Tenerife, The Canary Islands, GoNomad.com

City of Garachico in Tenerife. (PHOTO: Tina Benitez)

“I’ll never leave Tenerife,” says Jose Ramon Gonzalez Duranza. Born and raised in the largest of the seven Canary Islands, Duranza can dissect the geological makeup of every “black” mountain, identify every species of indigenous plant life or tell the dark past of a still-standing convent.

He reads off historical facts like a real-life audio book guide but his is an encyclopedia-knowledge of the islands — particularly of his homeland, Tenerife. For more than 26 years, he has studied his native island and made it his life’s work to guide people around the Spanish Islands.

Much like the rest of the islands of the Canaries (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro), Duranza’s native island of Tenerife is also the most populated with approximately 43 percent of the Island’s population. Read entire story


~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on April 21, 2010.

One Response to “Tenerife, The Canary Islands, GoNomad.com”

  1. Duranza sounds like a great guide. But I’m not sure I’d say that Tenerife is “much like” the other Canary Islands. They’re astonishingly varied. La Palma where I live, is mountainous and mostly covered in lush forests. Lanzarote is mostly flat and near desert. The others are all different too, and each is lovely in its own way.

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