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Weather Averages for Tenerife in January
Averages for Tenerife in January
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, situated off the North West coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. This island features two microclimates which differ in several ways. The south of the island enjoys very dry weather with high temperatures – especially during summer, loads of sunshine and hardly any rain – even in the winter months. The north of the island experiences damper weather with slightly cooler temperatures (although they rarely drop below 13°C), a mixture of sunshine and clouds and regular showers throughout the year.
Tenerife is an island formed during a volcanic eruption which created a dry and rocky landscape with large mountains. In addition to the arid parts of the island, Tenerife also boasts green forests, built-up cities, Canarian villages, beaches and holiday resorts. This diversity is one of the major appeals of the island and attracts tourists of all types looking for all different kinds of holidays. Energetic travellers can take advantage of the sports facilities, nature lovers can explore the rural parts of the island, families can enjoy the selection of attractions and couples can relax on the beaches – Tenerife really does offer something for everyone.
January is one of the coldest times of the year to visit Tenerife, Canary Islands, when the average temperature is 15°C. During this month, highs of up to 18°C are common, cooling down to lows of 12°C. January experiences an average of eight hours of sunshine each day, and the sea temperature stands at around 20°C. Generally the wettest month of the year, January has an average of 13 rainy days.
Things to do
Due to Tenerife’s year-round sunshine and consistently pleasant weather, a round of golf is always an option. Buenavista Golf is one of the most highly regarded courses on the island, thanks to the incredible views and superb layout. Located in the northwest tip of the island, this 18-hole, 72-par course is over 6,000m long and is suitable for golfers of all abilities. Facilities include a clubhouse, pro shop, golf school, restaurant, spa and children’s club.
With 27 species of whales and dolphins in the waters around the Canary Islands, Tenerife is one of the best locations in the world for marine animal spotting. Tenerife Must Cat offers a number of different excursions from Puerto Colon harbour, ranging from three-hour sails to all-day private charters. Each trip includes time to swim and snorkell, as well as lunch and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.
The History and Anthropology Museum of Tenerife is a fantastic place to spend the day if the weather takes a turn for the worst. Situated in the north east of Tenerife in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, this museum has two sites – Casa Lercaro in the centre of the municipality and the Casa de Carta in Valle de Guerra. Both museums feature a number of exhibitions, collections and interactive displays, which give visitors a clear insight into the history and culture of Tenerife. All written information is available in a variety of languages, including Spanish, English, German, French and Italian.
Time to celebrate
The arrival of the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) on January 6th is one of the most important events in January. Head to the port in Los Cristianos, or the town square in Adeje, around 5pm to see the Kings arrive by ferry and helicopter, respectively. After being welcomed by the crowds, the Kings ride on camels through the streets handing out sweets and chocolate to all the children.
Another must-see event in January is the Día de San Sebastian celebrations held in La Caleta in Costa Adeje each year around the 20th. During this celebration, locals head to the coast with their animals to give them a blessing in the sea. The whole family can enjoy watching traditionally-dressed farmers and trainers encouraging their horses, goats, donkeys, ponies and even camels into the water for a dip.
Hit the beach
Even though January is one of the coldest months of the year in Tenerife, the weather is still mild enough to spend a day at the beach. Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz is a medium-sized black sandy beach found in the north of the island with a number of facilities, including sun beds, shades, showers, changing rooms and public toilets. The waves here are usually quite rough, making bathing unlikely. The surrounding plant life and mountain views make up for the lack of swimming opportunities and provide great scenery to admire whilst sunbathing.
In the south of the island, tucked between two tall cliffs is Los Abrigos beach. Another natural bay made up of black volcanic sand, this area of coastline is popular with locals who head down during weekends or on an evening during the summer months. There are no facilities here and shade is scarce, which is why it’s nearly always occupied by just a handful of sunbathers. You can easily reach Los Abrigos beach on foot from the nearby resort of Golf del Sur and there is plenty of parking nearby.
Tenerife boasts a huge number of international restaurants. Tasca Tierras del Sur in situated in the centre of Granadilla de Abona and comes highly recommended for those wanting to indulge in typical Canarian cuisine. Here you’ll find all the local favourites, including goat cheese and octopus starters, pork stew and sirloin steak main dishes and banana cake for dessert. There’s also a great choice of daily specials available.
If you’re looking for a more centrally-located restaurant, Oliver’s with a Twist in Los Cristianos is one of the most popular eateries in the resort. Located on the bottom floor of the Cerromar complex, this restaurant offers a selection of British cuisine that is popular with tourists and residents alike. Reserving a table is almost obligatory, with people booking up to months in advance for the chance to enjoy the incredible flavours and even more astounding presentation of the dishes.
When it comes to entertainment, The Claddagh in Los Cristianos is a great choice. This Irish bar is located in San Telmo and has live music every night from 9.30pm onwards. If you’d prefer something with a bit more glamour, the Music Hall Tavern Tenerife show could be just what you’re looking for. Held in the building next to the castle in San Miguel, this show is the most popular drag show in the whole of the Canaries. The ticket price includes a three-course meal, unlimited drinks before the show and transport back to your resort.
Where to stay
Tenerife offers a wealth of accommodation, with something to suit everyone. In the north of the island, Apartamentos Casablanca in Puerto de la Cruz offer a number of facilities for the whole family to enjoy, including swimming pool, evening entertainment, bar, restaurant, games room and children’s area. Also in Puerto de la Cruz, Gran Hotel El Tope is another popular choice for accommodation, with a selection of rooms and suites to suit all budgets, group sizes and tastes.
In the south, Hotel Isabel in Costa Adeje is ideal for families and offers a range of amenities, including wheel chair access, swimming pools, restaurant, 24-hour reception, bars and free WiFi access. In Playa de las Americas, Parque de la Paz is a centrally-located hotel with a great choice of facilities, including kids’ club, swimming pool, pool bar, restaurants and parking. Parque Santiago, also in Playa de las Americas, is another central hotel, surrounded by many great shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.