Averages for Tenerife in March
After a relatively cool January and February, the weather starts to warm up in Tenerife, Canary Islands in March, when temperatures and daily sunshine hours increase. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 17°C, created by average highs of 20°C in the middle of the day and average lows of 13.5°C at night....
Daily averages for March
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Averages for Tenerife in March
After a relatively cool January and February, the weather starts to warm up in Tenerife, Canary Islands in March, when temperatures and daily sunshine hours increase. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 17°C, created by average highs of 20°C in the middle of the day and average lows of 13.5°C at night.
Weather and temperature vary widely between the north and south of the island. In the north, such as in Puerto de la Cruz, temperatures are generally lower and cloud coverage is more intense than in southern resorts, such as Playa de Las Americas and Los Gigantes. So taking this into consideration, if sunbathing is an important part of your holiday, you’re best off visiting the south of the island in March.
In the south, the daily average temperatures start off relatively low at 18°C and jump up to 19°C in the first week. This is followed by a fluctuation mainly between 19°C and 20°C in the second, third and fourth weeks, before ending at 20°C on March 31st. This makes the third week of March the best time to visit Tenerife if you want to experience the island at its warmest.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Tenerife in March is 35.4°C, which was registered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on March 24th 1951. The lowest temperature ever registered on the island during this month is -9.1, which was recorded in Izaña on March 28th 1921.
If you don’t want to risk low temperatures and want to visit Tenerife when it’s warmest, forget about going in March and plan your holiday for September or August instead, when the island enjoys its hottest weather.
Although the calimas at the start of the year are generally quite mild, the one which occurred on March 18th 2010 saw temperatures sky rocketing into the 30s. A yellow weather alert was announced by the government, in warning of the increased temperatures, low visibility and possible breathing difficulties caused by the high quantity of dust in the air.
Tenerife is subject to less rainfall in March than in February, when the chance of precipitation stays fairly constant across the island. In Tenerife north, the likelihood of precipitation begins at 36% on March 1st and rises up to 37% by March 28th. In Tenerife south, the probability of precipitation starts at 13% on March 1st and drops down to 11% by March 31st.
At this time of year, the island experiences an average of 38mm of rainfall spread out between four rainy days. The most usual forms of precipitation for this month are drizzle, moderate rain and light rain. Whilst Mount Teide is often brushed with a thin layer of snow in March, the chances of it falling anywhere else on the island are extremely unlikely.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Tenerife in March is 354.9mm, which fell on March 1993 in Izaña. March 17th 1993 was the wettest day ever for the island, when 337mm fell within a 24-hour period in the same location. Moreover, the maximum number of wet days ever experienced across any March in Tenerife is 25, which was recorded at Tenerife North Airport in March 1949.
On March 31st 2002, a severe thunderstorm resulted in 150mm of precipitation falling across Tenerife. This amount of rainfall was almost four times the monthly average and the majority fell within a two-hour period, causing flash flooding which killed eight people in total.
On March 3rd 2005, the island was once again subject to heavy rainfall, when Tropical Storm Delta struck the Canary Islands as a strong extratropical storm. This storm developed out of an extratropical low, gradually gaining characteristics and moving erratically for days before it moved toward the Canaries where it became extratropical just before it passed the north of the archipelago. The storm caused €312million worth of damage across the Canary Islands and claimed 19 lives in total. Tenerife and La Palma were the worst hit, with landslides, uprooted trees and parts of the heliport at Tenerife’s University Hospital being ripped clean off.
Across the month, Tenerife enjoys an average of seven hours of daily sunshine, alongside median cloud coverage which steadily rises as the month develops. In the south, cloud coverage increases from 36% up to 40%, whilst in the north it rises from 49% to 52% over the course of the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 31% of the time, partly cloudy 22% and mostly cloudy/overcast 18%.
Because Tenerife’s temperatures stay warm all-year-round, the average sea temperature for the waters around the island in March is a mild 19°C. Although it might not be as warm as it is in the scorching summer months of June and July, the sea in March is still warm enough to go swimming in.
The relative humidity for Tenerife in March averages at around 65%, ranging between 48% (comfortable) and 90% (very humid), rarely falling below 27% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
In the south, the air is driest around March 8th, when the relative humidity falls below 58% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around March 21st, when it rises above 76% (humid) three days out of four. In the north, the air is driest around March 15th, when the relative humidity falls below 70% (humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around March 25th, when it rises above 88% (very humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average March, common wind speeds fluctuate 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) happens around March 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s happens around March 17th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The strongest wind ever registered in Tenerife in March is 49 m/s, which was recorded in Izana on March 4th 2013.
