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Tour of Tenerife, Canary Islands

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The Canary Islands are seven Spanish islands such as Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife that attract vast numbers of tourists for their warm year round climate and beach resorts. There are also the two small islands of Hierro and Gomera that are undeveloped.

The islands are the tips of a vast volcanic mountain range in the Atlantic Ocean. Four of Spain's seven national nature reserves are situated on the islands.

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Flights from UK Airports take about 4 hours to the Canary Islands that are situated just off the northwest coast of Africa, in line with the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Tenerife South Airport and Belfast . Birmingham . Bournemouth . Bristol . Cardiff . Cork . Dublin . East Midlands . Edinburgh . Glasgow/Prestwick . Knock . Leeds . Liverpool . London/Luton . London/Stanstead . Manchester . Newcastle . Shannon .

Other Airlines that fly to Tenerife South Airport: British Airways . easyjet and Jet2.com. For more information on all Airlines and the Airports they fly from, or International Flights, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife_South_Airport.

Tenerife South, Reina Sofia Airport is situated on the south of the island, about 12 miles east of the main holiday resorts of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. The city of Santa Cruz is situated about 40 miles northeast of the main Reina Sofia Airport. Google Map.

Regularly buses run from the airport on three routes. Bus number 341 runs to the central bus station in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Bus number 340 runs to the small North Tenerife Airport and Puerto de la Cruz. Bus number 487 runs to Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas. Buses depart from outside the Arrivals. Taxis & Airport Transfers. Taxi prices to the holiday resorts on the south of the island cost about £30, shared bus about £5.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the largest city on the island of Tenerife.

Tourists normally stay at the holiday resorts to the south of the island, close to the main airport.such as Playa de las Americas, Las Cristianos and Costa Adeje.

The main airport, Tenerife South Airport, is situated about 40 miles south of Santa Cruz.

There are regular buses that run from the holiday resorts to the city.

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The map left shows the two airports with the main airport to the south known now as Tenerife South.

The small airport to the north, close to Santa Cruz, is mainly used for local flights.

Plaza de Espana is a scenic square near the harbour in Santa Cruz.

In the center of the square is the Monumento de los Caidos, built to honour the dead from the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939.

There is a good veriety of shopping close to the square. Shopping tips.

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The Auditorium of Tenerife is situated about 1 mile south of the Plaza de Espana, at the the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The Auditorium was completed in 2003, in the shape of sails.

The building contains a large hall for concerts, and another for opera.

The Auditorium has become the most recognized landmark in the city, and is now the most photographed building on the island.

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Playa de Las Teresitas is a scenic beach situated about 5 miles north of Santa Cruz, by the small fishing village of San Andres.

This is a man made beach as they transported the sand from the Sahara dessert in Africa to build it up.

An artificial reef was also built to protect the beach, making it ideal for snorkeling and swimming.

The beach is about 1 mile long with many small beach bars serving snacks and drinks.

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Los Cristianos is situated about 8 miles west of Tenerife South Airport.

This is one of the top resorts on the Canary Islands with vast artificial beaches and a scenic harbour.

The resort offers fishing trips, pleasure cruises, some with glass bottoms, diving excursions, and ferries to the small island of La Gomera.

Los Cristianos normally attracts the more mature holidaymaker, compared to the neighbouring nightlife resort of Playa de las Americas.

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The 4 Star Arona Gran Hotel sits high above Los Cristianos.

The hotel has has great views over the town, island of La Gomera and the old fishing port.

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Playa de las Americas is situated about 10 miles West of Tenerife South Airport.

This purpose built resort was built in the 1960s beside the town of Los Cristianos, and stretches north towards the resort of Costa Adeje.

Playa de las Americas is known as the liveliest resort on Tenerife, with many bars, clubs and restaurants.

The resort has a number of beaches, most of which are are man made with sand from Africa.

The resort also offers golf, jet skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing and boat excursions.

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Costa Adeje is situated about 12 miles west of Tenerife South Airport.

Costa Adeje is a more relaxing resort compared to the neighbouring resort of Playa de las Americas.

Many tourists choose Costa Adeje for a quieter time, and travel to Playa de las Americas for the more vibrant nightlife.

Costa Adeje has good beaches, many water parks, and one of the best golf courses on the island.

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Mount Teide is situated about 29 miles northeast of Playa de las Americas.

This volcano, that is one of the islands main tourist attractions, last erupted in 1909. The volcano and surrounding land are the Teide National Park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO from 2007.

The public bus service TITSA runs a one return service each day to Mount Teide from Playa de las Americas.

The Teleferico cable car runs from the car park at 7,730 feet to just below the summit at 11,663 feet, with the summit being at 12,198 feet.

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The Observatorio del Teide (Teide Observatory) is situated about 42 miles northeast of Playa de las Americas, about 13 miles northeast of Mount Teide.

This astronomical observatory is run by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.

Opened in 1964, this became one of the first major international observatories. Countries from around the world set up telescopes to take advantage of the clear skies in the area.

Another observatory was set up at Roque de los Muchachos on the neighbouring island of La Palma, as the skies were found to be even clearer on that island. The Teide Observatory can be visited by request.

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Masca is situated about 26 miles north of Costa Adeje.

This is one of the most scenic parts of the island, situated to the northwest of the island in the Teno Mountains.

Narrow winding roads, deep ravines, and houses built in the mountains, make the route to the village of Masca a top tourist attraction.

Masca is said to have been a Pirate hideaway. The small Bay of Masca is situated on the coast, about three hours walk from the village.

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The Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the main ports on the island.

Ferries from Santa Cruz de Tenerife travel to Cadiz in southwest Spain, with the trip taking about two days.

You can also catch a ferry to Gran Canaria with the main company Fred Olsen operating fast cateramans. These vessels travel between the ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife & Agaete on the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria.

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For more information on Tenerife, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife.

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