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Tenerife, Spain: The Important Facts You Should Know

Tenerife is the perfect place to unwind and relax. However, to make the most of your visit to the island, you have to equip yourself with the necessary information for your convenience and comfort. This information will come very handy when in Tenerife:

Emergency Numbers

Calling for an emergency in Tenerife would not be a hard thing to do and remember since emergency services like police, fire, and ambulance can all be reached by dialing 112. It’s not a problem too if you cannot speak Spanish because aside from the Spanish in Tenerife, the island’s emergency telephone operators also speak in GermanEnglish, and French.

Passports and Visas

Belonging to Spanish territory, passports and residency rules on the island are the same as those in the country’s mainland. EU citizens need not have to bring their passports with them when visiting Tenerife; their national ID cards will suffice. All those non-EU residents will be required to bring with them a full valid passport.

EU, Iceland and Norway nationals will not be required of a visa if they intend for a short stay in Tenerife; a maximum of 90 days. Beyond 90 days, they will already be required to apply for a Residency Permit. For people coming from countries other than the 3 mentioned, they will need to get a Visa even for a short vacation on the island.

Opening Hours

Most establishments in Tenerife are open from Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm. Smaller shops, including supermarkets, are usually open from 9 am to 8 pm; they are closed every Sunday. Restaurants start serving lunch by 1 pm until 4 pm; dinner is served from 6 pm to 11 pm.

Many of the government offices and banks on the island are only open in the morning. So if you have any official transactions, you should know better than come in the afternoon.

Language

As part of Spain, one has to expect Spanish to be the main language on the island. Although English is also widely spoken in Tenerife, learning a little Spanish while trolling around its main sights would not hurt at all.

A fun-filled experience in Tenerife does not only mean getting your bags packed and exploring the island. Tourists would need to have the right information at hand to be able to savor Tenerife at its best.

History

Tenerife has a very long and rich history that adds up to its mysterious beauty. Many museums and monuments tell a story about the island’s amazing past.

Like the rest of the seven islands comprising the Canary Islands, Tenerife is considered a Pluton son. The island’s oldest mountain ranges have risen from the Atlantic Ocean and the volcanic evolution which gave birth to it took 12 million years to finish.

The last stage of volcanic activity in Tenerife took place 500 years ago. Pico Viejo, which was the old peak, erupted first followed by Pico del Teide sometime later. In 1909, the last volcanic eruption in Tenerife, particularly in the village of Santiago del Teide took place.

Of the Canary Islands, Tenerife was the last one to be conquered by the Spanish empire when it surrendered in December 1495. Many of the Guanches – the island’s natives – became slaves, some died from diseases. Because of Tenerife’s favorable location, it was used by Spanish as a final stopover for its ships sailing to the New World and America. This very location of the island also became the reason why many other countries, including the British, wanted to have it under their control. Over the years, it became a target of several assaults.

As centuries passed, Tenerife’s visitors became less hostile. When Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist, climbed Mt. Teide and studied its fascinating environment, the beautiful top attractions of the island began to be noticed. Tourists then started flocking it, and now has become a major winter tourist destination.

This condensed version of the island’s history is enough to show the colorful past of the Canarian island. Many of its architectural structures and streets still have remnants of this interesting past.

Weather

Being part of the seven islands that comprise the Canary Islands, Tenerife showcases exceptional weather that guarantees tourists a pleasant destination on holidays in Tenerife and all throughout the year. With a subtropical location, the island is among a few places in the world with a temperate zone.

With this favorable weather of Tenerife, visitors can fully enjoy the city’s beautiful top attractions and make use of its facilities such as golf courses, conference centers, marinas, and theme parks all year round. The magnificent island features a wide range of leisure activities to satisfy everybody’s taste. Add to this, the Canarian Current and the Trade Winds which give Tenerife a refreshingly cool atmosphere make it a paradise to many tourists.

Compared to other city destinations, the weather and climate conditions on the island do not drastically change which makes it the reason for its tag as “The Island of Eternal Spring”. Its winters are exceptionally mild, while its summers are warm but not overpowering nor terrible. If you plan to visit Tenerife in summer, you can go pack your bags with light and comfortable clothes. From October through March, on the other hand, a jacket would be enough to meet the cool breeze at night.

Having pleasant weather, it is no wonder why Tenerife is one of the most visited islands in Spain.

People

All of the seven islands that make up the Canary Islands have already been inhabited even before the European sailors set their foot in the island group. These inhabitants were referred to as Guanches which means “man” in the natives’ tongue.

Arriving during the 1st or the 2nd BC, the Guanches are believed to be from Africa. They are connected to the Cro-Magnon period as they were tall with white skin, blue eyes, and blond hair. Given the climate of the Canary Islands, particularly in Tenerife, it is just logical for the Guanches to be cave dwellers. Keeping them warm during winter and cool in summer, the caves served as an ideal place to be at that time.

Today, the dwellers of the Canary Islands have been known for being easygoing and friendly people. The Tinerfeños, as the people of Tenerife are called, have lived up to this image as proof of the many tourists coming on the island every year aside from the top attractions.

Personalities

Bencomo

The King (mencey) of Taoro, Bencomo led the Guanche forces in conquering the Spaniards invading their place. He died in 1495 during the battle in La Laguna.

Dacil

This Guanche princess is also a legendary character of Antonio de Viana’s La Conquista de Tenerife.

Jose de Anchieta

He studied in Coimbra, Portugal along with the Jesuits. He joined the Order in 1551 and left for Brazil in 1553 where he opened San Pablo College. He was among the most famous authors of colonial Brazil. On June 20, 1980, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

Celebrities

Lupe Fuentes

This  4’9″ petite celebrity is popular for modeling in several internet adult websites and has been featured in several adult magazines, including, FHM Spain, Primera Linea, and Siete.

Pino Moreau

Born Jose Manuel Gimenez Moreau, Pino has established himself as one of Spain’s most famous voice over talents. His voice can be heard in Spanish trailers for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Troy, Constatine, Spanglish and Wild Hogs among others.

Jorge Guimerá

The actor has appeared in several films, such as Wrath of the Titans (2012), Parásitos (2011) and Creation (2008).

Expatriate

As among the top destinations not just in Spain but throughout the world as well, many tourists consider being expatriates in Tenerife. Not only does the top attractions fabulous, but it also has several characteristics and features that make it ideal for living.

One of the top reasons why people decide to live in Tenerife is its favorable weather. Although the weather still varies – the north side is cooler than in the south side in certain times of the year, expatriates still get the four seasons (autumn, winter, spring, and summer) away from its coasts. Although summers can get hot at times, it does not come with humidity which makes it perfect to enjoy its beaches even in mid-morning.

The pace of life in Tenerife also makes it engaging for tourists to live in it. Compared to other major cities in the world, the island has a more relaxed atmosphere, thus the locals live and work at a slower pace.

On the other hand, despite the technology has found its way on the island, Tenerife was still able to keep its rich and diverse culture, from fiestas to old traditions, thus making it also a place for learning. In relation to this, the people on the island will not be hard to deal with. With warm and friendly individuals, getting along with the locals will come naturally with your stay.

There are many other reasons as to why tourists move into Tenerife, but of all of these, one thing is for sure, the island holds a certain beauty that stands out.

Sandy

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