Playa Paraiso Weather February Averages, Canary Islands
Like January, February in the west coast resort of Playa Paraiso in Tenerife is one of the coldest months, but don't let this put you off as temperatures here still reach an impressive average high of 21ºC (70ºF) with a drop in average rainfall to just 17mm over five days.
While average highs may reach 21ºC (70ºF), the daily average temperature remains at a fairly consistent 18ºC (66ºF) throughout the month which still remains a comfortable sunbathing temperature. Of course, as winter is a slightly colder season on Tenerife, you can expect temperatures to fall when the sun goes down reaching an average low of 14ºC (57ºF) although this still remains well above the average temperatures in Spain at this time of year.
Those hoping to get a winter tan will enjoy the 9 hours of sunshine the resort enjoys this month with a 52% chance of catching a sunny day. Rain is not too much of a problem either with only a 12% chance of experiencing a rainy day and 3% chance of a cloudy day.
While the temperature remains spring-like and warm the sea water temperature does drop slightly this month to its lowest average of 19ºC (66ºF), although this is still warm enough to enjoy a cooling dip or to take part in the many water sports available in the resort.
The warm winds coming off the African Sahara are still present at this time of year and you are likely to experience them with a 56% chance of a windy day. Occasionally these winds can be strong bringing dust over from the Sahara in localised dust storms and when these occur they can last several days so it is a good idea to keep up to date with live weather updates while you are there.
Where to Stay
The luxurious Hotel Jardines de Nivaria is a beautiful 5-star hotel set in stunning exotic gardens beside Fañabé Beach just 3.3 miles from Playa Paraiso. Those who find the seawater a little too chilly to swim in in February will enjoy the stunning outdoor pool while those looking for an activity-filled holiday will appreciate the extensive leisure facilities including a putting green, tennis court, fitness centre, squash court and spa. All that exercise is bound to work up an appetite and there are three restaurants here to choose from including a poolside snack bar and an elegant fine dining restaurant located beneath an impressive stain-glass dome.
A more laidback family option is the Hovima Jardín Caleta, located beside La Enramada beach. The hotel has its own children's playground with a children's pool which is heated from November until March and an adult's pool which is similarly heated. There is a relaxed buffet restaurant as well as a pool bar and 'sports' bar.
Those looking for an apartment within Playa Paraiso should consider Appartement Tenerife located on the resort's beach front. The apartment has its own balcony and access to a communal pool and free private parking.
Things to Do
February is a great time to explore the island and take in some of the authentic Canaries culture. Foodies will enjoy immersing themselves in the local way of life at La Pepa Food Market where you will discover all kinds of local delicacies including cured meats, local fish caught in the waters around the island and fresh fruit and vegetables. Coincide your visit with a mealtime and you can enjoy super-fresh sushi from the sushi stall, a vegetarian snack and even, maybe, a stop off for a glass of Sangria at the market's wine bar.
If the weather is not quite hot enough to tempt you into spending the whole day on a sun lounger, why not venture out and explore the Loro Parque, a local wildlife park full of exciting species. Take a stroll through the wildlife area and see everything from gorillas to tigers then venture towards the marine area where you'll discover the world's largest penguinarium, live whale shows at the Orca Ocean pool and even a glass shark tunnel to walk through. Little ones will enjoy Kinderlandia Park, a petting area especially for them and there's plenty of restaurants and cafes if you want to stop of for lunch or just an ice cream.
Hit the Beach
Although the seawater temperatures are at their lowest this month at 19ºC and you may not want to swim, the sun is still warm and the beaches on Tenerife are still worth a visit, like Playa de la Tejita on the southern tip of the island. With the Atlantic on one side and the stunning Montaña Roja on the other the 1km long stretch of natural sand beach is a beautiful place to sit and think or stroll along away from the crowds. There are a few places to eat and drink along its length but this is a much quieter beach than many of its neighbours.
The quiet beach at Playa de la Nea on the northeast of the island may not be great for swimming but the picturesque promenade from the neighbouring resort make this a lovely place to walk at this time of year and there is a large playground for the kids.
Eating & Drinking Out
February is a great month for exploring the island and getting to know a bit more about the local culture and a good way to do this is to try some authentic local cuisine like that at Otelo in the town of Adeje. With spectacular views overlooking the Barranco del Infierno from its large sunny terrace, this is the perfect place to try the local dish pollo al ajillo (chicken baked with garlic) and many other local specialities.
For something a little special in the area visit Casa Tagoro in the centre of Los Cristianos. Run by the owner/chef the food is elegant with an international menu which can be enjoyed either inside or on its quaint, shaded terrace.
For a local drink in Playa Paraiso then drop into the popular Horseshoe Bar on the resort's Avenidi Adeje 300 road. There's a range of beers available and lively, friendly crowd.
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