What's the weather like in Tenerife South in July
Along with August and September, July is one of the hottest months of the year for Tenerife South, Canary Islands, when high temperatures, clear skies and pure sunshine are guaranteed almost every day.
During this month, the average temperature for the region is 24⁰C, created by average highs of 28⁰C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 20⁰C during the coldest part of the night. Daily averages fluctuate between 23⁰C and 25⁰C for the first few weeks, before they settle at a warm 25⁰C for the next nine days. Temperatures then fluctuate between 26⁰C and 27⁰C until the end of the month.
This makes the final week of July the hottest time to visit Tenerife South. If you're not a fan of high temperatures and want to visit Tenerife South when the region is a bit cooler, consider going in June or November when the average temperatures are around 22⁰C and the resorts won't be as busy.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tenerife South in July is 42.9⁰C, which was registered on July 29th 2007 at Tenerife South Airport. At the other end of the scale, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the south of the island during this month is 16.8⁰C, which was registered at the same location on July 13th 1993.
Tenerife South can be affected by calimas at any time of year, but they're particularly bad during summer. Whereas trade winds normally blow over Tenerife South in a north easterly direction, a calima occurs when the winds blow in straight from the east, over the Sahara Desert in northern Africa. When the winds blow in from this direction, they bring in with them high temperatures (often up to 10⁰C higher than the average highs for the month) and a high concentration of dust particles which hang around in the air and cause low visibility.
The first week of July 2015 saw an intense calima which affected the entire south of the island. Between July 6th and July 9th, temperatures soared into the early 40s and a yellow alert was put in place, with an extra warning to stay out of forest areas due to the increase risk of accidental fires.
July 2007 was the hottest July to date in Tenerife South, when severe forest fires resulted in the evacuation 5,700 people from their homes on the island. More than 24,000 hectares of land across Tenerife and Gran Canaria caught fire over the course of four days during this month and had to be put out by 300 members of the emergency services with fire trucks on the ground and water bomb- and water bucket-equipped aeroplanes and helicopters.
Don't let this put you off visiting Tenerife. Forest fires this intense are very rare and when they occur, they're always limited to the inner parts of the island covered with thick forestland not the resorts on the coast.
When you visit Tenerife South in July, you're extremely unlikely to experience any rainfall at all. In fact, during this month, the south of the island is subject to an average of 0mm of precipitation! If you're unlucky enough to get some of the wet stuff during your holiday in Tenerife, it will most likely be drizzle (which occurs on 44% of days with rainfall), light rain (37%) or moderate rain (14%).
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Tenerife South in July is 1.5mm which fell on July 1983 testament to how little rainfall the island experiences during this month. All this rainfall fell on a single day (July 25th 1983) which makes it the wettest July day the south of the island has ever seen.
Average Sunshine Hours and Visibility
Over the course of July, Tenerife South enjoys an average of ten hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage which drops as the month develops. Median cloud coverage begins at 30% on July 1st and drops down to 27% by July 11th, before falling down to a low of 23% by July 26th. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 48% of the time, partly cloudy 11% and mostly cloudy/overcast 9%.
Average Sea Temperature
Thanks to the year-round spring-like weather Tenerife South is known for, the sea is always warm enough for swimming in. In July, the average sea temperature for the waters around the island is 22⁰C, which is just 1⁰C cooler than the warmest sea water temperature the island experiences annually in September and October.
The relative humidity for Tenerife South in July averages at around 65%, ranging between 52% (mildly humid) and 82% (humid), rarely dropping below 35% (comfortable) or rising above 91% (very humid). The air is at its driest around July 21st, when the relative humidity falls below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around July 9th, when it rises above 77% (humid) three days out of four.
Over the course of an average July, typical wind speeds in Tenerife South fluctuate between 1 m/s (light air) and 11 m/s (strong breeze), rarely rising above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around July 16th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 m/s (strong breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around July 10th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 m/s (strong breeze).
