Indeed, Tenerife Information Tenerife is about facts which concern its island or province.
It does not show mount Teide but, Tenerife's famous Drago tree, which isn't even a tree by biological standards. It belongs to the family of onions. The Cabildo Tenerife has applied for inclusion of the Drago together with the Tenerife Carnival to its World Heritage symbols of the Cañadas del Teide and La Laguna.
This Tenerife information Tenerife represents a people who is proud of its patrimonio which also means heritage, while it loves to celebrate nature as part of it as well.
All those islands were listed in the year 1833 in mainland Spain to which 49 provinces belonged at the time.
Guimar as well as the Orotava and the Tacoronte valleys, for example were formed roughly half a million years ago by volcanic eruptions which joined the initial isles. Now, Tenerife is often mentioned as one of Macronesian isles of the Atlantic ocean which are quite likely to have been part of the legendary Atlantis. However, the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, the Phoenicians and others only cited Tenerife as part of the Fortunate Islands.
Tenerife owns 141 nature reserves together with the rest of the Canary Islands. The Cañadas del Teide belong to world heritage and are its biggest reserve. You find 1.386 indigenous plants on Tenerife, out of which 546 are growing ideally there. You are bound to find all superbly illustrated at the museum of Man and Nature Museo del hombre y de la Naturaleza .
Coastline: 358 km out of which 67.14 km are sand and gravel beaches. Most sand beaches are black.
Tenerife has the shape of a duck facing Africa when you see maps of the island of former Guanche kingdoms.
Also part of Tenerife Province are La Palma with 85.468, La Gomera with 22.350 and el Hierro with 11.033 inhabitants. By the way, Race issues in Tenerife are hardly known of.
Spanish is the Tenerife's main language but, it differs a little in words and pronunciation from High Spanish Castellano. Catalan and Valenciano are generally not heard.
Tenerife information Tenerife may report English as 2nd language in Tenerife south while German is predominant after Spanish in the north.
The British community counts more than 45000 people most of which live in southern Tenerife with the town Arona of Adeje counting most of the wealthiest people on the island.
There is a fairly large Indian trader community in the north of the island but, mainly in
Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz.
38002 Santa Cruz
C/Villalba Hervas, 15-1
tel: + 34 922 243 503 or + 34 922 241 416
fax: + 34 922 289 755
(closed on August 15th for holiday)
Tenerife Indians are no new-comers. They all speak Spanish and/or English.
Tenerife information Tenerife for folks from the UK is therefore, excellent in this respect. They will not only find real estate agents but, also, accountants and, solicitors, doctors and health services where English is spoken.
Tamaragua Hospital for instance, was employing a multi lingual interpreter for the south, a year or so ago. Full time employment meant how serious they were about it. Some clinics also employ English speaking staff. Demands are high in this respect as I have been told by several people who work or, have worked for the health services. Perfect Spanish knowledge is always a priority. It's tough work, indeed. But it does not only help the tourist on vacation.
Prime Minister José Maria Aznar Rajoy.
Tenerife President of Cabildo (Tenerife Island Government): Carlos Enrique Alonso Rodríguez
who has a masters in economy. Canary Islands President Fernando Clavijo Battle of the political party CC, president for all islands including Tenerife
Tenerife Information Tenerife reports that the Public Police Force 'La Guardia Civil' is efficient and strict. Having to go to prison in Tenerife is also said to be no fun, where no televisions are in cells.
To get a stolen car off the island, for instance, would be a problem. However, there is danger of property fraud like everywhere in Spain when the buying of property is taken too lightly.
Cellular telephone suppliers are numerous.
Various ADSL broad band providers exist which are all subcontractors of Telefonica which is now called Movistar.
More and more Wifi services appear on the island as well as on other isles which are part of the province.
Almost all town squares or parks display a number to dial up for Wifi by cellular telephone. Get more information for free online service... Free WiFi for Titsa commuters was established in 2008 by Titsa for its Santa Cruz Tram service.
No ADSL conncection will work when Movistar has a break-down. However, this happens seldom.
Also a so called NAP center for a total network of submarine cables will carry Tenerife information Tenerife from Granadilla to Europe South America and further, such as New York. Local Internet is expected to profit greatly while an award has already been granted.
Insider Tenerife information Tenerife tells the unusual fact that the largest of all Canary Islands receives its water from rains as well as from much moisture caught by the clouds in the forests by pines whose timber line starts already at 2000 -2100 meters which is not normal for a subtropical island. Source confirmed: jstor.org.
Please note that Tenerife tap water is not considered fit for human consumption, unless boiled first... This isn't good enough either in some areas on the island, such as the region of El Sauzal/Tacoronte and Santa Ursula. Consult with locals to be sure about a new situation...
Voltage 22 V. Find adaptors for UK gadgets at hardware stores called Ferretarias.
A must is to protect your IT equipment by power failure.
I use a NGS UPS Chronus I am happy with. Cost about EU 60.
Dangerous electricity power cuts happen, such as the one in 2009, which caused a 6 hour economy crisis. Electricity supply cuts have been much reduced since 2008.
Solar energy service providers exist.
Wind mill electricity is generated near Reina Sofia airport.