Where To Stay
Marola Portosin in Playa de Las Americas is a centrally-located hotel less than 500m away from the Playa de Las Americas beach. Here you’ll find studios for up to three adults, one-bedroom apartments for up to four adults and two-bedroom apartments for up to six adults. Each guestroom features lounge with sofa bed, basic kitchenette with hob and fridge, terrace and private bathroom with shower. WiFi access is also available for an extra fee. Onsite services and facilities include two swimming pools – one of which is heated during summer, free WiFi access at reception, pool bar which serves breakfast, massages and table tennis. Room only, bed and breakfast, and half board options are all available.
For something even closer to the sea, check out H10 Las Palmeras. This four-star hotel is also set in Playa de Las Americas and has direct access to the small sandy beach and pebbly seafront often used by surfers. Accommodation comes in the form of 519 double rooms, family rooms and junior suites, some of which have sea views. Each guestroom features modern décor with flat-screen TV, air conditioning and private bathroom with hairdryer. Fridges and safes can be hired from reception. Onsite you’ll find free WiFi access, two adult swimming pools – one of which is heated in winter, one children’s pool, multi-sports court, four tennis courts and outside parking. Onsite dining options include the Garoé buffet restaurant which boasts show cooking, the Italian Specchio Magico restaurant, the seafront La Ballena bar-restaurant, La Choza bar restaurant which serves snacks and drinks and the Big Ben Bar which has live entertainment on an evening.
In Puerto de Santiago, the all-inclusive Barcelo Santiago is perfect for travellers looking for a quiet, relaxed break. This four-star hotel offers unique views of Los Gigantes and La Gomera, all the while being only 200m from the nearest beach. Accommodation comes in the form of standard double rooms, superior double rooms, junior suites and deluxe junior suites, some of which come with sea views. Double rooms feature free WiFi access, iPod docking station, LCD satellite TV, air conditioning and private bathroom with hairdryer, whilst deluxe rooms also come with complimentary mineral water, kettle, one entrance to the spa per person and bathroom with bathrobe, slippers and rain shower. Junior suites are significantly larger and also boast hammocks on the terrace. Rooms with hot tubs are available for an extra fee. Onsite dining options include international buffet restaurant with show cooking, Sabor Español tapas bar, poolside snack bar with cooking demonstrations, Bar Reception with international cocktails and Theatre Bar which boasts evening entertainment. Other onsite services and facilities include outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, solarium with Balinese beds, kids’ club, gym, multi-sports court, tennis court and free WiFi access throughout. Barcelo Santiago also offers a spa with heated pool, sensation areas, toning pool, pebble walkway, Turkish bath, sauna, ice showers, relaxation zone, hydro-massages and hair salon.
Also in Puerto de Santiago, Be Live Playa de La Arena is a four-star hotel located just 500m away from the black sandy Playa de La Arena beach. This all-inclusive hotel provides guests with standard and superior double rooms, triple rooms and family rooms, some of which come with sea views. Each guestroom features a complete bathroom with shower, bath and hairdryer, plus a living room with satellite TV, fridge and paid WiFi access. Within the hotel you’ll find many family-friendly sports facilities, including tennis court, table tennis, gym and mini golf, as well as free WiFi access in public areas, outdoor swimming pool, kids’ club, buffet restaurant, bar and paid parking.
If you’d rather stay in a boutique hotel, consider Hotel H10 Big Sur in Los Cristianos. This four-star hotel specialises in adults’ holidays and offers a Mediterranean interior design with vintage touches. Accommodation comes in the form of 167 standard double rooms, superior double rooms and suites. Each guestroom features WiFi access, Nespresso coffee machine, flat-screen TV with international channels, air conditioning and private bathroom with bath, bathrobe and hairdryer. Superior guestrooms come with a furnished terrace, whilst suites boast a luxury bathroom with whirlpool bath and Textures Collection amenities. Onsite dining options include Blue Bay Restaurant with international cuisine and show cooking, Naturalia Terrace which serves Mediterranean food, Chill-Out Terrace which has views over to Los Cristianos port and Cactus Bar which offers live entertainment on an evening. Other onsite services and amenities include Despacio Spa with hair salon, sauna, Turkish bath and massage room, gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, free WiFi access throughout and table tennis.
