If you are looking for some spring sunshine Tenerife is a great option, here’s why.
The island of Tenerife benefits from being a few degrees further south than mainland Spain. Most of the year the temperatures on Tenerife are warmer than the rest of Spain. In the spring, it is 3 or 4 degrees warmer than the Spanish Costas, so the weather is usually good on Tenerife during the spring months.
It is not quite warm enough to go swimming until May when water temperatures reach 20c although some hardy souls do dip their toes in the water. If you like swimming enough, and want to brave the water, you can especially if you own or rent a wet suit. You just need to be careful to check that the conditions are safe for swimming that day. During the early part of the spring, the water can be rough at times. However, that is good for surfers who enjoy the higher swell.
Tenerife in March is quiet but most of the tourist attractions are open. This means that you can enjoy them without the crowds or sitting in traffic. Some attractions are not open as late as they are in the summer because it gets dark earlier.
The ambience of the island is defiantly different in the spring. Somehow, it feels more Spanish. The ratio of locals to tourists is higher, so if you want to experience some Spanish culture and see Tenerife in its natural light the spring is a good time to go there.
Many of Tenerife’s best fiestas take place in the spring. Two good examples are the Romania de San Marcos and Fiestas de la Cruz, which are both big religious fiestas.
If you like traditional fiestas booking during Easter week is a great idea. Naturally, because of the school holidays, the island is busier, but if you are on the island during Easter, you can experience Semana Santa. There is a whole week of religious processions mixed up with carnival, fireworks and other spectaculars. It really is an experience not to be missed.
Throughout the spring, there are many other smaller fiestas to enjoy too. Two popular non-religious fiestas that take place in the spring are the Carnival in Los Gigantes and the Carnival in Los Cristianos (Arona). These themed events are always popular, lively and great fun.
On Tenerife, food is important year round, but in the spring, you will get to try more local specialities because the first crops are being harvested. The carnivals and fiestas mean that there are plenty of tapas routes to enjoy. A tapas route allows you to travel around local bars and restaurants enjoying a drink and a tapas at a reduced price in each one. It is a great way to experience food that is more Spanish. Many restaurants also offer special dishes during carnivals or fiestas in particular over the Semana Santa period.
Tenerife is great at any time of the year, but spring is definitely a lovely time of the year to visit the island. You get the chance to enjoy the beautiful beaches, top class hotels and fantastic food at a slower pace, which ensure that you arrive home relaxed and with good memories. Best of all, while your neighbours teeth are chattering you will be bathed in sunshine.