Tenerife: So Much More Than a Tacky Tourist Destination

They are the islands of eternal spring – blessed with a warm climate all year round and beloved by European tourists of all ages.  Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. To some, Tenerife is an island of hedonism and youthful exuberance, clubs, bars and beach parties. To others, it’s a genteel retreat where you can relax in peace and quiet. Each season attracts a different mix of people and with reasonable priced Tenerife flights throughout the year it is an affordable destination. With the diverse landscapes of the island there is much more to do than simply dance the night away.

However, if you want to visit Tenerife for a cultural trip – avoiding the partying masses entirely, it’s important to book wisely. But which season best suits you?

Parque Nacional del Teide


Spring is free from the crowds of tourists that flock in during the summer months. Although the season is warm, it doesn’t bring the uncomfortable heat that comes later in the summer. This makes it the ideal time for exploring and hiking in the lush forests and cultural visits. The beautiful coastlines and volcanic landscapes offer lots of adventures. The Teide National Park is the highest point in Spain and is a popular spot for walkers. The extensive network of trails through the park offer unique and tranquil spots.


During the summer months temperatures peak at around 30ºC and the island sees an increase in the 18-30 booze tourists. It becomes popular for those in search of a lively, vibrant hedonistic nightlife and lazy days on the beach. The notorious party town of Playas Des Las Americas is on the south of the island. The resort of Los Cristianos has more of a relaxed atmosphere but still provides lively entertainment in the new town. The old town is based around a fishing village on the south of the island. It offers a quaint stay in a laid-back atmosphere. It provides visitors with a variety of beach activities as well as plenty of pubs and restaurants to satisfy your evenings.

Image 4 El Parque Nacional de Teide


There is little change in weather as the autumn months set in and many families head to the island to escape the North European winters. The beaches stay fairly busy and the cocktails continue to flow. Temperatures tend to average at 27ºC during September and fall to around 22ºC in October. Like spring, autumn provides a similar vibe with the main bulk of partying dying down. The run up to Christmas through autumn and winter sees festivals happening all over the island. During October the Arona Festival in honour of Christ the Healer and Nuestra Señora del Rosario takes place in Arona. This is where the resorts of Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos are. The streets become busy with concerts, processions, fireworks and good food.


The winter still retains a mild tropical feel with temperatures reaching around 20ºC. This season sees an increase in ‘swallows’, which is the term used for mature Europeans who spend the winter months on the island. It’s not only the British who flock towards the sun but also German, Scandinavian and Russians. It becomes cooler in the evening but a light jumper will soon fix that problem. There is something quite special about being able to sit on the beach in the middle of December and enjoy the sunshine.