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The best places to stargaze in Tenerife

There are many places to observe stars in Tenerife. In fact, Granadilla de Abona and Mount Teide are recognised as Starlight tourist destinations, which certify the quality of their starry skies. Do you want to know which are the best places to observe stars in Tenerife? We tell you below:

Mountains of Guajara

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To reach this place, you first have to walk along the Degollada de Guajara path to get to Alto de Guajara. The first section takes about an hour and the final stretch can be reached in another hour and a half.

The impressive panoramas of Mount Teide reward the effort and the Guajara Mountains are the third highest point in the National Park, with 2,715 metres of height.

Here the astronomer Jean Mascart made some observations of the comet Halley in 1910. For this purpose, he built a hut and some remnants are still on the top of the path.

Parador and surroundings

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If you prefer a simpler place to access and do not want to go for a long hike, you can try the Parador de Turismo Las Cañadas and its surroundings. In fact, the hostel itself can serve as a base camp and location for planning your excursions to the stars.

There is ample parking and the opportunity to visit nearby places for stargazing such as the viewpoint La Ruleta or the Roques de García. Did you know that on Mount Teide there are many viewpoints (miradores) from which you can take a look into space?

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Viewpoints of El Teide for stargazing

In the Teide National Park there are many viewpoints, like the one mentioned before La Ruleta. The viewpoints are located in strategic areas of the park, with good visibility and a higher level, which makes them ideal for stopping to gaze into the cosmos.

Some of the best viewpoints to observe stars are:

Mirador del Llano de Ucanca

Mirador Llano de Ucanca

This viewpoint, located at the foot of the TF-21 road, offers magnificent views of the Teide. The great plain that gives it its name makes it an ideal place to stop and enjoy the immensity that surrounds you.

Mirador del Tabonal Negro

Mirador Tabonal Negro

Here we will turn our backs on the Teide for an impressive view of the Guajara Mountains. This viewpoint is especially frequented during the daytime when the Teide bugloss is in bloom, but at dusk it is a great meeting point to watch the night sky. It is also on the side of the TF-21 road and has a small parking lot.

Mirador de La Ruleta

Mirador de La Ruleta

Located right next to the Roques de García, this viewpoint offers plenty of space to set up your telescope and observe both the Teide in all its splendor and the rock formation of La Fortaleza and its surroundings.

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In this mountainous enclave, at over 2,000 metres, is the Teide Observatory, part of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, which houses telescopes and instruments from up to 60 institutions from 19 different countries.

If you are interested in astronomy and want to know more about the work of the scientists, you can even take part in one of the many astronomical experiences that Tenerife offers you.

Now that you know which are the best places for stargazing, all you have to do is gather your team, prepare your camera and telescope and launch yourself into the adventure of discovering the cosmos in one of the best places in the world.

Experiences on Mount Teide – stars, hiking trails and Martian landscapes

The experiences in the Teide National Park can be very different. From challenging hikes that reward you with breathtaking views, to exploring the constellations and galaxies in the night sky.

A tour to El Teide and the National Park in all its splendor

A trip to El Teide is certainly one of the most important experiences that can be done in Tenerife. There is a lot to see and to discover! After all, the size of the National Park is 18,990 hectares or 26,000 football fields!

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The duration of an excursion is approximately eight and a half hours. Here you will discover volcanic landscapes, typical Canarian villages and some natural monuments of the park while getting to know the geological history of our islands.

Ascent to Pico Teide, the summit of Spain

The ascent to Pico Teide is an experience that you can’t describe in words. You have to live it to really understand what it feels to stand on the summit of Spain, at 3,718 metres, and the third highest volcano in the world, measured from the seafloor.

When you reach the top and raise your gaze, you will see two seas. The first is a sea of ​​fluffy clouds rocked by the trade winds, the second is the vast Atlantic Ocean with its intense blue.

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In favorable weather conditions you can also see the silhouette of the rest of the islands that are closest to Tenerife: La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria. An immaterial experience that you will surely keep in your heart and memory.

