Of all seven Islands that make up the Canaries, Tenerife is the largest and most populous of all.
There are nearly 900,000 inhabitants on Tenerife, the largest population of all the Spanish Islands. Tenerife is a hugely popular tourist destination and the most popular of all the Canary Islands.
Around 5 million tourists are believed to make the journey to Tenerife every year and it is widely thought of as the economic centre of the entire archipelago.
Due to the popularity of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, one of the biggest festivals in the world, organisers of the annual celebration are hoping to make it a World Heritage Site in the near future.
Tenerife already hosts two other World Heritage Sites in El Teide, the highest elevation in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world, and San Cristobal which is the second city of Tenerife and former capital of the Canaries until it was replaced in 1833 by Santa Cruz.
Tenerife has a highly appealing climate for tourists, with summer temperatures regularly peaking at nearly 30 degrees, whilst winter temperatures rarely slip below 15 degrees. Towards the north of the island you are most likely to experience a humid atmosphere, although the sea currents that surround the Canaries have a cooling effect on the coastal areas of Tenerife, providing an atmosphere that feels fresh and yet stays considerably warm during the summer.
There is an abundance of historic culture to explore in Tenerife, from paintings and literature to music and cuisine. Painters took full advantage of the visual attractions of San Cristobal, with many of the city's paintings visible in churches and museums throughout the island.
Music from folklore is still very common in Tenerife, with traditional instruments such as the Canarian timple used to play ancient songs originally composed by the Guanches. The tunes typically display Andalucia and Latin American similarities.
There are a number of museums to enjoy on Tenerife, including the Museum of Nature and Man in Santa Cruz, which houses a wide variety of historical items and exhibits that originate from the first inhabitation of the Canary Islands. There are also other museums that explore natural sciences, architecture, the economy, culture and institutional development throughout the history of Tenerife.