Located on the southern coast of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands in Spain, Costa del Silencio is a rather small town that is part of Arona. The resort is entirely built for tourism, purposely constructed to accommodate and entertain beach-goers. It was one of the very first resort towns on Tenerife specifically built for tourism. This development began in the 1960s with the Ten-Bel complex, a joint-venture of companies from Tenerife and Belgium—this complex still makes up the heart of the resort. Nowadays, the resort attracts mostly German and Belgian visitors, although there is a fairly large percentage of British as well.
The resort’s name dates back to quieter days, meaning literally “Silent Coast” in English, as nowadays it gets flooded by tourists all-year round, but mostly in the summer and winter seasons. It is situated only a 15-minute drive from the Reina Sofia International Airport.
While facilities, accommodations and services are great in Costa del Silencio, it does lack a beach. The nearest beach of any kind is found in neighbouring Las Galletas, but even that one consists of nothing more than rocks and stones. Costa del Silencio doesn’t necessarily have its own particular attractions, but is rather a nice base to explore the rest of Tenerife, and maybe even some of the other Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands—the most famous of which are Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Tenerife—lie off the northwestern coast of Africa, but are part of Spain. They are nicknamed “the islands of eternal spring”, which indicates their excellent year-round weather. The weather in this archipelago, including the resort town of Costa del Silencio, is warm, dry and sunny essentially throughout the whole year.
The southern part of the island of Tenerife is home to the densest concentration of tourists. It enjoys high temperatures in every season, with a hot peak in the summer season. As Costa del Silencio lies on the southeastern tip of the island, it is affected by dry and sometimes scorching hot weather systems that come over from the Western Sahara. These weather fronts are blown this way by the sirocco winds, an air flow that originates in the Sahara and travels across the sea toward the islands, bringing with it great heat, arid dryness and at times clouds of sand.
Costal del Silencio, like elsewhere in Tenerife and the Canary Islands has four seasons, which aren’t all too different, but still distinguishable. Summer and winter are the two main tourist seasons. Spring and autumn are shoulder seasons, much calmer, cheaper and excellent for outdoor activities.
Although it is always rather warm in the resort, spring does see the weather warm up a bit after the cooler—relatively speaking—winter season. March starts off with an overall average temperature of 19°C, which remains the same during May and climbs by two degrees once June rolls around. Afternoon temperatures increase from 22°C to 23°C in the course of spring; the nighttime temperatures range from 15°C to 16°C. March is the month with the coldest sea temperature—the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean averages 19°C then. By June, that water temperature rises to an average of 21°C.
March, as the transitional month between winter and spring, is one of the wettest months of the year, receiving 15mm of rainfall in total—which is extremely low, compared to most other destinations in European countries this time of year. March has only 4 days with rainfall. April receives 7mm of precipitation, while May is much drier still with its total of merely 1mm, spread out over 1 rainy day. The chance that it will rain drops from 7% to 3% in the course of the season.
Sunshine is fairly stable throughout the year, with a slight drop in mid-winter and a peak in mid-summer. In spring, the average number of sunshine hours per day ranges between 7 and 8. The chance of experiencing a completely sunny day ranges between 47% and 51%. The chance of a cloudy day is almost negligible, never rising above 7%.
Summer is a glorious time of year in Costa del Silencio. It lasts from mid-June to mid-September and is a time of abundant sunshine, high temperatures and a nearly complete lack of rainfall.
June and July are the driest months of the year, receiving pretty much 0mm of rainfall in total—it generally rains only day in the course of those two months. The chance of rainfall in July is more or less 0. The other summer months are similarly dry, August having a 2% chance of rainfall and receiving 1mm of rainfall, while September gets 4mm. This absence of precipitation is reflected in the cloud cover. In July and August, the peak summer month, there is a 2% chance of experiencing a cloudy day, which, in all honesty, is essentially zero. From June through to August, visitors can bask in the sunshine for 9 hours or more per day on average. September has 8 sunshine hours per day. July is the sunniest of all months.
In terms of temperature, August and September are the warmest months of the year, both with an average temperature of 24°C. July has an average temperature of 23°C; June of 21°C. Afternoons are perfect for sunbathing and swimming, the temperature then averaging between 26°C and 27°C. Even the nights remain pleasantly warm now—the average low temperature is 18°C in June and 21°C in August and September.
If the afternoons gets too hot, people can seek refuge in the ocean, the sea water now averaging between 22°C and 24°C.
Autumn is arguably one of the best times to visit Costa del Silencio. The temperatures remain high throughout the entire season and there’s still relatively low rainfall, particularly in the beginning of the season.
Autumn temperatures range from 24°C in September to 21°C in November. Afternoons stay warm until the end of the season—November has an average high temperature of 24°C. Even the evenings and night are still comfortable, the average low temperature ranging between 21°C and 18°C. The sea temperature is actually at its annual high in September and October, averaging a delightful 24°C.
While September gets 4mm of rainfall in total, October and especially November see a spike in precipitation totals. October receives 12mm; November 26mm, which makes it the second wettest month of the year. Take these numbers with a huge pinch of salt, though. A total of 26mm is very low compared with pretty much any other destination in Europe this time of year.
The number of daily sunshine hours drops from 8 in September to 6 in November, due to both the increase in rainfall and therefore cloud cover, and the shortening of the days.
Winter in Costa del Silencio isn’t worthy of the name “winter.” This is, in fact, one of the two tourist periods in the resort, together with summer. With temperatures averaging between 21°C and 22°C in the afternoon and not dropping below 14°C at night, this is a hugely popular destination for winter getaways. Although January and February are the “coldest” months of the entire year, their overall average temperature isn’t lower than 18°C. December is 19°C warm on average. Even the sea temperature is still relatively warm, averaging between 21°C in December and 19°C in February.
With 6 hours of sunshine per day, December and January are the least sunny of all months. This is because of the fact that the days are the shortest of the year, and because of the relatively high amount of rainfall and cloud cover. December receives 30mm of precipitation in total, spread out over 6 days with rainfall. These numbers are, of course, very low. Annually there are only 36 days with any rainfall whatsoever! Even in winter, the chance of a cloudy day is only about 6%.
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