Tenerife, the largest island of Spain’s Canary chain, boasts weather that is so spectacular that it’s been pronounced as one of the very best climates on the planet by no less of an authority than NASA, in a recent global survey. Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the shores of North Africa, Tenerife showcases year-round sunshine and temperatures that range between 22 and 28 degrees, depending on the season.
Perhaps it’s all of this sunshine – along with the island’s dramatic volcanic scenery, gorgeous sandy beaches caressed by vivid aquamarine seas, and vibrant nightlife – that makes Tenerife such a sought-after destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors annually.
In fact, if you’ve had enough of the cold and grey that too often prevails back home, you might just think about taking off on a sun-drenched getaway to this exquisite Canary Island. And, in case you were wondering where to stay, there are six superb CLC World resorts in Tenerife.
With a CLC World Tenerife resort as your headquarters, you’ll be able to experience the spectacular treasures that this island has to offer, while also enjoying the plush accommodations, top-notch amenities, delectable dining and unparalleled selection of activities that you have come to expect from every CLC World resort, whether in Tenerife, or throughout our many incredible destinations.
Explaining Tenerife’s Microclimates
In addition to its other exotic features – such as the presence of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak, towering to 3,718 metres above sea level – the island of Tenerife also displays an unusual weather phenomenon known as “microclimates”.
For meteorologists and weather-science fans, the term “microclimate” refers to a certain set of atmospheric conditions that pops up in one area and is localised there, without in any way extending to or affecting other nearby regions – even if they are quite close by. What this means in practical terms is that it may be chilly and pouring down with rain in one town, but sunny, dry and warm in the next village over (even if the two villages are only a few kilometres apart).
While this is actually quite a rare occurrence throughout the planet, on Tenerife microclimates happen with some regularity, and even frequency. This is due to the island’s particular, and somewhat peculiar (though totally stunning), topography. Specifically, the extremely steep rise from sea level up to the soaring heights of snow-capped Mount Teide creates certain factors that lead to microclimate formation.
For example, anabatic winds (which are defined roughly as warm winds that blow upwards following the contours of a mountain) – propelled in Tenerife by the warmth of the volcanic Mount Teide – cause clouds to form rapidly and without warning in some areas, but not in others. So, you may find yourself sitting under storm clouds in Los Cristianos, while a few kilometres away in Playa de las Americas, the sun continues to beam down all day. And, you wouldn’t even have a hint that a few minutes’ drive away a thunderstorm might be under way.
While this may all sound a bit daunting, the truth is that these microclimates don’t affect the weather much for those staying in the perpetually dry, sunny southern side of the island – home to CLC World’s Tenerife resorts. Instead, you get the best of all possible worlds. You can drive around the isle and marvel at the sudden and wondrous climate shifts. But, if you’ve have had enough of a sudden pop-up cloudburst or a blast of cooler air, all you need to do is head back to the glorious sunshine that’s almost certain to be shining above your CLC World Tenerife resort.