After a long, dreary and cold UK winter and spring, look forward to a warm and sunny holiday away on the island Tenerife. Part of the Canary Islands, which belong to Spain, Tenerife sits off the coast of North Africa and experiences the northeast trade winds and Canary Current. The inland portions of the island are mountainous with glorious scenery and the coasts are famous for their white or black sand beaches and cooling breezes.
During the summer months, visitors experience extremely pleasant temperatures with an average daily high of 25°C to 28°C (about 77°F to 82°F), the hottest temperatures the island ever gets. In June, July and August, the lows only drop down at night to 18°C to 20°C (around 64°F to 68°F), still very mild and a welcome respite from the hot sun during the day.
Along with amazing temperatures, guests visiting Tenerife can expect dry days with lots of sunshine, averaging 9 hours of sunshine each day. Usual rainfall during the summer is only 2 to 4 mm with only 1 day of rain per month on average. July is the both the driest and sunniest month of the year, with a mere 2 mm of rain falling over 1 day.
The summer is also a great time to test out your hand at watersports or just splash around in the crystal blue waters. The average sea temperature during the summer falls between 22°C to 23°C (about 72°F to 73°F), plenty warm enough to enjoy the water – but sea temperatures actually peak in September at 24°C.
It’s easy to get to Tenerife too, with daily flights out of London’s Gatwick and Luton airports. You typically fly into Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s two main airports, Sur Reina Sofia and Norte Los Rodeos. You can find flights to fit nearly every budget thanks to low-cost airlines like Monarch, EasyJet and Ryanair. Flights are also available on major carriers such as British Airways and Norwegian Air.
The most popular resort areas in Tenerife include Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje, all located on the southwest corner of the island. Consistently one of the top hotels in Los Cristianos, the H10 Big Sur hotel offers a boutique atmosphere with the same amenities as large resorts. Guests are also treated to several restaurants and bars, an eighth-floor terrace with sweeping ocean views, outdoor pool area with Jacuzzi, and beauty spa and salon – so if you want to treat yourself, this may be the accommodation to consider.
In Playas de las Americans, visitors will find a slew of British restaurants, pubs and hotels, as it’s a very popular holiday spot with tourists from Great Britain. One of the most popular restaurants in the area, the Empire Modern British Restaurant and Steakhouse, serves up all the classic British dishes like fish and chips, beef wellington, steak and ale pie, and bangers and mash. At the Surfers Bar, patrons not only enjoy an amazing view of the beach and the ocean, but they can also indulge in a traditional full English, Scottish or Boxers’ breakfast.
Aside from eating and sleeping, it is likely you’ll spend much of the warm summer weather in Tenerife splashing around in the gorgeous Atlantic. The Costa Adeje resort area has several diving companies to help you explore the clear blue waters surrounding the island. Blue Bottom Diving offers diving classes for beginners to advance divers to hone their skills before setting out to one of the many diving sites Costa Adeje is famous for. Diving sites include wrecked ships, walls, caves, cliffs and volcanic formations. Divers can see various underwater species including turtles, stingrays, moray eels, octopus, sharks and starfish.
Visitors who prefer to keep their heads above the water can still enjoy the warm sea temperatures while trying out water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, fly-boarding and stand-up paddle-boarding. Water Sports Tenerife rents the equipment necessary to try different water sports and also provides training for beginners and novices. The company has locations all across the island including on Playa el Duque Beach, Fañabe Beach and Las Americas Beach.
Summer is also the perfect time to get out and visit Tenerife’s best beaches. Near the town of Puerto de la Cruz, Playa Jardin combines man-made beauty with nature’s splendour. Canarian artist César Manrique was the brainchild behind the beach, which features botanical gardens and palm trees planted alongside the volcanic sand. The calm waters are ideal for swimming with children so families will love this beach and the soft sand is good for laying out and soaking up the sun. Thanks to its location near town, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and retail stores in the area to grab a bite to eat or shop, making for the perfect day-trip.
It is easy to understand then why Tenerife is so popular with families, couples and young travellers alike, but with popularity comes the need to think about booking in advance. It’s never too early to start planning a summer-sun trip to escape wintery climes – so plan ahead and let yourself daydream about the trip of a lifetime: ‘Tenerife 2016’!