Stars of El Teide – close to the galaxy

Stargazing on El Teide is undoubtedly a galactic experience. The Teide Observatory is the world’s largest solar observatory with instruments and telescopes from various nations and international institutions.

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After visiting the facilities you can wait for the sunset to finally see the stars. Depending on the night you will see stars and radiant galaxies or a bright moon full of craters, landforms and mountains… As you’ve never seen it before!

Did you know that you can also find the mountains Tenerife, Pico and the crater Piazzi Smyth on the moon? The latter was named in honour of the Scottish astronomer, who wrote “Tenerife: The Experiences of an Astronomer” and whose studies made a great contribution to the scientific interest on the island.

Trails in the Teide National Park – paths between volcanoes and rocks

Walking at more than 2,000 metres can be a challenge. Mount Teide offers several routes that lead from the difficult paths to the summit or the refuge of Altavista (although you can always take the cable car as an alternative) to the trails that pass through the natural heritage of the National Park such as the Roques de García or the Cathedral of the Teide.

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No matter which route you choose, always remember to bring water or isotonic drinks in your backpack, and stop occasionally to rest and recharge batteries. Also wear warm clothes, regardless of the season in which you make the trip, as the temperature can change at that altitude and then it gets very cold.

Precisely this is what makes Tenerife unique. You can sunbathe on the beach, then put on your coat and be in a few hours above the clouds. Do you want to discover it?

Los Gigantes in 360 degrees – a unique experience

Exploring Los Gigantes 360 degrees is, without a doubt, a fantastic virtual journey. At a glance you can go from the intense blue of the Atlantic Ocean to the white snowy Mount Teide. Join us to discover all the secrets of this corner of Tenerife!

Puerto Santiago

If you look to the right, you will see a small coastal town: Puerto Santiago. It belongs to the municipality of Santiago del Teide and you will find cozy beaches like Playa del Puerto Santiago or Playa de los Guíos, with Los Gigantes in the background.

Strolling through the streets, you can taste the gastronomy of Tenerife, including one of the restaurants with a Michelin star: El Rincón de Juan Carlos. You can also go to the Archipenque lookout point if you would like to have another perspective of the town.

Whales and dolphins swimming in front of you

One of the most beautiful activities in this area of ​​Tenerife is the observation of whales and dolphins. You can make boat trips of different duration to see the graceful cetaceans swimming in their natural habitat.

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The observation of marine mammals is worthwhile in Tenerife, as they are seen at 80% of the days throughout the year. Depending on the length of the excursion you can even take a little snack on board and take a dip in some remote coves of Los Gigantes. Highly Recommended!

Los Gigantes, guardians up to 600 metres high

But undoubtedly, the absolute protagonist of this 360-degree image is the steep coast of Los Gigantes. At some points it reaches a height of up to 600 metres and is therefore one of the most impressive natural monuments of Tenerife.

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This “geological accident” is of volcanic origin and extends over several kilometres in the municipalities of Santiago del Teide and Buenavista del Norte. In the Guanche era, this natural wonder was called „Wall of Hell” by the ancient inhabitants of Tenerife who believed that the end of the world was behind these cliffs.

Fortunately, we can still admire this gift of nature as much as the Guanches.

Punta de Teno, an almost hidden natural treasure

The last treasure on this 360-degree image is Punta de Teno, one of the most remote and beautiful corners of Tenerife.

Punta de Teno vistas

On the left side of the picture is a small plain. This is the beach of Punta de Teno. To protect nature, access is restricted on certain days and Punta de Teno can only be reached by public transport.

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Must-see places in Tenerife (part 1)

The most important places in Tenerife? There are so many cool corners… Therefore it’s really difficult to choose the best places to visit. If you don’t know where to go and what to do, no problem! Here we will give you a little summary of some of the must-see places and sights.

