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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tenerife in December

Flor de Pascua

Flor de Pascua

The Flor de Pascua, or poinsettia, is an essential part of Christmas in the Canary Islands and they grow wild, mostly on the northern slopes of the island and are also grown by the various town councils and planted out in their thousands to decorate public roads, parks and squares throughout the festive season. This particular specimen was captured at the (now closed) Castle Museum Park in Los Realejos.

Tenerife Weather in December

Tenerife features the lowest temperature 'difference' between summer and winter for anywhere in the world. The minimum and maximum annual average air temperatures in Tenerife are about 15C in winter and 24C in summer.

December Averages Tenerife UK
Daily hours of sunshine 5.5 1.4
Daytime temperature C 18.7 7.4
Sea temperature C 20 -
Days with rain 5 13.1
In December, you should enjoy an average of 5.5 daily hours of sunshine in Tenerife (in contrast to an optimistic 1.4 hours in England). The average daytime temperature in December in Tenerife is listed as 18.7 degrees centigrade. This is, of course, an average for the entire island. And, no matter where you are on the island, it is sure to be better than the equivalent in England, given as a maximum of 7.4 degrees centigrade.

The sea temperature in Tenerife in December averages at 20C.

Although there are an average of 5 days with rain in December, this means any amount of rain from a short sharp shower. Better than the 13.1 days in the UK.

Tenerife Fiestas in December

imageThe month starts with two fiestas, the Día de la Constitución Española / Day of the Spanish Constitution on December 6th and the Inmaculada Concepción / Immaculate Conception on the 8th. These are both Public Holidays and are usually joined up and tacked onto the nearest weekend and taken as an early December break. It’s also customary to put up Christmas decorations – at least in homes – on December 8th, or the closest weekend to it.

December 22nd is a very important date throughout Spain, being the date of the annual Christmas Lottery, the largest in the world, El Gordo.

Christmas, of course, falls in December, being celebrated, traditionally in Tenerife, on Christmas Eve, December 24th with a family meal and get together, although this is not typically when the gifts are given. That waits until January.

December 28th, the Day of the Innocent Saints is the Spanish equivalent to “April Fools Day” and, that brings us right round to New Years Eve.
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