April marks a change in Tenerife in a number of ways. Spring takes hold, wild flowers bloom and temperatures rise. There’s often April showers at some point in the month which usually feed the earth without ruining anyone’s holiday. Easter weekend sees most of the swallows return to their summer homes and the whole face of tourism changes. There’s a quieter couple of months in tourist terms before the island welcomes the mainland Spanish.
Fiesta wise it’s a slow month, but there’s usually a lot of good music about and outdoor events begin to get more interesting and varied as spring fever perks up the local population.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in March
With Easter falling in March this year there are even less fiestas on Tenerife than normal this April. Best bet is Icod de los Vinos which holds a series of fiesta related events throughout the month in honour of San Marcos.
One of the liveliest romerías on Tenerife takes place in lovely little Tegueste on the 28th of the month. The little town near La Laguna becomes packed as ox drawn ships (yes, you read right) take to the streets for the Romería de San Marcos and the area’s young contingent dig out their colourful trad costumes. They look ab fab as well. It’s a vibrant event and gets very, very busy.
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in April
The Beatles in Tenerife (Puerto de la Cruz, 27 April to 9 May)
The Beatles visited Puerto de la Cruz 50 years ago, showing they had good taste in their choice of resorts even if one local story has it that they were refused entry to Lago Martianez because of their long hair. The visit is celebrated with a series of events at the end of April beginning of May. Too many of which are to do with people talking rather than singing. But there is a Beatles Market place on the 27th (11am to 1pm) and a concert in Sala Timanfaya on 4 May followed by another Beatles themed concert in Plaza Charco at midday on the 5th
XI Festival de Música Antigua y Barroca (Puerto de la Cruz, 6 to 13 April)
The Antique and Baroque Music festival adds some old school class to Puerto in April with a series of concerts in Castillo San Felipe and Iglesia Peña de Francia.
Pink Floyd – The Wall Tribute (Teatro Leal, La Laguna, 13 April, 9pm, from €8)
We don’t normally connect tribute acts with Tenerife’s historic former capital of La Laguna, but we’re guessing this will be a quality act rather than a cheesy one (tickets from €8).
International Jazz Week (Various)
Cool jazzy cats are catered for well on Tenerife this month with Tuck & PattiPatti playing the Teatro Leal in La Laguna on 26 April (9pm, tickets from €12). Also at the Leal is JazzTap on 28 April (9pm. From €6). Whilst jazz funk outfit Incognito play Tenerife’s Auditorium in Santa Cruz on 28 April (9pm, from €22).
Swan Lake (Teatro Leal, La Laguna, 29/30 April, 9pm, from €25)
The Moscow Ballet are back in town to perform Tchaikovsky’s beautiful but tragic ballet.
Dancing in the Street (Santa Cruz, 20 April, 6 & 8pm)
An interesting curio should be the event to commemorate the 1st International Exhibition of Street Sculpture in Santa Cruz 40 years ago. Various dancers will be performing beside Parque García Sanabria’s eclectic collection of sculptures. Sounds wonderfully pretentious, so should be fun.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in April
Tegueste Wine Month (Tegueste, er… all month)
There are loads of wine related events in Tegueste this month, many involving our favourite bodega, El Lomo. Running alongside is a Tapas and Wine Route which involves tascas, cafés and restaurants throughout the municipality. Tapas and a glass of wine will set you back €2.75 until 30 April.
Tapeando Isora (Guia de Isora)
Restaurants in Guia de Isora are also participating in a tapas route this month. Although many are in Guia de Isora itself, there are a few in Playa San Juan and Alcalá, both within easy reach of anyone staying in the Los Gigantes area. For this one, a glass of vino or cerveza and a tapas will cost €2.50.
III Feria de Queso Canarias – 3rd Canarian Cheese Fair (Pinolere, La Orotava, 6/7 April)
A must for cheese monkeys on Tenerife. The 3rd Canarian Cheese fair is a strange little affair in that as well as being a showcase for Canarian cheese it is specifically honouring goats’ cheese, cheese from Fuerteventura and dogs. Where the dogs come into the picture who knows (maybe they are sheep dogs or, in this case, goat dogs).
Whilst these are our pick of the most interesting events on Tenerife, there is an overwhelming amount of interesting activities on Tenerife each month. Cultural Centres are excellent places to find out what’s happening wherever you are on Tenerife.
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