The cliffs of Los Gigantes

One of the most impressive places in Tenerife are the cliffs of Los Gigantes, a huge rocky colossus and also volcano that reach a height of 600 metres. The Guanches, the natives of Tenerife, called the cliffs the “wall of hell”. By the way, nature lovers will find up to 21 different species of cetaceans in the surrounding waters, such as the bottlenose dolphin or theshort-finned pilot whale (pilot whale).

Whale and dolphin watching

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As mentioned before, Los Gigantes is one of the best areas to spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. You shouldn’t miss this activity! If you book a trip on a boat, make sure that it has our Quality Charter. This guarantees not only a great excursion, but also environmental protection with regard to our marine environment.

The millennial dragon tree

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The thousand-year-old dragon tree (which actually dates back some 800 years) stands proudly in Icod de los Vinos as one of the most imposing natural sites of northern Tenerife. With a height of 16 metres and a circumference of 20 metres, a garden with different native plants such as small dragon trees, cardones and tabaibas has been created around it.

Mount Teide National Park

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In a list of the must-visits or must-sees of Tenerife, Mount Teide can’t be missed. Perhaps it is the most recognisable and emblematic silhouette that makes our island unique with its majestic appearance. World Heritage and the highest peak in Spain, it is worth spending a whole day (or even more) to explore the beauty of the national park. Surely, you will never forget the unique and colourful flora, as well as one of the most beautiful sunrises you can witness in Tenerife from the summit of Mount Teide.

Anaga Rural Park

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Anaga Rural Park, declared a green Biosphere Reserve, will awaken all your senses with its unique corners and trails. The landscapes seem to be drawn from fairy tales. The laurel forest (Laurisilva) is a living fossil because it is from the Tertiary and is the best preserved of the island. You can also visit remote villages like Taganana with its long fishing tradition.

Teno Rural Park

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To finish the list of natural landscapes in Tenerife, we go to the other side of the island, to the extreme northwest. Here we find the Teno Rural Park. Its great attraction are the spectacular landscapes of Isla Baja with the small villages and the high mountains, as well as Punta de Teno with the old lighthouse. Here you can enjoy one of the best views of the cliffs of Los Gigantes and the most romantic sunsets.

The best leisure parks in the world

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If you do not know what to do in Tenerife first, how about starting with the best water park and the best zoo in the world? Siam Park and Loro Parque have been awarded with this grandiose title by Tripadvisor users. An oasis of guaranteed fun!

The beaches in the south of Tenerife

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Costa Adeje, Playa de Los Cristianos beach, El Médano beach… Sounds good, right? Some of the best coves are located in the south of the island, in municipalities such as Arona, Adeje, Santiago del Teide or Granadilla de Abona. All you have to do is explore the south coast and find your favourite spot to relax.

Now you have a list of the most important places in Tenerife! Let’s start planning your trip for a fantastic holiday on our island.

Mount Teide, a 360º visit to the highest peak in Spain

The giant Mount Teide, 3,718 metres high, rises above the clouds in Tenerife. If you see its peak as you approach the island, you know you’re close to your vacation. On the return flight its majestic and characteristic silhouette says goodbye. This is, without doubt, the icon of Tenerife, the protagonist on postcards and photographs with thousands of memories. Surely you also want to visit this magical volcano again someday. Thanks to new technology, we can bring you closer to the Mount Teide National Park today.

Visit El Teide 360º 

Did you know that many people visit Teide on Google Maps? Our travellers love to share their experiences about this natural wonder and upload countless photos and stories to the famous Google tool. The summit of Teide, by itself, has more than 1,000 reviews. To these must be added those of other places, such as the viewpoint of the Llanos de Ucanca, the Roques de García or the viewpoint of La Fortaleza.

We invite you on a digital trip, comfortable from home, so you can explore Mount Teide for yourself: a visit to one of the most beautiful corners of Tenerife in 360º.

Do you see all the volcanic rock around you? If you approach the summit, you will have an even better view. Take a look behind you, enjoy the infinity of the landscape that surrounds you, with the dark lava flows.

