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About Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands archipelago. Mount Teide is Spain's highest mountain (3.718 meters) and is situated in the middle of the island. Tenerife is located in Atlantic Ocean off the cost of Africa. Tenerife is the most populated of the seven islands. The island's population is 839,000. It is estimated that of the total population, there are some 30,000 legally registered foreigners living in Tenerife. There are undoubtedly many more foreigners living on the island without being registered.

The capital city of the island is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is the second biggest city in the Canary Islands archipelago. Island government is located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The city is also the capital of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and officially co-capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands together with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with whom shares the government institutions, such as Presidency, Parliament, ministries and Superior Court of Justice.

The climate of Tenerife can vary considerably depending where you are on the island. The south and west generally have the warmest climate. The weather in Tenerife is usually hot and sunny. Tenerife has a great variety of micro-climates in a very small geographic area and provides interest for many different types of tourist, not just those looking for beaches but also others that enjoy hiking, climbing, paragliding, cycling, photography or any other outdoor pursuit that benefits from the wonderful climate and diversity of topography and landscape available to visitors.

The Canary Islands have some of the cleanest beaches in Europe. Tenerife nonetheless has, along it's 358 kilometers (220 miles) of coastline with many good beaches. There are more beaches in the south of Tenerife than in the north. Tenerife is a volcanic island and on the most of the beaches you will find black, volcanic sand. The most popular beaches on the island are: Playa de Las Teresitas, Playa de la Arena, Playa de Las Americas, Playa de Las Vistas, Playa La Tejita.

Tourism is the most prominent industry in the Canaries, being one of the major tourist destinations in the World. Main tourist resorts are located in the south of Tenerife. The south's main tourist resort, Las Americas has plenty of beaches along it's vast seafront, some of which are partly manmade. The beaches are generally well maintained but can get quite crowded. There are a series of separate beaches (Playa del Bobo, Playa de Torviscas, Playa de Troya etc), but in reality they more or less run in a line along the coast so it's only a short walk from one to another.

A former fishing village situated next door to Las Americas, Los Cristianos is the south's second largest holiday area. It boasts fewer beaches than Las Americas, including a very nice brand new manmade beach - Playa de Las Vistas - only completed in 1997. Near the island's southern airport, El Médano is a small town with a large but often windy beach, and as such is a favourite haunt of windsurfers. In El Médano conditions are so good that international competitions are held here.
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