Public Holidays in the Canary Islands 2018

The following is a list of public holidays for 2017 that has been approved by the Canarian government.

1 January – New Year’s Day
6 January – The Epiphany
2 February – Tenerife’s “island day” for patron saint Virgen de la Candelaria
29 March – Easter Thursday
30 March – Good Friday
1 May – Workers’ Day
30 May – Canarian Day
15 August – The Assumption
12 October – Spain Day
1 November – All Saints Day
6 December – Spanish Constitution Day
25 December – Christmas Day

In addition to the above 12 holidays, each municipality has its own two days bringing the total number of holidays to 14. It is these two local days spread across the island that gives the impression that Tenerife is constantly on holiday.

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The other San Miguel de Abona

It is confusing enough calling whole chunks of the southern resorts Costa Adeje, now travel companies are referring to Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf as San Miguel de Abona. In this blog I’m not referring to those resorts so if you are contemplating a round of golf you are miles from the place I’m going to talk about.

The town of San Miguel sits high in the idyllic hills of Tenerife and is one of the oldest towns in the south. Many recognise the name as somewhere they drive through to visit Vilaflor and from the main road the town looks rather boring with its usual collection of shops and garages. Perhaps the only memorable thing is a sculpture as you enter the town that looks like a man pole dancing. In fact he is indulging in Salto de Pastor which is how farmers in bygone days would vault across the steep hillside rather than spend hours walking around tracks. There are nearly always quirks to find in traditional Canarian towns as well as the pole-dancer at the other end of town is an old truck that looks as though it belongs in Cuba.

To explore San Miguel leave the main street behind and step back in time to reveal small attractions in the cobbled streets. The historic centre comprises of the municipal library, the house of Juan Bethencourt Alfonso, celebrated anthropologist, who informed us about the first settlers of the island, the Guanches and the Casa Azul or “blue house”, which is now the town hall.

Other attractions, as well as old cottages and elegant 18th and 19th century houses, include the beautiful church of San Miguel de Arcángel whose shady plaza is a nice place to sit and admire the views over the coast. Add to this El Aljibe exhibition hall. This former reservoir is partly cut out of rock and entry is free. Also free is the Captain’s house, Casa del Capitán, a small museum that gives an insight into what life in south Tenerife was once like. The building is over a hundred years old and was the home of Alfonso family, so is traditional Canarian style.

You can grab a bite to eat at the quaint Tasquita de Nino. Once only known by locals but now highly rated on Tripadvisor. It is a former tobacco warehouse and serves delicious tapas, and talking of restaurants…….The Mirador de la Centinela located in the hills between San Miguel and Valle de San Lorenzo is not only a restaurant but offers the most spectacular panoramic view of the south coast. The name “Centinela” means “Sentinel”, and dates from the time when the people had to defend the area from frequent pirate attacks. Today, it plays a key part is in the annual pilgrimage and marks the end of the procession in which the statue of the virgin of Fatima is carried by the pilgrims.

As traditional towns in Tenerife go, there’s nothing exceptional about San Miguel. It does though, like many places in the hills above the resorts, present the perfect combination of southern weather, Canarian culture and tranquil rural landscapes. And if you are curious, there is plenty to discover.

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What is the weather like?

When people ask, what they think is a simple question, “what’s the weather like on Tenerife”? They don’t realise how complex that actually is.

What they really want to know is if the old cliché about the differences between north and south are true. It is for this reason that generally on social forums the most popular threads are devoted to the weather. Yet when it comes to Tenerife, still people get it wrong. The standard answers you hear, particularly from people who don’t live here are:

  • The warmest weather is found in the south and west,
  • The north is cool, cloudy and wet and
  • The east is generally windy

Now some people are quite vocal and get hellishly annoyed at the same tired and incorrect perceptions, yet to a certain extent ALL the above are true, it is just relative:

Does the sun shine everyday? Most holidaymakers come to Tenerife hoping to get plenty of sunshine and soaring temperatures and usually in the south that is what they will find. This is why the main resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas are so popular. And while nobody can guarantee the weather anyone who knows Puerto de la Cruz, knows that despite the cloud, holidaymakers can still go home with a tan and there is only a degree or two difference in temperatures between the north and south resorts in the summer months. So answering the question – The sun shines ALMOST every day because even on a cloudy day the sun will break through. Not always in the same place, but somewhere on the island it will be shining.

