December Weather Averages for Tenerife, Canary Islands
What's the Weather Like in Tenerife in December
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 th...
What's the Weather Like in Tenerife in December
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, not unlike January.
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.
Average Sunshine Hours
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.
Average Sea Temperature
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).
Strongest Wind Gusts
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.
Tenerife Hotels in December
Sunprime Coral Suites and Spa
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.
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.
Iberostar Bouganville Playa
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.
Aparthotel Cordial Golf Plaza
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.
Club Marino Tenerife
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.
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.
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.
Tenerife Beach for December
Playa Las Gaviotas
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.
Although there are very minimal services and 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.
Surrounded by cliffs El Bollullo beach is in the northern tip of the Island. The beach is surrounded by stunning scenery and is completely unspoilt and natural. The sea is pristine however strong currents can make it less kid friendly. The beauty of this isolated spot make this beach well worth a visit.
Bars and Restaurants
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.
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.
Paddy's Lounge in Los Gigantes offers excellent and reasonably priced range of dishes including Asian, British, Indian, grill and even a Christmas menu for the festive period! The bar downstairs features large screen TVs with sports coverage, and a fantastic selection of beers and spirits. Visitors can also enjoy live shows and evening entertainment during or after their meal.
Things to do in Tenerife in December
For some Christmas spirit, enjoy the festive decorations that are placed throughout many of the island's towns such as La Laguna, a well visited north eastern town which holds an annual Christmas market. Also, take a trip on a cable car up to Mount Teide for a stunning, snowy landscape; perfect for this time of year!
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Pena Francia
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.
In the South of the Island and within easy reach of Los Cristianos. Las Aguilas translates into The Eagles. Las Aguilas is a zoological and botanical gardens is renown for its outdoor birds of prey show. The gardens are surounded by lush green plants, it is host to a large variety of big cats, lemurs, and monkeys.