The best things to do in Tenerife in February 2016

The best things to do in Tenerife in February, the month that has always been known for the winter festivals – in other words the Carnival - are celebrated, and the Canary Islands and particularly Tenerife know a lot about that (sorry Fabio, so does the mecca of Carnival – Rio de Janeiro in Brazil J). There are lots of advantages which include proximity, good weather (although don’t be fooled by the cool nights and try to get into a bikini or swimsuit, even though some brave people do try) and above all the desire to have a good time without needing to be part of a group or be from the island … Don’t be shy and enjoy a few days being what you always dreamed of being J

Other activities and things to do

As well as the Carnival there are other activities, musical concerts and festivals which we think you might like in February 2016 in Tenerife. As always we have chosen a selection which may be interesting for the majority of people. Obviously there are many other events, but this is our selection for you. Of course, if you believe that something is missing (or we have made a mistake with the dates), please let us know by leaving a comment.

Finally, but by no means least importantly, the advantage of Tenerife is that throughout the whole year the number of activities you can try is huge, so we have chosen a few of our regular best activities and things to do in Tenerife in February.

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2016: Traditional festivals

2nd February – the culminating moment in the celebration of the Virgen de Candelaria (patron saint of the Canary Islands) is the Las Candelas Procession, which takes place the night before the Day of La Candelaria (1st February). All of the lights in the town of Candelaria are turned off and the parishioners light candles to say the rosary with total devotion while processing.

3rd to 14th February – this year the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival will be inspired by ‘the 80s’. This is a festival which has been declared of international interest to tourists in which thousands of people take to the streets to enjoy the party, the rhythm, the joy and the good mood. You can click this link to see all of the events which you can try at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2016.

3rd February – the Carnival Queen Election Gala will take place at 9:30pm. If you can’t get to the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos, you can see it on television or on the internet as it will be broadcasted so no-one in the world has to miss out.

5th February – the Carnival’s opening parade will take place, where you will be able to feel the people’s joy on the streets of Santa Cruz. The best thing is that in the Plaza del Príncipe and the Plaza de la Candelaria you will be able to start carnival dancing.

7th February – if you have children or don’t like going out at night, there is no excuse for not having fun at the Carnival, as the Day Carnival in Santa Cruz is your opportunity to listen to the unmistakeable sound of drums from Bloko del Valle.

9th February – Carnival Tuesday and the finale of the parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You can position yourself on one side of the Avenida Marítima and see the troupes, street musicians, people in fancy dress, the Carnival Queen and other candidates, etc. Rarely will you see something so colourful as this event in Santa Cruz. One of the best things to do in Tenerife, during carnival.

9th February – Carnival Tuesday is celebrated in other towns on the island, such as in La Orotava where the inhabitants go out dancing in the streets. This is the perfect option for those who want something a bit smaller but still want an authentic, fun experience.

10th February – the sardine or the Crispín (La Orotava) is burned. Everyone dresses up in mourning clothes and the colour black prevails with the sobs and fortuitous breakdowns of the poor widows crying about the end of the Carnival. the burnt of the sardine is certainly one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2016.

13th February – the piñata dance signifies the last day of the night-time carnival climax, where many neighbourhoods and towns bring out orchestras to liven up the residents’ dancing.

14th February – the last opportunity to celebrate the excesses of the Carnival will be in Santa Cruz at the Day Carnival … after that you’ll have to wait.

3rd December 2015 to 26th March 2016 – the Canarias Folk Fest will be celebrated every Thursday (in Las Galletas), Friday (in Playa de las Américas) and Saturday (in Los Cristianos). You will have the perfect opportunity to see traditional Canary Island dancing. In the squares in Arona you will be able to enjoy Canary Island cuisine and handicrafts.

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2016: Concerts and musical events

30th January to 13th February – VII Arona International Music Festival at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of concerts and workshops delivered by invited musicians which will go down a treat with music lovers and professionals alike. For more information and prices of the courses, go to

5th February – the Vienna Child Singers will put on an extraordinary concert at the La Laguna Cathedral with free entry. Surely one of the best things to do in Tenerife in February 2016.