At 3,718m Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, effectively divides the island into several climate zones meaning the weather can be different from the coast to the mountains; from the north to the south and the east to the west. We call them micro-climates.

Anyone travelling along the motorway towards Santa Cruz and on to the Orotava Valley will appreciate the diversity Tenerife offers and how the landscape changes dramatically. Thanks to higher rainfall and greater cloud cover the hot, dry desert-like landscape of the south, is replaced by a softer, greener and consequently more luxuriant backdrop as the motorway leads towards Puerto de la Cruz.

Why is the north cloudy? The locals have a name for it – panza de burro – “the belly of the donkey”. The science bit tells us ‘It is caused by the Trade Winds blowing from the north and pushing the clouds against the mountain slopes’ this often occurs during summer months.

Is it very windy? Certain areas along the eastern coast can be windy, particularly El Medano, which is the favoured area for experienced windsurfers and kite boarders because the wind and wave conditions are often to their liking. However compared to Lanzarote I don’t think it is windy.

Does it rain on Tenerife? Yes, in the north, there is more rain, in winter months but even in the south like many subtropical places it rains and when it does it can be heavy but short-lived.

Fortunately because of the micro-climates and because it doesn’t take long to get from one end of the island to the other, you will always find weather that suits your particular requirements.

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Does Santa come to Tenerife?

I used to visit TripAdvisor daily but recently have abstained. I thought it would be hard going ‘cold turkey’ but it turned out just the opposite. While answers to basic questions can be good, I no longer feel frustrated at the amount of inaccurate and misleading advice being dished out or the spiteful, sarcastic and downright rude comments that comes thick and fast when there is a difference of opinion or a group take a dislike to certain posters. It is only from a distance you notice just HOW MUCH bullying goes on – as one poster said … apart from the odd really good advice of a select few 😀 i have found this forum to be the rudest and meanest ever!

It has taken me a long time to leave and like many things it wasn’t anything major, just a stupid comment that made me think I’m outta here!

  • I didn’t leave when reading that any Tenerife home that doesn’t have air-con is the equivalent of having no heating in a house in the UK! 
  • I even postponed leaving despite no mention of Canarian wines being included in recommendations for good wine and grimaced when the choices offered were cheap Spanish brands or €1 cartons from the supermarkets.
  • I cringed but still stuck around when reading that the only way to get ‘decent bacon’ on the island is to bring it in your suitcase.
  • I waited each weekend for the circus to arrive – fascinated, in the morbid way you watch a car crash, knowing you shouldn’t look, but you just can’t help it. Once the ringmaster made an appearance the predictable bunch of caustic clowns tumbled in, knowing they then had permission to attack and it got messy as threads closed and posts were removed. The ludicrous thing is when a member complained about this the official response was if he continued to ask HE WOULD BE BANNED! So it appears TripAdvisor advocates aggression and in particular the Tenerife forum is a sinecure for bullies 
      • ASIDE : I would suggest if you don´t want to risk the
        abuse you get your Tenerife information from Facebook. 
        Tenerife 4 All is informative and friendly but there are 
        plenty of groups to choose from.
  • And as for the guy who regularly told me that I was blinkered and never said anything bad about my island home, I didn’t take that as the insult he intended but as a compliment that I had found the ideal place for me to live.

For this lover of anything Christmasy the final straw came, when told Tenerife wasn’t on Santa Claus list of places to visit. It was then I switched off.

