Averages for Tenerife in December

Weather lowdown

December is one of the coolest months of the year in Tenerife, Canary Islands, although compared to the rest of Europe, it’s still a lot warmer. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is 17°C, created by average highs of 20°C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 14°C during the coolest part of the evening.

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Averages for Tenerife in December

  Temperature 17°C

63°F

Low Temperature 14°C

57°F

  High Temperature 20°C

68°F

  Sunshine Hours 5.3 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 47 %
  Rainfall 56mm
  Rainfall days 6 days
  Chance of Rain 17 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 6 %
  Sea Temperature 21°C

70°F

Chance of Windy Day 53 %
Daily averages for December

Daily averages for December

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Averages for Tenerife in December

Weather lowdown

December is one of the coolest months of the year in Tenerife, Canary Islands, although compared to the rest of Europe, it’s still a lot warmer. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is 17°C, created by average highs of 20°C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 14°C during the coolest part of the evening.

Tenerife is an island of extreme microclimates, with the south of the island generally being warmer, drier and sunnier than the north. This means that you can expect the weather to be warmer than these averages if you’re holidaying in Tenerife South (such as in Playa de Las Americas or Los Cristianos) or cooler if you’re holidaying in Tenerife North (such as in Puerto de La Cruz).

In Tenerife South, the average temperatures for the month stay fairly constant at 20°C, jumping up to 21°C only three times. Toward the end of the month, averages drop down a couple of times to 19°C. This makes the first three weeks of the month the warmest time to visit Tenerife South and the final week of the month the coolest time to visit.

The highest temperature ever registered in Tenerife in December is 30°C, which was registered at Tenerife South Airport on December 2nd 1985. At the other end of the scale, the coldest temperature ever registered in Tenerife in December is -6.8°C, which was recorded at Izaña.

Despite being one of the winter months, Tenerife still enjoys a lot of sunshine during December. At this time of year, the island enjoys an average of five hours of sunshine each day, along with a median cloud coverage of 40% (partly cloudy) which hardly varies at all throughout the month. So although you’ll get plenty of sunny days during your January holiday in Tenerife, be prepared for the odd cloudy spell, too.

Tenerife is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, which means that the average sea temperature is a little bit cooler than holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. During this month, the average sea temperature is 21°C. Any temperature above 18°C is usually considered warm enough for swimming in so take a dip!

Tenerife experiences hardly any rainfall at all throughout the year and December is no exception. During this month, the average precipitation the island receives is 56mm which is divided amongst six wet days. Drizzle is the most common type of precipitation, followed by moderate rain and then light rain – thunderstorms and heavy rainfall occur only on very rare occasions. As previously mentioned, the north of Tenerife is a lot wetter than the south of Tenerife and this average reflects that.

The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Tenerife in December is 572.1 which was registered in Izaña across December 1953. The highest number of wet days ever experienced in a December is 24, which was registered in 1990 at Tenerife North Airport and the maximum amount of rain ever to fall in a single day during this month is 188.8mm which was recorded on December 19th in 1953 at Izaña.

Despite having a sub-tropical climate, Tenerife is never very humid. The relative humidity for the island typically ranges between 50% (mildly humid) and 80% (humid) throughout the month, rarely falling below 33% (comfortable) or rising above 93% (very humid). The air is driest around December 4th, when the relative humidity drops down to below 59% (mildly humid) three days out of four. The air is at its most humid around December 18th, when it rises above 74% (humid) three days out of four. This means that when the sun is out, the temperatures will never be unbearably hot and it will always be comfortably warm.

Some parts of Tenerife (such as El Medano) tend to be a lot windier, compared to other parts of the island (such as Los Gigantes) so keep this in mind when planning your holiday. Across the month, the average wind speeds for Tenerife range between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around December 15th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around December 4th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze).

The strongest gust of wind ever registered in Tenerife in December is 60 m/s, which was registered in Izaña on December 14th 1975 at 11:50pm. 

