I Can See Why Tenerife in the Canary Islands Is a Popular European Tourist Destination

After our stop at the island of Madeira, our next cruise stop was to the largest of the 7 Canary Island and the island of Tenerife. Instead of an island excursion, Amanda & I chose to walk around the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (capital city).  With such truly beautiful island scenery, I can understand why Tenerife is a popular tourist destination for Europeans.

Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 6.49.33 PMQuick Facts:
The Canary Islands are a group of 7 islands off the coast of northwest Africa formed by volcanoes 20-50 million years ago.

Tenerife is the largest island at 785 square miles with a population of 899,000 people (43% of all of the islands).

Located 186 miles from Africa & 621 from Europe.

Settled 1000 BC by settlers from North Africa, later conquered by the Spanish, where the islands still belong.

Tourism & Agriculture are the largest industries.

 The pedestrian area in the city of Santa Cruz still decorated for Christmas

The pedestrian area in the city of Santa Cruz still decorated for Christmas

 

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The palm trees were very enchanting to see….very tropical.

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We found a beautfil city park that we explored looking at all of the different plants and palm trees
We found a beautfil city park that we explored looking at all of the different plants and palm trees

 

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Just taking a little time out of our trip to admire the beauty of the island
Lots of poinsettia plants here because of Christmas....poinsettia farms are located across Tenerife for export into Europe
Lots of poinsettia plants here because of Christmas….poinsettia farms are located across Tenerife for export into Europe
Look at that water....if we were only here in summer!!!
Look at that water….if we were only here in summer!!!

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And here...Christmas Markets are still up too
And here…Christmas Markets are still up too
The view from the port looking back into the city of Santa Cruz. The island is a large volocano which is at an elevation of 12,148 feet at its highest point. The volcano is typically snow-capped, which led to the origin of the name of the island meaning "white mountain"
The view from the port looking back into the city of Santa Cruz. The island is a large volocano which is at an elevation of 12,148 feet at its highest point. The volcano is typically snow-capped, which led to the origin of the name of the island meaning “white mountain”
The rear of our ship and the mountains in the background
The rear of our ship and the mountains in the background

So, this was our stop for the day in Tenerife in the Canary Islands….on to our next stop in Lanzarote also in the Canary Islands…

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