We were enjoying our summer in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a few years ago when we decided to cross to Tenerife to have a one-day trip to the National Park of Teide.
From Gran Canaria, we took the boat to Tenerife (it takes 2 and a half hours approximately), and we shipped our car so we didn’t have to go with public transport or rent a car as we were only going to be there for a day and we didn’t want to miss anything.
The National Park of Teide is located right in the center of Tenerife island and it is formed by craters, volcanoes, and rivers of petrified lava, all this surrounded the highest peak in Spain: Teide, a volcano 3718 meters over sea level which puts it into the third highest and largest volcanic structure (after two Hawaiian volcanoes) in the world. On sunny days you can see Teide from Las Canteras beach in Gran Canaria as well as from Gomera island.
According to the Guanche myth (first settlers of the island), the king of evil (Guayota) lived inside of the volcano and kidnapped the God of sun and light (Magec). The Guanche population asked for mercy to the superior God (Achamán) who listen and defeated Guyota, taking Magec out of the volcano and plugged the volcano. It is believed that this “plugging” refers to the last cone of the volcano at the top of Teide.
Besides driving through the park to admire the different sights of interest, you should try to get to the top. You can drive up to the cable car located at 2356 meters high and in only 8 minutes you will reach the summit, not the top, at 3555 meters over the sea level. To get to the top you will need a special permission, each day they give a certain amount of permissions, this way, the mountain is preserved. From there you can take different hiking routes according to how fit you are, the time you have or the weather conditions.
The park also offers other activities such as visiting the Teide Observatory, watching the stars in a place with no light pollution, or any of the special activities offered by the park.
Since January 1952 it was declared National Park and in 2007 it became World Heritage by the UNESCO, and you can understand it. Not only the volcano is impressive and a reason for admiration, but the park also has thousands of well-taken care treasures to enjoy. It is so impressive and beautiful that not even filmmakers have been able to resist it. Here they filmed Clash of the Titans or Fast and Furious to mention the most recent ones.
Did you like it? Have you visited Tenerife and Teide? We hope that if you haven’t done it yet you don’t dismiss this Canarian wonder.
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