Playa Paraiso Weather January Averages, Canary Islands
Playa Paraiso is a small purpose-built resort on the southwest coast of Tenerife just north of the bustling, popular Playa de Las Americas often described as the island's party capital. January is the coldest month here but, even so, the average temperature is a warm 18ºC (64ºF) and average highs can reach a pleasant 21ºC (70ºC) making it an ideal place to escape the colder temperatures of a Northern European winter.
Although average temperatures are warm this month the temperature will drop in the evening when the sun goes down to an average low of 14ºC (57ºF) and even though this is not too cold it is advisable to pack some jumpers or cardigans to wear in the evenings.
Thanks to its proximity to North Africa and, in particular the hot, dry weather systems of the Western Sahara, the resort has very little rainfall, with an average of only 20mm this month falling over 5 days so any rain you do encounter is not likely to last long or impact on your holiday too much. The chance of encountering rain this month is only 11% but it is worth keeping an eye on the local forecast to make sure you don't get caught out.
Those looking for a little winter sunshine away from the cold and dark of a Northern Europe winter are likely to enjoy the 9 hours of sunshine and the 52% chance of experiencing a sunny day.
The resort is popular with sun worshipers and offers great swimming and snorkelling opportunities and those who enjoy spending time in the water will enjoy the 20ºC (68ºF) average sea temperature this month.
You are likely to experience winds from Africa at this time of year with a 46% chance of a windy day, but these are usually fairly light and the air is warm so should not cause problems.
Where to Stay
Enjoy the luxury of the 5-star Hotel Suite Villa María at La Caleta just 1.8 meters up the coast. The luxury villas with furnished terraces offer beautiful views out over the Atlantic to the island of La Gomera. Those looking to enjoy the spring-like sunshine of January in Tenerife can choose between villas with their own hot tub or private pool or venture down to the hotel pool with its stunning ocean views. The hotel has its own restaurant for lunch and dinner as well as buffet breakfast.
Slightly further down the coast is the elegant Hotel Baobab Suites set just 10 minutes' walk from Duque Beach with stunning ocean views. The rooms all come with their own outdoor space, living area and kitchenettes while the communal areas include a stylish outdoor pool and sun terrace. For those looking to kick start a New Year fitness regime there are plenty of facilities here from squash courts to bicycle rental and a spa offering massages to reward you after all that exercise.
If you want to look after yourself rather than being based in a hotel then the self-catering Natali Apartment in Playa Paraiso is a great option. With a balcony looking out over the ocean and communal tennis courts there is plenty to do here, or walk down to the beach for a swim and some excellent snorkelling.
Things to Do
Take advantage of the cool January evenings to take a stroll down the promenade at Costa Adeje and take in the beautiful 4 km of golden sand beaches, the endless cafes, bars and restaurants and the vibrant beachfront life. Take time out to sit and have a cool beer at one of the bars overlooking the ocean and you can while away a good couple of hours just watching the people coming and going along this lively promenade.
The slightly cooler temperatures this month make it the perfect time to take a hike up through the hills of Adeje and discover the Special Nature Reserve Barranco del Infierno (Hell's Gate) with its beautiful waterfall and rare flora and fauna. Stop off along the stunning trail 300m above sea level to take in the breath-taking views down over the south end of the island.
Hit the Beach
If the temperatures drops to the average January low of 14ºC (57ºC) and it's a little cold for sunbathing or swimming then take a romantic walk along the cliffs and down to the secluded beach of Playa Bollullo near Puerto de la Cruz. It's worth the trip to the north of the island for this beautiful dramatic, rocky beach. A steep walk down to the black volcanic sand makes this very picturesque and a popular spot with the locals when the temperature rises. If you get peckish you can either pick up some snacks from the wooden snack bar at one end or sit down and enjoy the view at the restaurant at the other.
Puertito de Güimar to the east of the island is well worth a visit with its colourful buildings and the picturesque promenade running beside the 700m long Playa del Cabezo is a lovely place to walk or sit. The beach itself is made up of course volcanic sand and while swimming is safe thanks to the breakwaters and the average sea temperature at this time of year of a warm 20ºC (68ºF) be aware that the water does become deep rather quickly.
Eating & Drinking Out
If you just want to have local dinner in the resort then the L'Incontro Restaurant, a cosy, traditional Italian restaurant with seating available both inside and out is a great choice. The staff are very friendly and the authentic Italian food is freshly prepared and delicious. Don't forget to try the excellent olives. Those looking for a place to stop off for a glass of sangria, cold beer or even a cocktail before dinner will enjoy the excellent bar here.
Ristorante Gianfra alla Rosa Nera is a lovely local restaurant in Playa Paraiso serving delicious, ambitious Italian dishes including succulent steaks and fresh, homemade pastas at very reasonable prices. The owners are Italian and very friendly.
For a cold pint at the end of the day or jolly knees up with a predominantly British crowd head down to the Britannia Inn Bar located along the resorts central Avenidi Adeje 300 road. The hosts are friendly and the atmosphere is lively. If you end up staying they also serve food.
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