Cabildo de Tenerife


Climate and surroundings

Climate and surroundings


Tenerife is an island of contrasts, marked by the fact that it has grown up around the great volcano of El Teide and the mountain range which begins at its summit and forms an elevated crest running from east to west. This geographical feature gives the island abrupt changes in altitude and temperature, as well as a changing, diverse climate which can differ from one street to another, and is well-known microclimate. The coast, the mid-slopes and the summit represent the island's three natural ecosystems.

This kind climate, offering average temperatures of between 20 and 30 degrees year round. is largely due to the prevailing winds, the trade winds, which soften the hardness of the nearby Sahara desert climate. The orography and cold ocean current surrounding the Canary Islands ensure that the waters of the Tenerife coast and its beaches always enjoy perfect temperatures which sometimes exceed air temperatures on land.

A varied territory

The island territory is shared by desert landscapes on the coast, subtropical forests on the mid-slopes and summits, and volcanic areas, in particular in the Teide National Park and its volcanic cone, which is still active and, at 3,718 metres, is considered to be Spain's tallest mountain. The island also boasts monumental cities with the most vanguard architecture and black sand beaches flanked by impressive cliffs.

All these features lend a surprising variety to the environments and landscapes which make up the best of natural backdrops, a setting offering almost unlimited possibilities which allows us to be transported to many corners of the world, to colonial La Habana, tropical forests, or the most cosmopolitan cities.

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