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Teide National Park is one of the most otherworldly landscapes on earth. It is located on the island of Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. The Teide National Park is centered on Mount Teide - the highest mountain in all of Spain and the third-highest volcano in the world when measured from its base on the ocean floor.

The Canary island of Teide is full of things that every tourist really must see. The Canary Islands are famous for their beaches and party vibe, but also for their alien landscapes. The strange landscapes of the Canary Islands are one of the things that make everyone fall in love with the stunning archipelago.


Teide National Park - Landscapes Of Another World

Teide National Park is the oldest and the largest of the four national parks in Spain's Canary Islands. The park has been designated a World Heritage Site since 2007 and has been listed as one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. The park's landscapes are so alien that they were the filming location for the 1966 movie One Million Years BC, anachronistically depicting prehistoric cavemen men in a world ruled by dinosaurs.

  • Filming Location: 1966 Movie One Million Years BC

Mount Teide:

  • Height: 3,718 Meters
  • Height From Base: 7,500 Meters

Another notable volcano in the national park is Pico Viejo - the second-highest volcano in the Canary Islands.

The landscape is one of the volcanic craters, vents, rivers of petrified lava, and the ever-present silhouette of Teide Volcano. One will behold a landscape with an array of shapes and colors. Come in the spring, and smell the gentle aromas of the wildflowers of the park.

There are also natural cuts in the rocks and former volcanic edifices - these reveal conduits and volcanic vents that fed pre-historic eruptions. One can view cross-sections of escarpments that display three million years of complex geological history.

Teide is the most visited national park in Spain and one of the top ten most visited in the world, attracting over 3 million visitors every year.

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Getting Into Teide National Park

The national park is well serviced with transportation. There are morning and afternoon bus trips through the park in the mornings and afternoons that depart from the coastal tourist towns. Top attractions in the park include the observation center and the cable car up the mountain.

  • Transportation: From The Coastal Tourist Towns
  • Cable Car Tickets: From 21.50 Euros ($22.00)

If one is planning to visit, one needs to get a free permit that can be booked in advance. The park has an extensive network of trails for hiking.

  • Permit: Need To Get A Free Permit in Advance

There is a road network across the park and two visitor centers where one can learn about the park and the volcanoes (as well as enjoy the bar and restaurant area). One of the visitor centers is located in Portillo, while the other is located in the Parador Nacional Hotel.

There are even two types of accommodation in the park - the Las Cañadas del Teide Parador Hotel and Altavista Refuge. The refuge is at an altitude of 3,270 meters.

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VIP Ascent Up Teide Mountain

If one is looking for a more comfortable and relaxing way to explore the park, consider a VIP Ascent up the mountain. This includes a ride up with the Teide cable car and a hike to the peak. The hike takes around an hour. Once one reaches the summit, one will be greeted with stunning views over the other Canary Islands - La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma, and Gran Canaria.

The VIP ascent already includes the permit to access the crater and is the ideal option for those with more money to spend and who are short on time and energy.

  • Includes: Special Permit For The Park
  • Destination: The Summit Of Mt Teide
  • Mode: Cable Car
  • Guide: Includes A Spanish or English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • Cost: From 430 Euros ($440)

The Cable car starts at an altitude of 1,199 meters and goes up to a height of 3,555 meters. From there, it isn't hard to finish the ascent by hiking up the Telesforo Bravo trail. At the end of the trail, see the impressive Teide crater and landscapes that will make one feel like they are on Mars.