Tenerife South Hotels in July
Royal Sunset Beach Club is a resort in Costa Adeje, decorated in a friendly and traditional Canarian style, with dark wooden balconies and yellow painted walls. Accommodation comes in the form of studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments, each of which features more Canarian décor and comes complete with a well-equipped kitchenette, full bathroom with complementary amenities, living room with flat-screen TV and balcony or terrace. Each of the apartments are situated around a leisure area with outdoor swimming pool, children's pool, whirpool, solarium with sun loungers and pool bar which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day and early evening.
There is an additional onsite restaurant which offers a more formal dining experience and is where you can enjoy breakfast and dinner if you're staying on a half-board basis. Other onsite services and amenities include a fitness centre, sauna, squash court and table tennis. Playa Fañabe beach is just 50m away and the nearest bars, restaurants and supermarkets can be found right outside the complex's entrance
In the west of the island, just steps away from Playa de La Arena beach in Playa de La Arena lies Barcelo Varadero. This three-star hotel has also been built in a traditional Canarian style and offers a huge garden and swimming pool area which measures over 21,000m2, as well as a brand new U-Wellness Centre introduced in 2015. This new addition is made up of a sauna, beauty shop, fitness centre and two luxury spa suites where you can enjoy personalised individual spa treatments. For the kids, there are three swimming pools, kids' club and playground.
An all-inclusive programme is available which covers the three daily meals, unlimited snacks and unlimited drinks at the three onsite restaurants (main restaurant, pool bar and Palmeras bar), plus one hour of tennis each day and unlimited use of the gym and ping pong table. Accommodation comes in the form of standard, superior and family apartments which can sleep between three and four guests. Each apartment has been recently refurnished in a modern sophisticated style and features a kitchenette, lounge with flat-screen TV, air conditioning and terrace or balcony many of which come with sea views.
Dragos del Sur is also located in Playa de La Arena, right on the seafront where you can sunbathe, try your hand at various watersports such as fishing, scuba diving, or jet skiing, or sign up for a boat trip to see whales and dolphins. Adults can enjoy several heated swimming pools, Jacuzzi, solarium, dedicated nudist sunbathing zone, gym and sauna whilst kids can make use of the playground, children's swimming pool, internet area, free WiFi access in public areas and TV room.
There's also a large restaurant which serves international and local cuisine buffet-style. Accommodation comes in the form of 78 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, each of which boasts sea or pool views. All apartments come equipped with complete kitchen and bathroom, living room with sofa bed and satellite TV. The Abama Golf Course is just a short drive away, as is Los Gigantes where you'll find a greater selection of bars, restaurants and shops than is available in Playa de La Arena.
For something more rural, check out Hotel Rural La Correa. Located in Altavista de Arona in the south of the island, this hotel is set inside a large traditional Canarian house which has been converted into a hotel. The Teide National Park is only 15km away, whilst the volcanic beaches of the south coast are just a 15-minute drive away. The spacious 11,000m2 grounds cover ample forestland with several hiking and rambling trails, plus a small swimming pool with sunbathing area and barbecue facilities.
There is also one restaurant within the hotel grounds which features dark wooden beam ceilings and matching furniture, giving it the feel of a traditional Canarian home. The menu changes regularly according to which ingredients are in season, but the fare is always typically Canarian and healthy. There are only six double rooms available, each of which is decorated in a rustic way with wooden beamed ceilings and genuine stone walls, whilst also boasting sea views and a full bathroom, lounge with TV and furnished terrace.
Casa el Zaguan in Vilaflor is another top pick when it comes to rural accommodation in Tenerife South. Looking out onto the village's square, this hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens full of local plants and features an outdoor swimming pool with sunbathing area, barbecue facilities and hot tub. Accommodation is limited to eight rustically-styled guestrooms with brightly painted walls, dark wooden furniture and tiled floors. Each room has its own private bathroom with shower, TV and fireplace for cold winter nights.
