Tenerife, or "El Canario", the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, is famous around the world as a top tourist destination. The island has everything a tourist or an expatriate living on Tenerife could ask for, with world famous golden beaches, beautiful forests, exotic wildlife, rare flora, deserts, mountains and volcanoes. Amidst all this natural beauty, the island also has some lovely towns and cities, notably La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage City, the beautiful La Orotava and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island's capital. Expatriates on Tenerife are likely to be based here in one of the tourist centers, but no matter where exactly you're based, exploring the island is a must. Particularly wonderful sites include the Teide National Park, another World Heritage Site, and the historic city center of San Cristobal de La Laguna. And once expats living on Tenerife are done exploring most of their host island, the other islands are easily reached by ferry and make wonderful weekend trips.
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Before setting off, it might be worth looking into some of the practical issues of working abroad, which even expats moving to Tenerife will need to consider. Researching international finance, insurance and other expatriation issues like cross-cultural communication is a good idea, and InterNations members can find plenty of useful information on all this in our online Expat Magazine. Since the island is a popular tourist destination, Tenerife's local population is well used to having international visitors and you're sure to find plenty of global minds there. However, working abroad is manifestly different to visiting on vacation. You can read accounts from other InterNations members living abroad on our website to get a first insight into expat life. In terms of actually arriving on the island, most expatriates moving to Tenerife will find flying the only practical option. The island's two airports, Tenerife North and Tenerife South, are both well served by international flights.
On arrival on the island, or even before traveling, it is worth considering getting in touch with other expats working on Tenerife. With an economy that relies heavily on tourism and recreation, the island has a large international community and finding other global minds or expatriates on Tenerife shouldn't take long. Better still, InterNations members can contact other expats living on Tenerife through the forums and private communications on our website. This is a great way to get information on the best things to do on the island, but also popular as a way to organize meet-ups or find other expatriates to socialize or network with. There are also other opportunities to meet local Tenerife expats, like the annual Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, an extravaganza that's one of the high points of life on Tenerife. Combined with the island's beautiful scenery, excellent climate and vibrant entertainment scene, life as an expatriate working on Tenerife is about as close to perfection as it gets.