With a vast array of impressive beaches in sands coloured in shades from rich gold to inky black, a thriving night life and one of the world's largest carnivals, it is safe to say that a visit to Tenerife is the perfect way to combine relaxation with leisure. That's not to say it's all beaches and parties though, the largest island in the Canary Islands archipelago also has a more refined side where you can delve into its rich culture. Brimming with museums, art galleries, fantastic restaurants and colonial towns; this stunning island with its dramatic volcanic landscapes makes the perfect destination for your singles holiday.
You can explore the emerald-green tropical forests, climb Spain's tallest mountain (the snow-topped Pico del Tiede) and even indulge in a little light shopping in one of the many designer boutiques in the area.
As part of the Canary Islands and owing to it’s close proximity to the west coast of North Africa, Tenerife enjoys pleasant weather all year round. Consistent temperatures, continuous sunshine and little rain make it the perfect get away any time of year.
From a weather perspective Tenerife is often split into three regions, the South Coast, which is popular with holidaymakers, the North Coast popular with hikers and golfers owing to its higher rainfall and fewer consistent days of sunshine makes the landscape much greener and lush. Finally the Central Mountains, as a result of its altitude, experiences cooler weather, attracting cyclists, walkers and hikers due to its peaks, rich flora and fauna, and wide variety of animal life.
The popular South Coast experiences warmth all year round, whilst the mercury rises considerably during the summer months. Throughout the year average temperatures rarely fall below 19 degrees Celsius. The spring months of March to May see temperatures around 22 degrees Celsius, whilst summer sees temperatures rise to 28 degrees Celsius in June through to September, with the sea providing the perfect temperature to take a swim. Autumn experiences temperatures around 25-27 degrees, however rain is more frequent, yet not consistent, usually a quick shower, so don’t let that put you off, as this time of year also sees less visitors, perfect for taking in the sites. In winter temperatures reach around 20 degrees Celsius, with nights dropping cooler, so don’t go out without a sweater. Despite the warmth, December to February is known to see an increase in rainfall however showers are light and short so don’t let this put you off, as the hours of sunshine are plentiful with an average of five hours per day.
MUST SEE & DO
With its year round warm climate, it’s enticing to just lie back, drink in hand and enjoy the warming sun and sea, however there’s more to discover, here are our must sees whilst visiting tantalising Tenerife.
Find a tropical haven for the afternoon at the Botanical Garden of Tenerife located in Puerto de la Cruz. It’s sub-tropical climate makes it the perfect spot for growing an abundance of exotic flora and fauna that will be sure to put a smile on even the least green fingered fans.
The highlights of the garden include the Coussapoa Dealbata, a tree native to South America, with huge intertwining trunks and a wide range of palm tree species. The Gardens also boast a library and a herbarium where you can learn all about the Canary Islands flora.
Wildlife lovers head to Loro Parque – famous for its sea life. Watch dolphins and Orcas perform, or see the penguins hanging out on one of the largest icebergs outside of the Artic.
The park is also home to a wide selection of endangered species from all around the world, in addition to parrots, Gorillas, Chimps and tigers to name but a few.
Teide volcano is the third highest volcanic structure and most voluminous in the world making it a sure highlight to any Tenerife trip. Enjoy fantastic views from the top overlooking the captivating luna landscape, vegetation and lava fields.
If you’re looking for a holiday destination where the people are welcoming and hospitable, then look no further than Tenerife. Not only a beautiful place, but full of lovely people too, who will go the extra mile to please you.
Tipping: In Tenerife, like most countries in mainland Europe, tipping is widely expected within the tourism industry, especially when you’ve received a service, which is good. 10% is the going rate, however when frequenting bars and cafes, simply round up to the nearest full amount or leave some lose change.
If you’re looking to socialise whilst away on holiday in Tenerife, here are a few handy phrases to help you on your travels. The main language is Spanish, however English is widely spoken.
To say hello, it’s ‘hola’, before lunch say ‘Buenos días’ which means good morning, whilst ‘Buenos tardes’ is good night.
Be sure not to forget your please and thank yous, to say please it’s ‘Por Favor’ and thank you is ‘Gracias’.
Finally if you’re wanting to order a drink, a glass of Rioja for example, its ‘Por favor puedo pedir una vaso de vino Rioja, which translates to ‘Can I please order a glass of Rioja?’