Tenerife is the largest and most populated island of all the seven Canary Islands and is one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain, and rightfully so. With incredible topography, including the third largest volcano in the world, and a cultural base including sculpture, museums and more, and miles of beaches it's easy to see why. This is where to come whether you are a fan of the arts, or nature, or both.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island and Teide National Park, a World Heritage site, is in the center of the island. Also to be discovered is the Macizo de Anaga that has been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and had the largest number of endemic species in the world.
Geographically speaking, Tenerife is a rugged and volcanic island sculpted by successive eruptions throughout its history. Created volcanically, building up from the ocean floor, the land is filled with hills and valleys, depressions and volcanic heights. But, this leads to an incredible climate that is pleasant year-round with most of the rain occurring in the mountains as well as some great outdoor adventures.
Another attraction is the 40 plus miles of beaches and some of the largest lava tubes in the world, both worth exploring. Among the many existing volcanic tubes on the island stands out the Cueva del Vienta, which is located in the northern town of Icod de los Vinow, the largest volcanic tunnel in Europe and one of the largest in the world, although for a long time was even considered the largest in the world.
Tenerife is known internationally as the "Island of Eternal Spring and enjoys a warm tropical climate with an average of 18-24 C (64-75 F) in the winter and 24-28 C (75-82 F) in the summer. It has a high annual total of days of sunshine, and low precipitation in all but the mountain areas.
This location mixed with the pleasant climate means that a rich and diverse flora (1400 species of plants) exists on the island, with well over a hundred entirely endemic to Tenerife
So, what to do. Well, typical tourism is more prevalent in the south of the island, which is hotter and drier and has many well-developed resorts. The area known as Costa Adeje (Las Americas-Los Cristianos) has many world-class facilities and leisure opportunities besides sea and sand, such as quality shopping centers, golf courses, restaurants, water parks), animal parks, and a theatre suitable for musicals or a convention center.
In the lush and green north of the island, the main development for tourism has been in the town of Puerto de la Cruz. The town itself has kept some of its old-harbor charm mixed with northern European influences. Still, the tourist boom in the 1960s changed the outlook of the town, making it cozy and cosmopolitan at the same time, and a favorite for the more mature traveler (notably the German and Spanish tourist). Also, the botanical gardens, archaeological sites, cultural museums, art, architecture, music and the surrounding beauty is what attracts so many visitors to the island.
There's so much to do that we recommend looking into the excursions offered so you are sure to see what you are most interested in. Great prices, professional guides, and typically pick up and drop off are included, which makes visiting your preferences worry free and, therefore, fun. Whatever you choose to do, we are sure you'll enjoy your visit.
Fun Fact: The Canary Islands were not actually named after the bird, but named after dogs. It is believed that the indigenous once worshipped dogs.