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9 great facts you should know before visiting Tenerife

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

1. Georaphically, the total land area of Tenerife is 2,034.38 square km and has a coastline measuring 342 kilometres, with the island itself, lying about 300 kilometres from the African coastline of Morocco and about 1000 kilometres from Portugal.

2. There are 906,854 inhabitants on the island of Tenerife which is about 43% of the Canary Islands total population. About 50% of these inhabitants live in the Santa Cruz – La Laguna area and 25% residing in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife which is also the seat of the island’s council.

3. The island of Tenerife is known as the ‘island of Eternal Spring’ because of its warm climate all year-round with the average temperatures in winter being between 17 degrees centigrade and 25 degrees centigrade and then between 26 and 28 degrees centigrade in the summer.

4. Legend has it that Tenerife is among the many islands that are supposed to be the uppermost peaks of Atlantis, which sank under the ocean leaving just the highest of its mountains above the sea level.

5. The earliest known settlement on the island dates back to around 200 BC by the Guanches people who dressed in animal hides and lived in the caves on he islands.

6. Tenerife was conquered for Spain in 1493 by Alonso Fernandez de Lugo who was granted from the King of Spain the right to lead a conquest to the island. He led an army of 2200 men to conquer the island, and the Guanches eventually were overcome in 1494 and they were then enslaved.

7. Tenerife is a world heritage site that has the highest elevation of all of Spain and has the third largest volcano in the world from its base. The volcano is visible from most parts of the island and indeed, the crater measures 17 kilometers long at various points. There are four historically recorded eruptions, the latest being in 1909, but there have been no casualties so far.

8. Tenerife itself receives five million tourists itself, most arriving on flights to Tenerife South, the island’s major international airport. It is also the largest number of tourists to any of the Canary Islands. Tourists began visiting the island in numbers from the 1890s when naturalist Alexander von Humboldt visited the island and brought reports of its beauty.

9. 78% of Tenerife’s economy is based in the service sector with tourism the prominent industry on the island. Most tourists come from the United Kingdom followed by Germany, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.


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