What is Tenerife Like in January?

Mon, January 9th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

Despite a post Christmas lull on Tenerife with everyone partied and spent out, an increase in visitors creates a warm, winter buzz on the island. There’s not a great amount going on in terms of events and fiestas and January marks the real beginning of Tenerife’s winter. But temperatures of over 20C make it a very appealing alternative to northern European chills


Weather on Tenerife in January
Winter starts on Tenerife during January. Daytime temperatures settle around the 20C mark in  northern resorts like Puerto de la Cruz and 22/23C in southern resorts like Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. However, visitors will notice the difference when they move from sun to shade and at night. A jacket or a jumper is needed for after dark hours. It can rain and at altitude it can snow…but, compared to winter elsewhere, January in Tenerife represents a welcome dose of warm, sunny weather.

How Busy is Tenerife in January?
Numbers of visitors increase during January. In 2010 they jumped from 280,000 to over 300,000. The numbers of German, Italian, French, Belgian and Scandinavian visitors rise whilst British, Irish and Spanish tourists decrease (there will still be over 100,000 British holidaymakers on Tenerife in January). The winter months are high season on Tenerife so although fiestas are in short supply, bars and restaurants in the resorts should be enjoying one of their busiest periods of the year.

What’s Happening on Tenerife in January?

Fiestas on Tenerife in January
Christmas on Tenerife spills into January with the Tres Reyes (Three Kings) parades on the 5th of the month. After that things quieten down on the fiesta front but there are still some interesting fiestas to be found.

Fiestas in Adeje
There’s a choice of two in Adeje during January. The first takes place on the 15th in Adeje town where the Romería de San Abad sees a harvest procession take to the streets with decorated carts, folk music, food and lots of wine from 12.30.

More popular with tourists is the spectacle of horse bathing on the 20th at Playa de la Enramada between Del Duque and La Caleta in Costa Adeje. The Romería de San Sebastián lasts from midday till midnight and attracts thousands of onlookers.



The animals are also on the rampage in the north with two more fiestas that attract thousands of people, cattle, goats, dogs, sheep…and the occasional iguana, the San Abad celebrations in Buenavista del Norte and La Matanza. These livestock fairs are normally held on the third Sunday in January. But as January started on a Sunday in 2012, it’s a case of keeping an eye on cyberspace for confirmation of dates.

Concerts & Music Festivals on Tenerife in January

There’s not a great amount of ‘big’ events in January even though you’ll find plenty of venues with live music ranging from rock to jazz to classical across Tenerife.



The biggest international name on Tenerife in January is probably Ennio Marchetto – The Living Paper Cartoon. His unique, weirdly funny show was hailed ‘an absolute hoot…’ by the New York Times. Ennio will be appearing at two venues – the Guimera Theatre in Santa Cruz on 13th and 14th and at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos on the 19th and 21st.

Posted : Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 12:42 pm
Category : events
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