Parque Nacional del Teide in Winter
If you are considering taking a break to the stunning island of Tenerife, then there is one place you really must visit; Teide Natural Park, a popular UNESCO world heritage site.

Visitors can explore a land rich with natural beauty, as not only does Teide Natural Park contain the third largest of the world's volcanoes, but due to this volcano it also has some incredible scenery. The park sprawls across an impressive 18,990 hectares, followed by Corona Forest Nature Park that covers a further 46,613 hectares, a truly amazing amount of protected beauty for one island!

Tajinaste TeideThe volcanic action of the past has lead to an interesting contrast of baron landscapes - where the lava has spilled - set against the surrounding fertile lands, which are full of pine forests and some very unusual plants. Many of the flowers found in this area are quite unique to the Canary Islands, a couple of the most dominant here being the Erysimum Scoparium, a gorgeous wallflower, and the Echium Wildpretii (Tajinaste) - which grows up to three meters high with brilliant red flowers surrounding its cylindrical shape. This rare natural scenery is unique to this part of the world and makes it a great place for photographs.

As the highest point in Spain, this volcanic monument sits royally against the blue skyline. The views from its peak allow you to take in the entire island, the seas and even nearby islands on clear days. Of course, being a UNESCO natural park means that this area is well cared for too. Hence, visitors will need to take specific routes for climbing the volcano and exploring the surrounding landscape. However, there are still many options available for visitors to see the summit:
from a relaxed stroll to a steady hike, there is something for everyone and every fitness level. The summit hikes normally lead up to one of two main view points, from where visitors can then take a cable car up to the peak. Once at the top, visitors can walk around and take in the picturesque views.

To take a hike, professionally guided tours can be booked via the National Park Offices, or for the more adventurous visitors there are many hiking trails available. Should you wish to climb to the very mouth of the volcano, you will need a special permit (limited number) that is obtainable from the National Park Offices or on the web page. Whichever route you choose to take, it is sure to be an experience that you will remember for a lifetime!

Mount Teide National Park – a place to visit

For tourists and locals the National Park is one of the most famous places to visit on the isle. Many excursions and trips lead to the unique landscape with a very sensitive ecological system. In the National Park you find infrequent species of plants and animals.

How to get there?
Many companies provide excursions and trips to Mount Teide to see the lunar landscape and the rest of the lava emitted by different eruptions during the last million years. To get up to the Park you can take the public means of transport or you can rent a car and do the trip by your own. From Puerto de La Cruz, in the North of the isle, there is a public bus leaving to mount Teide once a day in the morning.

Things to see
Once you enter in the National park you can adore giant pine woods and forests along the way. In the visitors center you shall make a stop and watch a video about the history of Mount Teide and the big explosion, which gave birth to the highest mountain of Spain.

Parque Nacional del TeideThe next place of interest would be the valley station of the cable car , which brings you up nearly to the top on more than 3.700 meters. Right next to the station you find a public parking place where you can leave the rental car. Normally you shall calculate a waiting time of round about half an hour because of the waiting line. Once you get up to the mountain station you can enjoy a wonderful view over the Ocean and the surroundings. With a little bit of luck you can see some of the surrounded Canary Isles. If you want to get up to the top of Teide you shall wear some warm clothes because the temperatures on this height are very low and normally a quiet heavy wind is blowing up there.
After this unforgettable view you can take the cable car back to the valley station or you can get down hiking. Once you return to the parking place you can carry on until you arrive to a restaurant and hotel called Parador Nacional del Teide. There you can eat and drink something and if you want to spend a night up in the National Park.
Roques Garcia, Parque Nacional del Teide In front of the Parador Nacional you find one of the most visited sights of Spain called Roques de Garcia. A group of bizarre rocks build a unique landscape where people can take photos, walk around and enjoy this special ambience. From here you can start a huge number of hiking trails to other mountains like for example the Mount Guajara, which is right in front of Mount Teide. You find a big amount of trails for experienced hikers as well as for not really sportive people and families with children.
For your return from Mount Teide National Park you can take the way back through La Orotava in the North of the isle or you can get back passing Vilaflor or the Esperanza forests to reach La Laguna or the South of the isle. Vilaflor is the highest situated village of Spain and as well a nice place to visit.

As you see Mount Teide and the National Park offer many possibilities to spend your leisure time on Tenerife and enjoy a unique landscape and to spend an unforgettable day.

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