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Averages for Tenerife south in January

January is a great month to visit Tenerife if the winter in the UK is getting you down. Temperatures in the south of the island reach a pleasantly warm high of 21°C (70°F) and drop no lower than 14°C (57°F) in the evenings, making resorts such as Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos very popular at this time of year.  

Weather lowdown

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Averages for Tenerife south in January

  Temperature 65°F


Low Temperature 59°F


  High Temperature 71°F


  Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 52 %
  Rainfall 20mm
  Rainfall days 5 days
  Chance of Rain 11 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 6 %
  Sea Temperature 68°F


Chance of Windy Day 46 %

Daily averages for January

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
°C 19 19 19 19 19 19 18
°F 66 66 66 66 66 66 64
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
18 18 19 18 19 19 19
64 64 66 64 66 66 66
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
19 18 19 19 19 19 18
66 64 66 66 66 66 64
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
19 19 19 19 18 18 19
66 66 66 66 64 64 66
29 30 31
18 19 18
64 66 64
Daily averages for January

Averages for Tenerife south in January

January is a great month to visit Tenerife if the winter in the UK is getting you down. Temperatures in the south of the island reach a pleasantly warm high of 21°C (70°F) and drop no lower than 14°C (57°F) in the evenings, making resorts such as Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos very popular at this time of year.  

Weather lowdown

January is typically the coldest winter month with averages dropping to around 18° C with night time lows averaging 14°C. The average high temperature is 21°C and you can expect some rainfall in January with it being in the wettest months from November through to March. Average daily temperature in January is 18°C amid the high and low averages of 21°C and 14°C. As the month progresses the temperature slowly rises to the average high of 22°C. The night time lows are less than 10°C in the first 2 weeks of the month and then the last 2 weeks of the month of the low averages between 11 and 14°C. The mean is 15°C for the month. The relative humidity level this month, on average, ranges from a comfortable 48% to a more humid 79%.

You may see up to 5 or 6 days of rain each month including January with a monthly average rainfall of 20mm with an average of around 5mm per day. This only relates to a 16% chance of rain that is mainly confined to drizzle and light rain. December sees the highest rainfall with an average of 35mm each month but still only occurring on 5 to 6 days.

The average temperature of the ocean is 20°C that compares to the high in the summer months of 23°C. The sunshine hours in January averages out at 9 after the winter low of 7 hours in December. Summer sunshine from June to August lasts for 12 hours when you can spend half the day outdoors. The sunshine hours are slowly getting longer heading toward 10 hours in March.

Snow is unlikely to fall in Tenerife South during this month, while wind speeds typically vary from 2m/s to 9m/s and rarely exceeds 13m/s - so strong winds are rare. 

Things to do in January 

Being winter not all of the tourist attractions are open but there are still some great activities for the whole family . Outdoor activities such as walking and hiking with guided tours booked through Tenerife Hiking. Choose from a few hours or a few days with stops in rural accommodation. Trek through the mountains and up to Mount Teide offer you some great scenery and photo opportunities. The area has some distinct geological formations from the volcano such as lava tubes and flows.

 Teide spanish inactive volcano

Mount Teide,a Spanish inactive volcano.

There is mountain biking for the more adventurous and for the children the water park, Aqualand, at Costa Adeje is open all year round.

If you are looking for a round of golf, head over to the challenging but scenic course at Golf Costa Adeje. Try the 18 whole championship courses with par 3, 4 and 5 holes, practice on the putting and chipping greens and enjoy the sloping course down to the sea. Open at 7 am for the early birds and closing at 7pm there is plenty of time to enjoy a game.

For the doll collector you can’t miss the Artlandya Doll Museum with its collections of dolls and teddies. Open all year round but is closed on January 1st. More fun for the whole family can be had at Loro Parque with its aquarium attractions, aviary and museums.

Bottle Nose Dolphis at Loro Parque

Dolphins at Loro Parque.

A great way to experience the scenery of Tenerife South and surrounds is to go horse riding and Horse riding in Tenerife offer rides for all levels of horsemanship for adults and children.

Hit the Beach 

Winter in Tenerife is not necessarily the best time to hit the beach for a swim as the ocean is only 20°C, but there are other things to do along the beach front. Take a stroll along the beach or brave the water for a quick dip. Walking along the Playa de las Teresitas with its white sand and palm trees and then sunbathing for a while, weather permitting, is a nice way to relax on the beach in winter. In contrast to the white sand at Playa de las Teresitas is the black volcanic sand of Playa de Benijo. The volcanic rocks make this beach in vast contrast to the many other local beaches in Tenerife.

Playa Teresitas

Playa de las Teresitas.

There is no beach here but the rock pools at Garachio are worth a visit any time of year.

El Caleton. Natural Pools in Garachico.

El Caleton. Natural Pools in Garachico.

Where to eat and drink

In winter some of the smaller bars and cafes may be closed but there are still plenty of other establishments to choose from. There are a variety of cuisines many of which can be found in the C. C. Safari Las Americas from Greek at El Greco, Italian at Domus Aurea and Indian Tandoori at Bombay Blue.

A great place to take the kids for pizza, with their own dedicated play area is the Pueblo Canaria Las Americas. They serve healthy treats and pasta for the kids along with great coffee for mum and dad. 

Otelo Bar and Restaurant  in Adejo offers great Canarian local food. Children are welcome and the atmosphere is friendly and warm. Meat lovers should head to the Rodeo Steakhouse, also at Adejo. There is a range of over 40 salads to choose from, too. 

Otelo Bar and Restaurant

Views at Otelo Bar and Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Tenerife Holidays.

Where to stay

Being winter you will be able to find a great deal on accommodation, though the options on offer are greater in the summer months. One such place to consider is the Tinerfe Garden Apartments in Adejo. Each self-contained private bungalow has its own swimming pool and caters for couples as well as larger family groups. Or you can choose from an apartment in the main complex. The main pool area has a bar with billiards and ping pong and a large solarium. The restaurant offers a complete range of services including car hire, money exchange, car hire and excursion booking.

For the avid golfer you can stay at the Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club with two golf clubs, Golf del Sur and the Amarillo, both of which are within walking distance from your room. The club is just 100 metres from the beach and has an Italian restaurant to tempt the taste buds after a day’s golf or sunning on the beach.

A terraced room at Sir Anthony Hotel offers great beach panoramas from each room with an airport transfer service. There is free secure parking, hair salon, laundry and a convenience store. For the children from 6 months to16 is the Clun Mare with qualified carers. The health and wellness centre has a spa, Jacuzzi and a range of body and facial treatments to indulge yourself. Or you could try the Cleopatra Palace with its Roman themed rooms, spas and understated luxury. Europe’s largest Hard rock Café is located here in the hotel complex along with a range of other cafes and bar. 

 Cleopatra Palace Hotel Tenerife

Cleopatra Palace Hotel Tenerife.

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