For years we’ve bemoaned the fact that there isn’t a decent webcam in Puerto de la Cruz. Whilst other towns and resorts had webcams smartly placed, looking out to sea across some of Tenerife’s most popular beaches, we’ve had to settle for a webcam located about 16 kilometres away.
Anyone who knows Tenerife well knows that, with a micro-climate around every corner, 16 kilometres is an awful long way to be able to get an accurate picture of what the weather is doing. Sometimes whilst we’ve basked in sunshine, the webcam has shown a bank of cloud. It’s high on a hill, Puerto de la Cruz is at sea level, so cloud sneaking in between is a common occurrence.
In short, webcams were generally of no use to anyone interested in knowing what the weather was doing in the north’s most popular holiday destination.
But that wasn’t the only problem with webcams on Tenerife. Even those in the south of the island were hit and miss affairs with blurred pictures of far away scenes, that was when they worked.
But there’s a new kid on the Tenerife webcam block. A smart, sharp cam who is happy to get right up close to the action.
Skyline have answered our webcam prayers… and caused a lot of distraction in the process.
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. I live here and love the harbour area, so it’s fascinating to see what’s going on there without leaving the house. For potential holidaymakers it’s perfect for seeing exactly what the weather is doing.
With Los Cristianos, their webcam looks over the promenade to the town harbour and beach. Again it’s ideal for showing holidaymakers what’s actually happening. Webcams pointing out to sea can show blue skies even when it might be cloudy at the beach, or vice versa.
Los Cristianos fans get two bites of the cherry as another webcam looks right onto Playa Las Vistas, which also helps give an idea about the weather in Playa de las Américas.
Fans of Tenerife’s south east resort of El Médano don’t get as good a view as other locations as the webcam looks out over a quiet part of town toward Montaña Roja.
In Guia de Isora in the sunny south west the two webcam views are exclusive ones as they are of the swimming pools of the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora. It’s a case of two birds with one stone; keep an eye on the weather and have a nosey inside one of the best hotels on Tenerife at the same time.
The final webcam (at the moment) is the most bizarre as it’s inside the Karting Club Tenerife at Chafiras. It doesn’t really show you much about the weather or any resort, but you do get to see would be Lewis Hamiltons come a cropper on those tight curves.
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