An incredible experience is when you reach the top: you’ll have Tenerife literally at your feet. With a bit of luck you will see the sea of ​​clouds rocking against the hills and mountains of the island and giving you the feeling of floating in a magical paradise. On a clear day, the spectacle is a bit different, because then you can see Tenerife in all its splendor and even other islands, with the Atlantic Ocean colouring the horizon blue. The highlight, of course, is when you can enjoy the sunset or sunrise from Teide; an experience to remember for life.

From the sea to the clouds

The most amazing thing about the ascent to Teide National Park is that you can drive from the beach to the volcano in just one hour. Do not be fooled by the heat of the coast! If you want to climb Mount Teide, it is better to wear warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. In addition, in summer it is advisable to bring sunscreen and a hat to avoid burns. When you visit Mount Teide in the winter, remember to exercise extreme caution. Inform yourself about possible road closures before driving to the National Park.

360º trip to Tenerife

Mount Teide is not the only place on the island you can visit digitally. Do you want to fly over the Anaga Mountains? See how the beaches of Tenerife look from above? Or maybe you make a short trip to one of the theme parks on the island… No problem, let’s go:

Now that you can almost touch the landscapes and contrasts of the whole island, how about leaving the mouse, keyboard or cell phone and experience Tenerife live?

The best hiking trails in Tenerife: Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

Explore Tenerife’s best hiking trails: along the coast, through forests and volcanic landscapes. This is how we could define the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018, one of the most important hiking events in Europe. From May, 22nd to 26th, hikers from all over the continent will meet in Tenerife to share an extraordinary experience: stunning trails, authentic gastronomy and unique culture.

Coastal, volcanic, and green routes

The natural diversity of the island creates so many different facets, from volcanic landscapes to coastal paths in just a few kilometres. This allows a big variety of walking routes at the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018, with up to 22 options available.

Coastal routes of Tenerife

Tenerife is a window open to the Atlantic. That is why many of the island’s trails run parallel to the sea, highlighting especially the spectacular sunsets overlooking the ocean and other islands. At the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018 you can enjoy one of the most magical beaches of the Canary Islands, Playa Benijo, or explore the colourful contrasts of Malpaís de Güímar.

Volcanic routes of Tenerife

The volcanic routes of Tenerife seem taken from another planet. Not in vain, in the Mount Teide National Park was filmed the second part of “Clash of the Titans”. Even several “rover” vehicles have been tested here because of the similarity of the ground with that of the lunar surface. You also have the option of doing night trails and the universe itself guides you by illuminating your path to you capture unforgettable memories.

Green routes of Tenerife

Dense trees and bushes form a green paradise where nature breathes and the senses awaken. Whether you are crossing the forest of Agua García or immersing yourself in the magical wetlands of Anaga, you will breathe the fresh air and relax in nature.

Puerto de la Cruz, headquarters of Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

One more year Puerto de la Cruz will be the meeting and starting point of our festival. Its pleasant temperature and its proximity to the sea, makes it the ideal place to share anecdotes and travelling stories after an intense day of walking. For this reason, the event’s official bar, the Dynamic Bar, will offer nightly entertainment and special discounts for the participants.

But you can also explore the city, because on Sunday, May 27th, two free urban tours are offered in Puerto de la Cruz. On the one hand, you can follow the footsteps of the Canarian artist César Manrique or visit the various gardens, i.a. the Botanical Garden, Sitio Litre and Taoro Park.

Tenerife Walking Festival, a sustainable event

One of the commitments of the Tenerife Walking Festival is sustainability, with the “zero footprint“ as the target. This means that the carbon footprint of the festival is calculated, and to compensate for it, measures are analysed to reduce it in future events. With the help of a group of nature-loving volunteers, planting activities are carried out in some areas of the island.

