Canary Islands, Spain,
December 14-16, 2009
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Tenerife is probably one of the last European
paradise isles. "Fascinating" is the word for this island. It offers lush
forests, exotic fauna and flora, deserts, mountains, volcanos, sometimes
snow, incredibly beautiful coastlines and spectacular beaches. Come on in
and find out for yourself why this fascinating island has something for
Set in the Atlantic, like a jewel in precious metal, the island lies in the
immensity of the ocean Achinech, Nivaria, Echeide, Tener-Ife... a diversity
of names to say it, and each one of which constitutes a chapter in its
history leading up to its present name: Tenerife. Here, the ancient greek
philosophers located the lost Atlantis and here is the paradise place --
unique in the world -- with almost constant temperature (between 17C-25C)
all the year. This is the crossroad of the Old (Europe-Africa) and New World
(Americas). The Adelantado (Governor) Don Alonso Fernandez de Lugo and his
host subjected it to the Crown of Castile on the 25th of July 1496. It is
the largest of the islands that make up the archipelago of the Canaries,
having a surface area of 2,036 square kilometers with a current populationof
over 685,000 inhabitants living in the thirty-one townships embraced by El
Teide, the great volcano, the highest peak in Spain, which rests on its
torso. The variety in its climate makes it attractive and the contrasts to
be seen in its geography make it an enigmatic, magical paradise bound in
mystery. At its heart the island holds a great diversity of native flora and
fauna. Rising up to the north and south are extensive tourist resorts that
provide the entertainment of visitors to the island, who are greeted
everywhere by the hospitality and friendly nature of the local people. It is
rich in artistic, historic and musical patrimony in folklore and gastronomy;
it successfully combines its indigenous elements with those that have been
brought from beyond. Tenerife is a mixture of both the cosmopolitan and the
authentic - the magical spell of silence and dreams, of peaceful thought
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HOW TO GET: The island of Tenerife is
served by two airports, the Los Rodeos or Tenerife Norte and the Reina Sofia
Airport or Tenerife Sur.
Green scenery at Los Rodeos AirportAeropuerto de Los Rodeos is located near
the metropolitan area Santa Cruz-La Laguna. Of a smaller size, serves
inter-insular flights as well as national and European flights, and since
two years, there is a weekly service to Venezuela.
Aeropuerto Reina Sofía is the busiest Airport in Tenerife, ranking 7th in
Spain. Typically serves the mass of regular and charter flights constantly
arriving from the most of Europe.
As it is an island the only other way to arrive on Tenerife is by ferry,
either to Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Los Cristianos just by Playa de Las
TF5 motorway as getting into Santa CruzA network consisting in two fast,
toll-free motorways (TF1 and TF5) almost encircles the whole island, linking
all the main towns and resorts with the metropolitan area. The exception is
in the west from Adeje to Icod de los Vinos, which is traversed by a smaller
mountain road. However, plans are now afoot to complete the autopista, which
is causing heavy debate between the environmentalists and the local
businessmen, though works are bound to start in early 2007. This, however,
pales in comparison to the heated discussions concering the planned port in
Granadilla, which is now in the hands of Brussels.
Away from the major motorways, theres a network of secondary and communal
roads, varying from wide to steep, winding narrow roads, mainly unlit and
often with drops either side of the main carriageway surface.
Public transport on the island is provided by a extensive network of buses (Guaguas)
and run by T.I.T.S.A. who operate a fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses
which, generally, run on time. Drivers are helpful and the mix of tourists
and 'locals' (especially in the resort areas) makes for an interesting ride,
not to mention it being one of the best ways to actually see the island.
Plans for a Railway network linking the capital with the South have been
approved by both the Tenerife Council and the Canary Islands Government, for
Tenerife and Gran Canaria, thought the discussion with the central Spanish
Government relies now on budget.
Santa Cruz de TenerifeThe metropolitan Area formed by Santa Cruz and La
Laguna will be served by a tranvia (tram) working in early 2007, after 2
years of intensive works.
As Tenerife is within Spanish territory, it is
governed by the same residential laws as the Peninsula. It is very easy to
visit our island and the necessary documentation varies depending on which
country you are coming from. If the visitor is coming from a country
belonging to the European Union, the only document necessary is the national
identity card [DNI] except those visitors coming from the United Kingdom,
they need to present their passport. If your country of origin does not use
a national identity card, visitors can enter using a valid passport.
All those citizens that do not belong to a country in the European Union
need a passport and visa. Enquries should be made at the Spanish consulate
within their country of residence. If the person travelling is a minor,
visits can be made by using a national identity card and parents/guardians
authority with a police stamp/seal from their country of residence.
Depending on the purpose of the visit, the visa can be a transit visa, long
stay, residence, work visa or student visa.
Visitors from countries within the European Union do not need a visa.
Visitors from the following countries do no not need a visa:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada,
Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Equador, El Salvador, United States, Estonia,
Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco,
Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Romania, San
Marino, Santa Sede, Singapor, Uraguay, Venezuela as well as special
adminstrative areas of the Republic of China; Macao and Hong Kong.
In order to be considered for a visa at the consulate, one should take the
- Visa request form
- 4 passport size photographs
- International medical insurance
- Departure and return travel documents for the duration of stay.
- Proof of where you will be staying eg, hotel voucher
- One should also be able to prove they have the economic resources
necessary to support themselves during their stay. In some cases, it may be
necessary to provide bank statements.
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