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.
Here are ten ways to stay cool on Tenerife during the summer months.
Stay cool in the pool
A lot of hotel pools are heated so might not be ‘fresh’ enough to combat a searing August sun. That isn’t an issue with the main lake at Lago Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz where the water is heart-stopping cold.
Lick an ice cream
It’s worth running the risk of brain freeze to bring that body temperature down. Thanks to trends, buying an old fashioned ice cream isn’t quite so easy on Tenerife. However, buying a gelato or frozen yoghurt is as there a loads of parlours selling both.
Take a plunge
Pamper yourself at a spa where icy plunge pools take on more of an attraction at the height of summer. The Scottish shower at the Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz is perfect for helping lower body temperatures rapidly.
Heading into the mountains won’t help. In summer months it can be significantly hotter between 500 and 1000 metres than at the coast. One location that is always guaranteed to send a shiver down the spine, for a couple of reasons, is the summit of Mount Teide where it can be 20 degrees lower than the coast.
Cave-dwelling used to be the ‘in thing’ on Tenerife for the primitive Guanche who ruled the roost before the Spanish conquistadors bullied their way into power. When the sun is too hot, explore the chilled out underground volcanic tube of Cueva del Viento in Icod de los Vinos.
Dive beneath the waves
Think Tenerife’s above ground world is spectacular? Wait till you see what lies below the waves. Rays, tuna, barracuda, tropical fish, tunnels, weird rock formations, shipwrecks and even a DC3 plane. The sea around Las Galletas and Costa del Silencio is best for slipping into the rubber suit.
Go to La Laguna
Having temperatures that are around 10 degrees lower than in Tenerife’s resorts means a stroll around the old streets of this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site won’t have you sweating.
Scenes at the Beach
In August a lot of places screen movies on the beach. It might not help bring the temperature down, but it is a cool thing to do. Better bring along an English Spanish dictionary though.
Air conditioned shopping centres are a godsend in summer, especially in the chilly meat and dairy aisles in supermarkets.
Cocktails on the roof
After picking up some fashion bargains shopping (summer sales last through July and August) flaunt them at an airy rooftop bar in the Nuria district of Santa Cruz where, cocktail in hand and wearing Stradivarius’ latest (well last season’s) little number, you won’t just feel cool, you’ll also look pretty damn cool alongside the local fashionistas.
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