Friday, 8 June 2012 7:23 AM
Tenerife may be best known as a lively holiday destination, but it is also a beautiful island with a varied landscape. This makes it the ideal place for a geography-themed school tour, as there is lots to explore and many different things your students can learn.
The highlight of field trips to Tenerife is discovering more about its volcanic terrain, but your group can also examine a number of other topics while they are here. Ask them to assess how effective water conservation strategies are, the impact of developments on the coast and how flora copes in the island's different ecosystems.
Teide National Park
All visits to Tenerife should include a trip to Teide National Park, where you will discover an active volcano that is Spain's highest peak. It has not erupted since 1909, so it is perfectly safe to explore the rugged terrain of the slopes, but there are signs of activity, including sulphurous vents.
Take the cable car to the summit and your students will be treated to panoramic views over the whole island and the striking rock formations left by volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. The park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its importance in helping scientists discover how oceanic islands evolved, so is the perfect place to teach your group the basics of geomorphology.
Cueva del Viento-Sobrado
For a further demonstration of the power of volcanoes, take your party to Cueva del Viento-Sobrado, the largest lava tube in the European Union. Formed by lava flows from the Pico Viejo volcano, the vast cave complex is 17 km long and contains lots of unusual geomorphological features. Make sure you ask your students to bring some warm clothes for exploring underground.
A boat trip to see the spectacular Los Gigantes cliffs is sure to be another memorable experience for your group. The basalt rock formations are a spectacular sight, but keep an eye out for whales and dolphins as you sail towards the cliffs.
ITER eco village
Tenerife's Technological Institute of Renewable Energies (ITER) began work on an eco village in 1995 and it now showcases an array of green technologies. You will see a range of specially designed bioclimatic homes, a small-scale desalination plant, solar energy systems and wind turbines as you tour the site.
Bananera El Guanche
This plantation is a great place to learn more about agriculture in the Canary Islands' climate. Your students will see how banana plants are cultivated, as well as a range of other crops, including sugar cane, papaya, coffee and peanuts.