Some households may use gas as energy for sanitary and kitchen while very modern buildings seldom have this facility.
Gas is being supplied by private companies. You call them and hang a red flag by your street window.
Trade Unions also exist in Tenerife.
Huelgas mean strikes which are organized by the Unions.
Bananas and tomatoes while still subsidized by EU.
Bananas are the biggest export commodity of Tenerife since about 1890. 150 000 bananas called platanos in Spanish are harvested every year and 30.000 are consumed locally.
I knew somebody who had been promised a subsidy for trout farming. It would have been viable if he had found a suitable location on sale. There are no rivers, unless a barranco gorge becomes one after heavy rain, which is natural. No inland lakes exist on the island but, several springs.
Often, Canary Islands farmers receive aids from the European community in other fields because of their special status.
Everything from the humble onion to the papaya, lemon, orange avocado pear and even almonds grow on the island. The small local potato called Papa Bonita costs often almost 7 times the price of the cheapest potato but, it's delicious. When it's not yellow inside, then it's not a Bonita. Not all herbs are grown in Tenerife, though. Why? Perhaps, some need frost. By the way, Tenerife Batatas are sweet potatoes.
So much is grown in Tenerife. However, food imported according to April 2008 statistics is higher than 90% as per Henry Cicilia, president of the island's association for agriculture called ASAGA. This also means that one finds just about every European product in Tenerife. It will mean price peaks in the long run if the shopper disregards the local markets and products while international fuel and transport are rising.
There are also abandoned Tenerife fincas (farms) where only orchards are still producing something and where its owners prefer to make a life overseas. It remains to be asked if the land owners are more put off by labor intensive cultivations than by the cost of water and other energy to maintain the fields, some of which are not by the coast.
Information Tenerife on Tenerife turning 'Green'
Many government workshops take place to discuss a more environment friendly island. Lately end of 2009, households were encouraged to make their own compost. Help and equipment is provided for whoever is interested. Ask at your local municipality...Indeed, Tenerife environmental awareness is not only becoming a household word in Puerto de la Cruz but, also in university science circles at astro physics studies in La Laguna. Unfortunately, green doesn't mean in Tenerife "farming without the use of chemical pesticides".
Local public transport which includes Tenerife Titsa buses (mainly Scania buses) and trams
Tenerife information Tenerife Tourism Tourism is well organized with many British and German connections. Tenerife has its own schools for hotel and tourism in Santa Cruz and other parts of the island.
Tourism information is excellent.
Here are all
Canary Island tourist/tourism offices listed.
Please, mind that the office for Puerto de la Cruz has moved to Casa de la Aduana, where you find some exquisite handicrafts and souvenirs, off lately...
Tourist INFO Tel: + 34 922 386 000.
Hear about the overwhelming tourist attendance of February 2011 at La Villa Alcampo the Orotava main shopping center which makes it a proper attraction for tourism...
tours on land as well as by sea
are offered by many private companies such as the depicted Naviera Armas maritim transporter, Binter Canarias for flights, Fred Olsen ferry and others to take tourists to all kinds of entertainment or just connect the Canary Islands and mainland Spain.
A German school called Colegio Aleman is in Puerto de la Cruz off Carretera Las Arenas where sign post indicates way.
38400 Puerto de la Cruz
Street: Calle San Rafael, 3
Tel or Fax: 0034 + 922 38 40 62
The French Alliance Francaise is in Santa Cruz.
Avenida 25 de Julio, 29 Izqu.
Tel: + 34 922 384062
Government paid nursery schools start for children who are three years old. You child qualifies automatically for such a school in your suburb.
Official Swedish College Arona Tenerife
Official Colegio Sueco Arona
Av.Américas SNPTA 340
Tel: + 34 922 798 358
Main university: La Laguna by Santa Cruz. More about university in the article about the Tenerife capital but has also a long distance university department in Los Realejos.
Get some idea of the size of Los Realejos by mapped photos here...
Please note: The town of La Orotava has its own super modern private university with 5800 m2 built up space. The architect Xavier Diaz and Mayor Izaak Valencia envisioned it to be for 3000 students in 12 lecture halls.
A PC center for online studies and library, assembly hall etc. is not amiss. Works budgeted with €5 million sounded far too little. Especially, as solar power energy for this university was not cheap to build in. The foundation stones were placed as early as 2011.
Several institutions funded by Brussels help the unemployed gain new skills be it in languages, IT or in practical chores. There is even a European agreement for unemployment fund channeling which stretches as high as Denmark. I know because I helped some young people in all aspects with this. INEM is the name for the relevant unemployment offices on the island.
Financial unemployment funds for foreigners are paid by a special Banco de Bilbao bank branch in the capital.
I have documents to prove this.
An interesting new real estate law Spain 2008 to avoid or cut down inheritance tax by donations.
IGIC is sort of a value added tax which depends on types of services from 3,5 % to 13,5%. See more information at here.
A building opposite where I live uses solar power.
Tenerife information Tenerife on Economic interest in real
Also demand by tourists is relatively higher compared to other Spanish isles because of the island's steady, moderate climate and much cultural, trade and sports activity.
Availability of all types of holiday homes for all kinds of budgets is good.
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