Tenerife Weather January Averages, Canary Islands
Tenerife Resort Information
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?
How Hot Does It Get In February In Tenerife?
The average temperature in January is 17°C with highs of 20°C at the hottest part of the day and lows of 14°C overnight.
Where's Hottest North or South Tenerife?
There's a big difference in temperatures between the north of the island (Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz) and in the south (Playa de Las Americas and Los Gigantes). The south of the island is always much warmer and drier than the north.
Sunshine Hours And Sea Temperature
Tenerife enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine a day in January and thanks to Tenerife's consistently mild temperatures, the average sea temperature is a pleasant 20°C in January - warm enough to go swimming.
How Wet Is Tenerife In January?
January tends to be one of thewettest months for Tenerife. At this time of year, the island usually experiences 43mm of rainfall which is spread out between five wet days.
How Windy Is Tenerife In January?
Typical wind speeds in Tenerife range between light and fresh breezes.
Tenerife Hotels in January
Apartamentos Casablanca 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 Onsite services and facilities include outdoor swimming pool heated in summer, children's pool, solarium, gym, bar-café and children's play area.
Gran Hotel El Tope
Gran Hotel El Tope is also in Puerto de la Cruz, is a four-star hotel, just steps away from the Martíanez Shopping Centre and Lago Martíanez swimming pool. Each guestroom comes with air conditioning and balcony with sea or mountain views.
Within the hotel you'll find a large outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, buffet restaurant with show cooking, bar-lounge with live entertainment, tennis courts, gym and wellness facilities, including Jacuzzi, massages, sauna and beauty salon.
Hotel Isabel is in the south, the four-star in Costa Adeje is located just 600m away from Fañabe beach. This hotel sports traditional Canarian décor and 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. Other amenities include 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
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.
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 and playground.
Parque Santiago III
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 studios and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and villas all decorated in traditional Canarian décor.
The hotel is family-friendly with swimming pools, a mini water park with slides and Jacuzzi, all of which is surrounded by tropical gardens. There is a huge choice of onsite dining options seafood, international and Italian restaurants.
Tenerife Beach for 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.
Bars and Restaurants
Tasca Tierres del Sur
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. The décor here is traditionally Canarian, with wooden floorboards, rustic wooden furniture, stone walls and terracotta-coloured ceilings.
Oliver's with a Twist
For a modern twist on traditional British cuisine, it's got to be Oliver's with a Twist in Los Cristianos, but moving to the beautiful village of Arona in November 2018. The menu offers 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.
Music Hall Tavern
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.
What is there 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.
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, Tenerife MustCat 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.
History and Anthropology Museum
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.