With 2000 square kilometers, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. It has a population of over 750,000 at the last count. 320 kilometers seperate it from the north west coast of Africa. Because of its all year round mild temperatures, it is often referred to as the island of eternal spring. From the Teno mountains in the north, to the fruitful valleys of la Oratava and Guimar, and to the impressive Teide national park in the centre of the island with the volcano, gives Tenerife a wealth of contrasting landscapes and cause to attract millions of visitors and nature lovers.
The dormant volcano Mount Teide is 3.718 m high, is the highest mountain in all of the Spanish territories. Its summit can be seen and admired by many places on the island. The landscape into which this impressive cone is embedded, is so extraordinary that the film industry have often used it for their sets. To name but a few, Planet of The Apes, The Ten Commandments and Star Wars. The vegetation is most varied in the mountainous northeast and northwest of Tenerife. The further one goes south, the landscape becomes the less varied and drier. Here particularly the sun is hotter and thus draws the majority of the tourists to the southern coasts of the island.
Among the most famous beaches are Playa de las Américas and los Cristianos. There are delightful beaches and places to swim also in the north, but because of the higher probability of rain it does not attract so many tourists.