by Amanda Hattersburg
When holidaying in Tenerife there is one landmark which never escapes your attention. The imposing Mount Teide can be seen from virtually everywhere on the island. Imagine looking up to see its snow capped peak whilst relaxing and soaking up the rays on the beach!.
Visiting Mount Teide:
You don’t have to limit your interest to gazing from afar, as trips to visit one of the most famous emblems of the Canary Islands is a hugely popular attraction whilst holidaying in Tenerife.
The peak itself is located in the ‘Parque Nacional de las Canadas del Teide’ which was declared a national park in 1954. Within the park is a huge volcanic crater 48 km in circumference; it’s from within this that Mount Teide rises.
Soaring to a height of 3,718 metres, Teide is Spain’s highest peak and actually forms only the northern ridge of the massive volcano said to have created Tenerife thousands of years ago.
Trips to the summit:
Holidaymakers flock to gaze at the most famous of landmarks with the more adventurous opting for a trip to the summit. If you’re a hiking enthusiast there are numerous hiking trails which can take you close tothe top.
Trips to the viewpoints:
Unfortunately for those without a summit permit, the highest you can go are the two viewpoints which contour the base of the final summit cone. The reason behind this is to protect against possible erosion if tourists were to be allowed to go any further.
Don’t be disappointed, however, being this close to the summit will still provide you with one of the most delectable of views anywhere in Europe. If walking isn’t your thing, the Teleferico (cable car) will whisk you up to the viewpoints without the sore legs.
Having reached the viewpoints close to the summit you’ll be amazed at the view before you. On a clear day the most heavenly of sights will await you.
Not only are the views of the neighbouring islands, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro absolutely breathtaking, being atop the summit of Mount Teide you can feast your eyes on the most stunning of surroundings in the National Park itself.
The vast area of the National Park is not only home to volcanic formations, it’s also home to pine forests and fields of wild flowers. What better way to appreciate this island of contrasts than atop its highest peak?
Mount Teide is one of the most popular attractions in the Canary Islands and one not to be missed on any Canary Islands holiday.
Amanda Hattersburg writes about everything travel related and in particular Canary Islands holidays. She writes frequently on these subjects and enjoys guest posting on numerous blogs throughout the Internet.