HOLIDAY WEATHER Tenerife
Tenerife experiences a spring like temperature throughout the year, with the average temperature between 20 and 22ºC.
The cold sea currents of the Canary Islands also have a cooling effect on the coasts and its beaches and the topography of the landscape plays a role in climatic differences on the island with its many valleys.
The temperatures can rise up to 30ºC in the summer from June till September. Night time temperatures are cooler but still stay in the early twenties, so be sure to look for accommodation with air conditioning.
Sunshine levels are good throughout the summer and rainfall is minimal making it one of Tenerife’s high seasons.
In October and November it is still hot but there is an increase in rainfall, however, showers are short-lived. Tenerife sees fewer visitors at this time of year so if you don’t like crowds this is a good time to come.
During the winter the climate remains mild and the temperature falls down to 15ºC. Overall, Tenerife has a good and balanced climate throughout the year.
Major climatic contrasts on the island are highly evident especially during the winter months when it is possible to enjoy the warm sunshine on the coast and experience snow within just miles, 3000 metres above sea level on Teide.
There are also major contrasts at low altitude, where the climate ranges from dry on the south eastern side like in Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Mediterranean on the north western side in Buenaventura del Norte and La Orotava.
Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands that sits far south of the mainland and is close to the West Coast of Northern Africa. Tenerife is affectionately nicknamed, ‘The Islands of Eternal Spring’ for its famously all year round pleasant weather.
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The oldest mountain ranges in Tenerife rose from the Atlantic Ocean by volcanic eruption which gave birth to the island around twelve million years ago, and there is still a 10 mile wide crater. You can visit the Spain’s highest peak, El Teide, by cable car from which you can see whole of the island.
Siam Park is a Thai-themed waterpark with a lazy river and many waterslides; including the Tower of Power which plummets at a near-vertical 90ft drop.
Loro Parque is a perfect attraction for the whole family. It is famous for the many different types of parrots that can be viewed all over the park, as it is as sanctuary for endangered species. There is also a renowned dolphin show with the largest dolphin pool in Europe. You can also find the largest population of penguins in the world outside of their natural habitat at Loro Parque.
Around 28 species of whales and dolphins feed in the waters around Tenerife, making it a great spot for watching the animals in their natural environment on boat trips.
Garachico was submerged in lava in 1706 but now is a popular day trip destination, where people swim in rock pools formed from the lava. Masca, a small village on in the Teno Mountains, is another highlight.
Cueva del Viento is the largest volcanic tube in the European Union – and the fourth in the world - at 11 miles long and you are able to explore the labyrinth with guided tours.
Tenerife’s location means the island enjoys an abundance of all varieties of fish. Most seafood is cooked simply and accompanied by mojo and wrinkly potatoes.
El Cine is a no frills bar/restaurant that serves traditional island food, with the fish and seafood being the main attraction.
Another traditional restaurant overlooking the Barranco Del Infierno, is Otelo where the speciality is pollo al ajillo.
If you’re looking for fine dining Kabuki, is a Michelin-starred restaurant that fuses Western and Japanese cuisine.
The language spoken in Tenerife is Spanish but the dialect of the Canarian people is more similar to Caribbean and South American countries, than mainland Spain.
To impress on your holiday, try and learn some basic phrases.
In Tenerife, the Euro is the currency used. For the best exchange rates, try and organise your money before you go on holiday.
The Ritz-Carlton is a luxury hotel offering a choice of 10 restaurants and private villas on the south-west coast of the island.
For those on a romantic getaway, the Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador is an adult’s only hotel offering suite-only rooms and direct beach access.
Spring Arona Gran Hotel is family friendly with large swimming pools and plenty of activities on offer for the children.
Having a lower budget doesn’t mean lower value at the Hotel Barceló Santiago, which has a fabulous infinity pool.
When to visit Tenerife?
Tenerife can be enjoyed at any time of the year but winter, from December to February, can be a better season to visit Tenerife as compared to mainland Europe it has a warm winter.
What to pack for Tenerife?
The season change is very uncertain in Tenerife. The weather in the south of the island is pretty good, but you should maybe take a jacket while going towards the North side, to combat the heavier wind. In addition, you should have a waterproof jacket and an umbrella with you in case of sudden rain.
For the summer months, remember to protect yourself with sun cream and sunglasses while exposed to the sun.