10 reasons you should spend New Year in Tenerife
Having fun in the sun over the festive season can mean sacrificing an atmospheric New Year’s Eve to escape the cold. But that doesn’t have to be the case – on Tenerife you can enjoy warm weather and a New Year to remember!
Here are ten reasons why Tenerife is the perfect choice for a New Year holiday:
1. The beautiful weather
It’s perfect. Where else in Europe can you spend the run up to New Year’s Eve lounging in swimwear on a boat watching dolphins play or screaming your way down the Tower of Power at Siam Park , one of Europe’s most thrilling water parks?
2. ….But you also get snow!
There’s nothing like snow to add a festive atmosphere. Often Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide, delivers the goods. It might be sunbathing weather on the beach but less than 40km away in the mountains you could be building snowmen!
3. The street parties
In traditional parts of Tenerife the best New Year’s Eve party action is in the streets! The cava flows as soon as explosive firework displays announce that it’s New Year. After that, bands and DJs keep the music blasting and thousands of revellers dance til dawn.
4. Get your gladrags on!
You can’t be overdressed at a New Year’s Eve party on Tenerife. The local chicos look seriously suave in sleek dinner jackets while the chicas strut their stuff in sensational, sexy evening gowns. To blend in you’ve got to glam up.
5. It’s a clubbing heaven
Clubs on Tenerife throw extravagant New Year’s Eve parties with venues in the south of the island pumping out familiar sounds for holidaymakers whilst those in the north celebrate New Year with more of a sizzling Latino beat.
6. The friendly people
The island is known as ‘Tenerife amable’ (friendly Tenerife) for a reason. Everyone is a friend at Tenerife’s traditional New Year celebrations where big, beaming smiles come as a standard accessory.
7. You can recover on the beach
What better way to recover from fun and frantic New Year’s Eve celebrations than notching up sun time on the beach? In temperatures that can be in the mid 20s Celsius, it’s hard to believe it’s actually January.
8. Go for a swim on New Year’s Day!
In some places around the world it’s traditional to swim in the sea on New Year’s Day. On Tenerife it’s essential… to cool down! A swim in the ocean also helps wash the cava cobwebs away after an all-night street party…..
9. You can celebrate Christmas all over again
The Spanish celebrate their Christmas Day on the 6th of January when Los Reyes Magos (three kings) leave presents for children. The previous night the kings arrive by way of a flamboyant parade in towns all across Tenerife – a magical night for children.
10. New Year on Tenerife is for everyone!
One of the best things about New Year’s Eve on Tenerife is that it’s fun for everyone no matter what age. Joining local families, from the youngest toddler to grans and granddads, to welcome in the New Year makes for an unforgettable experience that’s hard to beat.
About the author
Jack Montgomery is a travel writer, guidebook author and photographer who lives in a banana plantation in the north of Tenerife. He specialises in writing about the culture, food and people of the Canary Islands, concentrating especially on the Canarian world that exists beyond the islands' resorts.