How is the weather during winter in Tenerife?

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This is a question I get often from friends and family.

They would like to come visit the island during winter months, when back home it’s cold and crappy weather almost every day, but they are uncertain regarding the weather in Tenerife.

Well people… my answer is: It Depends!

First of all, Tenerife has many microclimates – and that is why the weather in the South can be completely different from the north or even west coast.

If you’re coming for a holiday and you are seeking for lots of sunshine hours – then choose a place in the south area, in Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas, or Adeje.

The south is usually sunny and a lot warmer during winter.

You can expect temperatures between 20 -2 5 Celsius during daytime, so it’s safe to say you’ll be coming back with a winter tan.

However, especially in January and February you can expect some rainy days to happen, so consider yourselves warned. The temperatures are still better than the UK and you can spend the time bar hopping.

Would I recommend anyone a holiday in Tenerife over the winter months?

OF COURSE YES! For most people those are the best months to come visit, when almost all other places in Europe have cold and bad weather.

Just don’t be disappointed if you get the odd day of rainy time here also. And follow my tips for a great holiday on the island.

 

10 tips for the best holiday in Tenerife

If you’re planning a holiday in Tenerife, then you might find these 10 tips I have to give you useful.

  1. Don’t buy all inclusive packages. There are so many things to do and see in Tenerife, that you shouldn’t be trapped inside a hotel all day.
  2. Do your own research before you decide on where to stay in Tenerife during your holiday. I always recommend the most quiet areas like Callao Salvaje, Los Gigantes or even the Medano area. I know many tourists prefer Playa las Americas, but you won’t find anything authentic there.
  3. Rent a car and go out to explore. I would advise you to book a car from a local company, since the prices are much lower than the ones you’ll get from the big international companies. It’s true that their cars are usually not as new and pretty, but as long as it’s working fine, why not save some money?
  4. Go and eat fresh fish on the East coast. In small villages such as San Miguel de Tajao you will find authentic restaurants that serve fresh fish and seafood. If you go in these small villages you will pay less for your meal that in the bigger towns and you will see that many locals come here to eat also.
  5. Go visit the north of the island and discover the Anaga forest. Not many tourists come here, but it would be a shame not to see the beauties in the area during your holiday in Tenerife.
  6. Apply for a permit if you want to climb on mount Teide. If you want to go to the top, you have to book online on the official website https://www.reservasparquesnacionales.es/real/ParquesNac/index.aspx  There is a limited number or people that can go up every day, so make sure to book ahead for the day you want, so you don’t regret it later.
  7. Try the local fruit, but don’t buy them in the big supermarkets. Instead, try to go to local fruit shops, called Fruterias in Spanish. There is a famous Fruteria in Adeje, where you will find lots of delicious fruits.
  8. Experience the Carnival at least once in your lifetime. The carnival here is the second largest in the world, but you can see more info in our previous article here.
  9. If you want to see also the island of La Gomera, take more than one day to discover it. Many people take the ferry in the morning and get back to Tenerife in the evening, but I recommend that you take at least 2 nights there and go out and explore on your own.
  10. Learn at least a few Spanish words. If you want to get out of the touristic areas and interact with locals, then you should know some Spanish words and expressions. People that live in places like Garachico, where there are many locals, don’t usually speak English, so it would be nice of you to be able to speak a bit of their language.

These are my advices for a better holiday in Tenerife. It’s not rocket science, most of them I think that are basic common sense. I encourage you to go out and make your own plans, wonder around and discover everything this beautiful island has to offer.

I’ll end this article with a nice clip of Tenerife, that will hopefully inspire you to come here and fall in love with the scenery, the people and all the great food!

How to make papas arrugadas

Papas Arrugadas or Wrinkled Potatoes is the most traditional dish cooked in the Canary Islands.

You will find this dish in all the restaurants as a side dish, always accompanied with sauce. The sauce is called Mojo and depending on the island it will be different. In Tenerife you will find Mojo Verde (with coriander and garlic) and Mojo Rojo (with peppers).

Here is a video recipe that shows you how to prepare this meal at home.

The 2016 carnaval in Tenerife

Not many people know that in February each year it takes place the annual Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the capital of the island.

This is probably the second largest carnaval after the one in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and it takes place almost at the same time each year. The island choose it’s queen for one year and she is crowned in front of the people dancing in the streets.

It is such a lovely time and I was present once 4 years ago and I hope I will be able to go again.

12791129_1047875411901989_3336223158735673996_nThe image is from the Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife fan page facebook.com/carnavaldetenerife

Snow in Tenerife 2016

Big surprise this year in Tenerife!

It was one of the biggest snowfalls from the last few years and even the roads to Teide were closed for a few days.

I have seen beautiful images with the snow on top of the volcano and I wish I could have been there to experience it!

I could not find a good video from the island but here is one from Gran Canaria, where the snow also hit and as you can see roads were covered and the access restricted, since the cars don’t have tires appropriated for winter time.

For the tourists visiting I think this was not what they were expecting when they chose their destination! Oh well…Natures is always unpredictable.

Holiday over – good to be back!

I am back from my usual vacation to this beautiful island and everything about it inspired me to start this blog and share my thoughts about what I’ve discovered so far.

On this blog I plan to share my impression as well as tips for discovering secret spots that are secret and where you will not find many tourists.

Until then I’ll put here a clip with a song about the beautiful Spanish archipelago, with beautiful from each island. Each island is different and has it’s own charm as I hope you too will discover.