Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands, and is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The volcanic island is home to about 910,000 inhabitants, its capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the northeast of the island. The official language is Spanish, and its currency is the euro.
Tenerife covers an area of over 1,200 square miles, and is divided into three regions. The metropolitan region around the capital Santa Cruz is the economic center of the island, with a large port and the old town of La Laguna, declared a World Heritage Site. The south of the island is the most important region for tourism, Los Christanos and Playa de las Américas are the tourist centers here.
The island of eternal spring
The climate of Tenerife is very pleasant throughout the year, and it is not without reason that it is called the «island of eternal spring». However, there are regional differences due to the influence of the trade winds from the northeast. In the north of Tenerife is the coast facing the wind, while the south is in the wind-protected zone.
Therefore, it is not a rare phenomenon that the sun shines on one side of the island while the other half is shrouded in clouds. In general, however, Tenerife is considered to be extremely sunny, dry and pleasant with an oceanic-tropical climate.
In summer it is warm with daytime temperatures between 26 °C to 29 °C, even in winter the 20 °C mark is often exceeded during the day. At night temperatures range from 16 °C to 21 °C throughout the year. From early June to mid-December, the Atlantic has a pleasant annual water temperature of 20°C to 23°C (September).
When is it ideal to visit Tenerife?
Tenerife is a true year-round destination and, along with the other Canary Islands, is also a popular haven for sun seekers in winter. It is dry all year round, most of the rains fall between December and February, but even these months with a maximum rainfall of 1.46 mm are by no means considered rainy in the capital, for example.
However, we recommend the summer months as the best time to travel to Tenerife. The holiday season starts at the end of April, and the travel season from the beginning of June to the end of October, so these months are particularly ideal. The warmest month to travel is August, statistically most of the hours of sunshine in Tenerife are seen in July.
How are the temperatures in Tenerife?
The average annual temperature is 21.1 °C.
Warmest month: August ( 25.1 °C )
Coldest month: January ( 17.9 °C )
The maximum water temperature is 23°C. You can swim at these temperatures.
Months with a water temperature of at least 17°C (limited bathing possible): every month
Months with a water temperature of at least 21°C (suitable for beach holidays): July, August, September, October, November
Total annual rainfall: 9.21 inches in 34 rainy days. There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 inches of precipitation).
Snow cannot be expected in any month.
Solar Brightness: The month of July is the sunniest with an average of 10.8 hours of sunshine per day. Throughout the year, there is an average of 7.8 hours of sunshine per day.
Highlights and attractions
The old town of La Laguna has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is the island’s cultural landmark. Tenerife is not only known for its beautiful beaches, but also for its impressive interior. The hiking trails through the Las Canadas crater or through the Sierra de Anaga are highly recommended. Here you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view.
The port of the capital Santa Cruz is a meeting point for all travelers from Tenerife. Here one finds beautiful shopping possibilities and good restaurants. Other highlights of the island are the famous Loro Parque, the Teide National Park around the volcano of the same name and the impressive Masca Gorge. Families with children love Siam Park, which calls itself “the largest water park in Europe”.
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