Reasons to visit Mount Teide National Park
Here are my 8 Reasons to visit Mount Teide National Park in Tenerife, Spain…
I live in an archipelago called the Canary Islands, it consists of seven islands: Gran Canaria (where I live), Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. They are situated right next to the north of Africa, but belong to Spain. Despite how small they are compared to, well, everything, in the centre of Tenerife, the biggest island of the seven, stands the tallest mountain in all of Spain (3.718 m), called Mount Teide. I´m going to tell you 8 reasons why you should risk your life to see it (just joking!). Haha!
1. THE VIEW IS AMAZING
Even though the cable car was full we still enjoyed the amazing view of a cloudless blue sky, massive mountains and dried lava rocks in different shades of red and brown. INCREDIBLE! If you go to the very top, you can see all of the other six islands (that´s if the weather is good)! We had to check it out for ourselves. Unfortunately my daughter got dizzy, so we didn’t go to the very top, but we could see two full islands where we stood even though the weather wasn’t 100% clear..
2. THERE IS A CABLE CAR
To get to the top, you have to go on the cable car (“teleférico”). You drive all the way to the top by car or bus (or whatever you want, I guess) and then you take the cable car close to the highest point. Finally, you hike up to the peak of the mountain (actually, volcano, so, the crater). The cable car was packed (and I mean packed!) and exciting, but also quite scary at some points, because it goes so high! Nevertheless, the view. Was. Spectacular.
3. IT´S A VOLCANO
The Canary Islands were nothing, just stones under water, literally, until the seven volcanos erupted and created the islands that you now see north west from Africa on the map. Some of the islands, like Tenerife and Lanzarote, still contain large areas of lava rock, which are protected and used for touristic purposes.
4. 100% NATURAL LANDSCAPES
Since everything you see is inside of a National Park, they strive to protect its nature. You are not allowed to take stones or pick any of the flowers because they want to preserve the beauty. One of the flowers that is strictly prohibited is the Violeta Del Teide. It is a very rare purple flower that only grows on Teide and grows in between the rocks. If people were allowed to take them, not only would it destroy the landscape, but the specie could well be extinct.
5. IT´S THE HIGHEST PEAK IN SPAIN
If you went to the very top of the mountain, you would be above all of the Iberian Peninsula (which is pretty cool if you ask me!). Imagine telling your gran kids one day that you were on the highest point in Spain?!
6. I FEELS LIKE YOU´RE IN A MOVIE
Because of all the dry lava and tall mountains, it literally feels like you are in a western/trip to mars/climbing Mount Everest movie kind of vibe. In fact, movies like Allied, Fast & Furious 6 and Clash of Titans, Jason Bourne, etc., were shot in the Canary Islands. Did you know that..?
7. DIFFERENT CULTURES
Mount Teide National Park gets around 3.5 million annual visitors. When you are there you are surrounded by people from all over the world!
8. A GREAT EXPERIENCE
It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience! We would definitely recommend this. It´s different, beautiful, excitingand exhilarating!!
Hope you guys liked this post. Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to Tenerife, and if so, did you visit Teide National Park..?