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Teide National Park - the highest volcano in the Canary Islands

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Teide National Park - the highest volcano in the Canary Islands

If you are looking for an incredible sight, Teide National Park is a great choice! The park is an unusual geological area that includes lava rivers, volcanoes, vents, rocks and craters. An indelible impression in the spring is made by a carpet of flowers, in the summer - by minerals, the petrified tongues of the volcano's flame, numerous rocks. The height of the volcano from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is 7500 meters, which is second only to two Hawaiian volcanoes and gives the right to be called Teide the third highest in the world. Fascinating natural views and the possibility of extreme activities are the key to a bright vacation.

Everything you need to know about Mount Teide

Teide National Park was created on January 22, 1954 on the area where the volcanic system is located, including the volcanic peaks of Teide and Pico Viejo. Their heights are 3718 and 3135 meters, respectively. At first glance, it may seem that the area is like a desert. This is not so: the flora and fauna of the Teide National Park is very diverse, it includes a large number of species, including endemic ones - special, found only in this area. In 2007, the park was included in the UNESCO heritage list.

Things to do?

The most important thing is not to miss the opportunity to ride the cable car, located at an altitude of almost 4000 meters above sea level. The upper station of the road is the highest point in Spain and offers a beautiful view of:

  • Group of islands Gran Canaria, Hierro, Gomera and Palma
  • Tenerife island.

The tourist center has developed excursions:

  • Arenas Negras - 2 hours
  • La Fortaleza - 3.5 hours
  • Risco Verde - 3 hours
  • Roques de Garcia - 2.5 hours
  • Guajara - 5-6 hours.

Main attractions

  • Canary pine is endemic to the Canary Islands. The largest tree grows in Tenerife, its height is almost 46 meters, diameter is one meter. The main feature of this species is its resistance to fire: even if the tree dries out and catches fire, it will quickly recover.
  • Caldera is a volcanic pit formed 15,000 years ago
  • Teide lookout point
  • Rock "King's shoe", equipped with an observation deck
  • Los Azulejos - mountain range
  • Sinchado rock.

Interesting Facts

  • The Sinchado Rock is depicted on the Spanish 1,000 peseta banknote
  • Everyone visiting Teide National Park is advised to take clothes with them for different weather conditions - here they change very quickly
  • Tourists are forbidden to take even the smallest stones - this is considered a violation of the landscape
  • Hotels and restaurants operate on the territory of the National Park
  • Tenerife has a "Sky Law" prohibiting light pollution: Teide Park offers an incredible view of the starry sky, an observatory has been built for better observation.

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