Averages for Tenerife in February
Just like January, February is also one of the coldest months for Tenerife, Canary Islands, when the weather is cool, cloudy and the chance of rain is relatively high. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island stays fairly constant at 16°C as the month progresses. Daily average high and low temperatures increase slightly as the month develops, beginning at 18.5°C/13°C at the start ...
Averages for Tenerife in February
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Daily averages for February
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Averages for Tenerife in February
Just like January, February is also one of the coldest months for Tenerife, Canary Islands, when the weather is cool, cloudy and the chance of rain is relatively high. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island stays fairly constant at 16°C as the month progresses. Daily average high and low temperatures increase slightly as the month develops, beginning at 18.5°C/13°C at the start of the month and rising up to 19°C/13.5°C by the end of the month, respectively.
Temperature and weather vary hugely between the north and south of the island. In the north, such as in Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, temperatures are lower and rainfall is more intense than in the southern resorts, such as Los Gigantes and Playa de Las Americas. With this in mind, if you want to spend the majority of your holiday sunbathing, you’re best off sticking to the south of Tenerife in February.
In the south, the daily average temperatures fluctuate between 18°C and 19°C in February. Daily averages stay fairly constant at 19°C in the first two weeks of February before they drop down to 18°C in the second fortnight of the month. The daily average rises back up to 19°C by February 28th.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tenerife in February is 30°C, which was recorded on February 8th 1990 at Tenerife South Airport. The lowest temperature ever recorded on the island in February is -9.8°C, which was registered in February 26th 1971 at Izaña.
If you hate cold weather and want to visit Tenerife when the island is hottest, forget about going in February and plan your trip for August or September instead, when temperatures are at their highest.
February sees slightly less rainfall than January, when the chance of precipitation stays fairly constant across the island. In Tenerife north, the probability of precipitation starts off a 38% on February 1st and ends at 36% by February 28th. In Tenerife south, the likelihood of precipitation begins at 13% on February 1st, rises up to 14% between February 10th and 19th, and drops back down to 13% by February 28th.
During this month, Tenerife experiences an average of 42mm divided between five rainy days. The most common types of precipitation which fall in February are drizzle, moderate rain and light rain. Even though Mount Teide is often dusted with snow during this month, the likelihood of snow falling anywhere else on the island is practically zero.
The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Tenerife in February is 395.2mm, which fell in February 1920 in Izaña. February 12th 1971 is the wettest day in Tenerife’s history, when 197mm of rainfall fell in a single day in Izaña. Moreover, the maximum number of wet days ever experienced during any February on the island is 24, which was recorded at Tenerife North Airport in February 2015.
Between February 2nd and 3rd in 2010, the north of Tenerife was drastically affected by flash flooding which was caused by a deepening of low pressure west of the Canary Islands which caused the formation of thunderstorms. These thunderstorms produced the torrential rain which resulted in flash flooding and landslides. By 4pm on February 2nd, the whole of Tenerife was on a level 2 alert, with over 25,000 homes going without electricity. In total, more than 130mm of rainfall fell on this day, flooding people’s homes and causing the normally dry Barranco de Santo in Santa Cruz de Tenerife to almost burst.
Across the month, Tenerife boasts an average of seven hours of daily sunshine, along with median cloud coverage which stays fairly constant at 49% (partly cloudy) in the north of the island and 36%(mostly clear) in the south. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 32% o the time, partly cloudy 21% and cloudy/overcast 16%.
Thanks to the island’s year-round mild temperatures, the average sea temperature for the waters around Tenerife is a mild 19°C in February. Whilst it’s not as warm as the average sea temperatures of hotter summer months, such as June and July, it’s still pleasant enough to go swimming in at this time of year.
The relative humidity for Tenerife in February averages at around 68%, ranging between 49% (comfortable) and 91% (very humid), rarely dropping below 30% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
In the south of the island, the air tends to be driest around February 28th, when the relative humidity falls below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around February 16th, when it rises above 75% (humid) three days out of four. In the north of the island, the air is also driest around February 28th, when the relative humidity falls below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around February 18th, when it rises above 88% (very humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of a typical February, common wind speeds in Tenerife range between 1 m/s (light air) and 10 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 14 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around February 26th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around February 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The strongest wind ever recorded in Tenerife in February is 60 m/s, which was recorded in Izaña on February 25th 1947.
