Tenerife touches the sky with its Teide
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, occupies a central position in the Archipelago. Its most iconic image is trimmed with Teide Peak crowning its skies. El Teide is a huge stratovolcano, but what is obvious is only the last of the eruptions in the same place over tens of thousands of years. The Teide National Park, the most visited in all of Spain, represents a unique opportunity to discover the best of nature’s creative activity.
Tenerife is, in fact, a sum of scattered islands outcropped through the earth’s crust, which, successive eruptions, including those of Teide, eventually united in a single territory. Each of these old portions today are natural areas of Tenerife with a high heritage value, especially, the Teno Massif, to the northwest, and the Anaga Massif, to the northeast, an area, the latter, with greater plant biodiversity than everything The European continent.
The eruptions of Teide were also decisive to build the incredible Orotava Valley, the same that amazed the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in the eighteenth century. The continuous volcanic activity on the heights of Teide slipped huge amounts of land that fell into the sea, forming the open landscape shaped like a crescent that can be seen today.
In that space, the best of the agriculture of Tenerife flourished. First, the vine that gave, and continues to give, famous wines for export, and then the banana that still occupies a large area of the Orotava Valley with its typical stepped terraces. But that agriculture would not have flourished without the mineral quality of volcanic soils, rich in nutrients.
But also without the help of alisio, a dominant wind in the north of Tenerife and in all the Canary Islands, which blesses every day with its humidity and occasional rains for a good part of the year. For that reason, the north of Tenerife is green, as opposed to the slopes that are not oriented to trade.
For that reason, the entire eastern and southeastern part of the island is drier, and in some places, such as in the extreme south, coastal areas have a steppe character. These are areas with more hours of sunshine that the tourism industry has used to develop housing developments where most of the island housing plant is concentrated, as is the case of the Playa de las Américas.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the island capital, but San Cristóbal de La Laguna is the historical capital, of the island and, in other times, also of the entire Canary Islands. The city is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it is quite an experience to get lost in its streets, among its old buildings or to meet it in the celebrations of its Holy Week in Lagunera.
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the vestiges of its aboriginal past, the hiking trails in Tenerife or touring the island of bochinche in bochinche, in small local restaurants where they serve earth meals with a traditional or family style are more lively opportunities to know the history and traditions of Tenerife.
Tenerife only for your senses.
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