It’s winter on Tenerife. Some people don’t like to mention the ‘W’ word, or admit that Tenerife enjoys anything other than perpetual summer temperatures.
I’ve often wondered if there’s a secret science lab on the island where people go to have memories of gloomy days erased and replaced with ones of cloudless blue skies.
But we do have a winter on Tenerife. It’s not a particularly long one, and it certainly isn’t a particularly cold one by Northern European standards. If temperatures drop below 20C at the coast we raise a quizical eyebrow and wonder if it’s a sign that the world is about to end.
But there can be cool, cloudy days on any coast. December was the coolest in a number of years, despite enjoying lots of warm, sunny weather as well.
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?
There are always plenty of bars and restaurants. However, here are five suggestions for other things to do in the south of Tenerife on a cloudy day.
Go Shopping and Watch a Movie
The Gran Sur shopping centre in Costa Adeje lies within easy reach of the main southern resorts. Inside are shops, restaurants and something that is akin to treasure to movie-loving residents – a multi-plex cinema that each week screens a couple of the latest releases in their original language.
Bowl a Strike
Ten pin bowling is great fun whatever the weather and whatever age you are. Megabowl is located not far from Playa Fañabe in Costa Adeje. A game costs €5.50 for adults, €4.50 children and there’s also a restaurant and sports bar screening all the major live sporting events. The bowling alley is open 2pm to midnight on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 2pm till 2am on Wednesday and Saturday. The sports bar opens between midday to midnight daily.
You definitely don’t need sunshine to visit the Jungle Park in Chayofa above Los Cristianos. As well as a variety of animals to see, there’s a bird of prey show and a jungle trail with rope bridges and bobsleigh runs. See Colin’s article for more details.
Guaranteed to get the adrenalin soaring, racing friends and family around a twisting track at breakneck speed is seriously good fun. Karting Club Tenerife between Los Cristianos and Las Chafiras has a senior and junior track and karts to suit different age groups. The cost ranges €9 to €29.70 depending on the type of go kart.
Finally, For Culture Lovers
Los Cristianos Cultural Centre often has interesting exhibitions whereas the town’s Infanta Leonor Auditorium has everything from ballets to flamenco and rock to classical concerts. Even better, take a short trip to Adeje old town. As well as being one of the south’s historic towns, it’s a centre of culture and traditions. There are regular art and photographic exhibitions, concerts, theatre, tapas routes and fiestas all in one relatively compact area.
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