Updated 31 January: The first month of 2019 is going out with a bang, with rain forecast for tomorrow and a yellow alert for costeros. This applies mainly to north Tenerife but already today we’re seeing skies clouding over throughout the island. The alert for costeros (“coastal phenomena” – wild and rough seas) is for Saturday and applies mainly in the metropolitan area and along the north coast. Next week itself should see the wind coming from the east again bringing back some calima with high gusts and higher temperatures than of late.

Updated 17 January 2019: Aemet is forecasting that we could see the first snows on 2019 on Teide in the next 24 or so hours as the calm African system we’ve had now for weeks finally gives way to the alisios from the north bringing cooler moister weather. This should mean rain, especially in the north, though at present this is not thought to be heavy. We all know how quickly these forecasts can develop, though. For the moment, therefore, the thing most of us are most likely to see is a white Teide!

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil. The Spanish conquest in...

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though. A good tip is to pronounce...

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If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar are six rectangular pyramid-shaped, terraced structures built from lava stone without the use of mortar. They are located in the district of Chacona, part of the town of Güímar on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. The...

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