The beautiful island of Tenerife is the most populated island of Spain, and hosts one of the world's largest carnivals every year. It is the largest island in the chain of the seven Canary Islands, and also the most populated of the islands. As a tourist location, Tenerife is the most visited of the Canary Islands, estimating over five million tourist annually. Beautiful coastal towns and beaches, panaramic views of snow covered mountain peaks, as well as year round spring weather, have all contributed to the large growth of tourist business in Tenerife.
Tenerife history is steep in volcanic origins and legends of being the lost Island of Atlantis. Located to the north of Africa, the Canary Islands were once thought to be the visible tips of the sunken city of Atlantis, and now known to be one of several volcanic islands.
The history of Tenerife as a principality of Spain began in 1494, with the Spanish conquest of Tenerife at Santa Cruz, present day capital of the Island. With the influx of Spanish colonization, came agricultural growth in sugar cane farming, cultivation of grape orchards and plaintains. The islands economy became focused on wine and dyes, produced from the farming of grapes.
Tenerife culture relates well with Latin America, as the history of Tenerife shows large immigration from the Canary Islands to Venezuela and Cuba. In the 18th century, Spain sponsored the move of natives from Tenerife to Puerto Rico, and movement into the Americas. Many Tenerife families eventually arrived in San Antonio, Louisiana, and Florida. This exodus from the islands continued through out the rest of the 18th century, and on into the 20th century due to the economical distress of the times. Recent years have seen a reverse of the immigration, and Tenerife now enjoys a continuing growth of its population, largely helped by the growth of tourism, and new island laws that protect the economy. Families that left the islands centuries ago, have returned and enjoy the benefits of Tenerife's growth.
Along with the Sahara Desert, Tenerife sits along the same latitude and enjoys a warm climate year round. The average temperature 20 to 22 degrees celcius, in the winter, and 26 to 28 degrees celcius in the summer months. The temperature of a summer in Tenerife rarely reaches over 86 degrees farhenheit, and has earned the island the nickname of Eternal Spring. The weather of Tenerife is the most pleasant and healthiest of all the world.
Tenerife Weather Throughout The Year
With warm winters, and mildly hot summers, most heat coming from direct sunlight, Tenerife is the place where a jacket suffices for winter nights, and light clothing is all that is needed for summer days. The sun of Playa de Las Teresitas in San Andres allows for year round sunbathing, with the rare rainfall mostly to the north of the Islands, and no forecasted rainy season exists in Tenerife. Even with the springlike year round weather, snow can be seen from La Orotava Valley on the mountains of Teide National Park. Teide is the highest point of the island, as well as the highest point of the Atlantic Ocean.
Santa Cruz, capital and host city of the large Carnival de la Santa Cruz, is only one of many cities of festivities in Tenerife. The beautiful beach of Playa del Socorro lies in the principality of Los Realejos and is the most popular coastal resort of Tenerife. Other beaches include Playa de Castro and de Fajana.
With beautiful weather year round, Tenerife fares well as the best vacation spot of the Atlantic Ocean, and of all the nationales of Spain.