Tenerife

The Island

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canarian Archipelago and is situated approximately 200km (125 miles) from the African coast. With a coastline of 358km (222 miles) it is the most populated of the Canary Islands with an estimated 700,000 inhabitants.

The most recognizable and impressive symbol of Tenerife is undoubtedly Mount Teide (pronounce Tayday). This dormant volcano is the highest mountain of all the Spanish Provinces with a summit reaching 3,718m or 12,195 feet and is visible from almost every place on the island.

A must for every visitor is a trip to the National Park of Las Cañadas where you can ride the cable-car almost to the summit of Teide, buy visitors maps and walking guides and during the winter you may even find some snow!

Vegetation

This paradise island offers a diverse landscape and wonderful contrasts, due to the specific microclimates of the archipelago. Tenerife has countless banana plantations and exotic palm trees.

The north is abundant with flora and very green, while the south, in it’s natural state, is rocky and dry although the Canarian Government has invested thousands of Euros on gardens and has planted many trees and shrubs along the walkways, in the towns and even on the roundabouts. You can find many plant variations all over the islands from pine forests to the lunar landscape of the National Park.

Climate

It is a popular saying that Tenerife enjoys an eternal spring. In winter Mount Teide can be capped with snow for a few days at a time, which means that the visitor, after an exiting morning of throwing snowballs, can then enjoy a nice afternoon on the beach and take a swim in the ocean, of which the temperature is rarely under 18ºC.

Water Sports of many kinds such as, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, scuba diving, jet skiing and sailing can be enjoyed year round. Because of this variety of landscapes and climates the visitor has a choice between a relaxing beach holiday or a perhaps a more peaceful stay in a rural area or even a walking holiday.

Food and drink

Living costs are cheaper in Tenerife , especially eating out. The local gastronomy is based on delicious fish dishes and we also have many award winning, fine Canarian wines which can be savoured with a typical dish of locally grown, small potatoes boiled in salt water called "papas arrugadas" or wrinkled potatoes, that are delicious eaten with different kinds of "Mojo" sauces, fresh locally caught fish, fresh bread and good company.