spending only a few days here.
Since the weather is warm and pleasant in Gran Canaria in January, the island gets busy at this time of year with tourists who come here to escape the hard winter back home.
Tenerife is an all year round destination - people come here for different reasons and during all seasons, because winter is considered one of the high seasons in Tenerife, since the island is one of the places where you can escape the cold in Europe.
We're all looking to escape the cold winter weather and for many people in Europe, Tenerife is one of the top choices for a winter holiday: it's part of the EU, it's well connected via low cost flights, the weather is warm enough that you can get a tan and let's not forget the good food and cheap beer.
February can be a hard month in Europe, with plenty of snow, cold winds, low temperatures and pretty bad weather in general - but that is not the case in La Palma and in the Canary Islands in general.
If you're living in Europe, January is probably associated with bad weather, low temperature and even snow in most places. But for the most part, that is not the case for La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, part of Spain.
December means proper winter in most countries in Europe, so if you are looking for a warm place to escape from the cold, La Palma (and the Canary Islands in general), might be one of the first places to pop up as suggestions. But how warm is the weather really?
With winter slowly approaching the northern hemisphere of the planet, La Palma in the Canary Islands seems like a nice and pleasant destination for November, as well as the following months.
Tenerife is a year round holiday destination, with warm weather and sunny days during all seasons, while the temperatures stay fairly constant throughout the year, as opposed to the rest of Europe where they vary by a lot between winter and summer.
The eternal question...does it snow in Tenerife? If yes...when? And how often?
A white Christmas has its charm, no doubt about it, but after a few years of enduring the cold and maybe even the snow, you may wish for something different...
The Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination, especially for Brits and Europeans in general, who are looking for a sunny place where they can escape the cold weather back home in winter.
Gran Canaria is the second largest of the Canary Islands in terms of population and tourism, especially among visitors from European countries like the UK, Germany, Poland and all of Scandinavia.The island is filled with lovely beaches and also offers a diverse landscape, with many things to do for those visitors who wish to explore its best sights and attractions.
Maspalomas is a great winter destination if you prefer to escape the cold and spend your holidays in the sun. And what better month than December to feel the holiday's spirit in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas, on the gorgeous island of Gran Canaria?
Are you planning to spend your spring holiday in Maspalomas in April? April is when the weather really starts to warm up after the mild winter that Gran Canaria enjoys. So if you're coming over for Easter it will probably be a sunny and warm one.
Are you thinking of booking a holiday to Maspalomas in March? Gran Canaria enjoys great weather all year round and Maspalomas is located right in the south of the island, where the climate is most favorable even in winter and spring.
Planning to come on holiday to Maspalomas in February? The weather is what can make or break a long awaited holiday, so better check the weather forecast before deciding which month to book for your next trip to Maspalomas (Gran Canaria).
Thinking of coming on holiday to Maspalomas in January? The weather is what can make or break a long-awaited holiday, so better check the weather forecast before deciding which month to book for your next trip to Maspalomas (Gran Canaria).
It's no secret that the Canaries are a popular destination during the cold season, as they are the warmest destination in Europe during winter, due to their sub-tropical desert climate.
The wind in Fuerteventura: a topic that never ends and a question that we hear often - how windy is it really?