Spend a day at Las Teresitas beach in Santa Cruz during your holiday in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Spend a day at Las Teresitas beach in Santa Cruz during your holiday in Tenerife, Canary Islands, image taken by Anna & Michal

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 Safari Centre where you’ll find loads of shops and restaurants, as well as Las Vistas Beach and Playa Izquierda – one of the best surfing beaches in the south. Party animals will also love the huge number of British, Irish and Spanish bars in the immediate area, as well as the many nightclubs which can be found just a short walk away in Veronicas. Facilities within the resort include a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace, free WiFi access throughout, mini market with international products and gym with state-of-the-art equipment. Most guests agree that the highlight of the hotel is the spa which offers a great menu of personalised spa treatments. Accommodation here comes in the form of standard rooms and suites, some of which have sea or pool views. All the rooms in the complex are spacious and decorated with bright, happy colours, complete with air conditioning, kitchenette, TV and free WiFi access.

Also in Playa de Las Americas, Iberostar Bouganville Playa is the perfect hotel for families who want everything they could possibly need close to hand. This four-star resort is located just steps away from Playa del Bobo beach and boasts two buffet restaurants with show cooking and Canarian cuisine, four bars, well-equipped gym, WiFi access, beauty salon and loads of sports facilities. For children, there are several swimming pools, various kids’ clubs for different ages, playground, children’s menus in the onsite restaurants and babysitting services. Double rooms and junior suites are both available, but families in need of lots of space will be much more comfortable in the spacious family rooms which offer two single beds and one sofa bed. There is an all-inclusive option available, but with so many international bars, cafes and restaurants in the local area, you’ll have much more fun eating out. 

In Golf del Sur, Aparthotel Cordial Golf Plaza is a great place to stay if you want to combine a spa and golf holiday. Located just a short walk away from the Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur golf courses, this hotel is best known for its spa which features a thermal circuit with heated pools, showers, hot tub and water-immersed beds with massaging jets. Above the spa, there’s also a small gym with weights and cardio equipment. After a session in the gym, treat yourself to an al fresco lunch at the poolside snack bar or a more hearty buffet meal in the main restaurant which boasts show cooking. Other facilities and services within the hotel include a large open-air swimming pool with surrounding sunbathing area, free WiFi access in public areas, several small shops and a piano bar which hosts shows throughout the week. Guests can choose between several categories of one-bedroom apartment which can sleep from two adults up to four. Each apartment includes air conditioning, furnished balcony or terrace, lounge with satellite TV and well-equipped kitchen. Although Golf del Sur is a rather small resort compared to the likes of Playa de Las Americas, you’ll find a small selection of bars and restaurants just a short walk away along the promenade and in San Blas.

Located in Costa del Silencio, Club Marino Tenerife features a self-catering apartments, each of which comes complete with an American kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bedroom – all tastefully decorated. There is a small range of services and facilities onsite, including large outdoor swimming pool heated in winter, smaller children’s pool, kids’ club, playground, gym, supermarket with international products, beauty salon, hairdresser and free WiFi zones. There is also a poolside snack bar for lazy lunches and a more sophisticated restaurant for evening meals. Just like Golf del Sur, Costa del Silencio is a small resort, but there is a great selection of British bars and restaurants in the local area. If you want to go further afield, there is a bus stop just outside the hotel.

The Jacaranda Hotel in Playa de Fañabe is popular with couples and families looking for a great value four-star hotel to stay in during their holiday in Tenerife. Close to the Playa Fañabe and El Duque beaches, as well as a great choice of family-friendly nightlife venues and shopping opportunities, this hotel is ideally located – whatever type of holiday you’re into! Guests can choose between superior standard and superior family rooms, each of which is decorated with seaside-inspired yellows and blues. Family rooms are larger than their counterparts and also include a sofa bed for two children aged up to 12. Within the hotel’s complex you’ll find loads of sports facilities, including tennis court, multi-purpose track, water gym, billiards and table tennis, as well as a large open-air swimming pool and sunbathing deck where you can relax after exercising. Onsite dining options include the main buffet restaurant which offers international and Canarian cuisine for adults and children, as well as the Cascade Pool Bar and Coco Loco Snack Bar – both of which serve drinks and snacks throughout the day. Come evening, the kids can entertain themselves at the mini disco whilst the adults can relax listening to the live music or watching the shows at the Piano Bar.

