Tenerife Island in Spain is one of the most popular holiday spots in the world catering to over five million tourists every year. One of its best sightseeing attractions is the Teide National Park , home of Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.
The National Park includes a 30 mile radius of volcanic crater, with Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano or Mt. Teide rising in its midst. A drive to the peak of the volcano provides a welcome change from your typical holidays to Tenerife .
You may opt to hike or take a drive to the summit. The changes in atmosphere and landscape along your way to the peak add to the thrill of the trip. It starts out as warm and sunny, turning to cool and alpine like, then transforms into a lunar like landscape as you ascend to the sea of clouds. If you’re not up for that long trek, the quickest way to reach the peak is through cable cars.
The journey to the top of Mt. Tiede and the mouth of the volcano is no easy task. In fact, permits are necessary to reach the summit. But everything will be worth it when you reach the summit. At the peak of Mt. Teide, you’d be treated to breathtaking views of The Canary Islands and popular sights like the La Palma , La Gomera, El Hierro and Gran Canaria. The pictures that you’ll get from the summit will be one of a kind souvenirs and testaments to your journey to one of Spain’s World Heritage Sites.