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The Teide National Park in Tenerife

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The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Park Map. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Los Roques de García. Click to enlarge the image.The National Park Teide is the largest and oldest of the Canary Islands’ parks. Its landscape revolves around the largest volcano in Spain: the peak of Teide, which last erupted in 1798. The peak of Teide rises to 3718 meters above sea level; it is surrounded by a majestic caldera 17 km in diameter and 2000 meters, Las Cañadas. This circus is in fact formed of two half calderas separated from the other by the Roques de García.

The volcanic nature of site is the great symbol of Tenerife. It offers magnificent views with its forest of Canarian pine and desert landscapes formed by lava passing of a lunar style to a chaotic style in an instant. The volcanic cones and lava flows form a fabulous set of colors and shapes, hosting a diverse flora and great biological point of view.

In 1954, the National Park Teide is inaugurated to protect an extraordinary landscape, a unique ecological value, which stretches around the titanic volcano. The National Park Teide, declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO is the most visited park in Spain.

Area: 18,990 hectares.

EtymologyEtymology and toponymy
The etymology of the word Teide (pronounced “té-i-dé”) comes from the word Guanche “echeide” which means “hell”. For the aborigines of Tenerife’s volcano environment was taboo effect.

SituationSituation

The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide (author Canary Tourism Office). Click to enlarge the image.

VisitsVisits

Strombolian volcanoPico del Teide
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. the peak of the Teide seen from the island of La Gomera. Click to enlarge the image.In his travel in the four main islands of the African seas, Jean-Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent wrote about what he calls peak Peak of Teneriffe that it is “one of the most beautiful mountains of the world”.

The first ascent was made ​​in 1582 by sir Edmond Scory.

The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide Peak seen from the road to Izana. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. The Pico del Teide seen from the botanical garden. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. The Pico del Teide seen from the botanical garden. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Snowy. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. The Pico del Teide seen from Boca Tauce. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Pico del Teide seen from las Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Pico del Teide. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide summit. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Pico del Teide. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. The Pico del Teide seen from the road to Boca Tauce. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide summit. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide summit. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide summit. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide summit. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Limestone Formation at the top of Teide. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Limestone Formation at the top of Teide. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Roche eroded. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Volcanic rocks at the top of Teide. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. La Guancha view from the Pico del Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. West Coast view from the Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. volcanic ash on top of Teide. Click to enlarge the image.
Strombolian volcanoPico Viejo
The Pico Viejo (3134 m) had its last eruption in 1706.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Pico Viejo seen from the Pico del Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Nostrils of the Teide seen from the road to Boca Tauce. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Strombolian volcanoLas Cañadas del Teide
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Las Canadas del Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The Circus of Las Cañadas is a spectacular collapsed volcanic cone rising to over 2000 meters above sea level and dominated north by the peak of the Teide (3718 m).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Caldera view from cable car. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Caldera view from cable car. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. West of the caldera seen from the cable car. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Caldera views from the Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Caldera views from the Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. View from Boca Tauce. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. West caldera seen from Teide. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. West caldera seen from Teide. Click to enlarge the image.
ViewpointMirador de San José
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. View from Mirador de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. View from Mirador de San José. Click to enlarge the image.
Minas de San José
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Green Sand Dune. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Minas de San José. Click to enlarge the image.
MountainMontaña Blanca
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Obsidian Montaña Blanca. Click to enlarge the image.
ViewpointMirador del Tabonal Negro
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Mirador del Negro Tabonal. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. The Negro Tabonal seen from the Mirador del Negro Tabonal. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
MountainMontaña de Guajara
La Montaña de Guajara faces the Teide and rises to 2718 m.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Alto de Guajara seen from the viewpoint of Tabonal negro. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Alto de Guajara seen from the viewpoint of Tabonal negro. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Alto de Guajara seen from the viewpoint of Tabonal negro. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Alto de Guajara seen from the viewpoint of Tabonal negro. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
MountainMontaña de Roque
A ridge of lava rocks off by erosion and called Los Roques stands at the center of the caldera.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Montaña de Roque. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Mount Teide. Click to enlarge the image.
RockLos Roques de García
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Roque Cinchado. Click to enlarge the image.The rocks García, located at the foot of the volcano Teide, reaching 120 meters high. It is a formation of volcanic rocks original shapes, color red or blue (due to the presence of copper).

