Mount Teide & The National Park
Teide National Park is really a national park surrounding Mount Teide at the heart of Tenerife
Mount Teide is actually a volcano inside a volcano. Many years ago a volcano exploded and created a 16km-wide crater and on its northern edge smaller volcano - Mount Teide. The entire area is now an odd volcanic landscape packed with lava rocks, lava streams and ash beds.
As well as some amazing rock formations the Teide National Park features the wonderful tall Echium wildprettii also referred to as Teide viper's bugloss. These amazing plants have 2m tall reddish spikes at the beginning of summer. May/June is the perfect time to see most of Teide's plants in flower.
Only one road crosses the crater, named Las Canadas which leads to a Parador and a cable car. The cable car goes close to the summit of Mount Teide and gives great views of the surrounding park. The summit of Mount Teide is 3718 metres which makes it the tallest mountain in Spain. It's also the 3rd highest volcano on earth.
If you need to have the chance to explore the surreal landscape then a visit to the Parador de Canadas del Teide should not be missed. It's set within the park.
The crater is edged with a craggy rim known as La Caldera de las Canadas. These rocks have already erroded into intriguing rocky structures. Far more strangely shaped are the lava rocks near to the parador.
These rocks are known as the Roques de Garcia and one of these, the Cinchado appears in a lot of photos of the park. The Cinchado is a bit more erroded at the bottom compared to the top giving the impression that this huge rock may topple at any time. The view of the Cinchado with Mount Teide behind it is really one of the highlights of the park.
Climate conditions in Teide National Park tend to be more extreme than the rest of the island and in winter snow falls on the peak of Mount Teide also in summer, temperatures can reach 40°C and even more.
Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited national park in Europe.