Winter can be beautiful. All those snow can make the world look so magical. However, if you’re tired of the cold and want to take a winter break, head to Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. A mere four-hour flight from London, this beautiful winter destination is popular for those who want to escape the cold at home, even for just a few days.
There are so many things to love about Tenerife, from its beautiful beaches and lively nightlife, to good food and breathtaking scenery. For a brief break from the cold, there’s no place better than Tenerife.
When to Visit Tenerife
While it has good climate year-round, it usually rains, especially in northern Tenerife, sometime in November and around February to March. The average temperature from October to December, though, is a comfortable 20-24 C.
To make sure you’re not met with any unpleasant surprises on your winter break, weather-wise, remember to check the weather forecast for all areas of Tenerife before you leave.
Where to Go in Tenerife
A winter break in Tenerife ultimately means soaking up the sun on a beach. You can find lots of opportunities to do this in the island. The most popular destinations are in the southwestern parts, specifically the resorts in Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos, and Costa Adeje.
Playa de las Americas is the most popular destination in Tenerife. It is known for its nightlife, as it has plenty of bars and nightclubs and other establishments that provide visitors with entertainment and good food.
While most beaches in Tenerife have black sand due to its volcanic nature, there are manmade beaches that have white sand in Playa de las Americas, with the sand shipped all the way from the Sahara Desert in Africa.
If you want a quieter place with opportunities to go fishing as well as other water sports, head to Los Cristianos. Its visitors are more mature, and they find the place friendly even to those with disabilities.
Costa Adeje, on the other hand, caters to the wealthier clientele with plenty of five-star hotels and chic boutiques for the visitors’ shopping pleasures. Nearby is the popular Siam Park, as well, a waterpark that’s a big hit especially for families. Its theme features ancient Thailand, with a red dragon ride, some rapids, and other facilities that will surely please those who are after an adrenaline rush.
Most visitors also spend time in Santa Cruz, the capital. It is hot and dry year-round and has botanical gardens and plazas, art galleries, shopping establishments, as well as good restaurants, making it an ideal place to spend the winter.
If you are after tranquility, however, it is possible to go far from the crowds of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. Head to the northern coast, especially if you would rather go sightseeing than spend time in the beach. This area will give you the tranquility that you need, as well as the scenery that is the real Tenerife: misty mountainous interior and long and winding roads that lead to cities with authentic and delicious Canarian cuisine.
No matter where you stay in the island, though, never miss going to Mount Teide and the National Park. Go on a hike and check out the huge volcanic crater there. You will see why Tenerife is known for its ‘lunar landscape’!
Indeed, with its breathtakingly beautiful views, excellent weather year-round, and lots of things to do, Tenerife is the best place to be for your winter break.