Playa de Las Vistas beach between Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos, Tenerife taken by Tony
Where to stay
Located on the outskirts of Playa de Las Americas, within easy walking distance of the shops, cafes and restaurants of El Camisón, as well as the Golf Las Americas golf course and Playa de Las Vistas beach, Mar Ola Park is a complex comprised of 72 studios and one-bedroom apartments. Each unit features a living room with sofa bed and flat-screen TV, basic kitchenette and private balcony. Within the complex you’ll find free WiFi access zone, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, massage room and restaurant which serves international and local cuisine in the form of a buffet and a la carte menu.
Also in Playa de Las Americas, Los Cardones is a peaceful complex made up of white-washed studios, one-bedroom apartments and one-, two- and three-bedroom bungalows surrounded by gardens. Each apartment features traditional Spanish décor with high-beamed ceilings, living room with satellite TV and basic kitchenette with microwave and fridge. Onsite facilities are limited to one outdoor swimming pool and one kids’ pool – there is no WiFi access or parking. Although the amenities are restricted, the complex is ideally located within a quiet area of the resort, yet within easy walking distance of many restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, as well as the Playa de Las Americas golf course, which is just a short drive away.
The three-star Hotel Andorra is an equally well-located hotel, set in the centre of Playa de Las Americas, only a five minute walk from the beach and the Safari Centre, where you’ll find a plethora of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Here guests can choose between studios and one-bedroom apartments, each of which features simple wooden furniture, complete bathroom and simple kitchenette with fridge, hob and utensils. Safes and TVs are available to rent from reception. Onsite facilities and services include two outdoor swimming pools – one of which is heated in winter – restaurant which serves breakfast buffets, lounge-bar which serves alcohol, soft drinks and coffee, pool bar which serves drinks and snacks, free WiFi access and free parking.
In the north of the island, Hotel Colon Rambla in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is set in the heart of the city, close to the Parque García Sanabría and the Las Ramblas streets which are lined with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Here you’ll find accommodation in the shape of double rooms, quadruple rooms, junior suites and suites. Each guestroom features air conditioning, satellite TV, free WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer. Suites are much larger and boast a separate living room and the option to pay extra for a fully-equipped kitchen. Onsite services and facilities include outdoor swimming pool, bar, restaurant, free WiFi access throughout and paid parking.
If you want to get close to nature, Hotel Rural La Correa in Arona is a great place to stay. Located on a 11,000m2 estate, just 15 minutes away from the island’s beaches and 15km away from the Teide National Park, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of six double rooms. Each guestroom features a rustic style with sea views, TV, heating, complete bathroom and terrace with garden furniture. All guests have access to common areas which include lounge, dining room where breakfast and dinner are served and natural gardens. Other amenities and services include free WiFi access throughout, free onsite parking, outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities. Bicycles are available to rent to explore the area, which is also known for its hiking and paragliding opportunities.
Los Cardones in Playa de Las Americas in Tenerife, Canary Islands via Spanish Isles
Things to do
The Monkey Park in Arona is a great place to visit in February, when the temperatures are relatively cool and the chance of a cloudy day is quite high. Often referred to as the “biggest little zoo in the world”, this animal park is the breeding centre for various endangered species of monkeys, including gibbons, golden lion tamarins, drill monkeys and squirrel monkeys. But that’s not all – the Monkey Park is also home to big cats, parrots, lemurs and reptiles. There are no guided tours provided, so you’re free to pick up a map at the entrance and work your way around the enclosures at your own pace. The highlight of the Monkey Park is the interaction enclosure which you can enter and have a hands-on experience with many of the animals.
