Hottest Canary Islands in July

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

In July, all the Canary Islands are hot and dry, and the sea is warm enough for swimming at around 23ºC. While temperatures aren’t as sweltering as the Mediterranean in summer, humidity is low and the UV index is extremely high at 11. Pack plenty of sun cream!

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are the hottest islands in July, but Tenerife has marginally more hours of daily sunshine.

  • London

Average maximum temperature: 22ºC
Average minimum temperature: 13ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 6

  • Gran Canaria

Average maximum temperature: 26ºC
Average minimum temperature: 19ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9

In keeping with other islands in the region, Gran Canaria offers a wonderful combination of beaches, volcanic landscapes and charming villages – as long as you keep away from the busiest package resorts. Here’s a guide to the best places to stay in Gran Canaria along with suggestions for the best boutique hotels.

  • Lanzarote

Average maximum temperature: 27ºC
Average minimum temperature: 19ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9

Lanzarote is arguably the prettiest of the Canary Islands, and even its resorts are relatively low-key and laid-back. There are plenty of flights from across the UK, and a good choice of boutique hotels. If you’re looking for privacy and independence, rent a villa with private pool – there are some good deals on the island. Families with young children should consider the Princess Yaiza Resort.

  • Fuerteventura

Average maximum temperature: 27ºC
Average minimum temperature: 19ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9

Fuerteventura is known as much for its breezes as its year-round sunshine. It’s a major centre for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and there’s a funky vibe to many of the small resorts, along with superb beaches and clear seas. Check out these places to stay in Fuerteventura. To get the best out of the island, rent a car and explore, or consider an independent walking holiday.

  • Tenerife

Average maximum temperature: 25ºC
Average minimum temperature: 18ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 10

Tenerife is the most popular of the islands, with the busy package resorts in the sunnier south and the more traditional and authentic places to stay in the north. This guide to the best hotels in Tenerife will give you an idea of where to stay. For families, I recommend the The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Away from the resorts, check out these boutique hotels.

Find out more about where to go in the Canaries. Also, take a look at the lesser-known Canary Islands.

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