While most countries in Europe are in a peak of cold season, on Canary island there is still endless summer going on. One of the biggest reasons I love the Canary Islands is climate. There is not many places in Europe where you can stay at the beach in December. The weather there is just perfect, never too hot or too cold. It feels like warm and sunny spring.
Below my 5 reasons why Canary Islands are the best option for exotic holiday in the middle of the winter.
BEACH TIME IN NOVEMBER
The Canary Islands are the region with the highest number of sunny hours throughout Europe – close to 5,000 a year. For comparison, in Poland, we have about 1600. The difference is huge! No matter what time of year you visit this place, you can count on the most cloudless and sunny sky from all over Europe, perfect for catching sun rays. The days here even in winter are long and sunny, which always makes you feel good and adds a lot more energy than morning coffee. When it is winter in Europe for good, here you can bask on the beach. For years, the Canary Islands occupy high places in the rankings of places with the best climate to live. It is known for its health-promoting properties, and it’s not just about the availability of sun and vitamin D3. Yes, yes Canarians do not have to worry about taking it, they get it naturally 🙂 A very important role is also played by clean air and water in the ocean as well as a kitchen full of fresh fruit and vegetables. Water temperatures in winter range between 18 and 22 degrees. There are very few rainy days here, from a few to a dozen or so throughout the year depending on the island.
SUNNY AND WARM DAYS
There is no winter in the Canary Islands. Temperatures in these colder months, December to February, range between 16 and 22 degrees. At this time, it rains more often and there are strong winds, but when such a deterioration of weather occurs, it does not last very long. When choosing which island you want to visit in winter, it is worth to remember that the more westerly the colder and the more likely the rain will be. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are the hottest at this time because of their proximity to Africa. Temperature differences on a given island can also be felt depending on whether we are in the north or south. The north is always cooler, greener and more likely to have fog and precipitation, as well as a very typical phenomenon for this region – the so-called sea of clouds (el mar de las nubes). The views are then amazing, you can feel as if it happened above the clouds, without sitting on a plane 🙂 Therefore, when booking accommodation on a given island, it is worth considering the north-south climate differences that prevail here.
However, if a more cloudy day happens to you, it is always worth checking how the situation is in neighboring towns, because it is very possible that the sun is shining there. Only a few kilometers away, the towns can have very different weather. This phenomenon is very typical for Tenerife or Gran Canaria. For example, very often in the capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, which is located in the north of the island, the sky can be overcast, and already exceeding Telde 20 km away, the weather is often sunny with a clear sky perfect for sunbathing. The inhabitants of the island even have their own definition of this phenomenon – they say that in Las Palmas there is” pansa de burro”, lots of clouds covering the sky. They are low-set clouds, which owe their position to the typical for the islands gentle winds called in Canary alisios and anticyclone from Azores. During the winter they protect the archipelago from too low a temperature and in the summer they do not allow even a moment to complain about the heat or the scorching sun. In a word, perfect weather
What may seem interesting, at least for me it was at the beginning. At the turn of January and February, when the temperature can drop below 20 degrees and often quite strong winds blow, Canarians dress warm, put on thick jackets and boots, which always amused me a little, because for us it would be weather at most for a thin sweater or sweatshirt. However, when you wear sandals and summer clothes all year round, you want to use at least a few days a year other parts from your wardrobe. Well, how much can you only walk in sandals? 🙂 Shop windows with current collections, hats, sweaters are also funny, some fur will also be found when we are 30 degrees outside and you are walking back from the beach with a surfboard under your arm. During my first winter in Gran Canaria, I wondered why so many clothes are sold in stores, since almost nobody buys them, but already flying back to Poland for the holidays with a stopover in rainy and cold Barcelona, I realized that Canarians also travel and all you have to do is move to the mainland of their country to make these jackets and hats very useful.
CHILL OUT GUARANTEED
Constant, mild temperatures, long sunny days, clear skies make the Canary Islands a perfect place to relax. Tired of gray days and lack of sun, you can be sure that by deciding to go here in the winter you will be back tanned and charged with positive energy. Not only from the sun, but also from local people who are smiling all year round. They do not know what fall autumn is.
Visiting this corner of Spain in the winter, you can definitely relax and recharge your batteries, you can finish the old year well or start this new one with pleasure. There is general peace and relaxation here, you will notice from the first day that Canarians have their own rhythm of life, it also has a good effect on tourists coming here. On the islands, you will not spend a typical autumn or winter evening with hot tea and a warm blanket. Here, after a long day of excitement in the evening, you can go for a walk, admire the beautiful sunsets, dine in the open air. It is worth trying the local cuisine, fresh fish and seafood, locally prepared potatoes or tasting bananas picked straight from the tree.
IS CLOSER THAN OTHER EXOTIC DESTINATIONS
You do not have to resort to the Caribbean to feel like you’re on a Caribbean beach. The island of Fuerteventura is often referred to as the Caribbean island of Europe. And this is because of its long, white and sandy beaches and only 5 rainy days a year. So we don’t need a dozen or so hours of flight and leaving Europe to bask on an exotic beach. It will also be cheaper for sure. There are a lot of direct connections to the Canary Islands from other EU countries, including the option of cheap carriers, who sometimes offer tickets at really great prices. About 5 hours of flight and you are on the island. It is also a great solution for families with young children who do not want to expose their toddlers to long hours spent on the plane, often with transfers. Regardless of which island you choose, you can be sure that it will be warmer and more sun here than in most of the part of Europe. All you need is only hand luggage – you will only take summer clothes for the most part.
NOT ONLY BEACH BUT DIVERSITY OF LANDSCAPES
When you get tired of lying on the beach, because so much sunshine in November may turn out to be a shock 🙂 virtually on each of the 7 islands you will find various, other interesting activities. There are many alternatives to a day at the beach. It is worth going on a trip to the mountains or visiting some landscape park, e.g. Timanfaya on Lanzarote. Explore local very picturesque towns and villages, and there are plenty of them here. A nice option is also to visit the vineyards to see in addition to tasting how Canarian wine is made. There is also a local rum factory and museum in Gran Canaria. The diversity of the landscape means that you can have fun on virtually every island. You can also run a marathon around the local bars by trying local dishes or tapas, or go shopping. Diversity is undoubtedly a great advantage of this place. Both during the day and in the evening you will find many attractions here.