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Tenerife is marked by the fact that it has grown around the great volcano of El Teide and the mountain range which begins at its summit and forms an elevated crest running from east to west. This geographical feature gives the island abrupt changes in altitude and temperature, as well as a changing and diverse climate, which can differ from one street to another and is known as microclimate. The coast, the mid-slopes and the summits represent the island’s three natural ecosystems. The island territory is shared by desert landscapes on the coast, subtropical forests on the mid-slopes and summits, and volcanic areas, in particular in the Teide National Park and its volcanic cone, which is still active and, at 3.718 m, is considered to be the highest mountain in Spain. The island also boasts monumental cities with the most vanguard architecture and black sand beaches flanked by impressive cliffs. All these features lend a surprising variety to the environments and landscapes which make up the best of natural backdrops, a setting offering almost unlimited possibilities which allows us to be transported to many corners of the world, to colonial La Habana, tropical forests, or the most cosmopolitan cities.
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