In the center of the island of Tenerife, Teide rises like a sleeping giant. A volcano whose last major eruption occurred in 1909 is the roof of Spain.
Whether for the love of the human being to conquer the highest and most inaccessible places, for the beauty of the landscape, or for the island legends on the mountain, the case is that Teide National Park is the most visited in Spain, with more than 4.3 million visitors in 2018.
Those more than 4 million people come from all corners of Europe, being one of the most admired and respected mountains in Western Europe.
If you want to enjoy it in the best possible way, here we leave you the following tips to visit the Teide National Park.
Teide over a sea of trees, Tenerife, Canary Islands
How to get to Teide National Park
To be able to admire this wonder of nature, the first thing you have to do is fly to the island of Tenerife.
The largest of the Canary Islands awaits you with two airports - Tenerife South and Tenerife North - with great air traffic.
If you do not want to complicate your life, here you can directly book your transfer from the Tenerife South airport to your final destination:Reservation
Once settled in Tenerife, you can rent your own car to get close to the park, or hire one of the many tours that offer different approaches to Teide.
The legend of Teide
Although without large secure bases, a legend of the times of the Guanches, inhabitants of the island before the arrival of the Castilians, circulates around Tenerife.
The Guanches identified Guayota with evil, a kind of demon. On the other hand, the supreme god of heaven was Achamán. Thus, Guayota, who lived in the depths of the Teide (called Echeyde in the Guanche language), decided to kidnap and lock Magec, god of the Sun, leaving the island in the dark.
Because of that, the Guanches begged Achamán to take action on the matter and free Magec from the Guayota prison. There was a fierce fight between Guayota and Achamán, the latter finally prevailing. Magec was released and the light returned to the island and Guayota was confined to live forever in the depths of Echeyde.
What clothes to wear to Teide
Among the tips to visit the Teide National Park you can not miss the one related to the clothes to wear. Yes, you are on the island of Tenerife, famous for its perennial good weather and the warmth of its beaches. But nevertheless, you must not forget that the top of Teide is 3,718 meters above sea level. That translates into the following: it is usually cold.
Therefore, it is always advisable to carry in the backpack warm clothes, gloves, hat and, above all, sunscreens (both creams such as hat or cap and sunglasses).
When to footwearIf you choose to go hiking, you will have to wear boots or trekking shoes. The path is not demanding on a technical level, but they need to have a good grip.
EXCURSIONS IN THE TEIDE AND TENERIFE NATIONAL PARK
Make the most of your time in the Teide National Park to the fullest with any of the following guided excursions and with very good recommendations from its users:
- Ticket for the Teide cable car
- Night trekking through the glens of Teide
- Excursion to Teide, Icod and Garachico from the north of Tenerife
- Excursion to Teide from the north of Tenerife
- Excursion to Teide, Icod and Garachico from the south of Tenerife
- Excursion to Teide from the south of Tenerife
- Teide cable car at sunset with hiking trail
- Guided tour of the Teide Observatory
- Jeep safari on the Teide and Masca
- Paragliding flight through the south of Tenerife
- Other magnificent excursions in Teide and Tenerife
When to visit Teide National Park
The best time to visit Teide is ... Any time of the year.
Given that Tenerife is one of those privileged places on Earth where the weather is always good, the truth is that you can visit the Teide when it comes best. In the summer months temperatures tend to be somewhat higher, but any other month of the year will offer you a very pleasant climate.
Go hiking on the Teide
Ascent Trail to Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Whether you are looking for a short walk or a real hard trekking session, the Teide National Park has something for you.
In the park there are many different routes. You simply have to choose the one that best suits your tastes and fitness.
The landscape varies depending on the altitude, passing from wooded areas to a lunar-looking terrain. One of the almost obligatory stops is that of the crater in Samara, from where you can see the island of La Gomera. It is part of a circular route that does not take more than two hours.
If you are looking for something more challenging, you can climb to the top on a route that takes about 6 hours. The prize is to take the cable car back.
Try the cable car to Teide
Cable car going up to Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands