Destination Tenerife - Tenerife
Tenerife enjoys a spring climate all year round with average annual temperatures that fluctuate between 18 and 25 degrees centigrade. Indeed, the international scientific community recognises this as one of the cities with the best climate in the world. .
People often mistakenly think that if the winter is so warm on the islands then the summer must be people often mistakenly think that if the winter is so warm on the islands then the summer must be overwhelming, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The summer in the Canary Islands is softened by the trade winds that refresh the archipelago serving it with pleasant mild summers with an average temperature of 24 ºC.
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The biggest contrast occurs during the winter, when you can sunbathe on almost any beach in Tenerife, whilst resting your gaze on the snow-capped peak of Mount Teide, just a few kilometres away. It snows quite hard every year in Las Cañadas and the surrounding area - about two thousand metres above sea level..
The North and the South of the Island also have different climatic conditions. There are more hours of sun all year in the South and more rainfall and higher humidity in the North, which explains the different landscapes and tones of the countryside, although both climates can be considered ideal within the mild and moderate climate we have already mentioned.
In fact, 19th century doctors - English and Dutch mainly - recommended the North of Tenerife as the ideal natural cure for several diseases related to the ravages of age and circulation problems. In short, the high temperatures one would expect in Tenerife from its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer and the Sahara Dessert, are softened by the influence of the sea and the cold Canary current. On the other hand, the altitude of the island causes a marked variation in temperature with altitude.
The natural diversity on Tenerife is extraordinary and the efforts to conserve it by the island's institutions and citizens are increasing every day. Today over half its territory is protected and there are almost 50 sites of ecological interest listed. The most famous of all these sites is the Teide National Park, one of the four national parks in the Canaries, and the most visited in Spain.
The Corona Forestal Nature Park and the Anaga and Teno Rural Parks are also worth a mention. The exceptional ecological value of Tenerife includes over 600 species of flora and fauna that are unique in the world. The botanical variety of Tenerife is a reflection of its geography, its climate and its geological characteristics. Here there is also the laurisilva, one of only three places in the world where you can still see it.
The north of the island, from Tacoronte to Buenavista del Norte, enjoys a pleasant subtropical climate, wetter and cooler than the rest of Tenerife. After the conquest, the north was the most important area in terms of population and industry. Although they are not as important today, the towns still preserve their rich heritage based on trade with Europe.
Puerto de la Cruz - Valle de la Orotava and the Isla Baja are the main tourist areas in this part of the island. In the south, from Candelaria to Santiago del Teide, the climate is the warmest and driest on the island. Here you have the main tourist resorts apart from Puerto de la Cruz in the north and the largest farming areas (inside greenhouses) that grow tomatoes, bananas and other crops. The south, for years the least populated and most isolated area of the island, is now experiencing the fastest growth and development.
Playing golf, hiking, diving, para-gliding. Decide on your sport and enjoy it 365 days a year.
- Tenerife has a great number of tracks and footpaths in a variety of environments, settings and climates, all with different levels of difficulty. Hiking helps you gain a deeper understanding of the island, discover its beauty and get to know the way of life of its people including the aboriginal population, the "guanches," who made the first trails through the dense laurisilva forest and the grazing areas near Mount Teide.
- You will love golf. Playing this sport on Tenerife is a different experience: the annual average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and some courses designed by the world’s best players will enthral you. There are nine courses to enjoy the best golf on Tenerife. Are you one of those people who play better with spectacular views of Mount Teide? Or do you prefer to have the murmur of the waves with you on your round?
- The Abama Open de Canarias, Tenerife provides an important and big meeting of the best european Golfers, which come to the island to participate at the "dual-ranking"-PGA EuropeEuropeo de la PGA and circle Challenge.
- Tenerife is a paradise for "underwater" holidays. It has a great climate, mainly calm waters, temperatures between 19 and 25 degrees centigrade and a variety of great diving sites all with a rich marine life, sunken ships and volcanic tubes. There is a complete network of diving centres on the island for advanced divers to beginners to ensure a safe diving experience. There is also a decompression chamber in the Hospital Universitario de Canarias on the island.
- The island's coast can be divided into three zones for diving; the North Coast, the Southeast Coast and the West Coast. Diving off the North Coast there is a beautiful seabed with a great variety of marine life as well as unusual geological formations. The most classical dive sites are off the Southeast Coast from centres such as Radazul, Las Eras or Las Galletas where you can find slopes, walls and spectacular chasms. As for the West Coast, between the Punta de La Rasca lighthouse and Punta de Teno, the sea is protected from the Trade winds and is always calm with a seabed which is just as beautiful as the other coasts.
