El Teide – Tenerife

Teide is, undoubtedly, the most visited site on the island of Tenerife, and is home to the highest peak in Spain (3,718 meters).

Volcanic activity in the area gave rise to unique landscapes that are extremely attractive in this protected natural area.

The territory that occupies the park starts at 1,650 meters altitude.

It is advisable, especially in the winter months, to take a coat, plus a pair of sunglasses and a hat to protect from the sun the rest of the year.

If weather conditions permit, you can start from 2356 to the 3555 meters high with the cable car. If you want to reach the peak (not the base of the crater), you will have to apply for a permit.

Inside the park you will find the visitors centre, from where you can get more information as well as the facilities of a bar, restaurant and souvenir shop.

Because it is a protected natural area, you must apply for special permission to climb the last 400 meters. This permit is free and is obtained only and exclusively through the website of National Parks www.reservasparquesnacionales.es  or email teide.maot@gobiernodecanarias.org  (minimum 8 days in advance).  Source: Sitios  de Espana

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