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Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageSpanish
CapitalSanta Cruz de Tenerife
Area2.057 km²
Population949,471  (2019)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)

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Costa adeje Los cristianos Playa de las americas

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Vacations and Sightseeing

From the 1960s onwards, the emerging mass tourism caused an important economic impulse. Many hotels, bungalows and apartment complexes were built, especially on the south coast of Tenerife. Since that time many Canarians have been working in construction and in the catering industry.

Much of the current investment in the tourism sector comes from non-Canarian companies, diverting a lot of income to mainland Spain. Nevertheless, the growing share of tourism contributes 35-70% of the gross national product (depending on the calculation method). About 4.5 million holidaymakers come to Tenerife every year, mainly with last minutes. More than 90% of them come by plane and land in the south at the converted international airport.

Many young people migrate from the countryside to the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife and to the tourist centers in the south, and as a result small village communities are seriously disrupted demographically.

Tenerife Airport from the airTenerife Airport from the airPhoto: Aisano CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

Many young people migrate from the countryside to the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife and to the tourist centers in the south, and as a result the small village communities are seriously disrupted demographically. The main tourist centers are:

Costa Adeje, TenerifeCosta Adeje, TenerifePhoto: Javier Lastras CC 2.0 Generic no chnages made

Costa Adeje is a modern tourist destination. The town is - as the name suggests - right on the beach and has a pleasant city center. The biggest attraction is of course the beach. On many days the El Duque beach is wonderfully sheltered from the wind. However, there are sometimes days when the wind comes from the south or southwest. Then the sea can be very rough and there is a signal with red flags to warn against the strong current that is there.

Los Christianos, TenerifeLos Christianos, TenerifePhoto:Dronepicr CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

However, Los Cristianos offers something that not many other seaside resorts offer: it combines a fantastic beach and perfect tourist facilities with history and traditional life. It is one of the few places that has a history that goes back further than when tourism started. So it is that there are still many fishermen and other locals living here, whose families have lived here for centuries. This ensures that the place is more relaxed and authentic than other places and that tourism is less massive. Most people who choose Tenerife for their holiday then travel towards it

Playa de las Americas, TenerifePlaya de las Americas, TenerifePhoto: Wouter Hagens CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

Playa de las Americas is located on the south coast of the island. This coastal village has been built entirely according to the wishes and requirements of the modern Western tourist. Sun, sea and sand are effortlessly combined here with modern entertainment venues and luxury hotels. There is a real holiday atmosphere in Playa de las Americas. This casual, relaxed and calming atmosphere will absolutely ensure that you completely unwind in this Spanish city.


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Last updated May 2024
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