Hottest Canary Islands in January

 By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

January is the depths of winter in the Canary Islands, but it’s still a whole lot warmer than in the UK. Well worth the four hours flying time!

Gran Canaria is the hottest of the islands in January. In summer the difference of one or two degrees may not be significant, but in winter every bit of extra heat and sunshine is highly valuable.

  • London

Average maximum temperature: 7ºC
Average minimum temperature: 2ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 2

  • Gran Canaria

Average maximum temperature: 20ºC
Average minimum temperature: 14ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7

Recommended holidays: Gran Canaria is one of the most under-rated islands of the region. It has wonderful beaches but also a staggeringly beautiful volcanic interior. See a pick of the best places to stay in Gran Canaria along with some charming boutique hotels. You could discover the island’s canyons and coastline on an independent walking holiday.

  • Lanzarote

Average maximum temperature: 20ºC
Average minimum temperature: 13ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7

Recommended holidays: there’s a huge choice of hotels in Lanzarote but we recommend renting a villa with private pool. Families with young children will adore the Princess Yaiza Resort while i-escape has put together a list of lovely boutique hotels in Lanzarote. This is another great island for walking. You can go on an independent holiday with Inntravel.

  • Fuerteventura

Average maximum temperature: 19ºC
Average minimum temperature: 13ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7

Recommended holidays: check out this selection of charming and good-value places to stay in Fuerteventura. There is plenty to discover on this fascinating island – you could rent a car or embark on an independent walking holiday. You can also consider some of the lesser-known Canary Islands such as La Palma, La Hierro and La Gomera.

  • Tenerife

Average maximum temperature: 18ºC
Average minimum temperature: 12ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6

Recommended holidays: Couples should check out these luxury hotels in Tenerife with Classic Collection. For families, we suggest The Ritz-Carlton, Abama or the Sheraton La Caleta. If you want something with charm and character, see these boutique hotels in Tenerife.

You can spot pilot whales and dolphins on boat trips all year round in Tenerife, but between November and February, you can see migratory whales including humpbacks and finbacks.

Ramblers Walking Holidays has group trips to Tenerife as well as the lesser known islands of La Gomera and La Palma.

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