10th January to 11th February - 32nd Canary Island Music Festival at the Auditorio Adán Martín, with shows by the Trío Arbós, La Petite Bande, the Vienna Child Singers, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Prices range from €10 to €80, and the concerts all start at 8:30pm.

18th February – Mix-en-scene is an acoustic and visual experience where the dancer/performer/DJ plays at the same time as they dance, mixing choreography and varied artistic styles. It is at 9pm at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna and entry costs €8.

18th February – Quantum Ensemble: ‘I want to live in America’ at the Auditorium in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. They masterfully combine 20th century American music with Latin American musical influences on violin, clarinet, guitar and piano. Entry costs between €6 and €11 and the show starts at 8:30pm.

19th February – Anni B Sweet mixes sixties soul, eighties new wave and seventies rock creating unforgettable songs. Entry prices range from €8 to €15 and the show starts at 9pm.

20th February – Portuguese fado singer Dulce Pontes will delight us at the Auditorium in Santa Cruz de Tenerife with her album “Peregrinaje”. Entry costs from €26.20 to €48 and the event starts at 9pm.

20th February – ALTERTANGO at the Teatro Leal at 9pm, with entry ranging from €8 to €15. There are tangos from all eras, candombes, songs created from national rock and some original compositions.

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2016: Exhibitions, shows and other events

11th December 2015 to 7th February 2016 – the Espacio MiniTEA offers activities for children aged 5 to 11 to make creations from plastic in relation to art. Entry is free and it is at number 10 on Avenida San Sebastián in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from 10am to 8pm.

26th February – BERNARDA ALBA at the Teatro Leal. It starts at 9pm and entry is from €8 to €15. Bernarda Alba is a song for the liberty of human beings. Upon her death, her husband imposed a mourning period of eight years on her daughters, which forced them to suppress their longings for love and freedom. Confined to the four walls of their house, they maintain a hypocritical simulation of harmony, which you will see disturbed by the presence of a man. 

Things to do in Tenerife in February 2016: Sporting and themed events

This month we haven’t found many sporting or themed activities which have caught our attention … It must be because the island is focused on the carnivals J But you always have the option of reading the activities which we suggest in the next section and trying something outdoors with one of Tenerife Travel Secrets’ collaborator companies.

Other activities and things to do in Tenerife in February 2016

The advantage of Tenerife is that in the south of the island almost 95% of the year is sunny and the ambient temperature is very pleasant. Therefore we invite you to spend the day at Siam Park, where adults and teenagers will be able to enjoy their winter holidays with a summery injection of toboggans and water. Spend the day at Siam Park is always one of the top things to do in Tenerife in February or in any other month of the year.

Another place in Tenerife where there is almost always good weather throughout the year is the Parque Marítimo, so making the most of so many Carnival-related activities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife you could go for a quick dip between festivals.

With Anaga Experience you can do an excursion through the Anaga mountains to get to Antequera Beach … This is an experience which we tried in September, but we believe that it can also be adapted for the winter months. If it’s a clear day you will be able to see the majesty of the Teide from one of the most distant places where you can make it out. For that, Anaga Experience is always offering top activities and options of things to do in Tenerife in February or any other month of the year.

There is almost no place in Europe where you can play better golf than in the Canaries, and in Tenerife you have the opportunity to play with friends or acquaintances at Amarilla Golf. Fancy it?

You don’t need to go to the Caribbean to enjoy an outing on the high seas in February – Tenerife Sailing Charters puts it on a plate for you. Choose the option which suits you best: a romantic outing at sunset, hiring one of their boats as a group to see the pilot whales and dolphins which live permanently in the waters to the south of Tenerife, having a party on board … the horizon is your limit J

February also offers you the opportunity to discover one of the best-kept secrets in Tenerife: visit the Güímar Piramids where you will learn the different theories surrounding them as well as about customs, traditions and Canary Island culture. You will be able to go deep into the exotic venomous garden which is unique in Spain and will get the opportunity to learn more about what happened on Easter Island without having to go to the Antipodes. Without a doubt there is a lot to learn at Güimar, one of the best places and things to do in Tenerife in February.

Red Rock Kite & Surf Academy is the perfect excuse to get into the sea. Take advantage of any windy day and head for Médano and you won’t be sorry you learned one of the aquatic sports which the surf school offers.

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