Canary Islands Spain
Best Place in Europe to Live
Today I would like to invite you to the best place to live in Europe. The Canary Islands Spain, to be more precisely Tenerife south, a ‘vida loca’ in sun ‘n sand surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
The Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) are a geographically Africa and biogeographic Macaronesia owned archipelago in the Eastern Central Atlantic, about 100- 500 km west of the west coast of Africa. The archipelago belongs geologically to Africa but is part of Europe and member of the EU as the Canary Islands are Spanish territory.
The number of residents on the Canary Islands has risen steadily over the past century. Today’s estimated population on the Islands = 2.100.306 (2015) inhabitants. Tenerife’s population = 888.184 (2015) inhabitants. I, as a settled Tinerfeña for 16 years now (tinerfeño), have got some doubts about the reliability of these numbers. Look at the crazy amount of people arriving on a daily base!
In July 2007 the Spanish Ministry promised 1 billion euros for the expansion of the south airport to be able to handle the planned 11 million passengers annually. Currently, about 8.5 million passengers per year are going through Reina Sofia’s security checkpoints. And this is only the international south airport, if we would consider Los Rodeos arrivals as well, we’d have to add around 4 million (3,717,944 in 2014 ) passengers.
How many of these passengers really make use of their return flight, who knows. And the ones who stay, will they register at all? Who lives on the island, who’s on vacays, who is on the run, escaping from law & order back home … who knows. Thus, all these numbers are rather vague.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife with almost 50 % of the island’s population living in or around it, is the capital of Tenerife and the seat of the cabildo insular (island council)
When visiting St Cruz de Tenerife and passing by the harbour you might get the pleasure to see the new cruise ships lie off. New cruise ships on ‘maiden voyage’ or ostentatious luxury yachts, excursion boats, let’s not forget our Canarian fishermen going out at night, there’s a lot going on in Canarian waters.
Coasts & Beaches on Tenerife
Check out this excellent list of Beaches on Tenerife
If you’re looking for white dream beaches or beautiful golden sand beaches on Tenerife, you are looking at the wrong place. Tenerife’s natural beaches are black, rugged coasts of a volcanic basalt eroded by the sea.
I am not saying that Tenerife doesn’t have nice beaches, Tenerife has some amazing beaches! But we must know that most of the golden beaches of Tenerife are man-made artificial beaches. Even the popular Las Teresitas beach outside of St Cruz de Tenerife is made of imported Saharan sand.
The Flora of the Canary Islands
A natural miracle is the ‘Millennial Dragon Tree’ of Icod de Los Viños on the north coast of Tenerife. El Drago is about 17 m high and with a circumference of about 6 m. They say it is the oldest dragon tree of the earth, despite the ‘millennial’ in its name the tree is estimated to be 500-600 years old.
All year through you will be able to find cheap flights to the canary islands, provided you can plan your vacations ‘off season’, avoiding peak season during school holidays will get you brilliant deals and discounts. Christmas time is the most expensive time to come over, from the end of January the prices start to fall.
Some More Impressions
Green Tenerife – North & Mountains
Mount Teide (Pico del Teide) is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands Spain. With 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) it’s summit is the highest point in Spain. Measured from its base on the ocean floor, it is at 7,500 m (24,600 ft) the third highest volcano on a volcanic ocean island in the world. Wikipedia
My top secret tip on ‘must dos’ on Tenerife is visiting Masca! I am sure, this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. You can reach Masca via land and via sea, you can drive up and climb down the ravine to catch a shuttle boat in the stunning Masca Bay.
Tenerife’s south-west coast is a spectacular spot for watching whales and dolphins swimming free in the ocean. 26 species of whales are found off the coast, such as killer whales, baleen whales, pilot whales or even blue whales.
Muchas gracias and thanks a lot for reading! Did you enjoy this little trip around ‘my island of eternal spring’? Have you been to Tenerife or are you planning to come over soon? You will fall in love with the island, I am sure about. Learn more about the archipelago on tenerifeforum.site
Hasta la vista, nos vemos en Tenerife!