Insider Tips For Not Letting the Weather Spoil Your Tenerife Holiday

Fri, May 18th, 2012 - By Linda

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. This weekend an elderly hiker died on neighbouring Gran Canaria, and whilst there were probably other factors involved, heat exhaustion seems to have contributed.

Whilst winter daytime temperatures on Tenerife hover around the 22/23ºC mark, sometimes conditions combine to produce a heatwave like the one we are experiencing.  Summer temperatures don’t generally rise above 30ºC, but in summer, people are more aware of the dangers, which take us by surprise in other seasons.

Even in this heat, I saw people running along Geranium Walk (which runs from Los Cristianos to Costa Adeje), so why is it that they can do that, when others find it difficult to pop down to the supermarket? The biggest factor is adequate hydration. In other words, replace the fluids your body loses in the heat. Dehydration is much more common that you think. If you feel extra-tired, headachy or even nauseous it probably means you’re dehydrated. You can re-hydrate by eating the right foods. Foods like watermelon, citrus fruits, strawberries and even broccoli have a high water content. Of course you should drink plenty of water. I was surprised to see walkers in the Teide National Park at weekend quaffing pints of beer – not recommended in these temperatures, best left until cooler evening time.

Much is written now about sun creams, and despite that, I see burned skin every time I venture into Playa de las Americas. Clearly the warnings go unheeded, despite the fact that not only is sunburn unpleasant and painful, but it can result in skin cancer. The rule is simple, the higher the factor the more protection. Locals wouldn’t dream of going out in anything less than a 20, and active outdoors folk, like surfers or runners, use 50. Pay special attention to shoulders, the back of the neck, and, gentlemen, bald spots, and remember to reapply frequently, especially after swimming.

Speaking of bald spots, you don’t need to have one to need to protect the top of your head. A hat of some sort is always a good idea, especially for children. It protects hair from sun damage, if you need another reason, and with the variety on offer in shops from Costa del Silencio to Los Gigantes you can make a fashion statement too! The same goes for sun glasses, although trendy football wives have already made them fashionable, they protect your eyes, and you should use the best protection you can afford.

At the complete, other extreme, if you come in autumn, winter or spring you might find lower temperatures than you expect when you visit the mountain areas. Mists roll into the Anaga Mountains, snow falls in the Teide National Park, and if you take the cable car to the top of Mount Teide, even on a bright, sunny day, at over 12,000 feet the chill may surprise you, so the warm clothes you travelled in will come in useful.

Not letting weather spoil your vacation is partly a matter of being prepared, and giving a bit of thought to where you are going and what you are going to do, so you can relax and enjoy.

Posted : Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 9:56 am
Category : about tenerife
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