Parque Nacional del Teide (Tenerife)

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Parque Nacional del Teide (Tenerife)
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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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