Teide National Park
Teide National Park
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Strange volcanic rock formations and spectacular scenery distinguish this park, which surrounds Mount Teide, an active volcano and the highest peak in Spain.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • AnitaG
    Riga, Latvia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool by all meanings
    We bought cable car tickets online. Everything very well organised and easy. On the top it was surprising how hard it was to walk and breathe. Well, only for 1 out of 4 in our group. The younger people didnt experience the difference as much. We took both routes with the audioguide. Path was easy to find and navigate. Guite was a bit more tricky, but fine as well. Some parts I listen several times as there is no marking to match your location with the story. At least I didnt find. Great views, great pictures. Next time we will return to climb to Pico.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Tenerifeful
    Sunderland, United Kingdom273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unforgettable experience
    A truly unforgettable trip on our honeymoon. We got the cable car up to the top which we didn’t have to queue too long for. The cable car is really quick. I would say be prepared for the lack of oxygen when you get out of the cable car as it can be a noticeable difference. We had permits to go to the peak which can be applied for online. You need to bring the email with the permit and a form of ID; passport or driving licence etc. We climbed to the peak and honestly the view at the top is incredible and you can get some really nice photos. You can see for miles of Tenerife and you get to look into the crater and you can even smell it. It is really worth the trek up to the very top. It isn’t an easy walk by any means and from the cable car to the peak it is more of a steep climb so you need to be prepared. Bring warm clothing just in case but we didn’t even need to put a jumper on at the top as we went in the summer and definitely wear sensible shoes. Overall a fantastic once in a lifetime experience to be able to say you climbed a volcano but be prepared for the challenge of climbing in the heat but also the lack of oxygen. Bear in mind you can only spend about 15 minutes at the actual peak. Definitely recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Amy D
    London, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievably beautiful!
    Just stunning!! I cannot recommend visiting this place enough! It feels like being on another planet. There are a few laybys to stop and take pictures and plenty of car parking. We didn't take the cable car as very expensive but there was a good cafe, toilet and shop facility where the cable car leaves from. The drive from Puerto de la Cruz to Tiede was about an hour and a half. It's best to go on a day that isn't cloudy to ensure maximum visibility.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • MTolik
    Toronto, Canada1,495 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tried, magic at the Tenerife
    It’s a magic or paradise or name it as you wish. Amazing place, spectacular views, looks like you are somewhere at the other planet. In some places - the feeling is like you are at Mars. The best discovery for last year- strongly recommend.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Charlotte W
    Narberth, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unspoilt wilderness with cable car to the summit of El Teide
    The national park is an unearthly volcanic landscape that could be used for a sci fi film. There’s a cable car station to take you up Mt Teide, a Parador, a church, some parking places and a network of hiking trails and not a lot else, it’s completely unspoiled. The road up to the park is long and winding and takes you through and above the cloud layer, with spectacular views down. We went stargazing and found the drive back a little unnerving, driving through thick cloud in the complete darkness with hardly any other vehicles on the road was somewhat scary and I’d probably recommend making it a daytime trip. But well worth going for the vast, impressive vistas
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Mark And Terrie
    Cornwall, United Kingdom51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Honest
    Ok, there were three things we wanted to do when we were in Tenerife and when we found I was unable to go up the cable car due to my asthma I thought that was it. However a very nice tour company had a coach trip which went to 2500ft and went all around the local area too. The tour guide also informed us honestly that the extra £40 to go up was really not worth it. Maybe she was trying to make me feel better but not according to others who had been up themselves. There are lots of rocks, lava, burnt trees from the recent fires and lots and lots of cars and people. It is great to get out and walk about and take photos but in all honestly that's all it is, rocks, that you can't take home, can't touch, takes you ages to get through the roads as people do not want to move their hire cars over. It was worth visiting once but unless we were with people who had not been before we would probably not revisit. We also purchased Loro Parque and Siam Park twin ticket which is well worth the money.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Viv E
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vast national park, so many walks
    Vast national park, so much to explore. The landscape is like being on a different planet. There’s a museum, cable car, a local bus runs through the day carrying you from one side to another (several km’s). Well worth spending a day or two visiting.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 15, 2024
  • Jim D
    210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding views and history of Volcanic activity
