On Tenerife the worst of the storm hit late on Sunday afternoon when high winds and heavy rain lashed the south, south west and eastern coasts and trapping hundreds of passengers on board a Fred Olsen ferry which had left Los Cristianos at 2pm to travel to La Palma for an excruciating 10 hours – a journey which normally takes two and a half hours
Ask that question in a bar populated by bureaucracy battered ex-pats and the answer could be anything from between 10 and 30 years.
Whilst many a true word is spoken in jest, the true answer is there is no time difference between Britain and Tenerife.
Rain, it’s a funny old thing. In many parts of the world, rain is greeted with joy; a cause for celebration. In Britain, it seems to be always on the horizon whatever the season, literally putting a dampener on barbecues, camping trips, weddings and any other outdoor activity.
To a sun-starved Brit due to arrive on Tenerife’s steamy shores, news they are flying into a heatwave might sound like the weather gods have answered their prayers. This was the sentiments on Tripadvisor this week when excited holidaymakers learned of sky high temperatures.
Those of us who live on this “Island of eternal spring” know that its nickname can be deceptive, but it seems that words of advice might be appropriate for visitors…
The change of seasons on Tenerife doesn’t just affect the weather. As temperatures rise on Tenerife, they also rise in northern parts and the island loses many of its winter residents giving the island a bit of a limbo feel in relation to visitors after Easter.