If you want to see a show during your stay, see what’s on at the Pirámide de Arona. This impressive building houses one of the biggest auditoriums in Europe and holds up to 1,874 people. Carmen Mota is the resident performance producer at this auditorium and in 2015, her show ‘Malizia’ is performed here every evening (except Mondays) at 9pm and at 8pm on Wednesdays. This innovative and surprising musical combines dance, opera and Flamenco and is an adapted version of ‘Rigoletto’. You can buy tickets for the show only or buy a combined ticket which includes the performance and dinner beforehand at the Mediterranean Palace Hotel.
Tortoise at the Monkey Park in Arona, Tenerife
Hit the beach
The western resorts in Tenerife, such as Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraiso, are the sunniest on the island and often enjoy sunshine when other resorts are covered in cloud. So if you want to soak up the rays in Tenerife in February, your best bet is to visit a western beach, such as the one at Playa de La Arena. This resort has one of the best natural black sand beaches on the island which has kept a hold of its Blue Flag status for many consecutive years. Amenities include sun loungers, parasols, showers, toilets and wheelchair access. Thanks to the generous sunshine hours and warm temperatures the sea is almost always warm enough for swimming.
If you want a beach that’s off the beaten track, Playa Bollullo in Puerto de la Cruz might be just what you’re looking for. This bay is one of the island’s hidden gems and can only be reached after a challenging walk through banana plantations and along cliffs. Although there are no facilities such as sun beds or showers, there is a beach bar which sells snacks and drinks. This part of the island experiences very volatile weather – one minute it can be hot and sunny, the next it can be cool and cloudy. So prepare for all weather possibilities.
Playa Bollullo in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife taken by Javi
Eating and drinking out
The recently-opened 108 Wine & Coffee Bar in the town streets of Los Cristianos is a great place to grab a glass of Spanish wine or nibble on modern tapas. Formal seating with tables and chairs suitable for dining is found inside, as well as more relaxed sofa-like seating outside. Wine is available to order by the bottle and glass and there is a small selection of local beers, coffees, soft drinks and cocktails available, too. The food menu is made up of tapas, salads, salmon, prawns, steak, chicken, burgers, nachos and vegetarian dishes. A children’s menu is also available.
Located just across from the Barcelo Santiago, Route 66 in Puerto de Santiago is a must-visit if you want live music. Many bands perform here, including Old Dogs New Tricks, Black Hole and Traveller Blues Band. This bar gets packed out quickly, so it’s recommended that you get there early if you want a seat for the show which starts at 9pm. The well-stocked bar offers a huge selection of local and international beers, ciders, wine, spirits and soft drinks, all of which are priced reasonably for the area.
The Irish Times in Los Cristianos is another great place to go for evening entertainment. This bar has recently been taken over by new owners who have given it a facelift which involved the installation of large flat-screen TVs that are used to broadcast many live sporting events. The evening entertainment is hosted by John Cusack – one of Tenerife’s most popular entertainers – and is comprised of live singers and groups, most of which are Irish. Entertainment begins early evening around 8pm and carries on well into the early hours.
Wine and tapas at 108 Wine & Coffee Bar in Los Cristianos, Tenerife taken by Ze
February events in Tenerife
Nuestra Senora de Candelaria
2nd February 2017 to 3rd February 2017
Religious festival taking place across Tenerife to celebrate Our Lady of Candelaria.
9th February 2017
One of the most highly anticipated events of the year takes place in Tenerife in February – carnival. During this time, almost all of the towns across the island hold parties, with the best celebrations being held in Santa Cruz for two weeks around the 10th of the month, when something is going on almost every day. There are carnival queen elections, parades, street parties and plenty of opportunities for everyone to dress up. The Santa Cruz carnival is regarded as the second best in the world, making it a must-see if you’re in Tenerife during February.
Funeral of the Sardine
10th February 2017
To end the Carnival celebrations in Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz and across the island, a papier-mache fish is burnt to symbolise the end of winter, accompanied by fireworks which can explode from within the 'Sardine itself.'
14th February 2017
Although not as spectacular as carnival, Valentine’s Day is another celebration held in Tenerife in February. On the 14th many restaurants throughout the island offer special set menus and decorate the tables with rose petals and candles to set the mood.