Los Gigantes is a popular holiday location in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, blessed with spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. Thanks to its location on the south western coast of the island, Los Gigantes enjoys some of the best weather in Tenerife, with generally high temperatures and loads of sunshine all-year-long.
Despite being classed as Europe, Tenerife is located 100km off the north eastern coast of west Africa and therefore enjoys a sub-tropical climate which is usually divided into two seasons – summer and winter – as opposed to the normal four. Whilst tropical climates tend to be associated with high humidity, Los Gigantes enjoys fairly low humidity throughout the year, so even when temperatures shoot up, the weather is rarely uncomfortable.
Like most places in the south of Tenerife, Los Gigantes is warm all-year-round, making this resort good choice for a holiday, whatever time of year you want to go. The summers generally see no rainfall at all with high temperatures often interrupted by intense heat from calimas and siroccos, whilst the winter months see much cooler temperatures – although these are still very high compared to the UK – with a small amount of rainfall. On average, August and September are the hottest months of the year, whilst January and February are the coldest.
Although the average sea temperature for the waters which surround Los Gigantes is relatively mild all-year-round, the best time to go swimming is between May and November, when the water temperatures are at their highest and swimming is most comfortable.
Marina at Los Gigantes, Tenerife via Flickr
Summer – June to September
Summer is classed as June to September in Los Gigantes, when the resort enjoys average highs and lows starting at 26°C and 19°C, respectively, in June and rising up to 28°C and 21°C, respectively, by September. The highest temperature which has ever been recorded during the summer season in Los Gigantes is 43°C which was recorded in July, whilst the lowest temperature which has ever been registered here at this time of year is 15°C, which also occurred in July.
Between June and August, the resort enjoys 12 hours of daily sunshine – this figure drops down to 11 hours by September and continues to get lower as the year progresses. Summer is the best time of year for swimming in Los Gigantes, because it’s when the average sea temperatures are at their warmest. June and July see average sea temperatures of 22°C, whilst this increases up to 23°C by August and again up to 24°C by September.
With so many sunshine hours and such warm temperatures, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go swimming at your hotel’s pool, sunbathing at the beach or trying out the selection of water sports on offer at the marina if you choose to holiday in Los Gigantes during summer.
There are almost zero chances of you experiencing some rainfall if you holiday in Los Gigantes at this time of year. The average monthly precipitation for the resort starts off at 0mm in June and July, rising up to a mere 3mm in August and peaking at 5mm in September.
The only things that you do have to watch out for in Los Gigantes during the summer months are calimas and siroccos. Calimas are strong, sandy winds blown over from the Sahara desert which result in seriously increased temperatures, very low visibility and strong winds. Siroccos are a similar thing but are more intense, resulting in even higher temperatures, winds and less visibility. Although calimas and siroccos can happen at any time of year, they’re most common during the summer and can last for anywhere between one and 14 days.
Playa Los Guios in Los Gigantes, Tenerife taken by Mate
Autumn – October and November
Autumn falls between October and November in Los Gigantes, when the resort experiences average highs and lows beginning at 27°C and 10°C, respectively, in October and dropping down to 25°C and 18°C, respectively, in November. The highest temperature that has ever been registered during the autumn season in Los Gigantes is 36°C, which was recorded in October, whilst the lowest temperature which has ever been recorded at this time of year in the resort is 12°C, which occurred in November.
October sees an average of ten hours of sunshine each day whilst November sees nine daily sunshine hours. Despite being the autumn season, the sea is very warm at this time of year, with average sea water temperatures starting off at 24°C in October and dropping down to 22°C by November.
With such a high amount of sunshine hours and relatively warm temperatures, autumn is a great time to holiday in Los Gigantes for those who want to enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and the assortment of other water sports offered by the resort.
The probability of rainfall occurring in Los Gigantes is minimal at this time of year. The average monthly rainfall for the resort starts off at 13mm in October and drops down to 20mm by November.
Sailing in Los Gigantes, Tenerife taken by Javier
Winter – December to February
Winter takes place between December and February in Los Gigantes, when the resort enjoys average high and low temperatures starting at 23°C and 16°C, respectively, in December and dropping down to 22°C and 15°C, respectively, by February. The hottest temperature which has ever been registered during the winter season in Los Gigantes is 30°C which was recorded in February, whilst the coldest temperature that has ever been recorded at this time of year in the resort is 10°C which happened in January and February.
In December, Los Gigantes enjoys an average of seven hours each day, whilst the two following months see an average of nine hours of sunshine every day. As you’d expect for the winter season, the sea is relatively cold at this time of year, with average sea water temperatures ranging between 21°C in January and 19°C in February.
The likelihood of rainfall occurring in Los Gigantes is at its highest in winter. December is generally the wettest month of the year, with an average monthly precipitation of 35mm. January and February are always much drier, with average monthly precipitations of 6mm and 19mm, respectively.
View of the cliffs of Los Gigantes, Tenerife taken by Bjoern
Spring – March to May
The period between March and May in Los Gigantes is classed as spring, when the resort experiences average high temperatures of 23°C during the daytime and average low temperatures of 16°C at night. The highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Los Gigantes in spring is 37°C, which was registered in April, whilst the lowest temperature that has ever been registered in the resort during this season is 6°C, which also happened in April.
In March, Los Gigantes sees an average of ten hours of sunshine each day, whilst the two following months enjoy an average of 11 hours of daily sunshine. The water is generally cool at this time of year, with average tea temperatures ranging between 19°C at the start of the season and 20°C by the end, but some holidaymakers might find this temperature pleasant for swimming.
The probability of rainfall making an appearance in Los Gigantes in spring is fairly low. April is usually the wettest month of the season with an average monthly precipitation of 22mm, followed by March with 12mm and May with 3mm.