If you are looking for a magical mountain experience in Tenerife, visit Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak and enjoy breath-taking views to the sea and a wide choice of things to see and do.
Our fun and interesting facts for visitors who plan to visit Mount Teide include:
Mount Teide, Tenerife is 3,718m high and visitors who want to climb to the summit need a free permit, issued by the Teide National Park’s authorities in advance. The La Rambleta path starts from a lay-by at KM40 on the TR-21 road, at an altitude of 3,300m. The climb takes approximately 5 hours, depending on levels of fitness.
Alternatively, the cable car, el teléferico, will whisk you up to the top of Mount Teide, Tenerife in eight minutes, and if you are not of a ‘climbing persuasion’ you can relax at the summit with a drink while watching the other day trippers stumbling over the rocks. It’s worth bearing in mind that the cable car doesn’t run on windier days.
Audio tours are available and will take you through the active volcano, passing fumaroles, which emit steam where you can warm your hands. Your guide will explain all about the flora, fauna and geology that makes Mount Teide one of the most unique locations on the planet.
The route ends at the Pico Viejo viewpoint with an 800m diameter crater at your feet and beautiful views of the Atlantic and the islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma – a great family day out.
Be well prepared for the weather. Although Tenerife is known for its mild year-round temperatures, the higher peaks of Teide are snow-covered from November until March, and it is always advisable to check the current and expected weather temperatures on Mount Teide a few days before you go. You can also see the conditions direct on video via one of the online webcams.
This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Centre is situated within a 60 minute drive of CLC Sunningdale Village, CLC Monterey and CLC Paradise – visit Your Guide for details of our Mount Teide tours and excursions.
No trip to Mount Teide is complete without visiting the Observatory. Designed so that children and adults can enjoy the trip, this fascinating tour introduces you to the world of astrophysics at the world’s largest solar observatory. The sky above Teide has a Starlight certification, which means it complies with the Sky Law, which was established to protect the quality of the sky and its natural heritage.
High-powered telescopes enable you to see sunspots and solar flares ‘close-up.’ If you are travelling with children over the age of eight, ‘travel across the universe’ at night beside the cable car’s base station and marvel at one of the best stargazing spots in the world.