Whilst Christmas in Tenerife is a fairly laid-back affair when it comes to celebrating the dawn of a New Year, the island really pulls all the stops out. If you are spending New Year in Tenerife, here is what you can expect.
Clubbing or culture: choosing your location
Although you will find celebrations all over the island on New Year’s Eve, where you choose to spend the occasion will make a significant difference to the kind of experience you have. If you are looking for non-stop partying Brit-style, make a beeline for holiday hotspots such as Playa de las Americas. You will also find parties and live music in Los Cristianos or in the centre of Costa Adeje at this time of the year.
On the other hand, if you want to experience New Year’s Eve like the locals, head to smaller villages and towns for traditional festivities, El Medano is a good choice. A party usually takes place in the square. For those staying in the resort of Costa Adeje, head into the hills of Adeje for an authentic celebratory atmosphere. Quite often, in traditional towns and villages, the vibe can be somewhat Latino, with a feeling more akin to being in South America than in Europe.
The major locations such as Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz are also favourite places in which to spend New Year in Tenerife if you want to find a mixture of lively entertainment, local traditions and customs, making for a great, party atmosphere.
A significant percentage of hotels also host parties on New Year’s Eve, so book ahead if you see something that you fancy attending.
As with many places throughout the world, on New Year’s Eve in Tenerife, the skies over the island become alight with fireworks. You will be spoiled for choice as to where to head, so whether you watch the fireworks from the harbour area of Puerto de la Cruz, or by the seafront in Los Cristianos, you will experience memorable pyrotechnic displays.
It’s customary to dress up to the nines on New Year’s Eve in Tenerife, and you quite literally cannot be over-dressed for this occasion. Head to the larger towns and resorts and it can be an eye-opening experience just viewing all the wonderful glitzy costumes that the locals are wearing.
Throughout the world, many traditions are associated with New Year’s Eve, and Tenerife is no exception. If you are lucky enough to be enjoying a holiday over the New Year period on Tenerife, make sure that you follow the locals and uphold these traditions. For example, it’s customary to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve, and at the strike of midnight, revellers should eat 12 grapes, each to signify a new month of the up-coming calendar year, and to bring good luck.