An attractive proposition no matter the season, Tenerife is an extremely sought-after holiday destination that is blessed with year-round sunshine.
Holidays in Tenerife
Everything about the Spanish island of Tenerife screams indulgence with the lively resorts of Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas perfect for cool cocktails in between afternoon sunbathing.
Then on the other hand, who could beat awe-inspiring views of the highest summit in Spain - Mount Teide - as you assume a perfect vantage point from Mirador de Jardina?
Whichever way you define paradise, there are wonderful experiences catering to most tastes on this sun-kissed isle.
The most populated of the Canary Islands, not to mention the biggest, Tenerife is popular not only among holidaymakers from the Spanish mainland but also large populations of Brits and Germans.
While Tenerife has played a huge role in the development of the affordable package holiday, the island is also home to an assortment of high-end hotels, inland hiking opportunities and scenic coastal drives.
Ultimately, Tenerife is an appealing getaway in the summer, around Christmas and anytime in between given the consistent warm temperatures all year round.
Speaking of climate, who couldn’t fall in love with an island whereby the average annual temperature doesn’t dip beneath 17°C. With this representing the bottom end of the scale between December to February, August is the hottest month in Tenerife at an average of 24°C.
While holidaymakers are guaranteed warmth no matter the season they travel, raindrop dodgers should avoid December and January when average rainfall ranges between 43 and 56mm on this mountainous island.
Things to do on holiday in Tenerife
Given Tenerife enjoys sunny, warm conditions all year round, one of your biggest dilemmas is to decide which time of year to travel. Some of these major draws may help make up your mind.
Tenerife Walking Festival
An eclectic four-day mix of guided walking tours, botanical garden strolls and wine tasting among other highlights, the Tenerife Walking Festival has proved to be extremely popular since debuting in 2015.
Taking place from May 23rd to May 27th in 2017, this festival is already attracting amblers from around the continent and just the volcanic route alone makes this event unmissable.
Taking open-jawed walkers through the dramatic heartland of the Teide National Park which is spread over a whopping 47,000 acres, the landscape is almost unworldly but curiously multi-coloured. The reason behind differently coloured rock banding is simply the amount of eruptions that have contributed to a layering effect over millions of years.
While it’s perfectly acceptable for participants to discover the Tenerife Walking Festival’s routes at their own leisure, guides are always on hand to educate the most inquisitive of souls.
Resorts in Tenerife
When it comes to resorts in Tenerife, the island is split between extremely popular honeypots and quieter retreats. Undoubtedly, the two most popular resorts are both Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos whereby entire days can be spent without hot footing it elsewhere.
Playa de Troya in Playa de las Americas is arguably Tenerife’s most iconic beach and is incredibly enticing for families with younger children given the shallow waters and golden sand that sit inside an artificial bay. Not simply family-friendly, nightfall draws in Tenerife’s most energetic party crowds. The famous Veronica’s coastal strip attracts club goers every year while the Starco district contains a series of themed bars that stay open so late, you may even witness a Tenerife sunrise.
As for Los Cristianos, the former remote fishing village is unmistakable nowadays. A lively centre that comprises the two stunning beach communities of Playa de las Vistas and Playa de Los Tarajales, many of Tenerife’s best-loved day trips operate out of this town. A Monkey Park, sea fishing and a wide variety of water sports are just some of the activities tourists can indulge in all year round.
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The island’s capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife comes to a standstill each February whereby one of Europe’s biggest parties is thrown.
Capturing the entire islands’ imagination in wintertime, the event even earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records back in 1987 where a figure of over 200,000 people was unheard of for a concert in a single outdoor space.
The event’s popularity continues today with the extravaganza typically lasting longer than a week while featuring Brazilian-style showgirls, numerous musical performances and the burial of a giant sardine!
Coinciding with Ash Wednesday, the paper maché sardine is carried through the streets on a funeral stand before being set alight. Men in drag also screech in grief as the sardine heads towards its final fate in a peculiar event that you can’t help finding out more about.
The Fiesta of San Andrés
For those looking for some winter sun, late November is a fantastic time to travel to Tenerife with the island hosting its best loved wine tasting event.
The fiesta is based around Saint Andrew’s Day between November 29th and 30th with the northern coast city of Puerto de la Cruz turning into a huge crescendo of noise and merriment.
The island’s most revered wineries converge on the city in respect of Arrastre los Cacharros, the traditional practice of rolling wine barrels down to sea to be washed. Unsurprisingly creating a huge clatter, this exercise would inform locals that new wines were arriving to Tenerife from overseas.
Hence why visitors during this period will watch hundreds of joyful children dragging an assortment of metal items (pots, tins, etc) through the streets at dusk as a memento to the old-fashioned custom.
The Romería de San Roque
Not forgetting trips during the summer and August 16th to be precise, tourists should discover the quickest way towards the northern coast town of Garachico. Why?
Because a religious pilgrimage (a romería), honouring the region’s Patron Saint San Roque spectacularly takes place with mesmerising visuals.
Adored due to prayers eventually ending years of plague here, beautifully designed fruit murals, donkey-pulled carts carrying local delicacies and an army of natives in Canarian costume make this an unmissable event.
Simply a fantastic place to watch the world go by while losing oneself in a sea of scarlet, make sure to bring along some headwear given this is the hottest month on the island.
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