Canary Islands Weather – Best time to visit the Canary Islands

Weather in the Canary Islands

Holidays to the Canary Islands offer sunny days, sandy beaches and blue waters. There are eight Canary Islands with the most popular being Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. The smaller islands of La Palma and La Gomera are hidden gems perfect for relaxation. El Hierro and La Graciosa are the smallest of the islands. You’re bound to find plenty of activities, celebrations, and things to do no matter what time of year you travel to the Canary Islands.

Canary Islands weather by month

The Canary Islands have a sub-tropical climate which means the islands are typically sunny throughout most of the year. Here’s our month-by-month guide to the average weather and climate in the Canary Islands.

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Frequently asked questions

Best time to visit the Canary Islands

The best time to visit depends on what you want to get out of your luxury holiday in the Canary Islands. April to September is perfect for family holidays in the Canary Islands as the weather is warm and there’s lots of watersport opportunities. If you’re looking for warm temperatures but less crowds, then October to March is the perfect time for some relaxation. 

Best time for beaches in the Canary Islands?

The best time to visit the beaches of the Canary Islands is the summer between June and September when temperatures reach the high 20’s, and the clear waters are warm. 

Best time for sightseeing in the Canary Islands? 

If you wish to see the sights of the Canary Islands, the best time is March to May or October and November when there are less crowds and it’s slightly cooler to walk around.  

Are the Canary Islands hot all year round?

The Canary Islands benefit from a sub-tropical climate, so it is warm all year round. The hottest month is August with an average temperature of 25˚C. The coolest months of the year are January and February with an average temperature of 18˚C. The hottest Canary Island is Lanzarote as it is the closest to the Sahara Desert.  

Does it rain in the Canary Islands?

With a sub-tropical climate, the Canary Islands don’t have a lot of rain throughout the year. The driest month is June with 0mm of rainfall and the wettest month is October with 11mm of rain. The island of Fuerteventura tends to get the most rain.  

Best time for quiet holidays in the Canary Islands?  

The best time for a quieter holiday in the Canary Islands is between January and March when there are less crowds, but the weather is still pleasant. During this time, you can enjoy the beauty of the Canary Islands all to yourself. The most relaxing island is La Gomera, still untouched by mass tourism while La Palma offers a peaceful holiday.

Which is the hottest Canary Island in January?

Tenerife is the hottest Canary Island in January with an average maximum temperature of around 20ºC.

Which is the hottest Canary Island in February?

Gran Canaria is the hottest Canary Island in February thanks to average maximum temperatures of around 20ºC.

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Add a touch of luxury with Sovereign

Are you ready to start planning your luxury Canary Islands holiday? Take a look at our luxury hotels in the Canary Islands below.

Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa, Fuerteventura
  • Choose from seven restaurants and 4 bars, with Mediterranean, Asian, and international cuisines on offer
  • Relax on the beach or on the sun terrace surrounding the two swimming pools.
  • Unwind in the spa and choose from massages, facials, body wraps, and more
  • Junior Suites and Suites offer views of the hotel’s extensive tropical gardens or the beach
Santa Catalina, A Royal Hideaway Hotel, Gran Canaria
  • A stunning historic 5-star hotel, in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Four restaurants including a Michelin Star option and two bars offer plenty of choice
  • Located just 3 kilometres from  Las Canteras beach while the stylish rooftop pool keeps you cool
  • An iconic hotel in a dream setting
Hotel Bahia del Duque, Tenerife
  • A luxury 5 star hotel that has been welcoming guests since 1993
  • Enjoy direct access to the beach and the bustling promenade of Costa Adeje
  • Experience your beautiful surroundings with all five senses during spa treatments in a luxury oasis
  • Rest assured that everyone can enjoy exciting activities, including a Kids' Club, a teen lounge with Wi-Fi, live entertainment, and a yacht excursion along the coast
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