To the Teide

Volcanic landscapes & panoramic views
 
In the Teide National Park, weird and wonderful rock formations and volcanic scenery of astonishing colours are guarded by Spain’s highest peak, El Teide. Staying at a superbly located hotel, enjoy some spectacular walks, and perhaps even take a cable car up to near Mount Teide’s summit. A hire car is included.
To the Teide. 3 nights
To the Teide. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

Magnificent Teide

The volcanic, desert-like scenery of the UNESCO-protected Teide National Park forms a striking landscape, made all the more special by the silence, the views and the astonishing colours, of which tones of yellow, red, brown and ochre dominate. Although it is very dry, the Park is home to a wide variety of plants, 50 of which are endemic to the Canary Islands, including the Teide violet. High above, Egyptian vultures, sparrow hawks and red kites patrol the blue skies, watching for reptiles such as the tizon lizard.
The main focus, of course, is El Teide itself, Spain’s highest mountain (3,718 metres), and you can take a cable car up to a point near the summit – and even walk to the peak itself (free permit required) if you wish – for far-reaching views across the island.
 

 

Itinerary

  • Travel to Tenerife, then circular walk: 4.5km, 1.5hrs
    On arrival in the port of Los Cristianos on Tenerife, you collect your hire car and drive into the Teide National Park (we provide driving instructions to the Parador Las Cañadas, where you spend three nights).
     
    You will probably have time for a short but unforgettable walk past the various weird and wonderful rock formations of the Roques de García. Some of these striking natural monuments resemble fingers pointing into the sky; another looks like a cathedral, with several tower-like formations.
    Circular walk via Roques de García: 4.5km
    The towering rock formations
  • Circular walk to El Teide via cable car: 14km, 4.5hrs (plus detours to viewpoints)
    For your first full day at the Parador, we suggest an easy circular route that leads across the volcanic landscape once more and incorporates a ride on the cable car (pay locally) to just below El Teide's summit. From here, it is well worth walking to the Mirador de la Fortaleza for views not only of the ironically named Montaña Blanca ('White Mountain', which is actually coated in black lava) but also, in clear weather, the entire north side of the island, all the way to the north-eastern tip. A second viewpoint overlooks the southern part of the island as well as giving a wonderful overview of El Teide's cauldron-shaped crater.

    If you wish to go to the summit of El Teide, you will need to obtain a free permit, available online in advance of your trip. Permits become available six months in advance, and are very popular, so we recommend reserving yours as soon as possible. The ascent to the peak takes an additional hour due to the altitude, which makes progress slow. (NB: in the event of heavy snowfall, which is not uncommon between November and February, the summit path will be closed, although the cable car may continue to run. The latter, however, does not operate in high winds, in which case it is impossible to access the peak.)
     
    Circular walk to El Teide via cable car: 14km
    Traverse volcanic landscapes to reach the Teide cable car station
  • Out-and-back route to Monte Guajara: 10km, 4.5hrs
    Your final walk is a challenging option which affords more memorable views as it leads from the Parador to the peak of Mount Guajara, which is also the highest point of the remaining crater wall and the site of the world's first high-mountain observatory. You return along the same route.
    Out-and-back route to Monte Guajara: 10km
    Monte Guajara
 

Accommodation

Your base is the superbly located Parador Las Cañadas, which boasts unrivalled views of Mount Teide.
Parador Las Cañadas
 
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  • 3 nights: 01 January 2024 - 31 May 2024 & 01 September 2024 - 31 December 2024

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Jan - 31 Mar 2024 £525 £215
    1 - 11 Apr 2024 £595 £200
    12 Apr - 29 May 2024 £525 £215
    1 Sep - 15 Dec 2024 £560 £220
    16 - 31 Dec 2024 # £625 £200
    3rd & 4th person discount -£51
    Single traveller supplement £51

    Price per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.

    # Christmas Eve festive meal supplements: add £44pp in 2023, £50pp in 2024 if staying on 24 Dec
    # New Year festive meal supplements: add £276pp in 2023, £315pp in 2024 for 2 gala dinners (stays over New Year must include both 30 & 31 Dec)

    Prices may be different if you are not arranging your transfers for your main holiday through Inntravel or have your own car; please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Parador Las Cañadas, Teide National Park
    Superior with mountain view: 01 Jan - 31 May 2024 £21
    Superior with mountain view: 01 Sep - 03 Jan 2025 £21

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Parador Las Cañadas, Teide National Park (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jan - 08 Jan 2024 £200 £266
    09 Jan - 31 Mar 2024 £185 £253
    01 Apr - 11 Apr 2024 £200 £266
    12 Apr - 31 May 2024 £185 £253
    01 Sep - 28 Oct 2024 £185 £256
    29 Oct - 14 Dec 2024 £190 £263
    15 Dec - 03 Jan 2025 # £210 £278
    # Christmas Eve festive meal supplements: add £44pp in 2023, £50pp in 2024 if staying on 24 Dec
    # New Year festive meal supplements: add £276pp in 2023, £315pp in 2024 for 2 gala dinners (stays over New Year must include both 30 & 31 Dec)
What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 dinners,
    3 breakfasts
  • 3 days' category C car hire
  • detailed documentation
 
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