Tenerife: May Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||47 %|
|Rainfall days||8 days|
|Chance of Rain||3 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||3 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||47 %|
Averages for Tenerife in May
The weather improves once again in Tenerife, Canary Islands in May, when the average temperature is a pleasant 18°C. During this month, the average high for the island is around 21°C, with average lows of 14°C. Each day enjoys an average of 10 hours of sunshine and the average sea temperature is a warm 20°C. With an average rainfall of only 11mm for the whole month, you can be sure of plenty of clear blue skies and sunshine during your stay.
Playa del Duque beach in Costa Adeje, Tenerife taken by Javier
Things to do
Siam Park in Costa Adeje is one of the biggest and best attractions on the island and is a must for anyone on holiday, whatever the weather. This huge water park offers loads of different activities to suit the whole family. Here you’ll find adrenaline-pumping water slides such as The Dragon, laid-back rides like the Mai Thai River and even a large children’s section for the little ones to enjoy. There is also a white sandy beach which gives way to a wave pool, as well as a number of kiosks, cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a spot of lunch.
Keen explorers won’t want to miss the chance to discover the Cueva del Viento in Icod de los Vinos. This cave is a volcanic cavity which was formed during eruptions many years ago. It is over 17km long and is full of diverse colours on the inside, where there are at least 115 species of animals and insects living. Here you can also examine ancient fossils which are set into the rock. Multilingual guides take visitors on tours through the network of tunnels and will provide you with the equipment necessary, including hard hat and torch.
Wave pool at Siam Park in Costa Adeje, Tenerife taken by Alberto
Hit the beach
Las Teresitas in the island’s capital Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful golden sandy beaches in Tenerife. The sea here is ideal for swimming, thanks to two breakwaters which ensure large waves never reach the shore. Facilities include sun loungers, shades, showers and a small beach bar at one end which offers a small selection of snacks, light meals and drinks throughout the day.
If you want to try your hand at surfing during your holiday in Tenerife, head to the beach near the Playa Conquistador Hotel in Playa de Las Americas. This beach is made up of large pebbles, which makes it unsuitable for sunbathers, but it’s often packed with surfers who take advantage of the large waves. The promenade lining this beach has a large number of benches, which are the ideal viewing point from which to watch the surfers ride the waves.
Las Teresitas is one of the most beautiful golden sandy beaches in Tenerife
Eating and drinking out
Alejandra Café Bar and Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in Costa del Silencio. This affordable bar is known for its Sunday dinners, which come complete with your chosen meat, vegetables, mashed potato, stuffing, roast potatoes, gravy and a Yorkshire pudding. You’ll also find a great selection of homemade desserts available here.
Toward the west of the island in Playa San Juan, Restaurante Arlequin offers an extensive menu full of Chilean and Spanish dishes. One of this eatery’s highlights is the versatility – if you would like something which isn’t on the menu, the chef will try his hardest to prepare just what you fancy.
In Playa de Las Americas, the Anchor Bar is a great place to go for a late drink or some quality evening entertainment. There is live music from 9pm until 12am, followed by karaoke from 12am until 3am. This bar is also a top location for football fans, with most live sporting events shown on the large screen TVs.
In the north of Tenerife, Hannen Bar in Puerto de la Cruz is a popular choice for both holidaymakers and locals. There are a number of fantastic dark German beers on offer here, as well as a small snack menu with a couple of main dishes. You can choose to sit inside in the air-conditioned bar, or relax on the terrace and people watch.
Seafood paella from Restaurante Arlequin in Tenerife
Where to stay
Sunset Harbour Club in Adeje is a popular choice for families and couples looking for accommodation during their holiday in Tenerife. Here you’ll find a range of facilities, including children’s playground, swimming pools, pool bar, excursion booking and snack bar. If you want to be in the middle of it all, Marylanza Suites & Spa in Playa de Las Americas is ideal. This hotel is close to many amenities, including shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and golf course, whilst the hotel itself features a restaurant, bar, spa and swimming pool.
In Los Cristianos, Hotel Paradise Park Resort & Spa offers a great selection of rooms and suites, with something to suit everyone. Facilities include swimming pools, restaurants, bar, solarium and spa. Just up the hill from this hotel are the Castle Harbour Apartments, another popular choice when it comes to accommodation in Tenerife. Here you’ll find a 24-hour reception, car hire, excursion booking, internet access, swimming pool and pool bar.
The Apartamentos RF Bambi is found in the north of the island in Puerto de la Cruz, close to the Lago Martiánez swimming pools and San Telmo beach. Made up of 42 studios and apartments, this complex offers a wealth of facilities, including spa, swimming pool and internet access, with several bars and restaurants in the immediate area.
The Apartamentos RF Bambi complex is found close to the Lago Martiánez swimming pools
May events in Tenerife
Fiestas de la Cruz - Puerto de la Cruz
3rd May 2015
The traditional towns in the north of the island, such as Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz decorate the streets with huge crosses made out of flowers. If you plan on visiting any of these places, bringing your camera is an absolute must. As well as the floral decorations, the town also puts on many street parties with locals dressed in authentic Canarian clothes offering typical dishes of the island.
Fiestas de la Cruz - Los Realjos
3rd May 2015
This celebration kicks off with an enormous firework display which takes place between Calle del Medio and Called del Sol. This is also accompanied by cultural and sporting events and also what is known as "battle of the flowers" where cars decorated with flowers roam the streets. Fiestas de la Cruz is celebrated at the beginning of the month in this village, when locals get together from the two main streets to have a firework competition.
International Festival of Street Art
8th May 2015 to 11th May 2015
Annual International Festival of Street Art - Mueca, which is expanding every year, including the best in international street art, such as murals and graffiti.
Red Mountain Jazz Festival
12th May 2015 to 18th May 2015
The Red Mountain Jazz Festival is a must for any music lover. This event attracts over 50 blues, jazz and soul artists performing at 15 different concerts across Tenerife, which are all completely free! The biggest and most popular concert is held on May 17th from 7pm until 1am with a number of different groups performing in Plaza Roja, followed by an after party at Bar Goiter.
Romeria de la Virgen de Fatima
13th May 2015 to 15th May 2015
The image of the virgin of Fatima is paraded around Arona and carried to Mirador de la Centinela, accompanied by floats and folk groups. There is a feast, after which music and dancing begin in the town square.
Fiesta de San Isidro la Labrador
15th May 2015
Festival to celebrate San Isidro la Labrador, the patron saint of San Isidro and of farmers. His icon is paraded through the streets, this is an important celebration in San Isidro.
17th May 2015 to 18th May 2015
The Artisan Fair takes place at the Plaza Espana in Adeje Town. This is a great chance to see local handicrafts and pick up souvenirs to take back home.
Dia de la Canarias
30th May 2015
A day to celebrate the history of the Canary Islands. Día de Canarias is held every year on May 30th to celebrate first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands in the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The special day is celebrated as a public holiday throughout the Canary Islands so many shops and businesses may be closed on this day.