A trip to Tenerife wouldn’t be complete without exploring Teide National Park, home to some of the island’s most dramatic scenery, with its weather-beaten lava fields and rocky peaks formed through years of volcanic activity. The striking centerpiece of the national park is its eponymous volcano, and the 3,718-meter peak of Mt Teide is not only Tenerife’s highest point but also Spain’s highest mountain, offering spectacular views over the surrounding island.
Whether you’re visiting on a private shore excursion or as part of a group tour, scaling the peak of Mt Teide by cable car is the undeniable highlight of exploring Teide National Park. Additional highlights of the park include the eerily beautiful lava fields of La Esperanza, the high-altitude village of Vilaflor, the Izana Observatory and the Las Cañadas rock formations, famously featured in the movie Clash of the Titans.
A network of hiking trails runs through Teide National Park, and many tours include walks through scenic spots like the Roque Garcia rock formations, the lush Uncanca valley and the legendary Icod de los Vinos, where Tenerife’s oldest dragon tree towers more than 55 feet (17 meters) high. Another popular choice is combining a tour of the park with wine tasting at one of the traditional bodegas (wineries) and vineyards of the La Orotava Valley.
Finally, the most atmospheric way to experience the national park is with a Mt Teide volcano night tour, where you’ll watch the sun set on the horizon from a high vantage point, then enjoy the moonlit landscapes as you walk beneath the stars.