- Deep Sea Fishing:
- The richness of the waters of Gran Canaria is evident in the great seafaring tradition of its people and the enormous love of fishing, in both the shallows and the deep sea. Within the various categories of fishing, the superb conditions for deep sea fishing in Gran Canaria´s waters have become known internationally as a result of the establishment of various records in our waters.
- These records have been ratified by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The large variety of species that are caught in the island´s waters is evident from the fact that these fishing records have covered many divergent fish species, such as the blue marlin, swordfish, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, Atlantic bonito, barracuda and albacore, among others.
- The possibilities for deep sea fishing in Gran Canaria have given rise to a flourishing sub-industry in tourism during recent years, with the result that the visitor will find all the facilities that he/she may require for the enjoyment of this wonderful sport. In the island´s marinas (mainly the ones that are situated in the southern part of the island), the visitor will find a large variety of boats on offer. These boats are manned by expert crews and are specially equipped for deep sea fishing.
- As with the other types of water sports, the island´s pleasant climate plays a very important role in the enjoyment of deep sea fishing and it is possible to practise this sport during all twelve months of the year, although the best time for catching barracudas and tuna is between the months of May and November. The best area for deep sea fishing, both in terms of the quantity of fish and the variety of species, lies between the Point at Maspalomas to the Point of "El Descojonado" (La Aldea).
Tenerife has given special thought to family visits, providing a varied range of complementary services for the little ones, including centres that are specially designed for the entertainment of children, where they can enjoy and get in touch with nature.
The island boasts numerous sheltered beaches, where it is safe to swim and where there is an infrastructure for children's games, which can entertain the little ones for many days. There are also many specific centres where the tastes of all age groups can be satisfied, such as water parks, theme parks and fairgrounds, games centres, internet entertainment centres and public parks that have facilities for children.
The Fiesta del Cacharro and the Fiesta de la Castaña, los Corazones de Tejina, processions, pilgrimages... popular culture and traditions that you will only find on Tenerife.
The excellent climate of the island makes it possible to hold festivals during any part of the year. During festival time, the plazas, streets and beaches provide the setting where the people of Tenerife and visitors alike give free reign to the more joyful and fun-loving sides of their natures. The rich history of the island is also evident in its popular festivals, some of which date back to the times of the native inhabitants, while others have more universal roots. Nevertheless, the festive nature of the Canarian people has given a unique flavour to these festivals, with a calendar of special events that sets the pace for the exciting rhythm of Tenerife.
Carnival is the biggest of the island's festivals, which incites the interest of all the inhabitants of Gran Canaria. Thousands of people start making preparations a whole year in advance and they do this with only one aim -to have fun. .
There are no limits on the imaginations of the people who participate in this festival and any personage or thing can serve as a pretext for a masquerade or change of identity. The Carnival is Tenerife’s fiesta. Carnival cavalcades, thousands of costumes, spectacular floats, music, dance and —above all— fun, plenty of fun.
The best part is that everything takes place in the street so you can live it to the full. This carnival is the best known and celebrated festival on the island, especially in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital. Over several days, brightly coloured costumes and lively carnival-goers flood the streets of the city with an extraordinary festive atmosphere. The "fiesta" in the streets of Santa Cruz starts on the Friday before Carnival Tuesday (shrove Tuesday) with a spectacular opening procession, which reaches its height during the night: thousands of carnival-goers in fancy dress dance and enjoy themselves until the early hours of the next day.
History and Culture
The conquest in the 15th Century, the most recent eruption in 1909, the attempted invasion by Admiral Nelson in the 18th Century… You will be surprised by the most outstanding moments in the history of Tenerife.
Most of the monuments that can be seen in Gran Canaria date from after the period of conquest, although certain archaeological sites and areas relating to the early inhabitants “Guanches” of the islands have been successfully preserved (El Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, en Santa Cruz de Tenerife, el Museo Arqueológico de Puerto de la Cruz).
In addition to the archaeological and artistic manifestations that date from the various early and contemporary moments in the history of this island, which are spread out across the entire length and breadth of the island, Gran Canaria also boasts a broad and varied calendar of cultural activities that take place throughout the year.
Among the cultural treasures, its gastronomy has been ellaborated along several centuries with excellent raw materials (meat, fish, fruits and vegetables) combined in original and tasty recipes.