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Tenerife - Canaries - Spain

The Canaries lie in the Atlantic Ocean, south west of Spain and north west of Africa, directly in front of the coast of Morocco. Due to this geographical location, the islands always have been an important station for the navigation between Europe, Asia and America.These islands boast a fair, spring like climate year-round. Visitors flock to the islands' casinos, golf courses, tennis courts and natural wonders, including good beaches of white, gold and black sand. The Canaries today consist of seven islands divided, Four Main Islands Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Lanzarote and three smaller Islands which are not as popular La Palma, Gomera, Hierro.

The province of Las Palmas brings together the major island of Gran Canaria and the lesser ones of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife encompasses Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and Hierro. Exploring the Canaries you move from sub-tropical vegetation to volcanic semi-deserts, from verdant cliffs and gorges to sand dunes by the sea shore. Already Greeks and Romans reported on this archipelago of volcanic origins, and called it the Happy Islands, In 1496 the islands became part of the Spanish kingdom, and the ships of Christopher Columbus stopped here on their travel to discover the New World.

With an area of just more than 2,053 square kms Tenerife is the largest island of the archipelago. The island interior is dominated by a long mountain chain which in turn is commanded by the snow capped Mount Teide. This awesome volcanic mass looms out to the sky reaching 3,718 metres above the Atlantic waters.

Landscape of Tenerife shows the Islands volcanic past. The most striking examples being the CaƱadas crater which surrounds Mount Teide. As in Gran Canaria, this mountainous inheritance has resulted in the south being arid countryside and the north of island green and abundant with banana trees.

This National Park offers a fascinating landscape, the volcano Mt.Teide. Christopher Columbus observed its last major eruption in 1492 from the nearby island Gomera, just before continuing his discovery travel to America. In 1798 there was another smaller eruption. Mt. Teide has piled up some 12 million cubic metres of volcanic material at its sides, those formations being popularly called the nose of Teide. You can drive up Mt. Teide and a cable way takes visitors up to 3.600 meters. From there you may climb the peak by foot. On clear days you have a fantastic view. But at least equally impressive is the volcano's immense crater, with a circumference of approximately 80 kilometres.

Tenerife south airport is a modern international airport. There are two airports on the island of Tenerife, one the south of the island (Tenerife Sur, Airport Code TFS, also known as "Aeropuerto Reina Sofia"). And one the north side (Tenerife Norte, Airport code TFN, also known as "Aeropuerto de Los Rodeos"). Most Domestic flights come in the Islands South Terminal.