Santa Cruz de Tenerife (province)

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Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife also Province of Santa Cruz (Spanish: Provincia de 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, and also part of Los Roques de Anaga, Salmor and Garachico. It occupies an area of 3,381 km². Is the canary province with more population density and density-sixth of Spain (INE).[1][2]

Its capital is the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (commonly known as Santa Cruz), on the island of Tenerife (Spain's most populous island). In 2008 it had 1,005,936 inhabitants and a density of 313.57, making it the denser of the two Canarian provinces and the sixth in Spain in density. 24% live in the capital.[3][4] Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands. There are 53 municipalities in the province; see List of municipalities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tenerife is the most populated island in the province of the Canary Islands and most populous island of Spain. The island of Tenerife has the highest altitude of Spain (Teide 3718 m).

The other half of the archipelago makes up the province of 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. La Laguna (World Heritage Site) is the second city of the island of Tenerife and the third one of the archipelago. El Teide is also a World Heritage Site.

All vehicle license plates in this province bear the first two letters "TF" (named after Tenerife).

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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