As the rest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is also a son of Pluton. While the volcanic development of the eastern islands started more than 20 Million years ago, the oldest mountain ranges of Tenerife arised from the Atlantic much later (about 8 to 12 Million years ago).

500.000 years ago the last stage of volcanic activity in Tenerife took place. The ‘Pico Viejo’ (old peak) erupted first and some time later the higher ‘Pico del Teide’. This last one has on it’s top a sulphur coat surrounding it. The last volcano eruption in Tenerife happened near the village of Santiago del Teide in 1909.

The largest city, Santa Cruz, is the capital of the island and seat of the cabildo insular (island government); it 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, although clearly behind this one in terms of population, industry, tourism or gross domestic produce.

Tenerife is the most popular of all the Canary Islands seeing tourist through out the year. Visitors can choose from a large selection of Tenerife Apartments.

The island is dominated by the now dormant volcano “Mount Teide”, which at 12,000ft is the highest mountain in Spain.

Tenerife Facts

  • Country: Spain
  • Population: 770,800 in Tenerife
  • Language: Castilian – Spanish
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Time zone: Same as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Country dialing code: +34
  • Size: 786 square miles
  • Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz

Other than the facts about Tenerife on this page we also offer you further indepth information on everything else you can find in Tenerife.  You can choose from one of the links below to see more information about Tenerife including the resorts, attractions and of course see a simple map of the area.

pointer Tenerife Resorts – Read about the main tourist resorts in tenerife.
pointer Tenerife Attractions – A list of the most popular attractions in Tenerife.
pointer Tenerife Map – A easy to read map showing the locations of resorts and airports.