Teide:
the gem of the island

Teide
National Park, 

UNESCO World Heritage Site with over three million visitors a year, is the best and most famous place to see volcanic phenomena on the whole island of Tenerife. No words can truly do it justice: majestic, breathtaking, unique…

One thing’s for sure; you’ll be simply astounded by the colours and the wild force which imbue this surreal landscape overlooked by Spain’s highest peak at 3,718 metres above sea level. It is home to many local species of fauna and flora, such as the Teide violet or Tenerife bugloss whose bright colours stand in stark contrast to the thousands (yes, thousands) of tonnes of ochre lava in this truly unique landscape.

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You can enter Teide National Park
from

…the south and north of the Island in your own vehicle or by “guagua”, the local word for bus. To round off the experience, a modern cable car takes you 200m from the volcanic cone. If you wish to reach the very summit, you must first request a permit via the park’s website www.reservasparquesnacionales.es

The more
adventurous visitors

…can walk up to the Altavista mountain refuge (must be booked in advance). After following a winding trail for 3 hours, they spend the night at the refuge before facing the final challenge – a one-hour walk to the very
summit of Mount Teide. From there, they can enjoy the sunrise and, on a clear day, breathtaking views over the other six Canary Islands and feel literally on top of the world.

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