On a recent trip to Tenerife we adventured up the mountains to Mount Teide National Park. The sun was beaming and the views were amazing.
Declared a national park in 1954, the Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide includes an enormous volcanic crater 30 miles (48 km) in circumference, out of which rises Mount Teide at a staggering 12,200 feet (3,718 metres), making it the highest peak in the whole of Spain.
Driving up to the national park is an interesting experience; from the sunny south coast you drive up towards a town called Vilaflor with its alpine-like scenery. As you travel higher still above the clouds, the terrain changes dramatically and suddenly becomes an amazing lunar landscape.
The park itself lies at around 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) above sea level and in winter can be covered in snow. Temperatures during this time often drop to below freezing, while in the summer months they frequently go above 40 celsius.
The best way to reach the highest point of the peak is by cable car. Once at the top, you can walk around and take in the amazing sights. Here, you are almost at the summit but the only way to reach the mouth of the volcano is to get permission beforehand from the national park’s office in Orotava via the website where you can apply for a permit. Alternatively, guided walks up the volcano are available which takes around six hours.
Enjoy breathtaking views of Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro from the top of the island’s most visited tourist attraction.[nggallery id=15]