- Canary Islands
- Where to stay
- Things To Do
- Best Tours
The Canary Islands enjoy a privileged climate all year round, with mild temperatures in winter that allow visitors to spend time on the beach or even swim in the ocean.
"What to pack for my upcoming holiday to the Canary Islands?" - this is a questions we get a lot. Followed closely by "Do I need to bring a coat?".
So we decided to write this article to help you pack the right things for your next visit.
Although weather is still warm in the Canary Islands during winter time (they are actually considered as the warmest place in Europe during winter), the weather does get slightly chilly, especially in the evenings.
In Tenerife, which is the largest Canary Island, the weather in the North can be quite different from the South, which tends to be sunnier and warmer, hence the vast tourist area developed here.
There's no snow in the Canary Islands, except from the snow in Tenerife inside Teide National Park, where it's not uncommon to get some snowy days between January and February. But the weather in the south is still warm and you can sit by the beach, enjoying a cocktail in your beachwear, while watching the snow covered peak of Mount Teide.
Our advice is to always bring a cardigan or a light jacket with you, no matter the season. Weather has become unpredictable all over the world in the past decades and it's better to be prepared.
If you're traveling to Tenerife, we have a dedicated article for what to wear in Tenerife and other packing advice.
If you're in doubt regarding the beautiful weather that you can experience in the Canaries in winter, check out our articles about Tenerife in December (similar weather for Gran Canaria as well) and Lanzarote in January (similar weather for Fuerteventura - if you're wondering what the wind situation in Fuerteventura is, you can read more about how windy Fuerteventura really is.).
La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are usually visited by people who love to be outdoor and active, so most of the activities involve trekking, climbing and other sports. Depending on what you're planning you'll need to bring your own equipment with you, as there aren't many shopping opportunities on these smaller islands.
If you have room in your luggage, it's more economical to buy them at home, especially sun lotion. If you have a car rental you can do a shopping trip at a big Mercadona or a Lidl, which usually stock their own brand of sun lotion which will work out cheaper than the ones you find at the shops inside the resorts.
Beach towels are usually cheap, between 3 and 6 Euros, depending on quality and where you're buying.