While most of the year the island sparkles come Christmas it is bedecked with thousands of poinsettia, planted in every available space, and lights twinkle not just in the resorts but every town and village across the island.

Christmas in Tenerife is magical, not once but twice over. Of course being Canarian we celebrate the Kings on 6th January but as the major of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said we are more than 120 nationalities who share this common space, and with so many tourists and European ex-pats living on the island we do not ignore their traditions.

Adeje’s Papa Noel

But does Santa come to town? Of course he does – You will find him in shopping centres and hotels, wandering the streets of Las America and Los Cristianos surprising kids and adults alike as he hands out presents and collects wish lists. His mode of transport varies from hang-gliding, water skiing, arriving by camel, motorbike and tricycle but whether your naughty or nice – fear not – Santa Claus is comin’ to town.

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Things to do in Tenerife in December 2017

What to Expect

We are well into ‘otoño’ and ‘invierno’ maybe just around the corner but just because summer is technically over, that doesn’t mean the weather is anything less than glorious. With average temperatures around 16°C in the north of the island and 24°C in the south it’s still warm enough to spend the day sitting on a beach.


Christmas is already beginning to shine as  2.2 million bulbs lit up the capital on November 23 and 50,000 poinsettias were planted.  To a slightly lesser extent but still a dazzling spectacle other municipalities are following suit, particularly here in the south.

The capital has a program of over 200 activities to celebrate, these include the traditional concerts of Los Fregolinos and the Banda Militar in Plaza del Príncipe. The Nativity Scene Contest, a Christmas Market and Wine Festival. From 24th November to 23rd December visit  “El Rinconcito Navideño” located in the Plaza de La Candelaria, for fairground attractions, sale of Christmas decoration items, Christmas sweets, food trucks and children’s activities. An addition this year (although we always have one in Los Cristianos) on December 22, a Living Bethlehem, in the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, starting at 6:00 p.m.

KoM 2017 – Kids On Magma, a Children’s Christmas Park that offers leisure activities that are both fun and educational. (When  December 21st to January 8th, Where: Magma Centre Las Americas)

Every Thursday to 22nd March 2018 you can experience the ‘real Tenerife’ with performances from traditionally dressed folk groups who provide music and dancing to accompany a weekly food, art and crafts market. As a novelty this year there will be an extension over the Christmas period, (between December 22, and January 5th, the eve of Three Kings), with a traditional Christmas Market that includes carol singing and other events to celebrate the Festive Season. For dates – see poster once again, the activity relates to the Adejera and Canarian gastronomy and runs until 9th December.

“Castañas, Sweets and Wine” enjoy the taste of autumn (Where: Valle San Lorenzo, When: 1st December 5:00pm to 10:00pm)

Cultural Autumn – Yaron Herman Trio scheduled to start at 8:00 pm, those under 26 can benefit from a 50% discount on tickets which can be obtained from (When: 1st December, Where Cultural Space CajaCanarias Santa Cruz)

The Tenerife Comedy Club is back with Nathan Caton and MC Johnny Candon
(When: 2nd December tickets from venue Showtime Las Americas)

Intimate Concerts organised by Department of Historic Heritage (When 2nd December Where Casa La Bodega Free Admission / Limited Capacity)

“Vamos de Pateo” The next walk will take place on, December 2, Las Raíces to Ravelo. Places are limited and the registration fee is €10, which includes guide, insurance and transportation, more info email website

XXXIII Regional Craft Fair of the Canary Islands – The best promotional showcase to enjoy craftsmen from all the islands: potters, bookbinders, jewellers, woodworkers, weavers, dressmakers, basket makers, chandlers, restorers, glass-makers, smiths, perfume manufacturers and felt works. More information: (When: 6th – 10th December, Where: Recinto Ferial de Tenerife Santa Cruz)

The 8th edition of the K42 Canarias – Anaga Marathon – choose between four modes: the K42, K21, K12 and KVertical, to test your qualities as a mountain rider or simply to enjoy the natural environment running along beautiful trails. (When 9th and 10th December)  REGISTRATION FORM 2017

