Autopista TF-1

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Autopista TF-1
Autopista del Sur de Tenerife
Route information
Length: 78 km (48 mi)
Major junctions
From: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
To: Adeje
Highway system
Autopistas and autovías in Spain

The TF-1 (or Autopista del Sur, "Southern Motorway") is a motorway encircling the eastern and the southern parts of the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands). The TF-1 motorway runs from the capital Santa Cruz in the north to Adeje with its major tourist resorts Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas in the south of the island. It is a 78 km motorway and interchange numbers go facing south. The motorway is one in the Canary Islands that passes through most of the municipalities and is the longest in the archipelago as well.


The motorway begins with the junction with the northern motorway TF-5 and the short TF-4 near the Canary Islands' only refinery and is 1 km south from the centre of Santa Cruz. The TF-1 follows the coastline to the Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport, and ends in Adeje a few kilometres before Playa Paraiso.


The TF-1 motorway connected Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Candelaria first in the mid 1970s. In 1978 a very important extension to the new southern airport supported the creation of new villages on the south-east coast, like the small holiday resort of Abades and prepared the field for a phenomenal touristic expansion starting from Los Cristianos and extending to Las Americas. The famous town of Güímar was connected the same year. In the 1990s the TF-1 extended to Arona and later to Adeje to meet up with an increasing demand. The motorway runs from El Rosario to San Miguel de Abona over the mountain landscape and serves mountain interchanges. The motorway TF-1 ends in a circle southwest of Adeje since 2001, the part between Candelaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been enlarged on 3 ways in 2008.


The TF-1 is presently being extended from the Los Menores, Adeje towards Los Gigantes. Apparently the exact route is not published online[1] but you can see construction work along the route.


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