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To the Top of Spain

Journey to Tenerife's iconic mountain
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking
  • challenging and rewarding journey to the heart of the island
  • option to ascend Spain's highest peak
  • superb accommodation and excellent dining
  • spectacular scenery

To the Guanche people, Tenerife's earliest inhabitants, El Teide was a sacred place, where the Earth held up the sky and where the demon Guayote lived, spewing forth fire when he was angry. Spain's highest peak and the third largest volcano on the planet, Teide rises 3,718 metres above sea level from the floor of a crater 17 kilometres wide in which 'rivers' of russet and ochre flow between volcanic cones flanked by black obsidian rocks beneath an impossibly blue sky. It's a landscape beyond imagination.

It wasn't until we were within feet of the very edge of the crater wall that, finally, Mount Teide revealed itself, more vast than you could ever imagine, looming above its kaleidoscopic crater floor.
     
Andy Montgomery, Buzz Trips

Beginning in a lovely rural hotel in a traditional hill town on the southern slopes, this holiday journeys upwards through starkly contrasting landscapes. From the cactus terraces of the south, paths traverse fragrant pine forests to a charming alpine spa village and elegant, boutique spa hotel before taking you on your final push to reach Teide National Park, home of the mighty volcano. In this extraordinary setting, from the comfort of Las Cañadas Parador, you explore the surreal landscape of Teide National Park with its myriad trails, including the option to take your journey to its ultimate high (weather permitting) by travelling to the very peak of Mount Teide, the top of Spain, from where an entire archipelago spreads at your feet.
 

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 18 18 19 19 20 22 25 26 25 23 21 18
mm 68 57 44 34 13 6 1 3 14 43 71 77

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

On the upper slopes of El Teide, where snow is possible between November and February, temperatures will be cooler than those shown above.