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Places and cities in Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Santiago de Tenerife) is the largest city on the island, one of the two capitals of the Canary Islands. The city is located in the north-eastern part of the island. The permanent population is over 200,000 people.

  • One of the largest and most colourful festivals in the world, Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is held in "Santa Cruz de Tenerife" each year, in February.
  • The famous "Las Teresitas" beach, which made of gold brought from the Sahara desert sand, is located near the city.
  • Opera House is one of the attractions of the city of Santa Cruz. Auditorio de Tenerife is also one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in Spain. Opera House is located on the beach in the center of the city, close to the Spain square.
  • The most famous and the largest city square is Plaza de Espana (Plaza de España). The square is located close to the shore of the ocean, just north of the opera house. There is plenty of free parking.

Places for shopping.

The city has many places for shopping. One of the shopping streets, the street Castillo (Calle del Castillo), located east of the Plaza de España.

Carrefour shopping center is located at a distance of 6 kilometres from the city of Santa Cruz near the Southern Highway, in the town Añaza.
Address: Autopista de Sur (South Highway), km 5,9. Urbanización Añaza, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Shopping center "Carrefour Meridiano" located in the city center, close to the Opera House.
Popular in Spain network "El Corte Inglés" shopping center is located in the city center, close to the shopping center "Carrefour Meridiano", at a distance of no more than 500 meters from the Opera House.
Address: Avenida Tres de Mayo 7.

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The island has two international airports: Airport South and North airport. Airports of Tenerife in 2011 served 12.7 million passengers.

Tenerife South Airport

International airport "Tenerife - South" (Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur) located to the south of Tenerife, in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, near the town of Arona and most popular island resorts of "Playa de Las Americas" and "Los Cristianos".
The airport has good bus connections to all parts of the island. Bus number 343 goes be between Southern and Northern airports. Tenerife South airport served 8.6 million passengers in 2011. This is the busiest airport on the island. Distance from "Tenerife South" airport to Los Cristianos is approximately 18 kilometers.

Tenerife North Airport

"Los Rodeos" airport is located to northeast of the island of Tenerife, near the "Santa Cruz de Tenerife" city. The airport serves both international flights and flights between the islands of the Canary archipelago. The most popular direction, both in the number of flights and the number of passengers is the route Tenerife - Madrid.
Tenerife North airport served 4.09 million passengers in 2011.

Places to visit

Mount Teide volcano and National Park

Volcano and National Park Mount Teide (Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide) is the most famous and most visited tourist attraction of the island of Tenerife. National Park is located in the western part of the island. Mount Teide is the highest point in Spain. The height of the volcano is 3718 meters above sea level. In 2010, the Teide National Park is the most popular national park in Europe.

Teide Trip to Mount Teide has three stages. The lower station of the cable car can be reached by car (bus, taxi). The lower station is located at an altitude of 2356 meters.

To rise above is possible by cable car (funicular) or on foot. The upper cable car station is situated at an altitude of 3555 meters. The rise of the cable car takes 8 minutes. The same route on foot will take you several hours.

The crater of the volcano Teide is located at 163 meters above the cable car station. Due to the high altitude, thin air, climb can be difficult for people with poor physical condition, heart disease, obesity.

You must first get a permit to go to the crater of the volcano. (You can get ahead and print it convenient online Permits shall be issued free of charge. The number of permits issued is limited. Rise to kraeru will take you about 30 minutes.

Useful information:

  • The cable car can be closed (usually in winter) due to bad weather or maintenance. The cable car runs from 9 to 16 hours.
  • People with heart disease, poor physical condition, do not climb the mountain on foot.
  • Try to get permission in advance to get to the crater of the volcano.
  • Bus on the Teide from Las Americas to be in Los Cristianos, just once a day.
  • Drive to the volcano by car on the road TF-21. Distance from Los Cristianos to the lower cable car station on the highway about 50 kilometers.

