What's the weather like in Los Cristianos in May
The average temperature hovers somewhere between the nighttime low of 63°F (17°C) and the daytime high of 76°F (24°C) during May in Los Cristianos.
The month is May is generally characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs throughout the month. At this time of year it also not uncommon for Los Cristianos and the rest of Tenerife to experience a heat wave, where temperatures could rise to a sweltering 34°C to 37°C. If this is the case, always make sure to top up with plenty of water, and apply sun cream regularly. During the middle of the day it is also best to sit in the shade, as this is usually the hottest part of the day.
Precipitation is very low during May, at just 0.04" (1 mm), on average. The average possibility that some form of rainfall will be observed during May is only 6%, with little variation over the course of the month. Throughout this month, the most common forms of precipitation are drizzle, light rain and moderate rain. It is this idyllic weather that first encouraged tourism in the area, for many believed that it healed them of rheumatic ailments.
Average Sunshine and Daylight Hours
There is an average of 13 ½ hours of sunlight each day during May as the length of day is gradually increasing as the height of summer approaches. On average, the shortest day of the month is May 1st with 13:15 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is May 31st with 13:48 hours of daylight.
You also won't have to worry too much about the median cloud cover at this time of year as it usually hovers around a partly cloudy 43%, and it is definitely not substantial enough to affect any sun rays.
Throughout May, the typical wind speeds vary from a light 2 mph to a fresh breeze of 21 mph, rarely exceeding 28 mph. The highest average wind speed of 12 mph usually occurs around May 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 21 mph. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the east, followed by the northeast.
Average Sea Temperature
At this time of year the average sea temperature is a positively warm 21°C, making it cool enough to go swimming or even scuba diving. The hottest sea temperature recordings of the year are usually from September to mid-October where the sea can heat up to 23°C.
The humidity levels throughout May typically fluctuate between 52% and 81%, three days out of four, rarely dropping below 40% or exceeding 91%. On average, the air is driest around May 1st, at which time the relative humidity drops below a mildly humid 59% three days out of four. On the other hand, the air is likely to be most humid around May 31st, where humidity levels could rise above 76% three days out of four.
Los Cristianos Hotels in May
Apartamentos Oasis Mango is a set of three-star self-catering apartments located close to the resort of Los Cristianos. The complex offers an inviting outdoor swimming pool, which features sun loungers and parasols. The apartments are also just within a short walking distance to the local beach.
On the other hand, if you would rather stay in a hotel where everything is catered for, you may want to try the three-star Sol Princesa Dacil. This Flintstones-themed hotel surprisingly appeals to all ages, as it offers a wide range of facilities including tennis courts, a gym and outdoor swimming pools.
Hotel Andreas may be a more affordable option. This two-star hotel offers comfortable accommodation, set just 350m from Los Cristianos Beach. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and vending machines for drinks onsite. There is also a 24-hour front desk, where you can be advised on the best excursions in the area, as well as where to hire a car or motorbike for the duration of your stay.
The four-star Hotel Paradise Park is located in the heart of Los Cristianos. This luxurious hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, which all feature a private balcony or terrace, as well as a satellite TV or minibar. Paradise Park also boasts a variety of high quality facilities including five outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, fitness centre, Turkish bath and four hot tubs to choose from.
Los Cristianos Beach for May
The two main beaches of Los Cristianos, Playa del Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Vistas, are definitely filling up at this time of year, but not so much that tourists cannot enjoy a sense of relaxation and relative privacy. Both of these beaches offer facilities such as sun loungers, parasols, cafes, bars and more.
On the other hand, for those who do not desire any sort of privacy, the island's third beach, a nudist beach, is the best option, but it may not be the best place to bring the children.
Bars and Restaurants
RnB's Family Bar is a family-run bar situated in the resort of Los Cristianos that offers freshly cooked homemade food. They mainly specialise in good old British pub grub, such as steak and chips, cottage pie, and of course a full English breakfast.
Tasca Casa Paco is a delightful little Spanish tapas bar located in Los Cristianos. This lively eatery serves a variety of fresh tapas, made using only the best produce. On certain nights of the week they also hire a local musician to play traditional Spanish music.
Acanto is one of the most popular beachside bars in the whole of Tenerife. The bar itself is situated in Costa Adeje, and boasts a classy, laid back atmosphere. Sit back and listen to chill out tunes whilst enjoying some delicious freshly made tapas. The bar also offers a full-sized pool table, as well as several 42-inch flat screen TVs where you can watch live sports such as football and tennis.
The Merry Monk is a family-run 'Old English' themed pub located in the heart of Los Cristianos by the Apolo Centre. This little bit of England in the sun is open seven days a week from midday until 12am and serves all the best alcoholic and soft drinks on the market. They all show the latest main sporting events at the bar including Premier League football, rugby and cricket.
Things to do in Los Cristianos in May
As the temperatures continue to increase you may want to visit the wet and wild Siam Park, located in Costa Adeje. This spectacular water park is basically a giant playground, not only for children but also adults. The park features a variety of adrenaline packed water slides from the exhilarating Jungle Snake to the relaxing Mai Thai River.
Due to Tenerife's interesting volcanic history, the island boasts a unique natural landscape, which can also be discovered underwater! Diving Tenerife offers scuba diving tours and lessons to some of the best diving spots found off the coast of the island, including breathtaking volcanic columns, which are teeming with exotic marine life, including sea turtles and Moray Eels.
Another natural attraction that is really worth visiting in Tenerife is the Cueva del Viento-Sobrado. This spectacular natural underground tunnel runs for over 11 miles, featuring three different passage levels which are made up of numerous intriguing lava formations. The cave was naturally created by lava flows from Pico Viejo, found next to Mount Teide. Guided tours take place from Tuesday to Saturday and advanced booking is highly recommended.
The Masca Valley is one of the most stunning attractions in Tenerife. The Masca is a small mountain located by a traditional village, located to the west of the island. The Valley is thriving with flora and fauna, including cypress and palm tress. The trail from the village, down to the gorge and then to beach is one of the most popular routes, however, it is rather strenuous, so if you feel in the mood to tackle it, make sure to bring along plenty of water and appropriate shoes.
Dates for the diary
The festivals of Los Cristianos are not designed for tourists' entertainment the way some are in more popular destinations. Since many consider Los Cristianos a place to relax and "lay low" in the Canary Islands, its festivals tend to be more authentic and less public.
This is the case, at least, with the Dia de La Cruz, or Day of the Cross, held in the beginning of May. Citizens elaborately decorate crosses all over town with eye-catching adornments.
This holiday coincides with Tenerife's anniversary of being founded, so the celebration is especially festive there. Santa Cruz holds costume parties, and Puerto de La Cruz has an amazing fireworks show.