is the largest of the Canary Islands group, and
is the entertainment capital of the province. Bars
and restaurants do a brisk business after nightfall,
and this perhaps explains the quiet daytime scene. Tenerife
city is in the lush green north of the island, which
is divided by a mountain range. To the South the island
is hot and dry.
With an ideal climate and beaches
of fine sand, beautiful scenery, and a great
night life, Tenerife is possibly the happiest of what
the Roman fleets referred to as "the happy islands".
Tenerife was the home of
one of the world's proudest and most fierce peoples,
the Guanches, and it took Spain eighteen months
to prevail over them, in 1495.
Their conquest was not gently
done, and even up until the 1970's under General
Franco, it was illegal to discuss what
happened then. Now, with more liberal attitudes in
fashion it is possible for the first time to visit
the Tenerife Museum, with its relics of the
It's all part of the "Canaries
experience" and the use of a car will help you
get around to the many historic and natural beauty
spots on offer on Tenerife. "The Happy Islands"
More information about driving
on the Canaries can be found, here . . .