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What to wear in Tenerife (month by month) guide

What to wear in Tenerife (month by month) guide

Are you wondering what to wear in Tenerife? In this month by month guide, we will tell you exactly what to pack for Tenerife for every season.

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But before we get onto the specifics of what to wear inT enerife, along with some outfit inspiration we thought it would be worthwhile to talk about exactly what and where Tenerife is, and how the seasons will affect your Tenerife Packing List.

Where is Tenerife?

Tenerife is an island city located off the Southwest coast of Spain and is the largest of the Canary Islands.

It is famed for having the highest peak in Spain, Mt. Teide and also for its beautiful beach that make it worth putting on Spain itinerary.

But what should you wear when visiting Tenerife.

Tenerife Dress Code

As with many places in Spain, Tenerife doesn’t really have a dress code per se. However you will find that some of the more upscales resort restaurants will have a smart casual dress code.

What to Wear in Tenerife in Summer (June, July and August)

Woman in shorts, tank and bikini high up looking over a beach and sea n Tenerife
What to wear in Tenerife (Packing List + Outfits)

Chances are if you are looking to visit Tenerife wondering what to wear is that you will be visiting during the Summer Months which is definitely peak tourist season on the island. Summer in Tenerife is characterised as June, July and August, although peak tourist season runs longer than this.

During the Summer in Tenerife you can expect lots of sunny days and very little rain as summers in Tenerife are long hot and dry. In terms of temperatures, in the summer you can expect to see average high temperatures of 26°C / 78.8F to 28°C / 82.4F

As such we would recommend putting the below on your summer Tenerife packing list:

Maxi Dresses and Maxi Skirts

Due to the hot weather you will see a lot of Maxi Dresses and Maxi Skirts in Tenerife in Summer especially at tourist attractions, on the beach and in restaurants at night. 

We recommend packing loose and flowing clothes as they will keep you cooler and sticking to natural fabrics which are more breathable in the heat.


We don’t recommend packing jeans for your Tenerife Summer packing list as they are just to hot. However linen trousers and cotton trousers are a great pick for Tenerife in Summer.

If you do decide to pack linen be sure to check out our guide on how to pack linen to prevent wrinkles.

Other good fabric choices are cotton and capri pants.


Although we don’t recommend wearing shorts if you plan on visiting religious settings they are perfect for beach and pool days in Tenerife.

Again we try and avoid denim as they can be uncomfortable in the heat. Instead we like cotton and quick dry shorts for the day and chino tailored shorts for evenings.

Tank Tops and T Shirts 

These are perfect for out exploring Tenerife and can be paired with skirts or shorts. Just don’t wear a tank top into a church, at least not without a cardigan or pashmina to cover your shoulders.


A loose blouse made of natural fabric is another great choice for dealing with the heat in Tenerife. I like to wear a blouse when eating in dinner in Tenerife at a more upscale restaurant aka not a tapas bar.


We always pack at least 2 pieces of swimwear for Spain beach vacations one for wearing and one for drying. 

If you do plan on doing a beach day trip we also advise you bringing a quick dry towel and a beach cover also.

Beach Cover

As you will be spending a lot of time on the beach in Tenerife we also recommend packing at least two beach covers that can work as part of a beach capsule wardrobe. These are great for walking to and from the pool and in beachside restaurants.

Sun Hats

Sun hats are a staple on any Spain packing list for summer.

Be sure to pick a wide brimmed straw hat instead of a baseball cap to fit in more with locals and to add more shade into your outfit.


I never travel anywhere in Spain without a pashmina. It is great in the evenings in case you get chilly dining al fresco and for religious sites.

Although churches won’t be the primary activity you do in Tenerife, you may want to look inside the some so it is worth having your pashmina with you to cover your shoulders. Just be sure to also wear an maxi skirt or trousers on your bottom half instead of shorts.


Goes without saying 


We recommend wearing sneaker socks when visiting in Tenerife in Summer when wearing sneakers to help reduce odor and sweat.


We recommend packing lightweight PJs as not everywhere in Tenerife will have Air conditioning. You may want to check out whether or not your accommodation has air conditioning before booking. 

Note: If you want to know what to wear in Tenerife for men I recommend packing a mixture of chinos and linen trousers and some smarter shorts alongside plain t shirts and polos and short sleeve shirts for summer. 

And if you are visiting other areas of Spain in Summer be sure to check out our other SPanish Summer packing Lists:

What to Wear to the Tenerife in Spring and Autumn (March, April and May and September, October and November)

Woman in red dress wiht back to camera walking on beach with volcano in distance
What to wear in Tenerife (Packing List + Outfits)

Depending on when in Spring or Fall you are visiting will depend on how hot the temperatures are. March and November are definitely much cooler than the other shoulder season months, while May and September can feel pretty summery.

For this reason we recommend generally packing the same as for the summer but with a few extra layers. So on top of the items listed above we recommend bringing:


Shoulder season evenings can be cooler than summer one so be sure to add a cardigan or two to pair to your dress and trousers outfits. 

My personal favorite type of waterfall style.


This is great for exploring in March and November


This may be needed if you are visiting Tenerife in March and November. And in other shoulder season month a denim jacket or blazer can be a great addition.

