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 main 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 mixtur...
Daily averages for Tenerife
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Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, situated off the North West coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. This island features two main 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, with regular showers throughout the year, although they're mostly constricted to the winter and spring seasons.
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.
What's the weather like in Tenerife in January
January is one of the coldest months for Tenerife, Canary Islands, when temperatures are low, cloud coverage is high and the probability of rainfall is also high. During this month, the average temperature for the island decreases slightly as the month develops, starting off at 16°C at the beginning of the month and ending at 15.5°C by the end of the month. Daily average high and low temperatures follow the same pattern, starting off at 19°C/13.5°C and dropping down to 18.5°C/13°C, respectively.
The difference between the temperatures in the north of the island, such as Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz, and the temperatures in the south of the island, such as Playa de Las Americas and Los Gigantes, is huge. The south of the island is always much warmer and drier than the north, making it a better choice for your Tenerife holiday in January.
In the south, daily average temperatures start off at around 19°C at the start of the month, dropping down to 18°C for a few days in the second week. The daily average temperature then fluctuates between 18°C and 19°C throughout the month, before ending at 18°C on January 31st.
The highest temperature ever registered in Tenerife in January is 28.2°C, which was recorded on January 5th 1982 at Tenerife South Airport. At the other end of the scale, the lowest temperature ever recorded on the island in January is -8°C, which was registered on January 18th 1945 in Izaña.
Between December 2014 and February 2015, Tenerife experienced its coldest overall winter since 1998, with January 2015 being the coldest January since 2006 for the Canary Islands as a whole, with temperatures averaging at a mere 13.9°C. The reason for the extreme cold temperatures was said to be due to the northerly winds which replaced the easterly winds that are usually prevalent at this time of year.
If you hate cold temperatures and want to visit Tenerife when the weather is at its best, forget about going in January and plan your holiday for August or September instead, when the island experiences its hottest temperatures.
On average, January tends to be one of the wettest months for Tenerife, when the island is frequently subject to intense storms which often result in flash floods. During this month, the probability of precipitation decreases as the month develops in the south of the island, starting off at 16% on January 1st and falling down to 13% between January 23rd and 31st, inclusive. However, in the north of the island, the chance of precipitation is constant, starting off at 38% on January 1st and dropping down to 37% in the second week of the month.
At this time of year, the island usually experiences 43mm of rainfall which is spread out between five wet days. The most common forms of precipitation to fall in January are drizzle, moderate rain, light rain and heavy rain. Although the top of Mount Teide is frequently covered in snow at the start of the year, the possibility of snow falling anywhere else on the island is almost zero.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Tenerife in January is 957.4mm, which fell in January 1979 in Izaña. The 16th of this month was declared the wettest day the island had ever seen, when 229.3mm of rainfall sell within one single day. Moreover, the maximum number of wet days ever experienced during any January is 25, which was registered at Tenerife North Airport in January 1978.
Over the course of the month, Tenerife enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage which drops from 45% (partly cloudy) at the start of the month down to 43% (partly cloudy) by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 32% of the time, partly cloudy 21% and cloudy/overcast 18%.
Thanks to Tenerife's consistently mild temperatures, the average sea temperature for the waters around the island is an equally pleasant 20°C in January. Although much cooler than the average sea temperatures of June and July, the sea is still definitely warm enough to go swimming in during this month.
The relative humidity for Tenerife in January averages at around 67%, varying between 48% (comfortable) and 92% (very humid), rarely falling below 29% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
In the south of the island, the air is driest around January 13th, when the relative humidity falls below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around January 2nd, when it rises above 73% (humid) three days out of four. In the north of the island, the air is driest around January 30th, when the relative humidity falls below 73% (humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its mist humid around January 1st, when it rises above 88% (very humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average January, typical wind speeds in Tenerife range between 1 m/s (light air) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely going above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around January 29th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around January 1st, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s. The strongest wind ever recorded in Tenerife in January is 60 m/s which was registered in Izaña on January 23rd 1947.