The surrounding area is ideal for hiking and cycling and all guests have free unlimited access to the hotel's bikes. Because Vilaflor is located a lot higher up the mountain than the southern resorts, it's not as affected by high summer temperatures and is often a few degrees cooler than the rest of South Tenerife in summer. This difference in temperature means it won't be too hot to go hiking or cycling even in summer.
Tenerife South Beach for July
Located in the heart of Costa Adeje, Playa Fañabe stretches on for about 500m and is backed by a very busy promenade lined with international bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and supermarkets which are open seven days a week. On the beach you'll find sun loungers and parasols to hire, but if you buy a drink or some food from one of the upmarket beach bars, you'll get to use their chairs, sun loungers and parasols at no extra cost.
There is also a great choice of water sports available here, including pedalo rental, banana boats, jet skis, water buggies and parascending. The sand at Playa Fañabe gently slopes into the shallow sea which is protected by several wave breakers. This means that the sea is always safe enough for swimming in even in extremely windy conditions.
If you're into wind-based water sports, you'll definitely want to hit up Playa el Cabezo in El Medano. This black volcanic sandy beach is constantly subject to strong winds and large waves which create the ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. This is why important international water sport competitions such as the O'Neill Tenerife Grand Prix which forms part of the Professional Boardsailing Association are held here each year. In July, winds come in a south or south-westerly direction with a strength of 7m/s to 13 m/s.
There are several kitesurfing and windsurfing schools located directly on the beach, with several more water sport schools located just a few steps away in the centre of El Medano. Due to the intense winds and waves, plus the large number of windsurfers and kitesurfers always in the sea, this beach isn't suitable for swimming or sunbathing only wind-based water sports.
Bars and Restaurants
If you find yourself craving a curry during your holiday in Tenerife South, pop into Indian Flavour. Based in Costa Adeje, this restaurant serves modern Indian cuisine with a European touch, all in sophisticated and elegant surroundings. You'll find all your favourite curries here from Balti, Rogan Josh and Korma to Madras, Jalfrezi and Vindaloo all of which can be made with chicken, lamb, prawns, king prawns, paneer, fish or mixed vegetables. The curries are served up alongside traditional Indian side dishes, such as Aloo Gobi, Saag Paneer and Bhindi Bhaji.
For a relaxing drink in Fañabe, look no further than Ohana Chill Out. This cocktail bar offers air-conditioned indoor seating and a small comfy outdoor terrace with plush sofas which becomes a total suntrap during the day. Although this bar does serve beer, cider, wine and spirits, it's best known for its cocktails all of which are handmade by the bar staff to order. There are loads of classic mojtos, daiquiris and margaritas to choose from, plus fruity variations to mix it up. Several shisha pipes are also available and chill out music is played throughout.
Things to do in Tenerife South in July
Make the most of the warm sea temperatures in Tenerife South in July and sign up for an excursion with Blue Bottom Diving. Based in Costa Adeje, this PADI-certified diving school offers try diving courses for beginners, general scuba diving excursions, speciality scuba diving courses, PADI-certified courses and open water courses. Snorkelling safaris are also available for those who don't want the full-on scuba diving experience.
There are many different dive sites dotted around the coastline of Tenerife and the following are the ones used by Blue Bottom Diving: El Puertito, Neptune's Cave, La Caleta, Roncadores del Palmar, El Condesito, La Cueva del Palmar, El Faro and El Meridian. These diving sites are incredibly varied and give you the chance to dive in shipwrecks, caves, underwater cliffs and volcanic formations where you'll have the chance to see sea bass, bream, barracuda, moray eels and turtles.
If the summer sunshine is too hot for you, spend a few hours at Mariposa in Arona an art gallery established in 1965. "Mariposa" translates into English as "Butterfly", although there are no actual butterflies here. Instead, the small Canarian house is filled with bohemian-style artwork which takes the form of sculptures, paintings and other kinds of creative structures. Everything you see on display has been created by artists from around the world who have donated the pieces to the gallery for free. You can admire the pieces of art on your own or sign up for one of the two-hour guided tours in advance through the website.