For many Brits, the idea of enjoying temperatures in the 20s while in the midst of winter couldn’t be more appealing. Cold nights and mornings spent scraping ice from cars can seem to last forever during the colder months, and few of us have the time or the budget to jet away to somewhere exotic such as the Caribbean.
Thankfully, the island of Tenerife is just a four-hour flight away, so it is little wonder that it is one of the most popular European destinations for winter holidays. Year after year, thousands of holidaymakers choose to wave goodbye to the grim British winter and hello to beaches, pools and sunshine…
Winter Sunshine in Tenerife
Known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, Tenerife enjoys warm temperatures and year-round sun. During the summer months the temperatures average in the late 20s, and it usually experiences drops of less than 10 degrees as the island heads into winter. This is because Tenerife is on the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, meaning that it avoids the cold winters that the rest of Europe has.
In December, the weather can still reach an extremely pleasant 22 degrees, and evenings are cool yet still mild. This means that whatever time of the year you visit the island, you can still enjoy sunbathing, al fresco dining and nighttime walks on the beach.
Why Visit Tenerife in the Winter?
Many people actually prefer visiting Tenerife during the cooler months. Families with young children can enjoy a pool and beach holiday without the worry of their little ones not being able to cope in the heat. Similarly, older people who are more interested in a relaxing break than catching a deep tan enjoy the mild temperatures that are similar to British springs and early summers. Many tourists interested in the beauty of the island also find that the cooler months are better for walking, travelling and sightseeing.
On top of this, many people choose winter holidays in Tenerife because of the out-of-season prices. Due to the year-round sun, most hotels and attractions remain open through the winter, but the prices of hotels and flights drops significantly. Holidaymakers who consider half-board or all-inclusive options stand to save even more money with cheap deals.
North vs South
Although Tenerife as a whole enjoys warm winter weather, there is a difference in the climate of the north and south of the island. The popular tourist destination to the north of Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz, remains popular all year round – however, this area tends to experience much more cloud and precipitation than the South of the island. If you want higher chances of sunshine in the winter, therefore, it is advisable to head to the Southern resorts of Playas de las Americas or Los Cristianos.