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Origins of the island As the rest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is also a son of Pluton. While the volcanic development of the eastern islands started more than 20 Million years ago, the oldest mountain ranges of Tenerife arised from the Atlantic much later (about 8 to 12 Million years ago). At least 3 Million years ago it was believed that there were 3 islands with the Anaga, Teno and Valle San Lorenzo mountain ranges. In a tremendous volcanic process the old central volcano and the great mountain range (Cumbre Dorsal) melted together into what we know today as Tenerife. Presumably the top of the volcano did not explode but collapsed in it's own crater and is now one of the greatest collapsed craters of the world (Las Cañadas). This oval crater is at it's longest distance about 17Km long. 500.000 years ago the last stage of volcanic activity in Tenerife took place. The 'Pico Viejo' (old peak) erupted first and some time later the higher 'Pico del Teide'. This last one has on it's top a sulphur coat surrounding it. The last volcano eruption in Tenerife happened near the village of Santiago del Teide in 1909.
Playa de Las Americas Beach is a tourist Mecca built at the end of the 1960’s. It is adjacent to Los Christianos and the Adeje Coast locally know as Costa Adeje. Virtually free from the Canarian culture, it is a place where many people from northern Europe frequent throughout the year (higher in winter) due to its favorable geographic location and what some call eternal spring time. Recognized as a budget destination for some and up market for others, the now slang namedLas Americas has been the primary destination for millions of European tourists for over 2 generations. Youngsters who came as adolescents who are now mothers and fathers have their sons and daughters visit Las Americas to repeat their youth and due to the safe and secure nature inspired by local authorities and local councils. Massive development has allowed Las Americas to constantly reinvent itself over the years from the heady booze and fun vacations of the 80´s to today’s pedestrian quarters lined with first rate hotels and restaurants. A mix and match setup that appears to appeal to all segments holidaymakers and vacationers alike.
Its sun and leisure activities make it a paradise for the young. Long strolls along the extensive pedestrian coast are an absolute must at sunset. Its lovely man-made beaches are always crowded and nights are full of lights and noise. Tops for weather year round Las Americas is a guaranteed destination for those looking for sun and true service throughout Europe’s colder months.
The dynamics of Playa De Las Americas and its continued renewal and refinement make it a destination to keep visiting even after a short time away for the dramatic changes that appear to follow trends dictated by the best European destinations.