10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest and most populated island in the Canary archipelago, and the world’s 10th largest island. Known for its black and white, volcanically-formed sandy beaches and bustling tourism year round, it is the lesser-known facts about the island that are Tenerife’s truly appealing gems.

Did You Know?

1. The Tenerife flag is the same as the flag of Scotland. It’s attributed to the patron saint of the island, San Andres, who is also the patron saint of Scotland.

2. As with the rest of Spain, Tuesday the 13th in Tenerife is considered to be unlucky—unlike Friday the 13th in many other countries around the world.

3. Tenerife is home to Siam Park, the world renowned water park and holder of seven world records. Some of these include housing the world’s largest Thai building outside of Asia, the world’s largest dragon statue and the largest man-made wave in the world (at approximately 3.3 meters).

4. In line with housing one of the world’s biggest water parks, Tenerife’s longest beach, El Medano, stretches over two kilometers down the coast.

5. However, many of Tenerife’s beaches are man-made due to the islands’ volcanic history and nature. The natural beaches that can still be found sport the infamous black sand.

6. Historically, science has led us to believe there were originally three islands containing the mountain ranges of Teno, Valle San Lorenzo and Anaga. At some point in history due to all the volcanic activity, the areas all merged together and formed the island we currently have come to know as Tenerife. To date, four volcanic eruptions have been recorded in Canary island history.

7. The resounding volcanic formation, Mt. Teide, is located in Tenerife’s Teide National Park and serves as Spain’s highest point and the the highest point above sea level in the Atlantic Ocean; as a result of this, Mt. Teide casts the longest shadow over sea in the world.

8. Tenerife is a destination location not only for tourists, but for Hollywood producers as well. A number of films including Clash of the Titans (2010), Fast and Furious 6 (2013) and Jason Bourne 5 (2016) have been filmed on the island.

9. In contrast, the world’s worst aviation disaster happened in Tenerife in March of 1977. Two 747s carry a total of 583 people collided, head on, on a foggy airport runway.

10. Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife, is home to the second most popular Carnival in the world. Each February the bustling city and its alluring nightlife attracts over a million people to celebrate during the week leading up to Lent.

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Blaga is a writer, translator, foodie and mom of two active kids. She's passionate about languages and outdoor living, and believes deeply in the healing power of dark chocolate.

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