Orotava Valley, Tenerife, with view of Pico de Teidehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Orotavatal.jpg
is the largest of the seven Canary Islands
. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Africa. Tenerife has an area of 2034 square kilometers, and a population of 900,000 people. From an impoverished island of banana plantations, Tenerife sees its revenue ballooning with the arrival of mass tourism since the 1960's. The island is now dependent on tourism as its chief revenue generator.
Tenerife on Google Maps Street View
Los Gigantes, Tenerifehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Los_Gigantes,_Tenerife,_Espa%C3%B1a,_2012-12-16,_DD_10.jpg
The capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife
. It also shares the position along with Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, as being the capital of the Canary Islands.
Tenerife has a remarkable ecological diversity despite its surprisingly small size. The existence of natural microclimates create a rich and diverse flora. There are 1,400 species of plants on the island, with over a hundred which are endemic to Tenerife. It is also home to 400 species of fish, 56 species of birds, 13 land mammals and thousands of invertebrates.
Red Mount Teide bugloss, Tenerifehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Echium_wildpretii_LC0203.jpg
Going to Tenerife
Tenerife has two airports - the Tenerife South Airport at Reina Sofia and the Tenerife North Airport at Los Rodeos. Arriving at either airports, you can catch a bus to Santa Cruz.
There's a weekly ferry from Cadiz in Spain to Tenerife. The voyage takes two days.
Getting about in Tenerife
The best way to explore Tenerife is to hire a car and drive around on your own. The alternative is to take the local buses, run by TITSA (Transportes interurbanos de Tenerife, S.A.). To travel cheaply by bus, get the BONO Travel Card, it saves you up to 70% of a full-fare bus ticket. You can also use it on the tram running between Santa Cruz and La Laguna.
Church of Ermita San Miguel in La Laguna, Tenerifehttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LagunaMiguel01.jpg
Places of Interest in Tenerife
Coastal town famous for its shrine to Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, the patron saint of the Canary Island.
- La Orotava
Historic town in a valley with its old houses clustered around the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción.
- Los Cristianos
Old fishing village on the south coast.
- Los Gigantes
Picturesque cliffs as well as resort near the village of Masca.
- Montes de Anaga
Rugged mountains north of Santa Cruz abound with natural beauty.
- Parque Nacional del Teide
Park with volcanic landscape dominated by the towering Mount Teide.
- Puerto de la Cruz
The oldest resort in the Canaries.
- San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Second biggest city on Tenerife, a university town and a World Heritage Site.
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Capital of Tenerife
Festivities in Tenerife
The carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the biggest carnival in Europe, rivalling that of Rio de Janeiro.
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