Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the second biggest city in the archipelago, the capital of the island. Like the rest of the Canary Islands, it is of volcanic origin. The highest point of Spain, Teide (3,717 m), is on this island. The island itself is clearly divided into a very dry southern part and a very humid and green north. About five million tourists visit Tenerife each year, the most of any of the Canary Islands. Tenerife hosts one of the world’s largest carnivals, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Playa de las Américas is a purpose-built holiday resort in the west of Tenerife. It was built in the 1960s. The resort area features bars, nightclubs, restaurants, attractions, and beaches, most of which are man-made with imported sand from Africa due to the darkness of the native volcanic sand. Playa de las Americas is a centre of nightlife in Tenerife.
Puerto de la Cruz is a small town in the northern part of the island.