Teide National Park Tenerife Spain

Place yourself in your own sci-fi movie with a trip to the stunning and surreal Teide National Park. Located in the centre of Tenerife, this amazing location makes great use of the unique volcanic landscape for a daytrip you’ll never forget!

At the heart of the park is Mount Teide itself, which looms high to dominate the landscape. An active volcano, it also happens to be Spain’s highest peak and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park attracts around 3 million visitors every year, who visit to breathe in the fresh air, marvel at the moon-like rocky formations, spot wildlife, and enjoy the stunning views.

Covering around 47,000 acres, Teide National Park is the largest of all the national parks in the Canary Islands. There are plenty of trails to explore or take you up 3,718m to the summit of Mount Teide if you’re feeling active. For everyone else there’s a cable car that takes you to 3,555m, avoiding those jelly-leg moments at the top! You’ll whip up from the base station at 2,356m to the top station in just 8 minutes, making it a thrilling ride (as long as you have a head for heights). From the lookout here you can enjoy fine views down over twisting lava flows and craters created by the volcano. On a fine day you can look out across the island and towards the ocean.

All the way to the top

If you want to get to the top of the crater, its’ around a 40-minute walk from the cable car top station. It’s not an easy stroll, but the sense of achievement when you make it to the summit is worth the effort. To climb to the top you will need to apply for a special licence from the website www.reservasparquesnacionales.es, or join a guided walk.

Don’t forget to pack your coat or a jumper when you visit, as it can be pretty cold up here. Even when the crowds are sweltering on the beaches down below in the height of summer, it can stay nippy on the mountain. In the winter months you’ll find snow covering the peak.

A movie backdrop

Whilst Mount Teide is spectacular, there’s a lot more to see and do in the park. The unique landscape scattered with lunar-like volcanic rock formations has been the setting for many movies and TV shows, including Clash of the Titans and Doctor Who. Rock Cinchado is one of the most photographed of these rocks, and is an emblem on the island. You’ll find it signed off the main road that leads up to the cable car, and it’s a popular stop-off point for the tourist coaches. You can also find trails through the pine forests in the lower reaches of the park, which offer some shade from the burning sun.

There are various ways to visit Teide National Park. You could book onto an organised excursion from your resort or hire a car and make your way there yourself. The roads of the island are easy to negotiate and taking this option gives you more flexibility to spend as long as you like exploring the extraordinary scenery.