Tenerife in May

Weather In Tenerife In May: Is It A Good Time For The Beach?

If you have no idea where to go, but are free or planning to take a break in May, and you love the sound of the waves, the warm climate, the crisp air, and being able to swim in the Atlantic ocean, Tenerife is a great destination to visit. It is beautiful and majestic and is home to the volcano Teide, which is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. Come on, what am I telling you? You probably already know that.

What you probably don’t know is how hot Tenerife will be in May? And will you be able to swim in the ocean and sunbathe? I am not a fortune teller, and I don’t have a crystal ball, but I will try to answer these questions based on my own experience of holidaying in Tenerife in May.

Tenerife Weather May: What To Expect?

So, here is some secret information: Tenerife is the largest and most popular island in Spain, and its warm climate is known as the eternal spring. Oh, man, it’s not a secret?

With 331 days of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, it is the perfect place for those who want to relax in the sun.

Now, some confidential information: When you travel to Tenerife in May, you might experience some rain from time to time, and some fog from time to time as well.

So, is Tenerife hot in May? Yes, it is! How hot is Tenerife in May? Well, the temperature in Tenerife in May fluctuates between 23℃ and 27℃, so better not to stay in the sun too long! You could end up with overly tanned skin. If looking like a grilled chicken isn’t your goal, then smear yourself with sunscreen, lots of it.

Tenerife in May has many nice warm days. The average temperature is around 25℃, and there is a gentle breeze.

The yearly average temperature is 21.5 °C, but it must be mentioned that the weather in Tenerife can be slightly different depending on if you choose the North or the South of the island as your vacation place.

You might wonder why this is so. Well, the culprit is the volcano el Teide (3718 m), in the central part of the island, which keeps the humid air coming from the north, thus dividing Tenerife into two climate zones. The temperatures in Tenerife in May therefore depend on the area.

Costa Adeje Weather May

May is known as one of the best months to visit Costa Adeje. Why? Because the weather in Costa Adeje in May is wonderful, amazing, fabulous, and simply glorious. 

The average minimum temperature (usually the lowest recorded temperature during the night) in Costa Adeje in May is a comfortable 17.0°C (62.6°F). The average amount of rain in Costa Adeje during May is a very low 4 mm (0.2 inches). Or, in simple terms, it doesn’t really rain there.

The average maximum daytime temperature is a comfortable 24.0°C (75.2°F). If you love looking at blue skies and you enjoy the sunshine, then May is a perfect time to head to Costa Adeje. 

Puerto De La Cruz Weather May

The weather in Puerto De la Cruz during May can vary. On some days, it can be as hot as in the south of the island: +27°C during the day and +20°C at night. On other days in May, the weather can be similar to England – cloudy and a maximum of 16 degrees during the day. So be sure to pack warm clothes in your suitcase – windbreakers, blouses, and a lightweight down jacket for night outings. 

So to recap, the weather in Puerto de la Cruz in May can vary from +16 to +27 degrees during the day, with nighttime temperatures ranging from +14 to +20 degrees. The average temperature during the day is +22 degrees. 

The sea temperature on the beaches of Puerto de la Cruz in May is around 20 degrees.

Santa Cruz Tenerife Weather May

If the weather is important to you, May will be the right time for your vacation. It is a good time to go for walks in the countryside and discover the area’s main attractions. In May, the average temperature is 20°C and the sun shines for about 27 days. May daytime temperatures in Santa Cruz de Tenerife range from +17 degrees to +24 degrees.

The water is cool but swimmable, with a temperature of 19-20 degrees Celsius.

You can expect a few days of rain, but it will not be so persistent, so you can spend a luxurious vacation there.

Water Temperature In Tenerife In May

Coastal temperatures may sometimes appear to vary by a few degrees from the values. This is observed after heavy rain or after prolonged periods of high winds. Some downstream winds cause cold, deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun.

“Can I swim in Tenerife in May?”

Correct answer, – “which beach to choose?” Water temperatures are warm enough in May so you can jump in the water and lounge in the sun in the majestic setting.