Tenerife Hotels in January
Apartamentos Casablanca is a three-star complex in Puerto de la Cruz, situated in the residential area of La Paz. Thanks to its central location, this hotel surrounded by beaches, tourist shops, small supermarkets, bars and local restaurants. Here you can choose between studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments, each of which features a fully-equipped kitchen with fridge, coffee maker, juicer, toaster and microwave, bedroom(s), bathroom with hairdryer and living room with satellite TV and WiFi access. Onsite services and facilities include outdoor swimming pool heated in summer, children's pool, solarium, gym with weights and cardio machines, sauna, bar-café open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, children's play area and paid parking. Nearby points of interest include the Casino de Taoro and Jardín Botanico, both of which are within walking distance, plus Loro Parque which is an eight-minute drive away.
Also in Puerto de la Cruz, Gran Hotel El Tope a four-star hotel, just steps away from the Martíanez Shopping Centre and Lago Martíanez swimming pool. Here accommodation comes in the form of standard double rooms, superior double rooms and junior suites. Each guestroom comes with air conditioning, TV, complete bathroom and balcony with sea or mountain views. Superior rooms come with welcome baskets upon arrival, whilst junior suites are much larger and feature a more luxurious décor. Within the hotel you'll find a large outdoor swimming pool, pool bar which serves alcohol and soft drinks, buffet restaurant with show cooking, bar-lounge with live entertainment, tennis courts, gym and wellness facilities, including Jacuzzi, massages, sauna and beauty salon.
In the south, the four-star Hotel Isabel in Costa Adeje is located just 600m away from Fañabe beach. This hotel sports traditional Canarian décor and provides accommodation in the form of 384 units divided between one-bedroom apartments, one-bedroom accessible apartments, bungalows, one-bedroom villas and two-bedroom villas. Each unit comes complete with living room with TV, separate bedroom, bathroom, complete kitchen and balcony. Onsite dining options include buffet restaurant with show cooking, pool bar which serves snacks and drinks, lounge bar which hosts entertainment and Taroconte Bar which has a smoking section. Other amenities and services include free WiFi access throughout, minimarket, hair salon, free gym, heated outdoor pool and children's pool. For many, the highlight is the wellness centre which provides facials, body treatments and international massages.
Parque de la Paz is a centrally-located hotel in Playa de Las Americas, just 150m away from the beach, 50m away from the Safari Shopping Centre and surrounded by British and Irish bars and restaurants. Here accommodation comes in the form of studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments. Each unit features an American-style kitchen with oven, fridge, coffee maker, toaster and kettle, living room with satellite TV, complete bathroom with bath and balcony. Onsite dining options include the pool bar which serves snacks and drinks, all-inclusive BBQ restaurant and international buffet restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. Other facilities and services include outdoor swimming pool, children's swimming pool, kids' club, playground game area with WiFI and parking.
Parque Santiago III is another central hotel in Playa de Las Americas, located even closer to the beach and an even greater selection of international bars, restaurants and live music venues. The highlight of the hotel is the commercial centre which runs below it and is home to 153 different outlets. Here you'll find 716 studios and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and villas. Each unit features traditional Canarian décor and comes with fully-equipped kitchen, terrace or balcony, free WiFi access and satellite TV. Within the hotel you'll find many family-friendly amenities, including swimming pools, a mini water park with slides and Jacuzzi, all of which is surrounded by tropical gardens. Onsite dining options include Atlántico seafood restaurant, Mesón which serves drinks and snacks, Plaza which offers international dishes, Vitaminas which specialises in homemade juices, smoothies, shakes, ice creams and cocktails, the Italian La Trattoría, the oriental gourmet Khong Tsa, Bier Pinte which boasts live entertainment on an evening and Happy Stable which specialises in barbecue food.
