Things to do in Tenerife in May 2017

What to Expect

May and the weather is predictably hot and sunny in the south with average temperatures for last year being 23°C – 27°C during the day and at night averaged 21°C. While the north has more cloud and a chance of rain, it is still warm with daytime shade temperatures ranging as they did last year between 18°C -21°C and dropping slightly to 16°C on a night.


The 3rd May is one of the liveliest days in Santa Cruz. Following an old tradition from the times when the city was founded, around five centuries ago, the capital is carefully adorned with flowers neatly tied together by residents to create colourful crosses. Locals from different districts compete to be awarded the most beautiful cross. The night before, people dressed in traditional clothing gather in the historical street, Calle de la Noria, to enjoy a feast prepared from local produce. The festival continues with folk music and dances.

Also on 3rd May visitors and residents to Los Realejos can expect the night to go with a bang, as the town hosts their annual fireworks display. The display, which has been granted National Tourist Interest status, starts at 9pm.

30th May National Holiday as it is Canarian Day – with parties, wine festivals, and concerts.

The First Cruise-Regatta between Puerto Colón in Costa Adeje and Marina del Sur, Las Galletas will take place in waters off the south coast of Tenerife. (When: 12:30 p.m. on May 1 in Puerto Colón, with the estimated time of arrival being 16:30 p.m.)

The Little Mermaid A children’s musical with a great staging magnificent voices and well known songs. (When 6th May, Where: Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos. Tickets available online HERE)

Swan Lake – one of the most beautiful ballets, performed by the RFB Ballet de Moscú (When 9th May, Where: Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos. Tickets available online HERE).

Sleeping Beauty – also performed by the RFB Ballet de Moscú (When 10th May, Where: Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos. Tickets available online HERE).

El Festival Internacional de Arte en la Calle Mueca – a free open air art festival in the streets, harbour, and squares full of performances and interactive shows (When 11 and 14 May Where: Puerto de la Cruz)

XXVII Adeje Rally – This event has been staged 27 times, and it forms part of the national Spanish rally championships. (When: 11-13 May, Where: various in municipality)

Children of the 80s – It’s  impossible not to have a great night (When: 13th May Where: Hard Rock Hotel Playa Paraiso)

Romeria de la Virgen de Fatima – The image of the virgin of Fatima is paraded around Arona and carried to Mirador de la Centinela, accompanied by floats and folk groups. There is a feast, after which music and dancing begin in the town square. (When: 13th May Where: Arona).

Jorge Blass – one of the best illusionists in the world, brings his latest show to Tenerife. Close magic, levitations, teleportation, illusions with new technologies and much more, will transport the public to a magical world created by this great artist. David Copperfield acquired in 2015 the exclusive rights of an illusion created by Jorge Blass. (When: 13th and 14th May Where: the Auditorium of Tenerife, Santa Cruz).

Arona Fashion Week – an event that will showcase the area’s booming industry. The event is structured in three distinct parts (When: 13-21 May Where Playa de las Américas)

Foam festival – fun for all the family whether on 2 legs or 4! (When 14th May Where: Refugio Animales Acción del Sol)

Rototom SunSplash is one of the most important reggae music festivals of Europe and attracts thousands of Jamaican music fans (When 19th May, Where: Cubik Club Santa Cruz)

Stephanie Carr a world renowned psychic and clairvoyant medium, has the gift to amazed her audiences. (When 20th May Where: Show Time Las Americas)

II Descent Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge This event, is expected to involve more than 100 riders, in different categories such as S-23, Master40, Master30, Junior, Elite Féminas and Cadetes. (When: May 21st 10.00am Where: Los Gigantes)

Salon Gastronómico de Canarias (Food Fair) – Even though the fair is designed for professionals, it is also open to the public, and there will be 150+ stands, with cookery demonstrations, equipment displays, interactive sessions, cocktail making workshops, ham cutting classes, wine tasting, etc. Some 10,000 people are expected to attend, with admission at €5. (When 23 – 25 May Where Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz)

3rd Tenerife Walking – offers routes among Tenerife’s most spectacular natural surroundings as well as appealing complementary activities (When 23 – 27 May Programme of walks, accommodation, routes, and excursions from the website)

Gloria Gaynor – As part of the ‘Legends Live‘ tour that brought us Earth Wind and Fire, UB40, Jethro Tull etc will be in Tenerife (When 29th May Where the Magma Arte y Congresio in Las Americas. )

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.

Tenerife Symphony Orchestra – Enjoy the OST often accompanied by guest sopranos and other talented soloists. They perform the works of well known composers to make each peformance a memorable evening can be enjoyed by aficionados and amateurs alike. (When every Friday until Jun 23rd 2017, Where Auditorio Adán Martín, Santa Cruz)

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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