Tenerife is a Spanish island in the archipelago of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the island is Spanish, Tenerife is geographically much closer to Africa. The distance to West Africa is 300 km, while the distance to Spain is 1,150 km.
With an area of 2,034 km2, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. The second largest is Gran Canaria with an area of 1,560 km². The other islands in the archipelago are Lanzarote, La Palma, Fuerteventura, La Gomera and El Hierro. All islands can be seen on the small map in the upper left corner of above map.
Like the other Canary Islands, Tenerife is of volcanic origin. The island arose 12 million years ago, but was initially several small islands. 3 million years ago, a volcanic eruption from Teide united the islands into one large island with the same shape as the one we know today. The last volcanic eruption on Tenerife was in 1909.
Teide, which can be seen roughly in the middle of the map, is 3,718 meters high. This makes Teide the highest point in Spain and Tenerife the 10th highest island in the world. Teide can be seen from most of the island, and in clear weather the volcano can also be seen from the neighboring islands of Gran Canaria and La Gomera.
Tenerife has approx. 980,000 inhabitants. With 250,000 inhabitants the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the largest city on the island. The popular holiday resorts, such as Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, are mainly located on the south-west coast. However, one popular holiday resort is located in the northern part of the island, that is Puerto de la Cruz. All the holiday resorts can be seen on our map.
The biggest attraction in Tenerife is undoubtedly Teide, where the Teleférico cable car takes guests all the way up to an altitude of 3,555 meters. Besides Teide, the biggest family attractions are the water park Siam Park and the animal park Loro Parque. If you rent a car, we recommend visiting the mountain village of Masca, which is 20 km from Teide.