It almost seems counterintuitive to call a beach destination during summer in the Northern hemisphere a low season spot, but the Canary Islands are exactly in that position as our recent trip to Tenerife in early July proved to be true.
While researching places to visit during our late June early July trip to Spain, we were surprised to see very affordable Iberia Express flights aimed at the Canary Islands. For just 65 Euros roundtrip per person we were able to spend 4 days on the island of Tenerife at a fraction of the costs associated with high season travel.
Since the Canary Islands enjoy a subtropical climate year round, have all the European Union Perks of Spain and sit just a 3 to four hours flight from nearly anywhere in Western Europe, it is an incredibly popular destination. The islands boast 2 million inhabitants but over 13 million tourists every year and the nice thing we found is that they invest heavily in good roads, hotels, shopping centers and tourist infrastructure.
Because most tourists from Europe and the Northern Hemisphere in general are enjoying pleasant weather in their own countries during summertime, things slow down quite a bit in the Canarias. The slowest months by far are May/June and September/October. In July and August there are more UK holidaymakers, mostly families and during winter months everyone arrives when they can, especially Scandinavians fleeing the bitter cold.
For those looking for nightlife and crowds, Tenerife will be a let down in this low season time as locals may shut down to go away themselves. However if you enjoy nature, relaxing hotels and having the place to yourself type feeling, all at a fraction of the high season cost, this is the time to go.
We stayed at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Abama. It is one of the best properties in their portfolio. First of all it is massive, but the attention to detail and personalized service of the staff members is second to none. The hotel was by no means full and that allowed the hospitality to flow even more generously.
We went hiking and exploring all over the National Parks on the island. The Teide volcano was particularly epic, with lava fields, untouched wilderness and well marked trails that stretched across the island covering all the ancient peaks for 44km or more! At night the stargazing was some of the best we’ve ever seen.
Renting a car was easy and affordable, we didn’t run into traffic anywhere, not the roads, nor the hiking trails. The weather can be a bit more overcast on the Southern end of the island but we had several hours of bright sunshine even on the cloudiest day of our stay. For the Canary Islands we really recommend summertime, its everything you get in winter, minus the crowds and costs.