National Park Teide
The Pico del Teide, with an altitude of 3.718 metres, is not only Spain’s highest mountain but also the world's third largest volcano. Its surrounding national park is one of the most visited national parks on Earth but still feels wild.
In 2007 the national park, covering 18.990 ha, was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
A special permit, issued by the Park Office, allows you to climb to the tip of El Teide. However, most visitors use the cable car to reach the summit.
On a clear day you can enjoy breathtaking views of the neighbouring islands of La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria from the peak.
The Orotava valley inspires with its green hills, the picturesque historic centre of La Orotava, and the beautiful Puerto de la Cruz harbour.
Another highlight is the Loro Parque tropical zoo boasting the largest parrot collection in the world. With exotic animals such as tigers, penguins, orcas and colourful birds, it guarantees a fun-filled day for the entire family.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna
UNESCO made this town a World Heritage Site because of its global importance, authenticity and original features.
La Laguna, university town and diocese, was founded in 1497 as the first unfortified Spanish town featuring narrow streets in a checkerboard pattern. The layout later served as a model for many colonial settlements in America.
Today countless buildings in Mudejar style can be admired in La Laguna’s historic centre.
The Acantilados de Los Gigantes or Cliffs of the Giants are a spectacular sight from every perspective. The towering rock cliffs reach heights of up to 500 metres.
Various companies offer boat tours along the cliffs. Furthermore, the waters in this area are a paradise for divers.
The eruption of the Chinyero volcano in 1909 was the last volcano eruption in Tenerife.
The Chinyero is a cinder cone located in the Chinyero nature reserve, which also contains countless volcanoes and geological formations.
Malpaís de Güímar
The Malpaís de Güímar reserve, also known as the Badlands of Güímar, consists of a fascinating lava field with cinder cones and basalt lava flows.
Montaña Roja y Montaña Pelada
This Nature Reserve is situated close to El Médano, in the South of Tenerife.
The top of its red volcanic cone, the Montaña Roja, offers stunning views over the surrounding municipalities.
It's particularly spectacular in spring time when everything blooms and flourishes; a hike through this landscape is a must-do in the area.
Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal
The Corona Forestal nature reserve contains Mount Teide and is the biggest reserve in Tenerife.
Canary Islands pines, laurels and tree heaths characterize the landscape of its almost 47.000 ha.
For locals and tourists alike, the Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal is a giant recreation area where they explore the landscape by hiking, biking and horse riding.
Parque Rural de Anaga
The Anaga Mountain range in north-east Tenerife is one of the most beautiful places on the island. Due to the trade winds that often bring rain or fog, the mountain range– declared a biosphere reserve in 2013 – is covered with lush laurel forests. The highest peak in the Anaga park is Cruz de Tabornoat 1,024 metres.
Parque Rural de Teno
Another wonderful destination is Parque Rural de Teno. This rural park in the north-west of the island delights with high peaks, deep canyons, green forests and a species-rich bird life.