Sea Temperature Tenerife May:

The minimum temperature of the ocean in Tenerife in May is +19°C. The average water temperature is +20°C. And, if you’re lucky, the ocean can warm up to +21.2°C. 

But if you’re spoilt by the warm waters of the Mediterranean or Red Sea, you might find Tenerife’s ocean water chilly. In this case, you can stay in a hotel with a heated pool. And don’t worry about chlorine! In Tenerife, most pools use water straight from the ocean.

So what about the beaches?

The ocean waves are perfect for those who love surfing. El Médano, in the southeast of Tenerife, is a paradise for surfers.

You can also find peace in the green north of the island, offering a variety of beaches, like Las Teresitas in Santa Cruz or Playa Jardin in Puerto de la Cruz. On this gem on the Atlantic Ocean in May you can peacefully visit and take with you the whole family or a bunch of friends, while those in love can enjoy beautiful sunrises. For information on the best beaches in Tenerife, click here.

Where To Stay In Tenerife In May

The more touristy part of the island is in the south, and it makes perfect sense: you can find the best beaches with resorts, plenty of boutique shopping in the towns near Los Cristianos, and plenty of activities for different tastes. It’s also a place where the weather is more stable. 

So if you’re a sun worshipper, you’re better off staying in the south.

Tenerife is precious for more than just its sea coast.

If you’re keen to explore Mother Nature’s sanctuaries, head north. Warning: you’ll fall in love with the paradisiacal landscapes of the north with its tropical greenery.

The north is wetter and more humid than the south, which is why it is the cause of all this green beauty. 

The overwhelming green hue of the slopes, which stretches across the island, sanctifies visitors with incredible scenes that cannot be seen anywhere else. Without any surprises, explorers from all over the world choose to add Tenerife to their climbing and hiking destinations bucket list. The perfect place for this is Anaga Park. Read more about it in this article.

Things To Do In Tenerife In May

What to do in Tenerife in May? Tenerife is such a diverse island that there’s plenty to do at any time of year. If you love the sea and animals, you can go on whale and dolphin watching excursions.

Hiking enthusiasts will have a great time at Anaga Park. And of course, everyone should definitely experience Mount Teide at least once in their lifetime.

May is also a great time to tour the island. So if you have a few days to spare, I recommend visiting Puerto de la Cruz, Icod de Los Vinos, Los Gigantes and La Laguna.

In May you can also take part in the Canary Islands National Day (Día de Canarias), which falls on the 30th of May.

What exactly is celebrated and why on 30 May? 30 May is a public holiday throughout the Canarian archipelago, a date on which the people of the Canary Islands commemorate the celebration of the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, which took place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 30 May 1983. This meeting made official the union of the whole archipelago under the local government elected by the Canary Islanders. The government has settled in the capitals of the two oldest inhabited islands: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

What can you do on National Canary Day?

This cultural festival refers to the intense, unique, and colourful Canarian identity. For this reason, artistic and social activities take place with folkloric music, sports events, games, Canarian wrestling known as Lucha Canaria, and La Vela Latina Canaria, – Canarian lateen sailing, a type of nautical boat sport. The weather in Tenerife in May is perfect for all these outdoor activities.

Various municipalities organise their own Canary Islands Day programme. This date is an ideal time to celebrate the archipelago traditions with folklore performances, theatrical shows for children, and craft markets with products created by the Canary Islanders.

What To Wear In Tenerife In May ?

What to pack for Tenerife in May is a reasonable question. My recommendation is to bring different clothes for different weather.

Mornings in Tenerife are spring, when you want to throw a denim jacket or fleece jacket over your shoulders. Afternoons in Tenerife are summer and you’ll want swimming costumes, flip flops and dresses. The evenings after sunset and nights in Tenerife in May are almost like winter, or at least autumn. And if there’s a lot of wind blowing, or if you’re planning to visit the mountainous areas of the island, you’ll need a pair of trainers, trousers and a lightweight down jacket.

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