On the first weekend in January we booked into the Hotel Bouganville Playa in Costa Adeje, arriving at the hotel’s reception at the same time as a group of holidaymakers who’s just flown in from Scotland. By the time we dumped our stuff in our room and headed to the pool, whilst I was wearing a polo shirt, long trousers and socks, everyone else was in swimwear…
By Tenerife standards it’s been a long and unusually cool winter in the Canary Islands. I know visitors are used to expats and locals telling them ‘it’s not usually like this’ when the weather isn’t behaving. But in this case it really isn’t usually like this.
The problem with coastal resorts developed with hot, sun-filled days in mind is what is there to do if the sun isn’t playing ball? How do you spend your time in somewhere like Playa de las Américas or the Costa Adeje resorts when it’s not warm enough to bask in the sun?
Despite millions upon millions of people having arrived on Tenerife looking sheet of paper white and leaving with a far healthier golden complexion whatever month they visit, there are still lots of people who ask ‘can you sunbathe on Tenerife in… (add the month of your choice here)’.
Many visitors get their weather forecasts from sources that reduce Tenerife to north and south. Most sources are like an abridged, woolly version of weather forecasting and don’t accurately reflect what’s happening in different locations on Tenerife.
In Puerto de la Cruz, the Skyline webcam looks right down the nose of the harbour area, showing people enjoying the harbour beach (generally preferred by locals and not the town’s main beach), drinking from the old fountain, selling fruit and lottery tickets.
Why is Tenerife known for having one of the best climates in the world? Because it’s warm in winter and rarely gets oppressively hot in summer. Saying that, the other night we fled our back patio to seek a triangle of shade at the front of our house to get out of the sun. When it’s hot every day you sometimes have to escape the heat.
Truth is, if you come in the summer months, and intend to lie on the beach all day, then you can pack as light as it gets but if you come in other seasons you need a bit more. So what do you need for your Tenerife holiday?
We know to factor up when we hit the beach or pool, but living in South Tenerife, also makes you aware of the damage the sun can do to your hair or scalp – areas that burn easily. Can you stay safe and still look stylish?