January on Tenerife is often a sunny month even though we think of it as the true start of winter with the nights becoming quite chilly for the next 6 or 7 weeks (in Tenerife terms of course). There’s usually rain at some point but it normally doesn’t last long. Daytime temperatures will be in the low 20s on all coasts, feeling warmer in full sunshine and cooler out of it. Big waves are a common feature at this time of year with a huge one, El Bravo, often making an appearance at Punta Brava near Puerto de la Cruz.
After the festive season things quieten down for a couple of weeks and local councils and businesses are slow to publish any information about what’s happening as they recover from being distracted by New Year and Los Reyes Magos. Let me rephrase that – even slower to publish any events information. The Hard Rock Café is a prime example of Tenerife’s ability to miss the moment, opening in Playa de las Américas in December to a fizzle rather than a bang.
Although there’s a lull, there will be plenty of events taking place as usual. These are the main ones… at the moment.
The best fiestas on Tenerife in January
Fiesta de San Abad
January is Christmas time for Tenerife’s animals as they get dressed up and are put on parade in traditional towns across Tenerife to receive a blessing during the fiestas de San Abad.
Adeje and Arona
It’s only a short trip from the southern tourist resorts to see the Romería de San Sebastián (20th) in Adeje Town. Even closer is the annual horse bathing at Playa Enramada between Del Duque and La Caleta in Costa Adeje. The fiesta lasts from midday till midnight and attracts thousands of onlookers. Some folks have voiced concern about the treatment of the animals but remember these beasts are essential to the caballeros’ livelihood, they aren’t going to deliberately harm them.
Arona town celebrates San Abad with a romería on the Sunday closest to 17th of the month. In theory that should make it the 19th this year but that is still to be confirmed.
The biggest events take place in the north with Buenavista del Norte and La Matanza holding huge San Abad fiestas that involve oxen, goats, horses, donkeys hunting dogs, lizards, snakes and cats and dogs whose dignity will be in shreds thanks to their owners dressing them in silly costumes.
These San Abad celebrations usually take place on the third Sunday of the month. La Matanza is bigger with more animals and is also much more of a local affair although everyone is made to feel very welcome. The celebrations in Buenavista del Norte’s are more spread out around the pretty historic town centre and fields behind the town and is probably less intimidating for San Abad virgins.
Tenerife’s fiesta capital, Los Realejos maintains its claim as the fiesta capital of Spain with not, one, not two but three fiestas in January, the best being the Romería de San Antonio on the 16th.
Music and Other Festivals on Tenerife in January
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Santa Cruz; Tenerife Auditorium; 10.30pm, 13 & 14 January)
Conducted by Riccardo Muti and with music from Verdi, Strauss and Prokofiev this is one for the true classical music buffs, especially as tickets start from €65.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in January
Sorolla, El Color del Mar – the colour of the sea (Santa Cruz, Espacio Cultural CajaCanarias, till 1 Feb)
Childhood memories of summer are conjured up by this delightful exhibition of some of the Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla’s most enchanting works (open Mon – Sat 11am to 2pm and 5-8pm; Entrance €3, free to residents).
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.