Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands. With less than 60 days of rain and an average temperature of 21C throughout the year, Tenerife welcomes more than 5 Mio visitors every year. While the sandy beaches in the Southwest of the island remain the most popular spot for sun-seekers, the island has so much more to offer than sun, beaches and fancy cocktails and is indeed a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Below are just a few examples why we think that Tenerife is the ideal spot for an activity-filled holiday for any age any time of the year.
While the oldest mountain range on Tenerife dates back to a volcanic eruption around 12 Mio years ago, most of the island as we know it today was formed around 3 Mio years ago. The Canary Island have been formed by a geological hotspot, allowing lava to exit the Earth’s mantle and to build up massive lava accumulations, that eventually formed the base for the archipelago. The latest recording of volcanic activity dates back to the early 20th century with an eruption of the Chinyero cone in the North-Western part of the island.
The outstanding scenery makes Northern Tenerife a paradise for nature lovers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Today you can venture over massive black lava fields and along a stunning rugged and steep coastline in the Northern part of Tenerife, offering magnificent views over the Teno Mountains, La Gomera and the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the Mount Teide National Park to explore the most bizarre rock formations and discover ancient lava tubes.
Mount Teide National Park
Mount Teide in the centre of the island marks the peak of the volcanic activity on Tenerife. The impressive volcano raises 7,500m from sea level to more than 3,700m above sea level, making it the highest mountain of Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.
The National park is enjoyed by day visitors and keen hikers alike. Here you can hike on some of the most challenging, but stunning walking trails the island has to offer, leading to all parts in the Caldera. You can board the cable car to the summit and enjoy stunning views all over Tenerife, on a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of the neighboring island of Gran Canaria. Even though you will find many day visitors to the Teide national park, you will only find very few buildings in the Teide Caldera, making a visit to the National Park an unforgettable adventure to actively experience unspoiled nature and scenery.
Depending on the time of the day and season, visiting Teide will always be a different experience. You will find the most impressive features after sunrise or just before sunset, when the light from the sky and the sun is reflecting on the rocks. As the crater cuts out all artificial lights at night, Teide is known as one of the most amazing spots for star-gazing on earth.
Enjoy some of Teides best hikes and a star gazing experience in our Tenerife adventure week.