The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Roques de García. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).

RockRoque de los Azulejos
Near Los Roques de García are the rocks of Los Azulejos, so called because they are covered with copper oxide to blue-green hues.
Strombolian volcanoLlano de Ucanca
Plain Ucanca is a 300 hectares of volcanic extent, with impressive dimensions, where only the color scheme of the lava and silence prevail.
Strombolian volcanoLos Corralles
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Casting 1798 Road Boca Tauce. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Casting 1798 Road Boca Tauce. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. volcanic Teide Sand. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Casting 1798 Road Boca Tauce. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. La Boca Tauce road through the casting 1798. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Reception The Visitor Center El Portillo
Cable carThe cable car station
A cable leads in 8 minutes until a viewpoint located at 3500 m altitude where you can enjoy an absolutely fabulous panorama. In good weather, we see the seven islands of the archipelago.

Today we can reach the summit of the volcano through a cable whose starting point (2356 m) is built on the edge of the road. We reached the platform of Arrival (3555 m) in 8 minutes.

The Teide National Park in Tenerife. starting cable car station. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Cable Cabin. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Cable Cabin. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Cable car. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. starting cable car station. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. cable car arrival station. Click to enlarge the image.
Observatory The observatory of Izaña
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Izana Observatory. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The astronomical observatory in Tenerife Izaña is an ideal place for stargazing; researchers from around the world study the universe due to the exceptional weather and environmental conditions of the National Park Teide.

The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Observatory. Click to enlarge the image.

HikingHiking trails
Various marked trails allow a thorough discovery of its different aspects.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Departure trail 7. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Arrival trail No. 7. Click to enlarge the image.
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Trails at the top of Teide. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Arrival trail No. 9. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Access restricted to the summit of Pico del Teide. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The bravest can then climb the slopes on foot to reach the summit and discover a sulphurous crater 45 m deep and 70 m in diameter. Special authorization is required to perform the last 200 meters to the summit.

The Teide National Park in Tenerife. The path to the summit of Mount Teide. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).

FloraFloraFaunaFauna
The Teide home to unique plant and animal species in the world. The main attraction of the park lies above all in its flora: 139 recorded higher plants, 50 of which are endemic to the Canary Islands.

The diversity of plants is astounding: Teide broom (Spartocytisus supranubius), red echium (Echium wildpretii), viper blue (Echium auberianium) jewels tower (Bencomia exstipulata) (Descurainia bourgaena), scabious vertices (Pterocephalus lasiospermus) knapweed false artichoke (Stemmacantha cynaroides) ... the purple of the Teide (Viola cheiranthifolia), which has the honor of being the Spanish flower blooming highest.

The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Marguerite Teide Mount Teide. Click to enlarge the image.As for wildlife, the most important species in the park are the invertebrates. More than 700 species of insects have been identified, for example, 50% are endemic to the area.

There are some species of reptiles (like the firebrand lizard (Gallotia galloti)) and birds (Egyptian vulture, sparrow hawk, kestrel, red kite).

Mammals are scarce, with the exception of sheep, rabbits and 5 bat species.

Practical informationPractical information

BusBus lines
There are two public bus routes: Line 348, from Puerto de la Cruz, and line 342, from Playa de las Américas.
HotelParador Cañadas del Teide
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Teide Peak seen from parador. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Unique building that is erected in the Park, the interior recreates the ambience of a cozy high mountain home both in the communal rooms and bedrooms. From here one can contemplate impressive panoramic views of “Teide”.

The Parador, located in the natural crater of “Las Cañadas del Teide” to more than 2000 meters above sea level, invites guests to contemplate impressive panoramic views of the summit of Teide, Crater Chaorra and the Montaña Blanca.

RestaurantParador de Las Cañadas del Teide
The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Fair Parador de las Canadas del Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The Teide National Park in Tenerife. Fair Parador de las Canadas del Teide. Click to enlarge the image.The restaurant works perfectly and offers a wonderful panoramic view.

It is a pleasure to taste the dishes of exquisite and original Canary in the restaurant of the Parador. These include, among others, the pot-au-feu canary, rabbit in salmorejo, and “papas arrugas y mojos” (small potatoes in sauce).

Address: E-38300 La Orotava

Phone: 00 34 922 386 415

Set meals 30 €.

Regional cuisine.

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