Hit the beach
If the weather is overcast where you are, take a trip to the south west of the island. This part of Tenerife enjoys more annual sunshine than any other region, making it almost a sure thing if you’re looking for sunshine. Here you’ll find a small beach at Playa de San Juan, made up of dark volcanic sand and clean, calm water making it perfect for scuba divers, snorkelers and families alike. Facilities include sun beds, shades, showers, beach bar and parking nearby. To the west of the beach you’ll find a small fishing harbour which is always buzzing with life.
If you’d rather relax on golden sands, visit Playa de Las Vistas between Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This large golden beach stretches on for around 2km and offers sun beds, shades, showers, toilets, changing rooms, wheelchair access and amphibian chairs for people with disabilities. At the west of the beach, there is also a water sports kiosk which rents out pedalos, banana boats and jet skis, plus a beach bar which serves small meals, snacks and drinks. Playa de Las Vistas is lined by a plethora of cafes, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and shops, giving you plenty of options when lunchtime rolls around.
Eating and drinking out
Deli on the Hill in a casual cafe in Puerto de Santiago. This eatery offers freshly prepared food made to order, including a selection of sandwiches, salads, quiches, pastries and cakes. The varied drinks menu features freshly-squeezed juices, detox juices, smoothies and milkshakes, plus beer, wine and soft drinks. You can choose to eat at the small onsite dining room, order your food to take away or have it delivered. When possible, Deli on the Hill uses only organic products which have been sourced locally. If you want to help support local farms, too, you can also purchase olive oil, vinegar, pate and honey produced in La Chinata from Deli on the Hill.
If you enjoy good seafood, Restaurante Los Roques in Los Abrigos is a must-visit. Located in a small, traditional Canarian fishing village, this restaurant specialises in freshly-caught fish and seafood, with sea bass, tuna, catch of the day, lobster and king prawns on the menu. Several meat options are also available, including duck, chicken and steak. When dining here, you can choose between the three-course a la carte menu and the five- and seven-course tasting menus. If you choose the tasting menus, you need to book in advance and you get to select your own meal choices or opt for the pre-selected dishes.
Churchill’s Bar in Los Cristianos is one of the most popular bars in the resort. Best known for its karaoke sessions which take place several times throughout the week, this bar always has a lively, upbeat atmosphere. The British servers here are very friendly and serve great pub food up alongside affordable drinks.
For something a bit livelier, consider spending a night at O’Neill’s. This nightclub is one of the best in Playa de Las Americas, located on the top level of the Las Veronicas strip. With theme nights, resident DJs, guest DJs, guest performers and frequent parties, there is always something going on here. Although the drink prices are a bit steeper here than in other bars in Playa de Las Americas, the prices are fairly standard for a nightclub. The best time to visit O’Neill’s is between 11pm and midnight – that’s when the atmosphere really gets going.
Things to do
Since Forestal Park Tenerife is located high up in the mountains, above the cloud bank which can often shadow northern resorts on the island, this attraction is best visited during the cooler months, such as March, when the sun won’t be so scorching. Situated in La Esperanza on the road up to El Teide, this park is packed with 11 zip lines linking 90 assault and obstacle courses. There are ten courses divided into two types – one suitable for younger children and one suitable for adults only. Forestal Park Tenerife is suitable for children and adults over six years old and taller than 110cm. Most of the activities take place high up in the trees, so if you’ve got a fear of heights, this park isn’t for you.
Anyone travelling with children must visit Aqualand during their stay in Tenerife. Situated in Playa de Las Americas, this family-friendly water park can get very busy during the peak seasons, making March one of the best months to visit. This water park features four adrenaline-pumping slides, three children’s zones, four family-friendly areas and two chill out zones, including an outdoor spa and lazy river. All the water slides and splash zones are divided amongst solariums and snack bars, but there are also picnic areas if you want to bring your own food. The dolphinarium is the highlight of the park, where visitors can watch daily dolphin shows. Aqualand also runs a swimming with dolphins programme for kids.
If you want to get away from the typical tourist attractions of the island, take a day trip to Pirámides de Güímar. Located in the north east of Tenerife in Güímar, this museum speculates about the Güímar pyramids – and all the other pyramids around the world – and asks whether they are manmade pyramids or just simple rock formations that happened by chance. In addition to the pyramid exhibition, this museum also boasts exhibitions on ancient civilisations, poisonous flowers and temporary art exhibits from worldwide destinations. There is also a gift shop which sells historical souvenirs and local trinkets, plus a small café onsite which serves coffee, soft drinks and Canarian food.