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The island of Tenerife is located in the Atlantic Ocean slightly to the North of the Tropic of Cancer, and occupies a central position among the islands of Gran Canarias, La Gomera y La Palma. It is more than 300 km off the African continent and about 1.000 km off the Iberian Peninsula. Belongs to the autonomous region of Canarias. Together with La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro form the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The orography is is abrupt and volcanic, as a result of the eruptions. It is the largest and most populated island of the Canary Islands with 838.877 inhabitants and 2.034,38 km² of surface. It is the biggest of the seven islands that compose the Archipelago Canario.



The name of the island keeps relation with the volcano, the name was given by the benehaoritas (aborigines from La Palma) : "Tene-" (mountain) “-ife" (white), both words remaining as Tenerife. The military forces of the Crown of Castile conquered the island in 1495. the aborigines became slaves and a good part of the native population died due illnesses that visitors brought with them. The immigrants originating from territories of the Spanish Empire (Portugal, Flanders, Italy, Germany) stayed in the island. Tenerife was attacked, like the other islands, by pirates of several nationalities (English, French, Dutch and Berber). Other visitors less hostile would arrive in the island in the following centuries: The naturist Alexander von Humboldt narrated the beauty of the island and did that numerous tourists began to visit Tenerife from the decade of 1890. In the municipality of El Rosario, Franco organized the military conspiracy that would give rise to the Spanish civil War. In the 50s, the poverty of the postwar period caused that thousands of “tinerfeños” emigrated to Latin America, mainly to Cuba and Venezuela. People from Tenerife are called "Tinerfeño/a", although also in a colloquial way are called "Chicharrero/a".


The Airport International Reina Sofía, also known as Tenerife South airport, is located in Granadilla de Abona and San Miguel, very near the coast towns of El Médano y Los Abrigos. It connects the island with hundreds of destinies, especially Germany, the British Islands and Italy. It is complemented with the International Airport of Los Rodeos, also known as Tenerife North, situated in the north of the island in the municipality of San Cristóbal de La Laguna and that is oriented to domestic flights, although also has intercontinental flights.


Tenerife South and Tenerife North airports offer several services, among them you can find economic vehicle and car rental that LocoCAr has at your disposal. If you need to hire a car or vehicle in Tenerife to drive around the island, you can use this site that cooperates with most of the Rent a Car companies in Tenerife, selecting all the ones that have the high standards in quality and service, and specially with the best level of quality/price. We have only selected the best car rental companies in Tenerife and disregarded those rent a car firms that according to our criteria do not have all the requirements to be a good Rent a Car taking into account prices and services.


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