There’s a real feel of summer being well on its way in May. It’s a quiet season for tourists but there are fiestas and events galore this month.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in May
Fiestas de Mayo, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz celebrates its founding in 1402 with a month long programme of free events in the city (exhibitions, dance, concerts, sports, markets, fiesta queens). May is one of the best times to visit the city as there will be something interesting to see most days. The big concerts to look out for are Son 21 (Plaza Candelaria,8 May, 9pm) and the World of Bolero (Plaza Candelaria, 16 May, 9pm) Zarzuela Festiva (Teatro Guimera, 22 and 23 May, 8.30pm).
Fuegos de Mayo, Los Realejos
As it takes place on 3 May, the main firework event has already taken place, but Los Realejos also parties all month… and into June with an equally packed programme of events.
Día de Canarias
The Día de Canarias is on 30 May when there is some sort of celebration/event linked to traditional life in the Canary Islands in most places.
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in May
Mueca, Art in the Street (Puerto de la Cruz, various places, 7– 10 May)
Art, dance, theatre, music, madness in the streets is back. Puerto de la Cruz buzzes for four days (Friday and Saturday are best with over 20 different events each day) as the town puts on its surreal hat. This year sees a wonderful sounding Cirque du Soleil type show, Ilotopie’s ‘Fous de Bassin’ show at Lago Martianez on 8 and 9 May. Here’s the programme (in Spanish).
International Jazz Week (La Laguna, Plaza Santo Domingo/Teatro Leal/ Rest. Ekade, 15- 23 May, various times)
With around seventeen concerts, La Laguna goes all jazzy for a week in May.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in May
Artisan Fair (Adeje Town, Plaza España and Calle Grande, 16/17 May, 10am to 10pm)
A chance to see local handicrafts and pick up some Tenerife goodies without having to travel too far from the southern resorts.
Salón Gastronómico (Santa Cruz, Recinto Ferial, 13 to 15 May)
It’s all about food, wine and showcooking at the Recinto Ferial midway through the month.
Dia de las Tradiciones (San Isidro, terrero de Lucha, 9 May, from 10am)
Folklore, dancing, local food, traditional sports and livestock competitions – Tenerife living the way it used to be… and still is in some places. There’s also a craftwork fair on 10 May but information is a bit scarce.
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.
Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+