Cheapest way to holiday in Tenerife in March

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Tone
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:16 pm

Hi guys,

Best/cheapest way to fly and stay in Tenerife in March.

Never been before but myself and the missus want to go.

any input really helpful.

Tony
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:06 pm

Hi Tone - You want to head to " El Medano", pretty much the only decent kite spot on the island. Buy a flight with Monarch to Tenerife south airport and get a taxi (short ride - 20 mins from airport, should be around 20 euro). Find an apartment in El Medano and you can easily walk around town and to the beach. Loads of apartment for rent so get a good location near the sea front and central. The town is reasonable and you should be looking around £250ish for a week. Eating out is reasonable and very good spanish food, nice bars in the evening. It is town but not massiv,e and very easy to get around walking.

Loads of places to eat in central square and supermarkets etc. I would not bother hiring a car. You can hire by the day if there is no wind and you want some exploring. The central volcano (Mount Teide) area is great (where Chris Froome and all the pro cyclists train) and worth a day out. Wind should be fairly good by march but take all kite sizes, can be a bit erratic at that time of year.

p.s - check windfinder just befoer you go, it has "El Medano beach". Wind is 90% cross onshore at El Medano and you can walk (40mins to Rojo beach for the 10% other wind direction)
Tone
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:27 pm

Thanks mate, really useful :)
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:32 pm

Just got back from there (see thread(ha ha)) in Travel section.

I found it cheaper to get an apartment in Arenas del Mar (1.5km down the road) and a hire car (£100 for the week) for the low wind days. In december I was looking at circa£400 for a 7 bed apartment with pool. The main advantage being that parking is much easier on the outskirts of town. Downsides - parking in town is tricky except during changeover when the locals go home from work.

I found the forecasts here: http://www.surfcenter.el-medano.com/Wind/4cast/ to have been an accurate as anywhere else.

Monarch was cheap to fly (gatwick) but they have a 20kg sports equipment limit (but can be added together with hold luggage). EasyJet has the 30kg option (at a price). I travelled light and to get the most convenient timings flew out with one and back with the other.
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Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:00 am

Hya Tone depends what you want and how much kiting or sightseeing you want to do, if you are going to get a hire car you have more choice for your accomodation, you dont need to be in town. The apartments out of town and heading out past Cabezo are a bit of a trek to the kitebeach every day with all your gear, and guaranteed you will leave the kite you need at the apt!!! Have a look around at what you can get for the price you can afford then message me and i can give you more info about the realities of your choice, I love it in Medano and am here for 3 months!!! :)
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lucie
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Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:29 pm

Tone, Dan and I are in El Medano 11-18 March - maybe see you there? We CBA with faffing about so just booked all inclusive with Thomas Cook at the arenas del mar. From Gatwick.
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John.B
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:05 pm

Tone - if you go send me a message on FB and I'll give you details as been out there ~20 times so know the place pretty well. I also know a couple of contacts for apartments right on the front. I'm out again 12 to 21 March.
Tone
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:45 pm

lucie wrote:Tone, Dan and I are in El Medano 11-18 March - maybe see you there? We CBA with faffing about so just booked all inclusive with Thomas Cook at the arenas del mar. From Gatwick.
These are the dates we're looking at! so for sure you will see us!

John B, I will message you :)

Cheers guys
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Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:08 pm

Hope you guys have some small kites packed. The weather forecast is looking really strong for the next week 8)

http://www.surfcenter.el-medano.com/Wind/4cast/
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lucie
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Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:54 pm

Eek. I might have to sit Mon Tues out! But will enjoy a birthday session on Wednesday :)
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Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:44 am

I ended up going to Roqettas de Mar in Spain. first day, 15 knots. Second day nowt, 3rd, 4th, 5th day was 40-55 knots, 6th day 30 knots, final day was 25 knots.

I have never been anywhere so windy in my life. The locals all owned 4m kites and said their 5 was the most used. I brought a 15m foil and 9m foil with me... left the 7 at home.... oops!
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Sat May 20, 2017 3:46 pm

Haha, it was a stormy week. I live close to Roquetas de Mar and all of us use to have a 5, 7, 9m and 12m quiver or 5, 8m, 11m. In winter we use a lot 5 and 7 but right now and up to september, 9 , 11 and 12's are the best option. Almeria is a great place to visit.
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Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:37 am

Is there any information available for kitesurfing around Roquetas de Mar? Best time of year to go, any restrictions, windiest months, typical wind direction, beaches with waves? Is the Windfinder forecast accurate for the region? I can't see much online. Many thanks
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Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:08 pm

quintonseemann wrote:Is there any information available for kitesurfing around Roquetas de Mar? Best time of year to go, any restrictions, windiest months, typical wind direction, beaches with waves? Is the Windfinder forecast accurate for the region? I can't see much online. Many thanks
Hi there!

The best months for kitesurfing are from February to June. You can rent an appartament at Almerimar. This is a beautiful spot that works with both west and east winds. Price in winter is also cheaper. Almerimar is a wave spot. That's were Victor Fernandez started windsurfing, so...

Not so far from Almerimar you can kitesurf with NE wind at Genoveses. This is only for advanced kiters. If you dont want to take so much risks you can ride East winds and choppy water in Almerimar or Roquetas de mar. Almerimar is one of the most beautiful spots in Spain when west wind is working. Big waves but no danger at all.

If your weight is around 80 kilos, 5m and 7m kites are the best options in winter.

In summer, everything is more expensive, but not so crowed as Tarifa is. We dont have thermal winds but so many times you will use your 12 meters kite.

This is the webcam that we use at almerimar, more or less the same wind that in Roquetas -> http://windsurfmarazul.com/webcam.html
This is the best place to check the forecast in our spot -> https://es.windfinder.com/weatherforeca ... r_el_ejido

Please, dont hesitate to contact me fore more info.

Jose :P
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