volcano, Mount Teide or Pico de Teide, is
one of the greatest attractions in Tenerife.
It is situated in Canadas del Teide National
Park, almost in the central part of
With its 3,718 metres above sea level, Teide
is the world's third highest volcano on a volcanic
island and, at the same time, the highest mountain
Even from a distance, Teide is breathtaking
and the same goes for the nature surrounding it. The
large, barren plains, the flora and fauna - all very
special. So special that Teide has been listed by
UNESCO as a world heritage site since 2007 and was
also included on the list of the twelve treasures of
Spain that year.
It is claimed that Teide's last eruption
occurred in 1909, but that is not quite true. It was
actually the volcano, El Chinyero, which is located
west of Teide itself, which had an eruption for 10
It is possible to reach Teide by public bus
from Puerto de la Cruz and Playa de las Americas.
However, most visitors arrive as part of an
organised tour or by rented car. The road ends at
the foot of the volcano, 2,356 metres above sea
level. From here, the Teleférico cable car will take
you up to 3,555 metres. The last few hundred metres
must be ascended on foot, but this requires a
special permit in advance.