Entries in #mountains (3)


How Did Tenerife Come To  Be?

Tenerife is an amazing place to be. Everywhere, technically, is unique. Tenerife, however, actually feels unique.

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Climbing Red  Mountain

We recently went on an exbedition to climb Montana Roja, the Red Mountain. Amazing views, solid exercise and great weather all included but Red Mountain is not a hill and not quite a mountain.

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Tenerife Weather

The Island of Tenerife is known as The Island of Eternal Spring.

First, let’s define “spring” though, because when I think of spring I think of quite a few days of rain, with the odd dry day in between. Lately, winter has been going well into February and sometimes March, so spring can also mean cold and or snow. Towards the end of spring, that’s when the sun comes out and temperatures go up. There is still the odd day of rain though.

That’s Tenerife. The second half. Minus the rain. The weather is very predictable, 18 to 24 degrees in “winter”, 24 to 28 in “summer” and maybe a rainy day a month in those cold winter days. Especially in the south of the island, the weather is mild; the north gets colder temperature, more wind, and more rain.

So here we go, that’s how simple it is. And then came last week! You may have noticed an increase of weather-related posts on social media – well, that’s because suddenly we had three seasons in a week!

It has been rather windy lately, we even skipped a boat trip when we saw the choppiness of the sea from our house. We thought we would be better off doing some Photo ID than trying to spot cetaceans in between the strong waves.

Suddenly, as we were getting ready to go on the boat (in the afternoon this time), it started to rain! Yes, one of our two rainy days of the year came last week! So we decided to stay in, there is always the next day to see the whales. And so we waited for the rain to pass. It took 15 minutes. That’s Southern Tenerife for you.

Not that it ended there. The next day – sunny and warm again and rain left far behind – we did leave to go on the whale watching boats and as we were on the bus, we saw the mountain peaks covered in snow. Because Teide is at 3.718m altitude, it gets much colder temperatures than the coastal towns and for the past three days we have been enjoying the view of white mountaintops and blue skies while sitting in warm twenty to twenty-two degrees in the sun on the balcony or by the beach. Who knew we would have notices on hiking trails saying “closed due to heavy snowfall” in Tenerife?!?

By Claire Herbaux - Field Communications Officer

Are you interested in going on a trip to Tenerife to work on the Whale and Dolphin Conservation project? You can also take a look at our other marine conservation projects here.