Hiking at your own pace

The best thing about the festival is that its multitude of trails also allows a multitude of experiences. Whether you are an adventurer in search of great challenges or you prefer easier routes with a low difficulty and less physical effort,… you surely will find your path to an unforgettable experience at the Tenerife Walking Festival.

Luxury holidays in Tenerife

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Tenerife has always been a very popular destination for Europeans. For some years the island has also become a preferred destination for luxury travel.

Currently, Tenerife is among the most desirable places for those who want to enjoy memorable experiences in an idyllic setting at the highest level. We will show you unique activities that will turn your vacations into unforgettable moments.

Luxury Hotels in Tenerife

For a long time Tenerife has hosted luxury accommodation of the major and best hotel chains. hotel-palacio-isora-sb

In addition to the variety of 5-star hotels, 5-star L and 5-star GL, new accommodation models have been added in the last years; such as apart hotels, boutique hotels and country houses, which combine luxury and nature to meet the latest demands of the most discerning tourists in search of unique and exclusive experiences, but in a natural and relaxed environment.

Tenerife during the day

In Tenerife the day will seem short, you will always miss hours to enjoy the island. The largest of the Canary Islands offers so many possibilities, but what awaits you?

How about yoga on the sailboat during the sunset to reconcile your physical and mental well-being? Sounds good, right?

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If you don’t like yoga, then just enjoy the sailboat trip; the food on board, relax while rocking the waves and be enchanted by nature. During the tour, you can visit some of the most beautiful and famous places on the island, like the cliffs of Los Gigantes. They fall vertically 300 metres into the sea and amazing size you can only enjoy from the sea.

If you do not practice yoga, then just enjoy the sailboat trip; the food on board, relax while rocking the waves and be enchanted by nature. During the tour you can visit the most beautiful and emblematic places of the island, such as the cliffs of Los Gigantes (300 metres high). You can only enjoy their amazing size from the sea.

Another excursion that you should not miss is the Volcano Teide Experience. Here you can climb the summit of Mount Teide with a private guide. You can also make the ascent by cable car and then go to the crater. A magical experience is to enjoy the sunset on the highest mountain of Spain and observe the stars.

If you want to go shopping in Tenerife, the island has several shopping areas with the most prestigious brands. After shopping, you can rest in one of the spas and wellness centres.

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Taste the gastronomy of Tenerife

Did you know that we have five Michelin stars in Tenerife?

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We start with the Restaurant MB of Martín Berasategui, with two Michelin stars. Here we recommend you to order the tasting menu, with the best of what the Canary Islands have to offer.

An exquisite option is the Kabuki Restaurant; which is high-class Japanese cuisine combined with a touch of Western cuisine, included the Canarian. We continue with the Restaurant Kazan, also high Japanese cuisine is served here. It maintains its deserved reputation for the careful selection of the ingredients and the cooking of the master Tadashi Tagami.

The latest addition to the Michelin star in Tenerife is the restaurant “El Rincón de Juan Carlos“, a classic of the local gastronomic scene, which has shown that traditional recipes can become true works of art.

Another great choice for a luxury holiday in Tenerife are the beach clubs, with their brunch, caviar and champagne, fresh seafood at noon and beautiful sunsets overlooking La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro in the evening.

For the first drink we go to the Monkey Beach Club, an exclusive and emblematic place, in the heart of Playa de las Americas, with one of the best views of the island of La Gomera. From there we continue our tour towards Papagayo Beach Club, an idyllic setting that guarantees exclusive sensations and moments of fun.

So, we are at the end of this small tour guide, a “luxury trip to Tenerife”, and we invite you to plan your vacation. Get to know the “slow life” on the island and remember, our true luxury is the excellent mild climate and the unique landscape that guarantee a relaxing holiday no matter whether winter, summer, autumn or spring.

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Tenerife, an adventure for the whole family

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More than 2,000 square kilometres under your feet and a summit over 3,000 metres high; discover a universe of landscapes… And the adventure begins right from your landing in Tenerife: a world receives you with an annual average temperature of 23º degrees.

