The island where spring never ends.
Getting on for 6 million tourists come to Tenerife annually. Over a million people live here. Some of our guests are what you might call regulars, some visit us only once. But if you were to question visitors and residents about the beauties and wonders of the island, only a small number actually get to see and enjoy all this amazing place has to give.
This huge and many would say beautiful island has been pushing up out of the earth since the place we call Europe came into being. It still pushes and forces, sometimes causing volcanic bursts of activity, sometimes earthquakes, sometimes massive movements of land. Living memory has no fatalities, but the science of volcanoes and earthquakes is in it’s infancy, the residents of Tenerife watch and wait, under the shadow of the Atlantic’s tallest mountain. Who know’s if it has more growth in it, or whether like some other volcanic peaks it’s set to fall into the see or sunder into pieces.
This tectonic and volcanic activity has led to the islands being a geologists and naturalists dream. A rucksack carrying naturalist can study flora and fauna that could normally encountered across thousands of miles, on view here in a mornings brisk hike. Desert, tropical vegetation,alpine like scenery and not forgetting the moonscape of Teide, can all be found here in close proximity to one another. The huge movements of earth and the incredible temperatures have forged rock formations and geographic features that please both the tourist and the professional geoglogist – all in an area the size of Greater London.
Level with Arizona, the sea saves us from the heat of summer and at night keeps us warm. A low rain at sea level but ample rainfall in the mountains, means Tenerife is lush in places and never given to drought. It is in the way of neither storms or monsoons (unlinke other less fortunate places at this latitude). It has mild almost non-existent winters and the sea gives itself to water sports during all months of the year.
This cooling sea of home to many types of fish as well as large sea mammal. Whales, dolphins and sea turtles are common just of the coast. Hundreds of species of plant live here in the many varied microclimates that the islands topography has provided. Tenerife is home to numerous unique plant regions and sub-regions, making it a very special place for tourist and scientist alike.
About 50 percent of the island is placed under protection from the Canary Island Network for the purpose of Defended Organic Regions. We have Forty three places under exceptional safeguard. We have the national park of Teide but in addition 2 rural safeguarded parks at Anaga and Teno, 4 natural reserves and special natural parks, 9 specifically safeguarded areas no fewer than 14 natural preserved monuments, together with Half a dozen locations of specific scientific safeguards.
Nature has given us so much, and thankfully we on Tenerife seem to be willing to protect our gifts. We now ask you why don’t you come and spend some time with us on our beautiful island home?