Hottest Canary Islands in March

 By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

The Canary Islands start to heat up in March, making them the perfect spring getaway. The guaranteed sunshine is well worth the four-hour flight.

Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are all equally hot at this time of year, with Tenerife just a touch cooler. If you are planning a beach holiday, the sea will be slightly warmer in Gran Canaria (19ºC), but Fuerteventura is forecast to have a little less rain.

March is Carnival season (dates vary depending on the year). If you miss the main event in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital, there’s a second celebration in the resort town of Los Gigantes.

  • London

Average maximum temperature: 10ºC
Average minimum temperature: 3ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 4

  • Gran Canaria

Average maximum temperature: 21ºC
Average minimum temperature: 14ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7

Recommended holidays: Gran Canaria has wonderful beaches and a rugged volcanic interior. Find the best places to stay in Gran Canaria along with some charming boutique hotels. Or explore the island’s canyons and coastline on this walking holiday.

  • Lanzarote

Average maximum temperature: 21ºC
Average minimum temperature: 14ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7

Recommended holidays: there’s a huge choice of hotels in Lanzarote but I suggest you stay in a villa with private pool. Families with young children adore the Princess Yaiza Resort. We have also found some lovely boutique hotels in Lanzarote. Or try this walking holiday. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with a three-day party in the resort town of Puerto del Carmen.

  • Fuerteventura

Average maximum temperature: 21ºC
Average minimum temperature: 14ºC
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.

  • Tenerife

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

Recommended holidays: Couples should check out these luxury hotels in Tenerife. For families, we suggest The Ritz-Carlton, Abama or the Sheraton La Caleta. Also take a look at these boutique hotels in Tenerife. If you’re planning to visit during Carnival, book early.

Looking for something more quirky and remote? Try these lesser-known Canary Islands. And find out more about where to go in the Canary Islands.

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