A lot of relaxation will be found in nature or if you are on action, you can boost your adrenaline levels in the leisure parks and sports activities. No matter what your family likes, Tenerife has many surprises for you.

Paddling along the coast of Tenerife, Kayak in Los Gigantes

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If you love being in nature and want to explore the coast, feeling the sea under your feet, then put the life jacket on and let’s get started your adventure in a kayak along the coast of Los Gigantes. These gigantic cliffs, which reach more than 600 metres in height in some points, will leave you speechless and, with some luck, you may even have some companion during your journey, dolphins!

Discover the marine fauna from nearby

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Do you fancy an experience at sea but prefer something more relaxing? Then perhaps you should book a tour on one of the whale and dolphin watching boats. You can see from very close many of the species that inhabit the waters of Tenerife and watch the dolphins playing. A relaxing experience on the Atlantic.

In addition, there is a quality certificate for whale and dolphin watching companies, which ensures that they respect the environment in order to preserve our wildlife and actively participate in scientific projects and trainings.

Ascent to the sky: the Mount Teide National Park

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Getting to know the highlands of the island and watching as a large cloud cover sway in a white sea is definitely one of the experiences that must be „stored on your retina“ when you come to Tenerife. In addition, our Mount Teide celebrates this year its 10th Anniversary as an Unesco World Heritage Site. This confirms that it is a unique place and icon of our island for a good reason. No matter if you are watching star galaxies at night, or the volcanic landscapes of the National Park (where Clash of the Titans was filmed) during the day, you will remember this special place forever.

A lighthouse that leads you on your journey: Punta de Teno

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Punta de Teno is one of the most beautiful and idyllic corners of the island, with over 8,000 acres of green nature, volcanic landscapes and laurel forests… One of the most popular attractions in the northwest of the island is the lighthouse of Punta de Teno, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Cliffs of Los Gigantes. If you want to experience a romantic sunset, just follow the lighthouse and enjoy the moment.

Pure adrenaline and water fun in Siam Park

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Here you can try out the most breathtaking water slides, or relax at the artificial sand beach… Siam Park has been awarded for four years in a row as the „Best Water Park in the World“ according to Trip Advisor and yes, it deserves it. Why? Find it out by yourself, navigating the calm Mai Thai River or slide down, almost to gravity, The Dragon… Children love it and parents have at least as much fun as their kids or even more.

But that was not all…

The best? This is just a small sample of what awaits you in Tenerife, there are still many more corners, parks and experiences that you should explore for yourself. Just make the first step, embark on your adventure and land in Tenerife

 

STATEMENT FROM TENERIFE TOURISM CORPORATION – SEISMIC ACTIVITY

The Tenerife Tourism Corporation, a public entity under the Tenerife Island Government, wants to refute the incorrect information recently published by some British media in which it is stated that a volcanic eruption in Tenerife is imminent.

Such information is untrue and not based on any official reports or data. Both the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) and the National Geographic Institute (IGN) – official sources on this matter – report that the island experienced a series of micro earthquakes, following a northeast-southwest direction, in the early hours of last Sunday. None of them were detected by the people of Tenerife and, as confirmed by the IGN, they were not due to any seismic activity but to low intensity tectonic movements.

Involcan states that the tremors could be related to the hydrothermal system of the volcano, and not to a magmatic intrusion, which would, in any case, be a “common situation which should not frighten anybody”.

Due to its volcanic origin, Tenerife is continuously monitored and any seismic activity associated with magma would be detected in very early stages. It is worth pointing out that the last volcanic eruption that took place on the island happened over 100 years ago, causing no personal injuries of any kind.

Therefore, everything is as calm as usual in Tenerife; there have been no changes related to these micro earthquakes and there are no current risks. Everyday life remains the same in the island’s cities, towns and tourist areas – the situation is totally safe.

The Tenerife Tourism Corporation advises obtaining information exclusively from official sources rather than from sensationalist articles to avoid unnecessary fear and confusion.