TENERIFE > THE ISLAND OF ETERNAL SPRING    Click thumbnails to enlarge:
     
Tenerife, the largest of the seven islands that make up the Canary Island archipelago is 300km from the African coast and about 1,300km from the Spanish Mainland. With an area of just over 2000 square kilometers, it is home to the highest peak in Spanish territory, the snow capped Pico del Teide, rising up 3,718 meters and boasts the largest volcanic crater on earth, the impressive Cañadas del Teide, which reaches approximately 50km in circumference.

Internationally known as the “Island of Eternal Spring”, any time of year is the perfect time for a trip to Tenerife. Its geographical location puts the island right in the middle of the transition area between the subtropical and temperate zones. Coupled with the prevailing trade winds, the resulting climate is moderate and mild with average temperatures of 18º C in winter, and 25º C in summer.

Topographically, Tenerife as we know it today is the result of two opposing forces, volcanism and erosion, which have sculpted the island over the last 7 million years. The resulting rugged island terrain coupled with the variety of climates and wealth of ecosystems has produced a territory of many different landscapes and forms, each with its own characteristic flora and fauna, from the volcanic, Teide National Park and sheer Los Gigantes cliffs, to the drought-resistant plains of the south and the pine forests and tropical plantations in the north.