Tenerife tourism has been a hot spot for travelers for many many years. Ever since the 1890’s foreigners have been travelling to the Canary Islands especially Tenerife, but of course the visitors of those times were not here for the hotels and swimming pools. They were more “well to do” gentry and they came on doctors orders normally for periods of convalescence in the better weather that the islands offer. They would arrive by sail boat or steam ship and most would go to the north – Puerto de La Cruz and Icod de Los Vinos would be more their type of thing.
The first airport to be opened was the north airport opened in 1946 but at that time, what with the second world war having ended months earlier and the islands being ruled with the iron fist of General Franco, Spain and especially the Canary Islands were generally forgotten.
It was in the 1960’s and early 1970’s that Tenerife tourism started to become what we know it to be today and the face of Tenerife started to change to what we know it to be today. I’ve written a blog post called “How has Tenerife tourism has changed its image over the years?”
Thanks to Facebook and various groups that I am a member of, there are a number of old photographs being passed about of Tenerife as the island started to develop. I have started to add some of the photographs that I have seen and if any of these photographs are yours, please contact me and I will either credit you for them or remove them from the site.