General Information

Geographic introduction: situation and size

Tenerife, the largest of the seven islands that make up the Canary Island archipelago, lies between the 28th and the 29th parallel north and 16 and 17 degrees west. Slightly to the north of the Tropic of Cancer, situated in the centre of the chain, between Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma.

The island is just over 300 km from the African coast, and about 1,300 km from the Spanish Mainland. It has an area of 2,034 km 2 and a strangely triangular shape, with the gigantic Pico del Teide rising up in the centre to 3,718 metres, making it the highest point in all of Spain.

Landscape and terrain

Tenerife is a volcanic island that was originally formed in the late Tertiary Age. Seven million years ago, the areas of Teno, Anaga and Adeje emerged from the sea and later joined together to form the Dorsal Mountain Range. In the centre of the island, the impressive cone of Teide (3,718 m) rises up over the Caldera de Las Cañadas, forming the highest point of the island and, indeed, of the whole of Spain.

The rugged island terrain and the variety of climates has produced a territory of many different landscapes and forms, from the Teide National Park to Los Gigantes Cliffs with their vertical walls, with semi-desert areas with their drought-resistant plants in the south, valleys of tropical and sub-tropical crops, areas of laurel forests in the Anaga and Teno massifs and large areas of pine forest above the laurel forests relicts of the Tertiary Age. The wide variety of climates and landscapes in Tenerife is matched by a wealth of ecosystems, each with its own characteristic flora and fauna.

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Tenerife Nightlife

The choice of bars on Tenerife is as diverse as the choice of restaurants on Tenerife. Playa de las Américas is known as the nightlife centre of Tenerife, that’s only in tourism terms.

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Tenerife Beaches

The Spanish island of Tenerife has invested a lot of money and hard work into converting its rocky coastline into a sunny heaven, by simultaneously importing refined sand from the Sahara desert and by building award-winning resorts and hotels with fantastic views of the island.

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Cultural Attractions

The town of La Orotava, which is set within a valley of banana plantations, is a wonderful historical old town, which houses some interesting monuments and has been designated a monument of artistic national interest.

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Outdoor pursuits

Tenerife is a great destination for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. The mountainous and volcanic island has many interesting routes, normally heading up a mountain, and you don’t have to be a skilled mountain climber to tackle Tenerife’s mountain ascents.

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Tenerife Golf

The all year round warm weather makes Tenerife a popular destination for golf holidays. There are a host of excellent courses across the island, including the Playa Las Americas course, Golf del Sur, Los Palos Golf, Golf Adeje, Amarilla Golf and Golf Club Real.

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Fish plays an important role in the gastronomy of Tenerife, naturally being an island. Especially delicious are Langoustines, Mussels, Octopus, Atlantic Mackerel, and Sardines.

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Tenerife Fiestas

It takes place during February or March (dates change yearly) with the biggest shindig being in Tenerife's capital, Santa Cruz.

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Tenerife Markets

enerife markets provide a great way to spend a few hours, browsing for souvenirs and bargains. Costa Adeje Market has replaced the old Torviscas Market and has quickly ...

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Tenerife Shopping

If you fancy a stroll around a local street market or a day of serious shopping, our local experts can advise the best malls, outlets, shops and markets on Tenerife.


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