For those who have not heard of Tenerife, it is the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands. It is also said to be the most populous island of Spain. 43% of the total population of the Canary Islands reside in Tenerife. Aside from that, Tenerife is also the largest and most populous island of Macaronesia. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of Tenerife and is also the seat of the island council.
There are about five million tourists who visit Tenerife each year, which is the most number of visitors from any of the Canary Islands. Tenerife is known to host one of the world's largest carnivals. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is said to be attempting to be considered as a World Heritage Site. Tenerife's relevance can be seen through its tourism and is also the economic centre of the archipelago.
Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre - Located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, The Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre is the number one attraction of the city and also one of the best museums in all the Canary Islands. There is a brain-bending amalgam of natural science and archaeology set inside a former civil hospital in this location. Highlights of visiting the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre are the Guanche mummies and skulls, from which all of them are shrivelled masses of skin, hair, and bone with faces dried into contorted and grotesque expressions. There are also informative displays on the geology and wildlife of the islands and many interactive displays. However, travellers may not appreciate it as much since the signage is only in Spanish and the translation cards barely help in translating all of the information.
Pico del Teide - This known location is a volcano with a 3,718-metre summit, and is also the highest point in Spain, as well as above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. Travellers who want to explore the volcano can access a cable car which provides the easiest, most popular and most expensive way to get up to the peak of El Teide. If you don't mind paying a good amount to enjoy the scenery and the experience, the views are great you can see the islands of La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro peeking up from the Atlantic.
How to get around within Tenerife
There are currently no railways in Tenerife, but other modes of public transportation such as buses and taxis are available. The island has an extensive system of buses, which are called guaguas in the Canary Islands. These buses connect all of the towns in the island and the stations are located in the town of Intercambiador de Transportes de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Travellers can also opt to travel by taxi as it is a cheaper and convenient way to get from the airport and to other destinations within the island.
How to get there
In order to get to Tenerife, there are two airports that serve the island. Reina Sofia or Tenerife South Airport) is located in south, while Tenerife North Airport, or also known as called Los Rodeos is located near Santa Cruz. Travellers can book the cheapest flights to these airports using Skyscanner and choose among the many airlines that fly to Tenerife such as Air Berlin, Air Europa, CanaryFly, Vueling, British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair, and TUIfly.