List of some important places and sights
- The old part of the town of La Laguna (world cultural heritage of the UNESCO)
- The old part of the town of La Orotava
- The Orotava valley
- Jardin de Aclimatación de la Orotava (Botanico), the Botanical gardens in La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz
- The crater landscape of Mount Teide
- The Mercedes, Teno and Anaga mountains
- The Masca valley
- The cliffs of los Gigantes
- The Barranco del Infierno (hell ravine near Adeje
- The dragon tree of Icod de los Vinos
- The Pyramids of Guímar
- Loro Park,Puerto de la Cruz, among other things having the largest parrot collection in the world
Tourism is the most prominent industry in the Canaries and it is one of the major tourist destinations in the World. In 9,276,963 tourists (excluding those from mainland) came to the Canary Islands. Tenerife had 3,442,787 arrivals that year, excluding the numbers for Spanish tourists which make up an additional 30% of total arrivals. According to last year’s Canarian Statistics Centre’s (ISTAC) Report on Tourism the greatest number of tourists from any one country come from the United Kingdom, from Germany followed by Belgium, The Netherlands Sweden ,Finland ,Denmark ,Norway ,Italy, France ,Austria ,Ireland and Switzerland.
Tourism is more prevalent in the south of the island, which is hotter and drier and has many well developed resorts such as Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. More recently coastal development has spread northwards from Playa de las Americas and now encompasses the former small enclave of La Caleta. After the Moratoria act passed by the Canarian Parliament in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, no more hotels should be built on the island unless they are classified as 5 star-quality and comprise different services such as Golf Courses or Congress facilities. This act was passed with the goal of improving the standard of tourism service and promoting environmentally conscious development.
The area known as Costa Adeje (Las Américas-Los Cristianos) comprises many world-class facilities and leisure opportunities besides sea and sand, such as quality shopping centers, golf courses ( 9 in the island), restaurants, aqua parks, animal parks, and a theatre suitable for musicals or a Congress Hall, all in a very characteristic Las Vegas-like aesthetic. In the more lush and green north of the island the main development for tourism has been in the town of Puerto de la Cruz. The town itself has kept some of its old-harbour town charm mixed with northern European influences. Still, the tourist boom in the 60’s changed the outlook of the town, making it cosy and cosmopolitan at the same time, and a favorite for the more mature traveler (notably the German and Spanish tourist).