The Spanish island of Tenerife, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa is the largest of the Canary Islands. It is the most populated island in the Canaries with about 899,833 inhabitants. Largely a tourist centre, Tenerife is the home of one of the world’s largest carnivals known as the “carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.” A lot of hotels are situated in the “island of the eternal spring,” as Tenerife is often referred to internationally. Among the larger hotels include the luxury hotels and resorts and the luxury boutique hotels. Smaller more localized hotels include the boutique hotels and resorts and the exclusive spa resorts.
The climate of Tenerife is warm all year round with an average temperature of 20-22 degree centigrade in the winter and 26-28 degree centigrade in the summer. Also, the cold sea currents of the Canary Islands have a cooling effect on the coasts of Tenerife and its beaches. Beach hotels and exclusive spa resorts are located along these beaches to cater for tourists, providing special hotel services to suit their needs.
Tourism is the most prominent industry in Tenerife with the south of the island drawing the most number of tourists because it is hotter, drier and has most of the well developed hotels and resorts such as the Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. Tenerife attracts an average of five million tourists every year. Cities such as Arona and Adaje located on the south of the island attract the majority of these tourists.