Weather Averages for Tenerife in December
Averages for Tenerife in December
December is one of the coolest months of the year in Tenerife, Canary Islands, although it’s still warmer than most other destinations in Europe. At this time, the average temperature for the island is approximately 16°C, with lows of 13°C and highs of 19°C. The average rainfall is at its highest in December, at 75mm for the month. With an average sea temperature of 21°C and seven hours of sunshine each day, spending a few hours at the beach during your holiday is still possible at this time of year.
Things to do
Pueblo Chico in Garachico is a great place for the whole family to spend the day, whatever the weather. This outdoor museum features a number of exhibitions, depicting parts of Tenerife in miniature. Not only does the museum offer to-scale models of holiday resorts, harbours and airports of the island, but it also includes models of tourists, locals and even pets going about their daily lives. There is a restaurant onsite, where you can enjoy a snack or light lunch.
Lovers of history and architecture won’t want to miss the chance to visit Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Pena Francia in Puerto de la Cruz. This church is one of the most-visited sites in the resort and is surrounded by small gardens with benches. The statues and the decorations here are some of the finest on the island and there are a number of cafes nearby where you can enjoy a refreshing drink as you watch the world go by.
Time to celebrate
December is a great time to visit Tenerife because there are loads of festivals and events going on for Christmas. Traditional Canarian towns, such as Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, La Laguna and La Orotava hold their own processions and Christmas markets throughout the month. There are never any set dates for these events, so keep an eye out for posters advertising what’s going on. The British bars throughout the south of the island always have a festive atmosphere on the 24th, 25th and 26th.
As well as Christmas, Tenerife also celebrates New Year’s Eve in December. On the night of the 31st, huge street parties are held throughout many resorts, including Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes and El Medano, when locals and tourists come together to celebrate. There are usually several music concerts held in the town squares, as well as a variety of food and drink available from kiosks in the area. The highlight of the evening is the spectacular firework displays held at midnight, followed by more partying until dawn.
Hit the beach
Approximately 10km further north from the Las Teresitas beach in Santa Cruz, Playa Las Gaviotas is a challenge to get to, but its secluded location has made it one of the most popular naturist beaches in Tenerife for locals during the summer months. You won’t find any facilities here, apart from a number of parking spaces and a small snack kiosk. The waves can get very large at times, making it a popular hotspot for surfers, too.
The beach in front of the Lago Martianez swimming pools in Puerto de la Cruz is known as Playa Martianez. Half of the beach is protected by a breakwater, making it suitable for swimmers and snorkelers. The other section of the bay is open to the sea, creating excellent conditions for body boarding and surfing. There is a small bar in the area as well, which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Eating (and drinking) out
Also found in Puerto de la Cruz, Restaurant Tambo is a great place to go for freshly cooked fish and seafood. This seafront restaurant offers great views alongside an extensive menu packed with dishes. If you can’t make your mind up, try the fish and seafood platter – you’ll get a little bit of everything.
El Rincon de Juan Carlos is one of the best restaurants in Los Gigantes and offers superb a la carte and wine menus. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, opt for a tasting menu – the smallest one starts at six courses. This way you can enjoy a wide range of the food available.
The Original Wigan Pier in Playa de Las Americas is a popular place for evening entertainment in the south of Tenerife. Offering a large selection of drinks and pub grub, this bar/restaurant hosts nightly performances, with a different act every night.
Friends Bar is the only place in Golf del Sur where you can try your hand at karaoke. Open from midday until late, this lively bar has weekly quizzes and snacks served during the day, as well as a daily happy hour on wine, beer and cocktails between 8pm and 9pm.
Where to stay
Sunprime Coral Suites and Spa in Playa de Las Americas is a popular choice for couples looking for accommodation during their holiday in Tenerife. This adults-only hotel is ideally-located, close to the Playa de Las Americas shopping district and the beach. Facilities are numerous and include swimming pool, sun terrace, WiFi, mini market and gym. Also in Playa de Las Americas, Iberostar Bouganville Playa offers a number of standard rooms and suites, as well as swimming pools, children’s club, restaurants, bars, WiFi, beauty salon, gym and playground.
In Golf del Sur, Aparthotel Cordial Golf Plaza is a great place for golfers to stay, close to the Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur golf courses. Just a walk away from many bars, cafes and restaurants, this hotel features a number of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as several suites. Amenities include swimming pools, bars, restaurants, spa and fitness centre.
Located in Costa del Silencio, Club Marina Tenerife features a variety of apartments, each complete with an American kitchen, lounge, bathroom, bedroom(s) and balcony. Here you’ll find many facilities and services, including swimming pools, Jacuzzi, playground, children’s club, gym, restaurant, supermarket, beauty salon, nightclub and WiFi.
The Jacaranda Hotel in Playa de Fañabe is popular with couples and families looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Tenerife. Close to the beach and a great choice of nightlife, this hotel features swimming pools, tennis courts, wellness centre, kids’ mini disco, evening entertainment, bars and restaurants.