Parque Nacional del Teide (Tenerife)

#3 in Best Things To Do in Canary Islands
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Key Info

La Orotava

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Parque Nacional del Teide covers nearly 75 square miles in central Tenerife. This national park contains the towering Teide volcano, which is currently dormant. Rising 12,198 feet into the sky, Tiede constitutes Spain's tallest peak; it's also the world's third-largest volcano. The rest of the park is not to be missed either. Many visitors describe it as having an "otherworldly" or "lunar" landscape, with its weird-looking rock formations and multicolored lava deposits. The best way to see these volcanic remains is by walking, and there are more than 20 trails you can choose from.

One TripAdvisor user highly recommends bringing your own vehicle, saying: "Without your own transport […] it will be difficult to enjoy most of the wonderful lunar scenery of the park."

The Parque Nacional del Teide is open 24 hours a day and entrance to the park is free. To reach the park, most travelers take the Titsa bus line 348 from Puerto de la Cruz or bus line 342 from Playa de las Americas. You can also drive. For more information, visit the national park's website. To reach the top of the volcano, you can take the Teide Cable Car, which is located near the center of the park; a one-way trip costs €12.50 EUR (or about $17.30) for adults. You'll find the cable car is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.You can also hike the Telesforo Bravo Trail up to the top of the volcano, but you'll need to obtain a permit here.

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Las Palmas is a popular place to base a Canary Islands vacation. Not only is it the Canaries' largest city, it's also got a number of world-class attractions. Its beach — the 2½-mile Playa de las Canteras — is an attractive urban shoreline. Guarded by a barrier reef, the waters are gentle and suitable for travelers of all ages. And the promenade that backs the beach is a spectacular place for a sunset stroll.

When it comes to shopping, you'll want to wander down Calle Triana as well as the streets right around it. Along with well-known fashion brands like Zara and H&M, there are Spanish chains and local boutiques. Meanwhile, recent visitors say that come evening, the atmosphere is like no other, as the street comes to life with people. You'll find this street about 3 miles south of Playa de las Canteras.

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