Adeje and Arona municipalities

Municipalities Adeje and Arona are located in the south of Tenerife. Here are the most popular resorts and beaches of the island. Most tourists choose this place for vacation on Tenerife. Here is located the largest airport of the island. Motorway TF-1 connects the southern part of the island to the city of Santa Cruz.

Arona municipality is located in the south of Tenerife. Here are the famous resorts as Los Cristianos and Las Americas.

Adeje municipality is situated on the southern coast of Tenerife and is bordered by the municipality of Arona. Great beaches and luxury hotels are located in this area.

La Laguna

The city of San Cristobal de La Laguna (or simply La Laguna) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located near the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is recommended to visit the city to see examples of old Canarian architecture. The city also has several museums, a theater, and various events. La Laguna is considered the cultural capital of the Canary Islands.
La Laguna is located approximately seven kilometers from the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You can get to La Laguna by public transport. Spain, Canary islands, Tenerife.

Jardin Botanico

The Botanical Garden (Jardin de Aclimatacion de La Orotava) is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Puerto de la Cruz. (There is also a Loro Parque zoo there.) The botanical garden was opened in 1788.
The city of Puerto de la Cruz is located in the north of the island of Tenerife. The distance from the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is approximately 35 kilometers, from Playa de las Americas 80 - 100 km.
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Water park "Siam Park"

Siam Park is the most popular water park in Tenerife and undoubtedly one of the best in the World. The park was opened by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. The park is designed in the style of Thai architecture. If you are vacationing in Tenerife with children, then a visit to Siam Park is a must-have item on your vacation program.
The distance to the water park from Playa de la Americas is approximately 1.5 kilometers. Address: Avenida Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain.

Water park "Aqualand"

Aqualand water park is located in the north of the "Playa de las Americas" resort. The water park has many water rides. The Water Park also has a dolphins. Dolphin shows is held twice a day.
Address: Avenida Austria, 15. Spain, Canary islands, Tenerife.

Playa de las Teresitas beach

Many locals consider the beach to be the best on the island. The length of the beach is approximately 1.3 kilometers. Playa de las Teresitas beach is located in the town of San Andrés, about 8 kilometers from the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The beach is famous for its white sand, which was brought from Western Sahara.

Mountain village Maska

Masca is a small village in the west of Tenerife. The mountain village of Masca is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Tenerife. The mask is interesting for its preserved atmosphere of the old Canarian village, as well as the beauty of the surrounding nature. A popular hiking route runs from the village of Maska to the ocean. The length of the trail through the Maska gorge is about 6 kilometers. As a rule, tourists come to the village of Maska by taxi or bus or car and go down the gorge from the village to the ocean. The trail is quite difficult for travelers and is not always open. The distance from Playa de las Americas to the mountain village of Masca is approximately 35 kilometers.

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes (Acantilado de Los Gigantes) is a small resort town on the west coast of Tenerife. The main natural attractions of the city are the cliffs of Acantilado de Los Gigantes towering above the sea and the small beach of Los Ghios. The village has three viewing platforms for tourists.
The distance from Playa de la Americas is approximately 30 kilometers. Spain, Canary islands, Tenerife.

Lago Martianez

Lago Martianez (Costa Martianez Tourist Complex) is a recreation and entertainment area located in Puerto de la Cruz. The recreation area consists of several swimming pools, gardens, terraces, and restaurants. You can walk around the grounds and swim in the pools. (Sometimes the beaches along the coast may be closed due to large waves, in which case a visit to Lago Martianez may be the right decision.

Playa El Medano

Playa El Medano beach is located in the southern part of Tenerife, near the town of Playa El Medano.
It is believed that winds blow here very often, and very often there are large waves on the beach. Therefore, this beach is popular among windsurfers and kitesurfers. (Tourists share information that there are places where the wind is not so strong.)
All tourists report difficulties with parking.

Stone arch Arco de Tajao

Arco de Tajao is an unusual arch created by nature. This place is not very popular among tourists, because the path here, although short, is inconvenient for walking (and there is nothing else interesting here). You can take extraordinary photos here. The arch is located near the road leading from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to the south of the island.
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