Note: if you plan to go up Mount Teida you mau want a warmer jacket with you.

Want to know what to wear in other regions of Spain in Fall? Check out the below guides:

What to Wear in Tenerife in Winter (December, January and February)

Tenerife in Winter is colder than summer, however it isn’t freezing. Generally speaking the key to your Tenerife Winter packing list is layers, layers and more layers.

You will definitely want cardigans and sweaters for the day time and for the evenings you will want some additional layers such as jackets and fleeces. As although the temperatures aren’t freezing you will definitely feel it when the temperature drops.

I also recommend packing something like a fleece. This layer is light and easy to pack away when not needed but is really insulating in the cold and as an added bonus is quick drying if it gets wet.

And it is a good idea to have some waterproof wear with you for Winter as there are usually at least 6 rainy days in December.

For this reason we recommend packing:

Jacket, waterproof

A warm jacket is a good idea for Winter evenings in Tenerife. If possible we recommend a waterproof one as you can get rainy. 

Cardigans, Sweaters and Top Layers

We recommend packing a few different types of top layers with you for instance a combination of cardigans, sweaters, fleecesand hoodies of different weights so you have enough variety in case of a very cold snap. 

Long Sleeve Tops 

It is unlikely you will only be wearing short sleeve t shirts in Tenerife in Winter so we recommend packing a variety of long sleeve tops and blouses with you including some smarter ones for dinners. 


For Winters in Tenerife we recommend swapping out the linen and cotton trousers for heavier weight ones such as jeans.


I never go to Spain without one whether I am in Seville, Barcelona or Madrid.


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A slightly heavier weight pair are better in Winter.

Best Shoes for Tenerife


The best shoes for Tenerife no matter the season is a sneaker. Sneakers are perfect for Tenerife no matter the season you visit as they are the best kind of shoes for walking and can cope with the cobbles you find in Tenerife.

For summer I like a versatile white sneaker such as the Addidas Cloud Foam ones.

If you can bring ones with some waterproofing for Winter these would be ideal.


In Summer and the shoulder seasons you will want a sandal with you too. Perfect for the beach and dinner in summer and shoulder seasons.

If you plan on doing lots of hiking you may want a hiking sandal or something like a Teva sandal which offers more support. Otherwise you could go for something dressy for fancier meals.


If you are in Tenerife in Winter then ankle boots can be a good addition. 

Flip Flops

These are great for days on the beach and around the pool.

What Else to add to your Tenerife Packing List

Woman walking near volcano in Tenerife
Tenerife packing list

So now you know what to wear in Tenerife we will turn to what to add to your Tenerife packing list that isn’t clothing!

Travel adaptor

Travel adaptors are always on my international packing lists.

Click here to shop universal travel adaptors.

On top of the travel adaptor you will also need

Sun Cream / Sunscreen

No matter when you traveling you will need sun cream with you. We recommend getting a high SPF, we recommend SPF 50.

Also as you are going to spend a lot of time in the water we recommend only bringing reef safe sunscreen with you to help protect the marine life of Tenerife.

Click here to shop coral safe sun screen here.

Aloe Vera

No one wants to get burnt on vacation but just in case we recommend packing aloe vera / aftersun.

Click here to shop aloe vera / aftersun

Lip Balm with SPF

Although it is very important to protect your skin from the sun, it is also important to protect your lips. For this reason we recommend packing a lip balm with SPF. Our current favorite lip balm with SPF is Sun Bum. Click here to shop lip balm with SPF.


You will always be able to get toiletries on arrival however our toiletries packing list will give you a quick overview of things you may want to pack if you have space in your case.

Click here to shop the best shampoos and conditioners for tropical climates.

Also when looking at packing makeup remember to pack waterproof mascara as you will be spending lots of time in the water.

Beach Bag

For use on the beach.


If you like to use swim aids or inflatables in the pool we recommend bringing these with you.

CLick here to shop cheap inflatables.


Tenerife is one of the most beautiful islands in the Canaries so it should come as no surprise that you will want to take a lot of photos. Be sure you have a good quality camera with you. On top of a regular camera you may also want

Waterproof Phone Case

If you plan on using your phone on the beach and in the pool we recommend taking a waterproof phone case with you. This will not only keep your phone safe from water but is also a good theft deterrent. Click here to shop waterproof phone cases for travel.

Battery pack

A requirement of any packing list. Click here to shop battery packs.

FAQs About what to Wear in Tenerife

What not to wear in Seville?

Row of flamenco dresses in shop
What not to wear in Spain

If you want to know what not to wear in Seville the thing top of my list would be flamenco dresses.

Also we recommend avoid man made fabrics in summer and selecting natural fabrics like cottons, linen and silks instead.

Is it too hot to wear jeans in Tenerife?

If you are visiting Tenerife in Summer it is likely to be too hot to wear jeans. However if you are visiting Tenerife in Winter jeans are a great pick.

What to wear to dinner in Tenerife?

There are some amazing restaurants in Tenerife. Most don’t have a dress code but some more upscale will have smart casual dress codes.

Have you been to the Tenerife? What was your packing essential?