TENERIFE HEAT WAVE



During the months of July and August there does tend to be a heat wave in Tenerife, it does not normally last too long anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, the temperatures have been known to get as high as 40°C/104°F +, but this is not normal. You can expect to get temperatures in mid 30°C/86°F at sometime during this time of year.


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If you are staying on the coast it can be quite humid, it is a lot fresher if you are staying inland where you get the fresh breeze.


Dehydration is one the main problems during this time, plenty of non alcoholic fluids need to be drank, alcohol is a diuretic, in other words - it increases the amount of fluid released from the body (urine), so, the more alcohol you drink the more your body loses fluid, during a heat wave this is can make you feel very bad and is one of the biggest problems that are reported during this time in the hospitals. So try and drink plenty of water during this time.


Sun Burn can be very painful and harmful, use plenty of high factor good quality sun creams and keep applying during the day.  
The heat seems to peak around 3pm not as the the saying :-
‘ Only  mad Englishmen go out in the midday sun ‘  the sun here can be very intense and it’s not until you get back to your hotel, jump in the shower that you realize you have been  sunburnt, then it seems to get sorer as the evening goes on, so beware, keep applying the sun creams and only stay out in the sun for short periods of time. If you have children remember to cream them well, make them wear a t-shirt in the sea/pool as the reflection from the water will burn them.


No one is saying don’t drink or sunbathe when on holiday, but just be sensible and you will have no problems. During this period try and keep as cool as possible and have a great holiday.

Tenerife Water Supply, where does it Come from?


Where does the water come from?  Is the question that is  most often asked by the tourist and in fact some residents '

It seems strange to a lot of people that an Island as small as Tenerife, should have, what seems like a never ending flow of water, after all it doesn't rain very often.

'THE PINE FORESTS' that is the answer to the question.

The pine trees collect the water from the dew at night, the clouds that at times cover the mountains, the rain fall when it comes and the water from the melting snows during the winter months.

All this water passes into the ground via the roots of the pine trees, where it sits in natural underground reservoirs.

It was the Arab's, experts in transforming dry land into arable land, who introduced irrigation into Spain, the Spanish conquistadors passed on the knowledge to the Canary Islands , adapting to the conditions and materials of the Islands.

Villages grew around the natural springs, as villages grew the water had to be carried further afield for domestic and agricultural use.  This was achieved by the way of concrete and stone channels, directing the flow of water to the desired location.

As the population of the Islands grew, so the necessity for more water grew. So the search for more began.

The underwater reservoirs are found by boring deep into the ground, when the water reserve is found the boring stops and horizontal excavations  begin to reach the water supply, these excavations are known as galleries.

The water naturally flows to the exterior for domestic and cultivation use, sometimes depending on the location, the water has to be pumped.

Although it would seem that there is an abundant supply of water, great care is and needs to be taken in the amount of water that is used.

The pine forests are essential to the Island and have to be watched constantly to avoid any kind of fire accidental or malicious damage.

Puerto de La Cruz, #Tenerife



Puerto De La Cruz  is the main tourist centre on the north of the island, it differs greatly from the tourist centres on the south of the island in that it has a more colonial feel to it, everything seems to move at a slower pace, far more relaxing.


Plaza de Charco is where you can sit and enjoy a drink and watch the world go by, there is usually some activity going on there which will take your interest. 


To the one side of the plaza you will find the old streets of Puerto to explore with their interesting little shops and lovely restaurants offering 'Menu del Dia' which are always good value.


If you wander to the other side of the plaza you will walk throught the pedestrian area past the 'Monopol Hotel' where they decorate their steps with fresh flowers every day, opposite the hotel is the 'Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia' which was constructed in 1697. 
Continuing straight ahead you will come to 'Calle San Telmo, the sea front walk where you will find the normal tourist shops, restaurants and cafe's, eventually taking you to the 'Lido's' where you can enjoy sun bathing and swimming to your hearts content.


The lovely beach's of Purto are found by walking down to the old harbour when leaving 'plaza de Charco' and continuing to walk along the sea front keeping the sea on your  right, you will go past the 'modern light house' and come to the 'Playa Jardin' a black sand beach with tiny cafe's along the edge and tropical gardens beyond, where you can sit and enjoy the sun without having to go on the beach.


By carrying on walking in this direction you will come to the world famous 'Loro Park', if you decide to pay the park a visit you really need to put aside a whole day as there is so munch to see in there.


Other places of interst are the 'Botantical Gardens' which were created in 1788 making them them the oldest gardens on the Island, it is a  peaceful and at the same time interesting place to explore. 'The Parque Taoro' looks down on the town of Puerto, it's a good climb up from the bottom, but if you are able it's well worth the effort to follow the paths through the gardens which lead up to the hugh water fall at the top, once you get there, there is a café where you can sit with a drink and enjoy the wonderful views.


Once you have got your breath back take a wander throught the gardens at the other side of the old casino building, they are really well kept.


Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely place to visit for a holiday, the weather in the winter months is not as good as that on the south of the Island, but do not be put of by that, they still have plenty of dry warm weather there.
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