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How to visit Teide National Park, Tenerife

At 3,718 meters high, Teide is the highest peak in Spain and a true viewpoint of the world. And visiting the Teide National Park is one of the essential things to do if you travel to Tenerife.

Mount Teide is an active volcano, specifically the third highest active volcano in the world. Behind Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, in Hawaii. It is also known as the “sleeping” volcano of Tenerife.

How to visit Teide National Park, Tenerife

Mount Teide is a symbol of the Canary Islands. The Teide of Tenerife was formed about 200,000 years ago by the landslide of an even larger ancient volcano, which resulted in what we know today as the Cañadas del Teide. In total, more than 7,500 meters separate the ocean base from the summit of this volcano which, although it is dormant, is a volcano that is still active.

The biodiversity of the Teide National Park is latent. On the slopes and at the top of the volcano live species endemic to Tenerife, such as the blue finch, the long-eared bat, the blight lizard, the Teide violet or the red tajinaste.

Depending on the time of year, you will find a completely different landscape in the Teide National Park.

The aborigines of the island, the Guanches, had the belief that the demon Guayota slept inside this mountain and that he was capable of starting fire if he got angry...

The Teide Observatory in Tenerife is one of the most important astrophysical observation centers in the world and houses the largest solar telescope in Europe.

From the viewpoint, on clear days, it is possible to see the islands of Hierro and La Gomera. Awesome!

How to visit Teide National Park, Tenerife


Without a doubt, visiting the Teide National Park is one of the essential things to do in Tenerife. You can spend at least one or two days getting to know the different most popular and beautiful corners of the park.

Climb to the peak of Teide

To go up Teide you will have to take the cable car that goes from Cañadas del Teide to the summit of the volcano. Although you can do this section on foot, it is a steep route that requires good physical fitness. The Teide cable car will take you to an excellent viewpoint located at the La Rambleta station, at 3,555 meters above sea level.

You should keep in mind that, even if you are visiting Tenerife during the hottest season, it is quite cold at the top. Don't forget to bring a jacket or some warm clothing!

The last stretch of ascent to Teide can be done on foot using the Telesforo Bravo Trail nº10. It is a path of just over two hundred meters of very steep slope.

I advise you to look into the crater. Although it is an extra effort, it is worth it.

To climb the Teide crater it is necessary to obtain a special permit (free), since this area is restricted to 200 visitors per day, in order to preserve this natural space as much as possible. Spaces fill up quite easily, so it is advisable to reserve at least three months in advance. You can reserve your ticket from their official website, I leave you the information at this link.

How to visit Teide National Park, Tenerife

Teide Canyons

The Cañadas del Teide form a large caldera of about 17 kilometers in diameter on which Teide sits. It is an impressive volcanic landscape that you cannot miss. Here you will find caves, cones and strangely shaped rocks. In Las Cañas there are 8 hiking routes, completely different from each other, that you can do. Therefore, if your time in Tenerife allows it, I recommend that you reserve a day to do one of these routes. We did two of the routes, one during the day and one at night.

How to visit Teide National Park, Tenerife

How to visit Teide National Park, Tenerife


Here are some links to excursions, the cable car entrance and guided tours that may interest you:


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