Summer is most definitely on its way with the locals losing more layers as the temperatures hold steady around the mid twenties Celsius. There’s still a chance of rain but it usually isn’t much and doesn’t last long. May on Tenerife is one of the quietest months in tourist terms and in some places, like Puerto de la Cruz, a few restaurants and bars take a few weeks holiday until tourist numbers start to rise again with the Spanish mainlanders towards the end of June.
However, it is the Mes de Canarias which means that there is loads of events put on for the locals which also means that there’s loads for the discerning visitor who wants to experience the real Tenerife.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in May
We’re a bit late with this as we’ve been trekking across Gran Canaria but, for future reference, 3rd of May is the Día de la Cruz with crosses in Puerto de la Cruz, Los Realejos, Santa Cruz and a few other places being decorated to commemorate the founding of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 3rd May 1494. The big event is the mammoth firework display at Los Realejos which takes place on the night of the third but as that’s passed there’s no point in waxing lyrical at this stage.
Fiestas de Mayo, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz celebrates its founding big time with free events (exhibitions, dance, concerts, sports, markets) in the city throughout May. Turn up on any day and there will probably be something interesting to see but a couple of concerts to look out for are Son 21 (Plaza Candelaria,10 & 11 May, 9pm) and the World of Bolero (Plaza Candelaria, 18 May, 9pm).
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in May
Mueca, Art in the Street (Puerto de la Cruz, various places, 10 – 12 May)
Music, dance, theatre, art and madness fill the streets of Puerto de la Cruz for the most avant-garde festival on Tenerife. With between 20 and 30 various acts each day (and night) there’s far too much going on to list. Saturday is the big day of the festival with a whopping 50 events taking place. Turn up, walk round and be enchanted.
Festival Latino (La Laguna, 11 May, Plaza del Cristo, 9pm, €15)
The South American vibe rocks the Tenerife’s former capital with three Latino bands turning Plaza del Cristo into a huge salsa and Merrengue dance floor.
Jazz Festival (Los Cristianos, 18 May, Plaza de la Iglesia, 8.30pm)
Hot jazz on a warm night sounds a delicious prospect. With Enrique and Valdevieso plus the Edith B. Band. Got to be better than sitting in a karaoke bar.
The Fairy Queen (Santa Cruz, Auditorio de Tenerife, 11&12 May, 6pm – also midday on the 12th, €10)
Henry Purcell’s enchanting opera is aimed at the children, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable for adults.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in May
Papeando entre Volcanes – Ruta de la Tapa (Puerto de la Cruz, 13-31 May)
Yay – we love tapas routes. This one has around 25 bar and restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz offering creative tapas with a glass of vino or cerveza for a couple of euros. A great way to get a true taste of the town.
Sensaciones (Granadilla de Abona, Plaza González Mena, 31 May)
More food goodies in Granadilla with the chance to pick up the best of local products between 10am and 2pm and tapas and wine galore to be sampled and guzzled between 7 and 11pm.
Dia de las Tradiciones (El Médano, Plaza Roja, 26 May, from 10am)
The surfers in El Médano will have to make way for a more traditional scene towards the end of the month. Folklore, dancing, local food, traditional sports and livestock competitions bring a very different feel to the south’s bohemian coastal town.
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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