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Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife, Canary Islands
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The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries and located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara, make for a great traveling destination if you’re a passionate windsurfer. So far we’ve covered two great destinations in the Canaries, mainly Fuerteventura, the second largest of the Canary Islands, and Lanzarote, the northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands.

Now we switch focus onto Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Here are the main bits and pieces you need to know about Tenerife:

Wind
Tenerife gets steady trade winds all year-long, but there are a few months that stand out as being the windiest. These months are June, July, and August. The trade winds in Tenerife blow mainly from the north-east (cross onshore). You should note that the wind forecasts for Tenerife aren’t always that accurate and that’s because the wind accelerates around the Mount Tiede volcano. As a rule of thumb you can take the Windguru forecast and double it.

Sometimes you get southerly winds in Tenerife. When that happens the place turns into a freestyle paradise. These southerly winds are stronger than the forecast as well.

Climate
Tenerife has a year-round warm climate and that is why the island is known internationally as the "Island of Eternal Spring". The average air temperature in the winter is between 20°C and 22°C while the air temperature in summer is between 26°C and 28°C. The water temperature is of about 19°C in winter and 23° in summer.

Water
As mentioned above, the temperature in Tenerife is high all year-round. Windsurfing in the summer means you can do it in shorts. Take a shorty if windsurfing any other time of the year.

You will find everything from flat water to world class sailing in four main sailing areas that aren’t very far from one another. The four areas I am talking about are South Bay (excellent bump and jump), Muelle (very windy, great waves), Cabezo (a pro playground), and La Tajita (flat water).

Other useful information
Tenerife is a very popular tourist destination. Tenerife, which is only a short flight away from Europe, is a cheap destination for anyone who wants to have some fun in the sun. The windsurfing and mass tourism world don’t really meet though. All the windsurfing is concentrated at El Medano while the mass tourism is on the other end of the island.

Finding a place to stay, food and gear to rent should not be a problem. There are plenty of hotels and apartments for rent, plenty of local restaurants that offer good and not too expensive food, and two windsurfing centers that offer gear for rent.

If you like the nightlife, you will be glad to hear that there are plenty of bars in El Medano; you will not be glad to hear that there aren’t many clubs in El Medano.

Other outdoor activities
Apart from windsurfing, you can enjoy these other outdoor activities in Tenerife: mountain biking, diving, whale watching, surfing, sightseeing.


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