From the Atlantic to the Volcano Crater
Surprisingly, the highest Spanish pick is located in Tenerife. El Teide, volcano and the highest mountain of the island and the country, with its 3718m above the sea level, is the highest point above the sea level in the islands of the Atlantic.
In 1954, the area of Teide was declared for a national park. It covers the area of 190 square kilometers and it is part of the Unesco World Heritage. Teide National Park is attracting around four million visitors per year. There is no doubt that the mountain Teide dominates the place. The national park, located in the center of the island, is the oldest and the largest national park in Canary Islands.
Around the national park are various hiking trails but many visitors come to the park by bus or car. With a car you reach 2300 meters above the sea level. The temperature on that level is usually below ten degrees. Driving is very interesting and adventures in some stages of the park, where you are reaching clouds. At some point you are going from the flaming sun to the complete fog, from summer to winter driving conditions.
At this level you can take a cable car, which bring you at 3555 m above sea level. From the upper station you can take a hiking rout to the Crater of Teide. On the clear weather the view stretches all the way to La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria. The park is spectacular in any time of the year and you shouldn’t leave Tenerife without visiting this astonishing place.
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