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The capital of Tenerife is Santa Cruz, a city located in the northeast quadrant of Tenerife. The city is the home to the parliament of the Canary Islands and the centre for both domestic and inter-island communications. Until 1927, Santa Cruz was the capital of all the Canary Islands. However, during the disturbance of the 1833 Territorial Division of Spain, it was agreed that the capital of the Canary Islands would be shared jointly between Santa Cruz and Las Palmas.





















Surrounded by the glimmering Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful island of Tenerife is not only the largest but also the most populous of the seven Canary Islands. With over five million tourists visiting Tenerife each year, it has become one of the most visited tourist destinations not only throughout the Canary Islands but also Spain. Tenerife is a naturally beautiful volcanic island, well known for its banana plantations, trekking opportunities, an endless selection of water sports, tourist attractions and beaches filled with black sand due to the volcanic rock. The island was created after a huge volcanic explosion which had been building up from the ocean floor for 20-50 million years. There are four historically recorded eruptions that led to the formation of Tenerife today.

The first in 1704, when three volcanoes erupted simultaneously. The second in 1706, resulting in a huge sum of lava escaping, marking the biggest eruption. This was followed by the 1798 eruption at Cañadas de Teide and most recently the 1909 eruption which formed the famous ‘Chinvero Cinder Cone’ in the district of Santiago del Teide. Tenerife now takes a central position between Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma- just 300km from the coast of Africa resulting in a tropical climate all year round. Due to Mount Teide, which is now a very popular tourist attraction, Tenerife is the 10th highest island in the world. The highest point of Mount Teide reaches 3,718m above sea level; this is the highest point in all of Spain.

A famous World Heritage Site in Tenerife is the El Teide National Park. It is a trip that should be at the top of the must-see list for Tenerife. There are many services organised for visitors so that they can make the most out of one of the great wonders of the world. This includes allocated view points, refreshment areas, breathtaking views and numerous opportunities for photography - there is even a point for a panoramic view of the whole park.

Last but not least, Masca is a photographer’s paradise. It is located in the northwest at the foot of the Teno Mountains. The journey to Masca involves narrow roads and intricate bends. The scenery of the village is entrancing and the houses are tucked away between the volcanic rocks. The natural beauty of Masca is truly overwhelming.