Area guide to Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and has an excellent year round climate due to its proximity to North Africa. It has two international airports, the largest based just outside Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the south of the island, whilst the other airport serves the island’s northern parts.
Tenerife has a dramatically changing landscape. A mountain chain runs through its centre and on its slopes there are large, exuberantly fertile valleys. In the centre of the chain there is a massive crater that forms a National Park, and Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, stands to the north of it. Tenerife has wooded mountains plus large areas where banana, tomato, potato and other agricultural products are grown. The coastline is rocky in some places, but its beaches have soft, clean sand that is either black or gold.
The natural beaches are the ones with black sand, which is the legacy of Tenerife’s volcanic environment. There are a number of man-made beaches and they all have the golden sand that is more typical.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The capital is a port city in the southern end of the island. It is a bustling place that offers beaches, parks, museums, art, fine dining, shopping and a lively nightlife. It is also home to one of the greatest carnivals in the world. Its mix of colonial and modern architecture is interesting and it is a city with a lot to recommend it.
The climate makes Tenerife a popular destination for golfers. There are a number of excellent courses across the island, including the Playa Las Americas Club de Golf, Golf del Sur, Los Palos Golf, Golf Adeje, Amarilla Golf and Golf Club Real.
There are a number of international schools on the island, the majority teaching the British curriculum. They include Wingate School, British School of Tenerife. Yeoward School, the English Educational Centre and Callao Learning Centre. There is also an American school.
Favourite residential areas Tenerife
The areas that have become favourites with overseas buyers include Los Cristianos, Adeje, Playa de las Americas, Chayofa, Callao Salvaje and San Eugenio.
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