Tips for Visiting Mount Teide National Park

by Jonathan Rubio

Also dubbed the “Island of Eternal Spring”, the island of Tenerife is undoubtly one of Europe’s prime beach destinations. But in addition to great weather and superb beaches, the island has also been blessed with what came to represent the most visited national park in Europe: Mount Teide National Park. The volcanic peak of Mt. Teide dominates the landscape of Tenerife – with an altitude of 3718 meters, this is not only the tallest mountain in the canaries, but also the tallest in Spain.  Climbing the mountain and exploring the eponymous park represent a common activity with Tenerife visitors, which is why I thought you might use some tips for visiting Mount Teide National Park:

How to get there

The park is situated more or less in the centre of the island, so tourists can access it from several points and can either book a tour or drive there in a rental.  The most common way to visit the park is to take the cable car – which will take you somewhere at 2000 meters. From here, the most adventurous tourists will their climb to the summit, but remember that this is only possible after obtaining a special permit and it implies a strenuous hike.

What to take

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The most important thing to keep in mind when visiting Mount Teide National Park is to bring several layers of clothes. The higher you will climb, the lower the temperatures will be. Wear comfortable hiking boots and bring enough water with you. Sun screen and lip balm are also essential things to carry on such a hike.

What to see

The main advantage of climbing the mountain is getting a superb panorama of Tenerife Island.  The park itself is famous for its strange soil and rock formations – resembling landscape on the Moon or on the planet Mars, some would say. The park has a diverse flora and fauna, with lots of wild flowers and small animals like lizards, birds, butterflies or rats (some of which are endemic).

Accommodation and facilities in the park

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In order to preserve the park’s ecosystems, the number of facilities in the area are kept too a minimum. Nevertheless, tourists can choose to stay at Parador, a coquette hotel with fantastic views of the volcano. Tourists reaching the 3000m+ altitude can catch a breath at the Altavista refuge. The two visitors centers in the park, El Portillo and Canada Blanca offer interesting information about the park’s history, biodiversity and tourism.

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