What's the weather like in Tenerife in December?
December is one of the coldest months of the year for Tenerife North, but with the nearby ocean, it is actually mild compared to the rest of continental Europe. This makes the island a popular choice for a quick getaway to escape the cold and winter precipitation around other areas of the continent, including mainland Spain.
Travelers will have to pack for a range of temperatures and include both lighter gear and a slightly heavier jacket to combat the chillier night air. Average afternoon high temperatures will reach 22°C (71°F). While still very pleasant, overnight lows can be chilly with average temperatures down to 16°C (61°F) making a jacket a necessity. Throughout the day, the average temperature is 19°C (66° F).
Just like on land, water temperatures also continue to cool as the Canary Current brings cooler water toward the island. Average sea temperatures this time of the year are a brisk 17°C (63°F). As a result, not as many visitors take to the water this time of the year.
While the northern half of the island will continue to receive 7 hours of sunlight each day, the total rainfall amounts continue to increase. During the month, the average rainfall totals approximately 40mm. This rainfall is spread over an average of 8 days throughout the month. This makes December the wettest month of the year, alongside January. However, whilst the rainfall amounts and total rain days are much higher then the previous months, there still isn't enough precipitation to drive visitors inside for the duration of their stay.
The winds also continue to decrease during this time of the year with the northern region seeing a 31% chance of a windy day. This lack of wind keeps temperatures from feeling any cooler and still allows for very pleasant afternoons. In all, the month of December is a very good time to visit Tenerife for a winter break.
Hotels in Tenerife in December
Grand Hotel el Tope
In December, rates are generally lower throughout the island and one hotel to consider is the Grand Hotel el Tope located in Puerto de la Cruz. The hotel has an ideal location in town and offers 220 fully furnished and well appointed guest rooms. The hotel also offers magnificent views, gardens restaurants and bars to make any guests' stay complete.
Hotel Diamante Suites
For those adults who want to get away for a kid-free vacation, Hotel Diamante Suites is an ideal choice. Located in a residential zone of Puerto de la Cruz, the hotel is a mere 300 meters away from Playa Jardin and the sand and surf. The hotel includes 174 suites, a heated pool that is perfect for a December stay plus several bars and restaurants.
Be Live Experience Orotava
Also located in Puerto de la Cruz is the Be Live Experience Orotava. This hotel is an ideal choice for both adults and families with activities for everyone including golf, tennis and other adventures. The hotel is full service and has a little something for everyone.
Bars and Restaurants
With a killer view, Alberto's Bar in Puerto de la Cruz is one of the more popular bars on the island. From the bar, you can see almost the entire island including a picturesque view of El Teide and stunning ocean views. The drinks here aren't bad either, but go at sunset for an evening not to be forgotten.
Tasca Bodega el Rinconcito
With well-priced meals and large portions, Tasca Bodega el Rinconcito is becoming a favorite in Puerto de la Cruz. The restaurant offers a wide selection of seafood and other items as well as a great atmosphere. The professional staff is also second to none.
El Taller Save Diaz
El Taller Save Diaz is also a well-known restaurant in Puerto de la Cruz that offers a small, but lovely menu with good food along with a cozy atmosphere. With less than ten tables, there may be a wait, but it will be worth it.
Things to Do
Christmas week in Spain is a festive and significant time to spend with friends and family. The entire week for locals is full of traditions and spending Christmas Eve with family. Other traditions include visiting Mount Teide on Christmas Day and celebrating Day of the Innocent Saints on December 28th, which is the Spanish version of April Fool's Day. Depending on how much time you want to spend with crowds, your hotel staff can help plan your excursions accordingly.
With temperatures in December falling to 22°C (71°F), and rain on the increase, looking for at least one inside attraction is a good idea. If visitors want to enjoy the local culture while in Tenerife North, the Tenerife Auditorium is a natural choice. This venue has contemporary architecture and hosts musical events of all genres. Depending on when you visit the island, the Auditorium could be putting on opera, Top 40 or jazz performances. Taking a night to slow down and savor live music is a perfect juxtaposition against the busy city scene.