Picture this: a vacation on lush green gardens over pleasant climate and open air restaurants. Strolling around places with buildings of historical importance and enjoying a glass of beer in a lively night spot. If these thoughts excite you then Tenerife is your perfect destination.
Canary Islands’ largest island, Tenerife attracts many tourists every year mainly for its spectacular top attractions and vigorous nightlife. Although a part of Spain, Tenerife’s proximity to Africa makes it more interesting and inviting to visitors. It has over 800,000 people inhabiting its 2,034.38 square kilometers area, and takes 43% of Canary Islands’ population making it its most populated island. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital, is where the island council is seated.
What adds interest of Tenerife’s landscape and terrain is the fact that it is a volcanic island. At the heart of it is Teide, which has an impressive cone that towers over Caldera de Las Cañadas. Standing high at 3,718 m, it is the highest cone in the island and the whole Spain as well.
Flora and Fauna
The volcanic feature of Tenerife is the reason for its remarkable ecological diversity. It is home to a hundred of fish species and several birds, reptiles, amphibians, and land mammals can also exclusively found in Tenerife. Prior to the aborigines’ arrival, Tenerife was even inhabited by now-extinct animals like the giant rat and the giant lizards.
As part of the Canary Islands, Tenerife also has a great wealth of flora. It is fourth in the world of natural regions with endemic flora featuring more than 1700 of plant species. From a report from former CEIC (Icona Canary Island Ecological Centre), of the 1919 plant species in Spain, 505 are endemic to the Canary Islands, of which Tenerife is a part of.
The natural attractions of Tenerife are sure enough to make everyone visit the city.