1st Anniversary of children of the 80s promises an event for all dance-music lovers, and featuring Just Kool (Kool and the Gang). (When 9th December Where Hard Rock Hotel, Playa Paraiso)

Also celebrating Christmas at the Hard Rock
December 16 –
Christmas tree lighting ceremony with performances by various artists
December 24, Roxity Kids Club organise “My favorite rock star” Where children can enjoy workshops rock makeup, different shows and, to top it all a big party with treats and Christmas punch without alcohol.
December 25th, The arrival of Santa Claus on a Harley Davidson loaded with gifts for young and old.
New Year ‘s Eve with the traditional chimes, 12 grapes and spectacular firework display

The Tony Washington Gospel Singers – Gospel music fans are in for a treat this Christmas with this concert which is a fusion of a capella hymn-singing and influenced by the latest trends in Motown, R&B and Rap. (When: 15th December, Where Infanta Leonor Auditorium, Los Cristianos at 9pm and tickets, costing €15 – €18 are available from the Cultural Centre or the auditorium box office).

Requiem Mass is a sacred composition by Giuseppe Verdi for choir, solo voices and orchestra performed in the Santa Cruz auditorium 16th December The full programme is HERE

The Harlem Gospel Choir – a gospel choir which is based in Harlem, New York. It is one of the most prominent choirs in the US (17th December  20.00h in Symphony Hall in Auditorio de Tenerife Santa Cruz.)

The Walk for Life in Tenerife has a decidedly Christmassy feel and will be held Sunday 17 December. It’s an event which brings together Spanish cancer charities and support organisations, people living with cancer, their friends and families, and the general public of Adeje and Arona. The start of the walk alternates between Adeje and Arona and ends in the other municipality. It has a dedicated website HERE.

29th edition of the “Parque Infantil y Juvenil de Tenerife ” (PIT 2017) An enclosure that has the latest attractions, fun, games and entertainment aimed at children and young people (When: 21st December to 7th January 2018 Where: Recinto Ferial de Tenerife Santa Cruz) more info from website

Sunset Boulevard performed by Paloma San Basilio, the great lady of musical theater in Spain,(When: 27, 28, 29 and 30 December 2017 and 1, 2, 3 and 4 January 2018 at 20:30 hours. Where: Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz)

XXXVI San Silvestre Lagunera, the most popular athletic event in the Canaries is celebrated at dusk of the last day of the year, taking place in the historical centre of Aguere. A test for all ages with a distance of approximately 5 kilometres. ONLINE REGISTRATION to December 21 at 20:00 hours

2nd San Silvestre Race takes place in Playa de Las Americas on 31st December – The Circuit is 5km along Golden Mile and begins at 3:00 p.m. (children) and 4:00 p.m. (adults)

Craft Fairs – Artesanía de Tenerife has announced the date of craft fairs for 2017 in Tenerife. The fairs, both small and large, sell unusual products from really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with a carné de artesano. The full list of dates is HERE.

Whilst these are some of the most interesting events, there is an overwhelming amount of activities on Tenerife each month. Click on the links below to see what is happening elsewhere.

Tenerife – Attractions

Tenerife offers a wealth of attractions follow the LINK to get just a few ideas.

Tenerife – Tours

Guided tours both free and private as well as numerous excursions are available throughout the year.  For a few ideas follow the link to Tenerife Tours and Days Out

Tenerife – Sporting Activities

Year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees combined with a low level of rainfall provide an ideal climate for outdoor ventures. Whether on land, at sea or in the skies, Tenerife provides outdoor adventure for all types of travellers. Check them out HERE

Tenerife – Markets

Everyone loves a market and the island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Follow this link for a list of Tenerife Markets

Tenerife – Museums

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Follow the link to find a comprehensive list of Tenerife – Museums

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