Mount Tide is a volcano which rises 3,718 metres above sea level and is the highest peak in the whole of Spain among the islands of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the third highest volcano in the world and one of the most visited places in the world. It is located in Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, located 30 km far from Puerto De La Cruz. The area is composed of two valleys called Las Cañadas del Teide which give life to a very peculiar landscape.
Where is Teide located?
The history of Teide
A long time ago Mount Teide was a sacred place and a destination for pilgrimages. It is still active, but the last eruption occurred in 1909.
The climate on the coasts of Tenerife and in the Canary Islands is mild and it rarely rains, especially in the southern part of the island. The area of Mount Teide is characterised by an unpredictable climate, so you need to be careful when you plan your trip. The best time of the year to visit is from June to September. The peak of the highest mountain in Spain is covered in snow during the winter, while in the rest of the islands the temperatures are mild all year around. This peculiar condition contributes to create a very special and unique atmosphere.
How to reach Mount Teide
It is easy to get to Mount Teide by car or by public transport, but you can also take one of the long and challenging pedestrian pathways and get to the top on foot. There is also the possibility to take the cable car which will get you at 3,550 metres. If you choose this option, you will have to walk for a while to get to the top. Once there, close to the crater, you will be surrounded by the magic atmosphere of a lunar landscape.
Along the track there are two beautiful viewpoints:
- the viewpoint de la Rambleta
- the viewpoint de Pico Viejo
From both of them you will enjoy a fantastic view.
La Vuelta al Teide
La Vuelta al Teide is a cycling competition that is held in this area. Its tracks go around the volcano and are surrounded by the most spectacular landscapes.
Snowboarding on Mount Teide in Tenerife
During the year Mount Teide can be covered in snow so you can go snowboarding. You will not find a well-equipped ski station as it is quite unusual, but only on this magical island can you sunbathe in the morning and go skiing in the afternoon on the same day!
The most beautiful excursion in Teide National Park
Teide National Park offers beautiful excursions along tracks surrounded by nature
The most ecological way to discover Teide is on foot. You need to book the access to the park in advance as the number of visitors is limited by a fixed quota. The rise is steep and challenging, so you need to get organised. Contact one of the agencies which regularly organise customised itineraries. The flora and fauna, the enchanting landscape and the atmosphere will be worth it.
Quad bike tour
Those who want to discover the island comfortably without any efforts can use a quad bike. In this way you can leave in the morning and get back in the evening.
Cable Car Tour
To get to the top of Mount Teide you can take the cable car from the station located at 2,356 meters above sea level. The funicular railway ends at station La Rambleta (at 3.555 metres above sea level). There are different rides available all day long and different prices for locals. This is a very magical way to explore the area.
How to organise an excursion on Mount Teide
In order to get on top, you need a special permit granted by the directors of the National Park. It can be acquired only on the website and once you apply for it, you have to print a copy that you will show to the staff members at the entrance of the pathway. You will also have to show your identity card or passport. The number of visitors is limited (both for independent visitors and official guides).
Some Advice for organising an excursion on Mount Teide
While planning an excursion to Mount Teide, take into account the weather forecast. The weather can be unpredictable over there, so ask your hotel for organised tours.
Why Teide National Park is worth a visit
The wonderful landscape of Mount Teide is not the only reason for visiting the park. Founded in 1954, it is the biggest and oldest park in the Canary Islands. It is also the most visited park in Europe and one of the most visited in the world. Teide National Park boasts a unique flora and wonderful views. Here you will find 11 habitats of Community interest where you will admire countless species of flowers. It is a universe in miniature! The park is open from Monday to Friday and at the weekends. Opening times can vary, according to the time of the year.
The best attractions of Teide National Park
Alta Vista lodge: Alta Vista lodge offers nursing facilities, a dining room, a living room, a kitchen and three dormitories. It can house up to 54 visitors. Built in 1892, it has been run by the Council of Canary Islands since 1950 and it was renovated in 2007. You can spend only a night here. It is open all year round and it closes with unfavourable weather conditions.
Tracks to Teide
There are different tracks to follow whether you want to get to the top of Teide or to stop midway.
This track starts from the visitors centre of Portillo and ends at Cuesta de la Fortaleza. It is not difficult to follow because it is linear and not too steep. It is the ideal itinerary to observe the typical flora and fauna of this area.
The view from La Fortaleza
At the end of the track you will see a fantastic panorama of the eastern part of the island.
Degollada de Guajara
It takes an hour to go from Cañada del Montón de Trigo to Degollada de Guajara by this quite easy track.
White Mountain - Pico del Teide
One of the best-known tracks starts from the slope of Montana Blanca and ends to the viewpoint of La Rambleta. It is quite challenging and covers 8.3 kilometres.
Belvedere Pico Viejo itinerary
Another challenging track starts at La Rambleta and ends at the viewpoint of Las Narices del Teide. It is 9 km long and it takes at least five hours to complete. After a hill, the track descends towards the crater, offering a unique view.
Teide - Pico Viejo TF38
An excellent panoramic spot, lying on spectacular black lavas.
This track starts at the base of Teide and ends at Parador Nacional. This very easy track is 3.8 kilometres long and is surrounded by white brooms.
This track of medium difficulty is 7,2 kilometres long, goes from Corral del Niño to Cruce de Izaña passi among extinguished volcano cones.
Itinerary of the blossoming almond trees Santiago de Teide
At the end of March, the almond trees are in blossom. The peculiar conditions of the soil create the ideal conditions for these trees to grow. This nine-kilometre long track of medium difficulty goes from the square in front of the church in Santiago del Teide to the village of Arguayo, crossing the area of Las Manchas. There is even a shorter track that goes from Calvario de los Baldios, in Valle de Arriba to Arguayo.
Where to stay
Would you like to spend a few days in the surroundings of Teide National Park? No problem! You will find many accommodation facilities to choose from. They range from small cosy rural houses to fancy hotels. All these facilities are surrounded by a very unique landscape.