Standing 3781m tall, El Teide is the highest mountain in Spain, and it is from its snow-capped peaks that the island's name derives, tener for ‘snow', and Ife for ‘high mountain'. The varied styles of architecture developed when the island was divided into nine separate menceyatos, at the time of the Spanish conquests, but the differing topography of Tenerife's landscape is entirely Mother Natures doing. Lush rolling hills, tall mountain slopes, and vast stretches of arid black sand beaches, all go to make up the charm of the island.
Mini guide to Tenerife
With over 400 years of history, Tenerife has a charming historical side and a rich diversity of natural landscape to complement its slick resort development.
Puerto de la Cruz is a busy resort with a charming old town still retaining its working atmosphere. Las Lonjas is a cobbled pedestrian street, one of the city’s most picturesque spots. The Casa de Miranda on the old square, Calle Valois, with the Ventosa tower, 16th century church of San Francisco and San Juan and 17th century Royal Customs house are notable architectural attractions. Plaza del Europe is an ancient fortress overlooking the sea.
The waterfront along Playa de Martianez is the sun and sea centre-point, with its black sand, restaurants and pools.
La Laguna, the old capital, is in the beautiful Aguere valley. The most outstanding buildings are the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Church and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción. There are also several exemplary museums revealing the island’s remarkable maritime history.
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