Tenerife Beaches in January
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 with sun beds, parasols, showers, changing rooms and public toilets. The waves here are usually quite rough, making swimming often dangerous. The stunning surrounding plant life and mountain views make up for the lack of swimming opportunities and provide great scenery to admire whilst sunbathing. Although Playa Jardín is located in the north of the island which is usually cloudy, this beach still enjoys a lot of sunshine, since it's on the coast which is less affected by cloud banks than in-land places.
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. So if you want a relaxing experience, visit during the day in the week. There are no facilities here and shade is scarce, so make sure you take your own shade, loungers and food. You can easily reach Los Abrigos beach on foot from the nearby resort of Golf del Sur and there is plenty of parking nearby. The south east is one of the sunniest parts of the island, thanks to intense trade winds which keep clouds at bay. This means that Los Abrigos beach is almost always sunny, even when other parts of the island are overcast.
Restaurants and Bars
Tasca Tierras del Sur is the most highly-rated restaurant in Tenerife, according to TripAdvisor. Situated in the centre of Granadilla de Abona, this eatery serves up typical Canarian cuisine, including meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian tapas, salads, scrambled egg-based dishes, grilled steaks, pork fillets and homemade desserts. There is also a superb selection of local and Spanish wines, most of which are available by the bottle and glass. The décor here is traditionally Canarian, with wooden floorboards, rustic wooden furniture, stone walls and terracotta-coloured ceilings.
For a modern twist on traditional British cuisine, it's got to be Oliver's with a Twist in Los Cristianos. Also highly recommended by TripAdvisor, this restaurant offers a two-course set menu made up of one starter and one main. The menu is comprised of a huge selection of British dishes with international flair, such as the full English breakfast with chorizo sausage, lightly fried calf's liver with mustard mash and bacon-wrapped chicken breast in a sweet curry sauce. Thanks to the quality and presentation of its dishes, this restaurant gets booked up months in advance, so making a reservation before your holiday is a must.
If you're in the mood for some lively entertainment, head down to The Claddagh in San Telmo, Los Cristianos. This Irish bar has live entertainment which begins at 9.30pm every evening, hosted by owner and musician Gerry from Galway. Each Sunday, music sessions start earlier at 5.30pm with chilled out Graham before Gerry takes over later on. Normally only open on evenings, the Claddagh opens at midday on Sundays, giving you the chance to enjoy the typical Irish craic whilst soaking up the sun on the outdoor terrace.
If you'd prefer something with a bit more glamour, the Music Hall Tavern Tenerife show could be just what you're looking for. Situated in Playa de las Americas, 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. The show is performed in Tenerife every Sunday at 7.30pm and tickets must be booked in advance online or at one of the excursion kiosks throughout the island.
Things to do in Tenerife in January
Due to Tenerife's year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, a round of golf is always an option, whatever time of year you visit the island. Buenavista Golf is one of the most highly regarded courses in Tenerife, thanks to its incredible mountain and coastal 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, plus many more species of shark, rays and turtles, in the waters around the Canary Islands, Tenerife is one of the top three locations in the world for marine animal spotting. The year-round mild sea temperatures and generous daily sunshine hours are two of the reasons why so many of these animals choose to live in Canarian waters or pass through them. If you're interested in seeing the local aquatic wildlife, TenerifeMust Cat offers three different excursions from Las Galletas harbour, ranging from three-hour sails to all-day private charters. Each trip includes time to swim and snorkel, as well as lunch and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.
If you're in the north of the island, the weather in January might not be as pleasant, due to humid trade winds which condense in the north of the island, creating cloud banks which can block out a lot of the sun. The History and Anthropology Museum of Tenerife is a fantastic place to visit on a cloudy day. 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 exhibitions, collections and interactive displays which give visitors a clear insight into the history and culture of Tenerife. Casa Lercaro covers the economic, social and cultural development in the island from the 15th century until today, whilst the Casa de Carta is an 18th century stately home where you can see typical costumes, period furniture, basket work, ceramics, traditional musical instruments and mills for grinding local gofio. All written information is available in Spanish, English, German, French and Italian.
January events in Tenerife
6th January 2018
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.