Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands with an area of 2034km² and is located about 290km off the coast of Africa. The island offers a tremendous diversity of landscapes and micro-climates; the green and forested north contrasts with the arid south coast, while the high altitude interior is often compared to the surface of the moon. These factors along with year-round sunshine and a well-developed tourist infrastructure go some to explain why this is the most popular Island in the Canaries, attracting up to 4.5 million visitors per year.

Most people think of the Playa de las Americas resort and its busy nightlife, when they think of Tenerife, but the Island has so much more to offer. Teide, Spain’s highest mountain at 3718m, is often covered in snow while tourists lie on the beach on the south coast. The mountain overlooks the spectacular Cañadas del Teide Caldera – a 17km diameter volcanic crater.

The northern part of the Island with its forests and greenery is in stark contrast to the dry south and offers great hillwalking and spectacular drives. The neighbouring cities of Santa Cruz and La Laguna are full of beautiful colonial buildings as well as paved streets with open air cafes. La Laguna is home to the university of the same name and has been a centre of learning since the early 18th century, while Santa Cruz’s annual Carnival is the second biggest in the world (after Rio de Janeiro).

4 Responses

  1. Catherine Gorie

    I am very keen to swim with turtles. However I have recently been told by someone that they no longer do the trips because they are trying to protect the turtles. Please could you give me the correct information

    Catherine Gorie

    • administrator

      You can still snorkel with turtles around Tenerife, though apparently they are no longer present at Turtle Bay (El Puertito). Unfortunately the practise of feeding and touching them has had extremely negative consequences, so divers and snorkellers should always maintain a respectful distance. There are still some good places to snorkel with turtles around Tenerife’s coast, however I don’t want to publish the exact locations here, as this may encourage large groups to go and frighten the turtles away.

  2. Gary Hagger


    I live on Fuerteventura and have started a Classic car club, I know there is a rally every year on your Island but have been unable to find any contacts or when the next one is. We would like to come over and see or be in the rally, so my question is do you have any information about this event? I have tried the email and 2 phone numbers but no reply.


    Gary Hagger