Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife, Canary Islands

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An island of dramatic contrasts

A notoriously festive destination, Tenerife is the biggest, most well-known of Spain's Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. The volcanic island is characterized by rugged, steep coastline and miles of beaches, popular for kite surfing and swimming. Teide-Pico Viejo, Spain’s tallest peak, towers over the island, and its national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore Santa Cruz and the very modern Auditorio de Tenerife, reminiscent of Australia’s Sydney Opera House. Loro Parque boasts the world’s largest collection of parrots, and you can’t miss the striking bell tower of the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, the city’s oldest church. Learn about the island’s ancient inhabitants at the archaeological sites of Guanches or explore the mysterious step pyramids at Güímar. When you need a break, Tenerife also has an abundant variety of fresh fish, well-known cheeses, and renowned wines to savor.

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Las Canadas National Park

Las Canadas National Park

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Las Canadas National Park

Las Canadas National Park

Travel by cable car to the top of Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide, where, on a clear day, you can see the other Canary Islands and even the coast of North Africa. The rugged and beautiful landscape is the result of millions of years of volcanic activity.

La Laguna

La Laguna

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La Laguna

La Laguna

The second largest town in Tenerife, La Laguna, is also considered the cultural capital of the island. Points of interest here include the Cathedral of La Laguna, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, and the town centre, Plaza del Adalentado.

La Orotava

La Orotava

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La Orotava

La Orotava

One of the better preserved towns in Tenerife, La Orotava features stately mansions, historic churches and quaint cobblestone streets. Situated at an elevation of approximately 1,300 feet, the town is an excellent vantage point for sweeping views of the famous Orotava Valley.

Tenerife, Canary Islands At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 28°17'29.63"N 16°37'44.87"W
Size: 2,034.00 KM2 (785.33 MI2)
Population: 200,154
Density: 98 Pop/KM2 (38 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +34

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