Best Time for Canary Islands Cruises

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Canary Islands Cruises. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madeira, Fuerteventura und La Palma. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Canary Islands Cruises for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 12 °C to 29 °C
Waves Symbol 17 °C to 23 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 04.06 in (0 – 9 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 18.7 °C (Madeira) and 21.1 °C (Tenerife)
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General and popular routes

Canary Islands cruises, i.e. trips along the Canary Islands, have always been one of the most important and popular cruise routes of all.

Depending on the length and season, the classic cruising areas of the Canary Islands are combined with other destinations in the Mediterranean. The major shipping companies such as TUI Cruises, AIDA, Costa Cruises, MSC, Hapag Lloyd or Norwegian Cruise Line also offer other seasonal combinations.

Canary Islands cruises sometimes lead as far as Morocco or even Cape Town in South Africa. Other popular routes include mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands, Cape Verde and Portuguese islands such as Madeira.

Classical, mostly one-week Canary Islands cruises mainly include the core area of the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. Occasionally, the small island of El Hierro is also visited.

Starting point is often the port city Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. Other important cruise ports in the Canary Islands are Santa Cruz and Los Cristianos in Tenerife, Arrecife and Marina Rubicon in Lanzarote, Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastián in La Gomera, Puerto del Rosario and Corralejo Port in Fuerteventura and Puerto de la Estaca (El Hierro).

Best Time to Visit Canary Islands Cruises: Overview

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When is the best time to travel for Canary Islands cruises?


The climate in the Canary Islands is mainly subtropical and is often referred to as “eternal spring”. Even in high summer it rarely gets unbearably hot, while the weather remains pleasantly mild even in winter. These characteristics make the Canary Islands the perfect area for cruises all year round!

We particularly recommend all those months in which the rest of Europe has much worse weather to offer. Therefore, spring and autumn, especially the months of April and May as well as September and October, are considered the best travel seasons for Canary Islands cruises.

But of course the summer and winter in the Canary Islands also have their own special charm. While in July and August the main focus is on bathing fun, in winter walks and hikes through the fantastic landscapes are among the absolute highlights.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the winter in the Canary Islands is considerably wetter than the summer months. The rainy months are November, December, January and February. We therefore generally recommend the period from mid-March to the end of October as the ideal time for a cruise along the Canary Islands.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Canary Islands Cruises) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Tenerifeall except January, February, and December
Gran Canariaall except January, February, and December
MadeiraMay, June, July, August, September, and October
Fuerteventuraall except January, February, and December
La PalmaMay, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Canary Islands Cruises

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Tenerife

Climate Chart Tenerife
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Gran Canaria

Climate Chart Gran Canaria
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Madeira

Climate Chart Madeira
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Fuerteventura

Climate Chart Fuerteventura
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La Palma

Climate Chart La Palma
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Canary Islands Cruises

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Canary Islands Cruises, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Tenerife (Canary Islands Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature21°21°22°22°24°26°29°29°28°26°24°22°
Night Temperature15°15°16°16°17°19°21°21°21°20°18°16°
Water Temperature19°18°18°18°19°20°21°22°23°23°21°20°
Precipitation (inch)1.461.340.940.630.160.0400.040.350.711.52.05
Rainy days555310001356
Hours of Sunshine677891011108766
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Tenerife is 21.1 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (25.1 °C)
Coldest month: January (18 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Tenerife is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, October, and November

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 9.21 inch on 34 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Tenerife.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.8 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature20°21°21°22°22°24°25°26°26°26°24°22°
Night Temperature16°16°17°17°18°20°21°22°22°21°19°17°
Water Temperature19°18°18°18°19°20°21°22°23°23°21°20°
Precipitation (inch)0.590.790.430.240.120.04000.20.350.790.83
Rainy days433210001345
Hours of Sunshine6778891098766
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Gran Canaria is 21 °C.

Warmest month: September (24.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (18.4 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Gran Canaria is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, October, and November

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 4.37 inch on 26 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Gran Canaria.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 9.5 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.5 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Madeira (Canary Islands Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature19°19°20°20°21°22°24°26°26°24°22°20°
Night Temperature13°13°13°13°15°17°18°19°19°18°16°14°
Water Temperature18°17°17°17°18°20°21°22°23°22°20°19°
Precipitation (inch)4.063.432.521.540.750.470.080.121.462.953.983.94
Rainy days897532013689
Hours of Sunshine556675787655
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Madeira is 18.7 °C.

Warmest month: August (22.3 °C)
Coldest month: February (16 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Madeira is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 25.28 inch on 61 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Madeira.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature20°21°23°24°25°26°29°29°28°27°25°21°
Night Temperature14°13°13°14°16°18°19°20°20°18°17°15°
Water Temperature20°19°19°19°20°21°21°22°23°23°21°20°
Rainy days743210001466
Hours of Sunshine677891111119766
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Fuerteventura is 20.6 °C.

Warmest month: August (24.5 °C)
Coldest month: January (17 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Fuerteventura is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, October, and November

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in La Palma (Canary Islands Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature21°21°22°23°24°24°25°26°26°26°23°22°
Night Temperature12°12°12°12°13°15°16°17°17°17°15°13°
Water Temperature19°18°18°19°20°21°22°23°23°23°22°20°
Precipitation (inch)1.541.730.830.750.310.120.040.20.632.092.82.72
Rainy days763211012688
Hours of Sunshine566778887655
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in La Palma is 19 °C.

Warmest month: August (21.9 °C)
Coldest month: February (16.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in La Palma is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, October, and November

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 13.74 inch on 45 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in La Palma.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 8.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Popular Activities

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Gran Canaria (Station Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 18 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 9 mph N
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 63 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 04:30 am
The next days …
18th Nov 201819th Nov 201820th Nov 201821st Nov 201822nd Nov 201823rd Nov 2018
light rain20 °C to 21 °Covercast clouds20 °C to 20 °Csky is clear20 °C to 22 °Clight rain20 °C to 21 °Clight rain20 °C to 21 °Clight rain20 °C to 21 °C
20 °C to 21 °C20 °C to 20 °C20 °C to 22 °C20 °C to 21 °C20 °C to 21 °C20 °C to 21 °C
Clouds: 24 %Clouds: 92 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 54 %Clouds: 37 %Clouds: 44 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.06 in of rain0.11 in of rain0.05 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Cruises: Regions

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Canary Islands Cruises: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 1 reviews for Canary Islands Cruises holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Elke, 69 years old was there in December

    We were on Cran Canaria for a week, the weather was sunny,
    1 day it was very stormy and rainy, one could not swim there in the sea, was too high swell.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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