Teide National Park and Suth. Los Gigantes – Los Cristianos. This Tour takes us to the Teide National Park dominated by the volcano, which owes its name, three thousand seven hundred eighteen meters high is the most visited in all of Spain, we continue south to the Mirador de Archipenque and from there we start the Return where the next stop is in Los Cristianos.
During the tour we will cross the protected landscape of Las Lagunetas formed by the best examples of the island’s historic pine forest, we will stop at several viewpoints where you can enjoy unique panoramic views.
In the El Portillo Visitor Center, an audiovisual is projected that allows you to learn in a didactic and entertaining way how the large boiler on which the Teide rises was formed, admission is free.
From Los Roques de García, you can take a picture of the best known Teide in Tenerife, next to them there is a viewpoint with spectacular views of the Uncanca Plain.
We will continue south until we reach the Mirador de Archipenque, where Los Gigantes Cliffs are observed, and from there we start the return passing through Los Cristianos.
A must stop when we head to Teide on the Esperanza road. This is where we can see the first panoramic views of the Teide National Park, on the northwest coast of the island and, if the day is clear, the neighboring island of La Palma. We were lucky and we enjoyed the magical spectacle that makes up the sea of clouds.
We arrive at the Chipeque Lookout point, which is about 1830 meters above sea level.
From this viewpoint we contemplate the entire northern part of the island, where you can get to see from Punta del Hidalgo to Buenavista. With a spectacular panoramic view of Teide in the background and the unmistakable silhouette of the island of La Palma. Surrounded by Canarian pine, it is located in the known as Protected Landscape of Las Lagunetas.
The exceptional environmental and meteorological conditions of the Teide National Park have placed it as a privileged place to investigate the universe. At the Izaña Observatory, modern telescopes are placed
taking advantage of the cleanliness of this sky look at the stars every night. Researchers from all over the world work in this place, whose tradition as a point of observation of what went beyond the clouds began in the mid-nineteenth century.
The own circular facilities and finished in white domes give a futuristic nuance making it a very unique landscape.
The observatory is integrated into the natural park of the forest crown, is the most extensive of the Canary Islands, begins at 300 meters above sea level and reaches 2718 meters, encompassing the vast wooded area that surrounds the Teide National Park forming a green ring that runs the entire island.
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If you decide to hire the Tourist Route and enjoy a guided tour of the Teide Observatory, remember that you have to be 30 minutes early and that this visit lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, so the price of the route must be added two extra hours. Tickets can be booked here. Keep in mind days and times.
The Visitor Center of El Portillo has a museum to learn about the most relevant geological, botanical, zoological and archaeological aspects of the Park. Your visit is free, as is the entrance to the Botanical Garden attached to it.
In the museum there is a recreation of the interior of a volcanic tube, interactive elements, photographic and backlit panels, video library room, library and an auditorium with audiovisual projector (where a video is played to understand the formation of the boiler on the which rises the Teide – Pico Viejo complex).
In the San José Mines it is easy to think that you are on another planet instead of in the Teide National Park. The Mines are plains of golden gravel interspersed with blocks of ocher-colored rock and twisted shapes. In front of them lie very long volcanic castings, and in the distance, the enormous wall of Las Cañadas del Teide, dominated by the high of Guajara, a mountain of singular beauty.
This amalgam of colors, textures and unique elements makes Las Minas one of the favorite places in the park among photography enthusiasts and film directors. Numerous films have been shot here, some of them major international productions. Two notable examples are ‘Fury of the Titans’, 2012, directed by Jonathan Liebesman; and ‘A million years ago’, 1966, directed by Don Chaffey.
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The Teleferico del Teide allows you to ascend to the summit of the volcano, saving a large gap that, if done on foot, would require a lot of time and effort.
It is composed of two stations: the base station of the Teleferico del Teide, which offers bar and restaurant-buffet service, and the upper station, in La Rambleta, at 3,555 meters, with sensational views of the island of Tenerife and the Canary archipelago.
The trails of the Mirador de La Fortaleza and the Mirador de Pico Viejo, both open access, offer magnificent views of the north and south sides of Tenerife respectively. From the Mirador de Pico Viejo it is possible to see the neighboring islands with the 800 meter diameter crater of Pico Viejo at the foot.
The Telesforo Bravo path to the crater is restricted access by means of a special free permit from the Teide National Park, to be processed well in advance due to the high demand.
The Teleferico del Teide operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last climb at 4:00 p.m. Tickets can be obtained, either at the ticket office directly, or conveniently by booking on the web.
Go up to the cable car and you will be at 3,555 m high and you will have before you different options to enjoy the stunning landscape of the largest Canary National Park. Remember that you have to be 30 minutes early and that it lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, so the price of the route has to add two extra hours. Tickets can be booked here.
Los Roques de García are in an elevated position dominating the Llano de Ucanca next to the National Parador de Teide. They are huge rock formations composed of the accumulation of several layers of different materials, which before being eroded formed a wall that separated the two boilers of Las Cañadas. Effect of this prolonged erosion are the curious forms that are currently appreciated, the most spectacular being “Roque Cinchado”, “La Catedral” and “La Cascada”.
Precisely the Roque Cinchado is quite different from the rest of the Roques de García despite being part of them, which has made it considered a distinctive and unique natural monument since time immemorial.
La Zapatilla de la Reina is a roque that resembles a heel shoe.
La Zapatilla de la Reina is a very hard structure volcanic dike that is very eroded and shaped like a shoe, this Queen would be more than 100 meters high. Like any rock that is in the open air, over time (thousands of years) will change the current form by the continuous action of erosive agents, until it disappears completely.
The Archipenque viewpoint is at the entrance of Puerto de Santiago. The view from this viewpoint is an unforgettable experience, you can admire the breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Los Gigantes with its more than 500 meters high and the coastal town itself with its marina.
The island of La Gomera is another show that can be seen from this viewpoint.
At the end of the Cliffs you will see the lighthouse at the tip of Teno rise.
Playa de las Américas is a luxury tourist area located on the southwest coast of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands
The area includes several beaches, mostly artificial, made with sand imported from Africa. It is also one of the places where the largest leisure offer in the south of Tenerife is brought together with bars, pubs, terraces, restaurants and numerous discos, etc.