Santa Cruz de Tenerife (province)


Santa Cruz de Tenerife (province)

:"For the city, see Santa Cruz de Tenerife."

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a province of Spain, consisting of the western part of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands. It consists of about half of the Atlantic archipelago, including the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Palma.

Its capital is the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the island of Tenerife. Of the 971,647 people (2006) who live in the province, 24% live in the capital. There are 53 municipalities in the province; see List of municipalities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The other half of the archipelago makes up the province of Las Palmas.

This province contains three of Spain's national parks, more than any other province: the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma, the Parque Nacional Garajonay on La Gomera, and the Parque Nacional del Teide on Tenerife, encompassing Teide, Spain's highest mountain and also an inactive volcano.

History

This province was established when in 1927 when the Canarias province (with Santa Cruz de Tenerife as the capital city) divided into two provinces: Las Palmas and the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


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