    Undertook a guided tour that included demonstrations of the heat just under the soil, still warm from the volcanic activity 2-300 years ago. The scenic coach ride through the park was great as well, with good views and photo opportunities. Car drivers had a long wait at the checkpoint, but coaches appear to queue jump, and have greater access to the park, so an organised trip may be best!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
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davidmlowe
Cheshire, UK913 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
we decided to take a break from golf for the day, rent a car (£80/day) and take a trip up to Mount Teidi as I had heard it was a great place to watch the stars at night but also to see the sun set. Our sat nav certainly took us the rural route up very steep . narrow roads through tiny villages where there was barely enough room to squeeze our relatively small vehicle through! Anyway once through the villages and back onto the more 'main' style roads its pretty much plain sailing and an easy drive. From our base back in Ambama Golf it was around 60 to 90 mins depending on the route and speed of course. As we approached the area of the national park at the base of Teidi my ears were popping and some of the scenery is without doubt spectacular. From the images Ive seen of the moon / mars and various Sci Fi movies this is about as near as most of us will get to the surface of another planet! Its incredible indeed with barren dusty spaces , jagged rocks and we actually saw a film crew in action as we drove along. Its size is breathtaking and worth a visit. We had a clear day with the sun shining and it was beautiful, however dont forget to pack some warm clothing if you fancy spending any time wandering outside of your car. To be honest we made an error in getting up there a little too early as our main aim was firstly to see the stars but also the sunset as a bonus. Because there is so little to do save for looking at the view or indeed walking (which we were not geared up for) there is nothing save for a visitor center, a couple of cafe's and a hotel up there. We ended up watching the sun go down, which was great but because of our schoolboy error in timings our stomachs (not having eaten since breakfast) overruled our desire to star gaze, which I regret somewhat now back home but hey you cant have it all! I think Mrs Lowe was getting a little 'hangry' TBH and I certainly wasn't going to argue for stars over sustenance! As we drove back down the mountain it was starting to eventually get dark and the clouds with sun made it look like the end of the earth, which I manged a quick glimpse of as I drove back down. I say quick glimpse as you certainly need your wits about you driving back down in the dusk. Its worth a trip but be sure (unless your planning a walk etc) to arrive just before the sunsets as itll be at least another hour or more before its dark enough to witness the light show! Maybe another time?
Written January 18, 2021
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Sapphire D
Linden, Germany3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I opted to do the relatively short hike #3 Roches de Garcia as l have arthritic knees and hypertension. It was a wise decision for people of limited fitness, older people or families with small children. I travelled by bus from the northwest side of the island, and the park was easily and inexpensively accessible. One should go to the Parador de Tenerife stop, the last stop on the 348 line. There is an information desk, a reasonably priced cafeteria and a hotel there. The sky was the most incredible shade of blue imaginable and the views absolutely spectacular. The ride up the mountain itself is optional as far as I am concerned — I was quite content to explore the park at the base of the mountain as there was plenty to see and enjoy. Definitely a “must do” when one visits Tenerife.
Written January 19, 2020
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Roger's Travels
Blackpool, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Booked a trip with a tour guide to Teide, set off early. The views are fantastic just travelling up to the top.
When you are up at the top if it`s cloudy, your looking down onto the clouds, then you realise just how high you actually are.
It`s well worth a visit and the landscape is amazing.
The only set back is the toilets cost 1 Euro to get in at the cafe, Bar area. At the time of our visit. If you book a trip with a guide, you will stop off on the way up.
Written January 15, 2020
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Mrs el divo
Melbourne, Australia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We are so very glad we made it up to El Teide on our short 4 nights in Tenerife north. Our fantastic hotel staff suggested a taxi (the big coach and tour group experience didn’t appeal to us and we were tired of driving!) which was perfect. We opted for a sunrise time slot, which people don’t seem to do (!) so we had the road and the park to ourselves at times. The drive up to the national park and down again is great in itself and the it’s just wow when you get there. Photos can never do it justice. The lava fields, el Tiede itself. Magic. Our driver (Luis) also suggested that we go back via Los Gigantes which was also well worth it. We at first were unsure of using a taxi but it was on of the less stressful, most informative activity of our trip! Happy to share that for 2 people, from 6:15am til 10:15 it was 120£. Well worth it when the tours can cost much more and hiring a car was around 50£ and to be honest- we would have had no idea where to go!!
We didn’t do the cable car this time but on the very clear day we had was running. Advice again to get there early.
Don’t miss this experience. A very magical and spiritual place that is worth seeing up close, not just from the rooftop poolside!!
