Tenerife - Canary Islands - Spain
Tenerife is the largest island of The Canary Islands.
Tenerife also is one of the best holiday destinations in Europe, offering sunshine and warm temperatures as well in summer as in winter. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in all Europe.
On The Canary Islands you find Europe's sunniest and warmest winters. Tenerife is the place for all those who yearn for warm sunny beaches in summer or winter as well as for those looking for wild nature, or sports and adventure. The northern part of Tenerife is green and lush in contrast with the southern district's beaches. Almost all the tourists you meet has plans to visit the volcano Teide, or they have already visited the famous volcano, which rises majestically and almost frightening 3718 meters above sea level. The crater Las Cañadas is where the cable car to the volcanic peak starts, but it is more than high enough to appreciate nature's wonders while avoiding queues formed at the cable car to reach the highest peak.
The Beaches on Tenerife are among the most popular in all Europe. What many does not know is that the sand on for example amaizing beaches as Playa de la Americas, Los Cristianos and Las Teresita originally was dark as they are situated in the vicinity of the volcanoes. The bright white sand that you cn find there today was brought from the bottom of the sea and from the Sahara desert.
El Medano is the surfers' favourite beach, and other smaller beaches that are well worth visiting on Tenerife are for example Costa del Silencio and Los Gigantes.
Nearly half of the population of the Canary Islands lives on Tenerife. Over five million tourists arrives to Tenerife in Spain every year.
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Tenerife’s tourist areas
Puerto de la Cruz – Valle de la Orotava
Situated in North Tenerife, in a valley of outstanding natural beauty, this area with a long standing tourism tradition is made up of the districts of Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava and Los Realejos. Puerto de la Cruz, one of Spain’s pioneer holiday destinations, boasts a wide range of hotels and is a cheerful, cosmopolitan town, perfect for strolling and shopping. In La Orotava and Los Realejos there are plenty of country houses for rent, outdoor activities and old buildings (the old quarter in La Orotava is a National Historic Monument). On the coast superb beaches plus the original Martiánez sea bathing lake complex. Traditional food and handcrafts are other attractions.
In Tenerife’s far north east, the Isla Baja region, comprising the districts of Buenavista del Norte, Garachico, Los Silos and El Tanque, is peaceful haven in the heart of nature and the perfect destination for outdoor activities. The villages have preserved all their traditional charm and the variety of landscapes and architectural wealth make it outstanding. The narrow cobbled streets in Garachico, the island’s old commercial capital, boast the Fine Arts Gold Medal for their great worth and high level of conservation. Throughout Isla Baja, small coves and rock pools tempt you to take a dip while the extraordinary Teno Rural Park, an authentic ecological treasure preserved from modern development, offers great options for active leisure or the peace and calm of the countryside. The most typical lodgings are rural houses and small boutique hotels.
Santa Cruz – La Laguna
From a geographic and urban standpoint, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de La Laguna are linked and together form the most densely populated area on Tenerife. Santa Cruz is the island’s capital. University town La Laguna has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both are highly recommended for strolling and shopping, sampling the local cuisine and enjoying the best programme of cultural events. Speaking of which, the top venue is the Auditorio de Tenerife, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Located next to Santa Cruz harbour, it has a wide range of concerts, dance and shows throughout the year. The area boasts beaches and swimming pools in both districts plus the Anaga Rural Park, another of Tenerife’s natural gems, making it a superb starting point for visiting the rest of the island.
South Tenerife is the holiday area with the largest number of hotels and apartments on the island. Although it is the region blessed with the most sunshine and the best known attractions are its accessible beaches with a range of facilities, it also boasts picturesque villages which have retained their traditional ambience and countryside with striking scenery where you can do sports and other outdoor activities. In South Tenerife you have a great choice in day and night time leisure options plus there are a host of high standard shopping malls selling all the top brands. Playa de los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas, Costa Adeje, Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago, Las Galletas and El Médano are just a few of the key resorts. From many of these holiday hotspots there are daily boat trips in search of another big attraction: whale watching to see the colony of pilot whales that live in these waters.
Tenerife Carnivals: Carnivals in Tenerife are celebrated in February. The carnivals in Tenerife are world famous and after the carnivals in Rio de Janeiro in Brasil probably the best you can find in the world. The carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife now aspires to become a World Heritage event.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island. Tenerife has the highest mountain peek in Spain: El Teide. The Spanish volcano El Teide on the Island of Tenerife is a World Heritage Site and also very highest point in the kingdom of Spain. El Teide is the third largest volcano in the world from its base.
Puerto de la Cruz is the second largest city on Tenerife. Many hotels are located in Puerto de la Cruz. One of the greatest attractions in Puerto de la Cruz is the Lago Martianez: Series of seawater pools created by the Canary artist Cesar Manrique forms an extraordinary spot for bath and relax in the sun.
Puerto de la Cruz has small beaches with dark volcanic sand like Playa Jardin and Martianez. The botanical gardens and the Loro Park: The botanical gardens of Tenerife were founded in 1788 and are home to an enormous number of trees and plants from all over the planet, thanks to the tropical climate of Tenerife. Loro Park is another tropical garden with the largest collection of parrots in the world, a parrot show and an excellent dolphinarium.
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Following the course set by Columbus, many Spanish ships made their last stop in the Canary Islands before heading for the Americas. It was a two-way traffic, for the islanders owe much of their easy-going nature, their cuisine and their melodious accent to the lands across the ocean. The connection is evident in Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s carnival, an explosion of colour, music, fireworks and fun. Swept up in the unbridled exuberance of the carnival, you might think the party was never going to end, but there is in fact another, more tranquil face to Santa Cruz. This is a quiet-paced tropical city with lazy days made for people-watching, for sipping cool drinks on outdoor terraces, for strolling through parks and along avenues bursting with exotic vegetation.