Tenerife can offer one of the best all round holidays: 360 days of sunshine a year and 260 days of wind (stronger than force 4)! El Medano is located in the shadow of Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain. A short drive up the volcano takes you from dry scrubland, through alpine forests, cactus fields, through the ring of clouds and out into the lunar landscape at the top. The peak can be reached by cable car and for 4 or 5 months of the year is snow capped. You will also notice the distinct sulphur smell of the volcano 'breathing'. Less than an hour drive to the north is where all the rain hits Tenerife. Here the lush green vegetation extends right up the mountain sides. The original fishing village of El Medano has developed in an ad hoc manner in a style of its own, completely different to the commercial resorts to the west. From the pleasant town square you can walk along the beach or into the typical narrow streets. There are many bars and restaurants to choose from and the atmosphere is very multi-national.
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Closest to the Windsurf Centre is a large area of non-breaking swell, ideal for bump and jump sailing. A little downwind is the beach of El Cabezo with cross onshore wind and waves normally 1 - 2 meters, occasionally 3m+ on big days. This is the world cup venue and the standard of windsurfing here is very high. Expect to see all the latest manoeuvers. If the conditions are right there can be perfect cross shore and good waves off the harbor wall at El Molle. The launch varies depending on the state of the tide. At low tide it is all sandy, at high, a mixture of sand and rocks. To sail in the north bay you should be able to waterstart although, except in rare extreme conditions, it is not difficult.
More moderate sailing and shorebreak with a cross shore wind and average swells of 1 metre (max 2 metres). The launch here is sandy slowly shelving to deep water. Sailing outside of the bay is not advisable due to strong currents and swells.
El Medano gets the benefit of the NE trade winds which are accelerated by the proximity of Mount Teide. It is lucky enough to have wind all the year round with the most in the Summer months. As with all the Canaries, the waves are likely to be best in spring and autumn.
The nightlife revolves around the numerous bars and restaurants in the town laid out around the square and stretching up the narrow streets and down the beach. It never gets too busy and has a pleasant laid back atmosphere. For a change, try one of the fish restaurants in the picturesque village of Los Abrigos.
UK / EU passport holders: A full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. No visa required. Other passport holders: Please check with Spanish Consulate (020 7589 8989).
There are no compulsory inoculations if travelling from the UK but we recommend to check with your GP for the latest advice.
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