Explore life around the tallest peak in Spain
One of Europe's most visited national parks is in the heart of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Here, the main star of the show is the Teide volcano, the very pinnacle of Spain, at an altitude of 3,718 metres. Keep your eyes peeled, because there's something amazing to see every step of the way. The ecosystem formed by volcanic eruptions has created a habitat for the impressive local fauna, particularly invertebrates but also the flora that have adapted to the high mountains and unique geological formations in Europe.
Teide National Park
It is situated in the heart of the island of Tenerife, in the archipelago of the Canary Islands.
Tenerife (Canary Islands)
What you need to know
What you will find
The region's volcanic scenery creates a unique paradise for nature lovers across all its areas. The variety of invertebrates is particularly outstanding, with more than 1,000 species, as is the presence of a score of different bird species. Alongside them, there are an impressive 168 different species of plant life. Of these, 58 exist only on the Canary Islands, but there is one that reigns supreme: the Teide violet. This purple flower only grows at altitudes of over 2,500 metres, so keep an eye out for it on your trips.The other great spectacle in the park is the red bugloss. A plant that can grow up to three metres high, in spring it adorns the foothills of the volcano with its intense colour. The strange formations and rocks left by the eruptions of Teide are also breathtaking. Magma, lava and volcanic casts create a unique and beautiful landscape.
Routes around the Park
The best way to get around the park is on foot. There are 41 well-signposted routes that can guide you on your adventure through the heart of the Teide. This includes the Montaña Blanca–Pico del Teide route: 8.3km long, high difficulty and ideal for the most active visitors. More accessible, but equally interesting, are the Montaña de los Tomillos route, 6km and medium difficulty; and the La Fortaleza route, 5.3km and low difficulty, ideal for observing the local flora and fauna. Remember that you're in the Canary Islands, so always use sun protection, carry water and wear a hat.Map in Teide National Park
Don't leave without...
Getting to know the Teide Observatory, where you can find some of the best solar telescopes in the world. Learn about the importance of these kinds of observatories and why Tenerife is the perfect place for studying light.Another gem is hidden in the Roques de García, a collection of volcanic rocks moulded by erosion. They have gradually been eroded into peculiar shapes, making them one of the most fascinating sights in the park.One last idea is to climb to the viewing point on Narices del Teide at the end of the day. At more than 2,000 metres high, the experience of watching the sun set behind its sea of clouds is truly unique.