Take a dip in the outdoor pool at Sunprime Coral Suites and Spa in Playa de Las Americas in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Take a dip in the outdoor pool at Sunprime Coral Suites and Spa in Playa de Las Americas in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Things to do

Pueblo Chico in Garachico is a great place to take the kids if it’s a bit too cold for a day at the beach or the pool. This outdoor museum features tiny models depicting various parts of modern and ancient Tenerife. Not only does the museum offer scaled-down models of the 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 and there’s plenty of parking available.

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 it’s surrounded by small gardens with benches. The statues and the decorations here are some of the finest on the island and there is a number of cafes nearby where you can enjoy a refreshing drink as you watch the world go by.

Miniature model of the El Corte Ingles shopping zone in Pueblo Chico in Garachico in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Miniature model of the El Corte Ingles shopping zone in Pueblo Chico in Garachico in Tenerife, Canary Islands, image via Dubas

Hit the beach

Approximately 10km further north from Las Teresitas beach in Santa Cruz is Playa Las Gaviotas. This beach is a challenge to get to, but its secluded location has made it one of the most popular naturist beaches on the island, with the dark volcanic sand Tenerife is known for. Due to its remote location, you won’t find any facilities here, apart from some parking spaces and a small snack kiosk which sells basic Canarian food and drink. The waves at this beach can get very large at times, making it a popular hotspot for surfers. But when surfing conditions are optimal, swimming is usually too dangerous. So if you see surfers heading into the water, make sure you get out!

The beach in front of the Lago Martianez swimming pools in Puerto de la Cruz is known as Playa Martianez and it’s one of the calmest and safes beaches you’ll find in the north of Tenerife. This is due to half of the beach being protected by a rocky breakwater, making it safe enough for swimmers and providing snorkelers with loads to see underwater. The non-protected section of the bay is open to the sea, which means it provides superb conditions for body boarding and surfing. Although there are no services or facilities on this black sandy beach, you’ll find plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants and mini markets just a short walk away in the centre of the resort.

Playa Las Gaviotas is one of the most popular naturist beaches in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Playa Las Gaviotas is one of the most popular naturist beaches in Tenerife, Canary Islands, image via Jaime

Eating and drinking out

Restaurant Tambo in Puerto de La Cruz is a great place to go for freshly cooked fish and seafood. This seafront restaurant offers great ocean views alongside an extensive menu packed with local dishes made up of fresh ingredients caught that very morning. 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 Canarian cuisine with a modern twist. Some of the most interesting dishes include strips of black olive batter, cinnamon meringues with foie gras and belly pork with mango and prawn chutney. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, opt for a tasting menu – the smallest one starts at six courses and offers up a selection of the chef’s favourite dishes.

The Original Wigan Pier in Playa de Las Americas is a popular place for evening entertainment in the south of Tenerife. Family-friendly entertainment takes place almost every night, with quizzes, bingo, karaoke and tribute act performances held regularly throughout the week. Typical British pub grub makes up most of the menu, including pies, burgers, jacket potatoes and fish and chips all available. 

December events in Tenerife

Public Hoilday

Dia de la Constitucion (Constitution)

6th December 2016

National Holiday celebrating the day when Christopher Columbus first set foot on the Americas, in recent years has been the occasion for some political protests.

Website:

http://www.guiadeisora.org/ayuntamiento/prensa/noticia/05-05-2014/el-centro-cultural-de-guia-acoge-u

Christmas

25th December 2016

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. The British bars throughout the south of the island always have a festive atmosphere on the 24th, 25th and 26th.

Website:

http://www.realtenerifeislanddrives.com/Christmas.html

Astronomy

Geminids Meteor Shower

13th December 2016 to 14th December 2016

Tenerife, alongside the rest of the Canary Islands, is perfectly placed for optimum stargazing in its position at the edge of the Northern Hemisphere, and has remarkably clear skies for seeing the Geminids Meteor Shower this November.

Website:

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide

Festival

Fiesta de la Inmaculada Concepcion

28th December 2016

Celebration of the Immaculate Conception in Candelaria, including processions with image of immaculate conception, culminating in a fireworks display.

Website:

http://www.guiadeisora.org/ayuntamiento/prensa/noticia/05-05-2014/el-centro-cultural-de-guia-acoge-u

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