Written March 6, 2020
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mirunavrn
Bucharest, Romania431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Teide National Park is one of the main attractions of Tenerife island. It is located in the Central-Northen part of the island and easily accessible both by car and by bus. The entrance is fee, but if you want to go with the cable car on Teide Peak, the ticket is around 38 euros for a return trip. The Park is enormous and has Mars like landscapes and lots of trekking routes. There is also a dedicated bus line going around the Park. The temperatures are lower than on the rest of the island, especialy on Teide, so I would recommend to dress acordingly.
Written March 19, 2022
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fimonkey
uk133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Dec 2018: Took the cable car up and walked down. I am no mountain goat; it took 5 hours. Definitely need good walking shoes, in sections it is steep, rocky, scree and slippy. I would recommend a walking pole to help with balance. It is sometimes easy to lose the path (if you do, stop and take a look around). There was no snow or ice and in sheltered parts it was very hot (take lots of sunscreen and water and lip balm!). The part from the refuge down is steep then it really levels out. The views are incredible!!
Jan 2020 walked up, took the cable car back down. To do this you do not need to book a time for the cable car but carefully check the weather as the cable car could be closed due to wind, and then only option is walk down again.
Walking up is easier! The initial gradual incline is a good introduction. No pole needed (would hinder you on the steep bits). To go up took me 3hrs 30. In the shady sides some parts of the path were icy and snowy so good gripping shoes are essential (definitely not trainers!) and lots of sunscreen and lip balm (the wind was strong and biting in some parts). On this occasion when we got to the top it turned out that they had closed this path due to ice and the ranger at the top was not pleased with us, however there were no signs further down and plenty of people had headed up before us and were behind us.
I would rate this walk as moderate: take plenty of time and be aware of the altitude. On the way up we passed a sign saying it was another 4 hours to the top: - however from this sign it took me 2 hours 45 mins at a slow to steady pace (plenty of people were passing me).
If you can climb Snowdon then you can do this: Set off with plenty of time to get to the cable car if you are walking up and be prepared for it to be closed (so plenty of time to walk back again - as the reviews of the refuge are that you will be turned away if you have not booked beforehand even if it is late).
Written January 11, 2020
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Peter vB
Nijmegen, The Netherlands29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This has been our third visit to the National Park in recent years.
We walked a trail of a few hours based on a some geocaches.
Thanks to a visit to Museos La Cueva del Viento a few days before, we were able to view the lava landscape with different eyes and more appreciation.
It continues to surprise; hikers who go for sneakers or light sandals in this landscape.
Written February 19, 2020
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Joan R
Bishops Stortford, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We did an organised trip which was interesting especially on the narrow secrions of road upto the top, but spectacular views took your mind of how high we were climbing. Our coach drive was very experienced with the road so we felt safe in his hands. Our guide Marco was very knowledgeable with the area and what grew there. The star gazing on the way down was very interesting he certainly seemed to know his astronomy and made it very interesting teling us all about the different galaxies etc., If you get the chance to do this trip I would highly recommend it on your things to do list whilst in Tenerife.
Written February 14, 2020
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59gromit
Birmingham, UK248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Fantastic day exploring unfamiliar terrain. The drive was easier than expected, never very steep and the bends never that tight. Easily done in an underpowered hire car. The roads are superbly maintained.

Plenty of places to pull over and take pictures or look closely at the lava flow terrain.

At the cable car base station it was busy but manageable mid afternoon. We hadn’t booked cable car in advance though so were disappointed- book ahead.

Would recommend taking a different route up and down as others have said as the scenery is quite different each approach.
Written January 9, 2020
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD10,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We took a chance with the weather and got lucky for our 62 mile circuit from Puerto de Santiago. Departing before 9 AM, the roads were quiet for the climb into the Corona Forestal Nature Park with the sun peaking through the tall pines. Reaching the open highway of the Teide National Park, we made excellent time to the first viewpoints of the Roques de García with the snow covered 12,198’ Mt. Teide in the background. The parking spots were already beginning to fill at the Roques walking trails just across the 37 room Parador de Cañadas del Teide. We drove up to the Teleférico del Teide which was closed, then to the Sendero de Montaña Blanca viewpoint where the parking lot had a bit of snow/ice. Returning, we passed a constant stream of cars and tour busses coming up from the south highway (TF 21), so we were happy to turn back on the quieter TF 38 with a photo stop at the Mirador de las Narices to see its 1798 vent and black lava field. The misting rains accompanied our descent back through the forest until we had clear views of the villages and La Gomera with the blue ocean.
Written November 27, 2021
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