A trip to Tenerife is only complete when you visit the Teide national park! This is the highest mountain in Spain with 3,718 meters and one of the most visited parks in Europe. From many places in Tenerife you can see the impressive top of the Teide. It is a beautiful park where you will feast your eyeballs! I give you all the information and tips you need for visiting Teide National Park!
Visiting Teide National Park: information and tips!
Teide National Park
The national park El Teide has a total area of about 20,000 hectares. The literal highlight of the park is Mount Teide with its summit at 3,718 meters. This volcano was created about 150,000 years ago by an eruption and erupted for the last time in 1909. The crater is no less than 48 kilometres in circumference and resembles in many ways the red planet Mars. There is no uniform landscape in this park, but variations in the volcanic elements.
There is so much to discover when you visit Teide National Park!
The park therefore consists of an old volcanic crater and the corresponding extensive lava fields that were created by the many volcanic eruptions. The park is largely above 2,000 meters, but there is plenty of plant and animal life present. The national park El Teide looks almost extraterrestrial because of the rough and striking boulders, the many colors and the unique lava fields. The landscape reminds me most of a lunar landscape!
In the park there are two visitor centres, Canadas Blanca and El Portillo. At the entrance of the park on the east side is the visitor center El Portillo. In winter the snow and the bleak wind can sometimes cause roads to be closed. While in the summer months the temperature can rise to over 40 degrees Celsius.
Visit Teide national park
The national park is easy to reach by car. The roads that go through the park have parking spaces in several places. These places are mainly located at beautiful viewpoints and in places from where you can start a walk through the park. The weather conditions in the park can consist of strong winds that sometimes carry a lot of dust, a bright sun and lower temperature. Keep this in mind when visiting the park.
Hiking in the Teide national park
In the El Teide National Park there are 9 marked hiking trails to choose from. These routes vary in distance and level of difficulty. All of them are clearly marked and can be done. The paths on these routes consist mainly of loose stones and sand and therefore it is advisable to put on your walking shoes instead of your slippers.
The route around the Roques de García is the most popular route in the park. It is a must, but it can be crowded. It is advisable to start early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the many buses with tourists. Starting and ending point of this hike is the Mirador de la Ruleta, a very nice viewpoint. There are many more walks to do, such as the 7 Cañadas walk of 18 km. This route offers a great diversity of beautiful places that seem to be deserted for all sorts of reasons.
The top of the Teide by cable car
You can go to the top of the Teide by cable car. In eight minutes you go up to an altitude of 3.555 meters. There are two stations at the cable car: the base station and La Rambleta (at 3,555 meters). From this high platform you have a great view over the park and the rest of Tenerife. This is breathtakingly beautiful. The cable car is open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. It is best to arrange this in advance and online. If you really want to go to the top then you can climb from the platform to the top of the volcanic crater. This is a tough hike in the thin air of about an hour. The descent is easier and takes less than half an hour. For this hike you need a permit: Permiso de Acceso. For more information visit the website of Reservas Parques Nacionales. Select the day and time on this site and fill in your personal details. Make the request at least 2 or 3 months in advance, because then you have a wider choice of days and times.
Climbing the top of the Teide
Climbing the Teide is a tough walk of about 6 hours. If you want to walk to the top of the Teide you need a permit. This should be arranged at the Centro de Visitantes. For safety reasons there are only 50 people who have access to the summit and around the crater there can only be a maximum of 10 people at the same time. Arrange the climb through an organization so that everything is arranged for you: the transportation (to and from your hotel) and the required permit. You can also choose to spend the night in the Refugio Alta Vista at 3,260 metres. So you can go upstairs the next morning in the morning and admire the sunrise at the top. When booking at the cabin, a permit for the last part of El Teide is automatically included, provided you are at the summit before 09.00 in the morning! If you leave at half past seven at the latest, you will be able to do so.
- Level: high
- Duration of the walk: 6 hours
- Tip guide: Adventoure
Cycling at Teide National Park
Besides walking, it is also very nice to discover the natural park El Teide by bike. Of course you can do this independently by renting a bike, a mountain bike or an e-bike. The price is about €15,- per day for a bicycle/mountain bike and about €20,- per day for renting an e-bike. Keep in mind that a bike tour consists of climbing and descending and only occasionally flat parts.
It is even more fun to discover the park El Teide by bike with a guide. I have chosen to make a cycling tour of 75 km through an organization. My bike ride started at Los Paleos at an altitude of 1.450m and from there we cycled towards the volcano El Teide. The hike started with a tough climb of 12 kilometers with an average gradient between 4% and 7%. Eventually we reached El Retamar at an altitude of 2,100 and there we were rewarded for the effort with a fantastic view. After that we started a beautiful descent of 35 km. I liked the bike ride, but it was quite hard. If 75 km is too much for you, there is also a short version of 45 km through this impressive landscape.
- Level: low / medium
- Duration of the bike tour: one day
- Tip guide: Free Motion
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