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There is so much to see on the Island, the most popular attractions being:

Mt. Teide:

Its 3,718 metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. Its elevation makes Tenerife the 10th highest in the World.

The Volcano and the surround areas make up the 'Teide National Park', an area of 73 sq miles and named a World Heritage Site in 2007.

No matter how many times you go up Mt teide, you will be amazed at the scenery.

Approaching the Park from the direction of Vilaflor (The highest Village in Spain), you arrive at the huge crater around the bottom of the Volcano. From there on in it just opens out in front of you, the high peaks around the outside of the crater, the lava flows and different rock formations, all over shadowed by Mt. Teide itself.

Most of the year it is bathed in sun, but do not be fooled, at that height it can be very cold. Only in July and August should you be tempted to go without warmer clothes. In the winter months (November - March) if you are lucky you will find snow, which gives it yet another vista.

Because of the altitude the air is very thin, so beware if you have a heart condition it can make you short of breath.

There is a cable car which takes you part of the way up to the peak: you cannot go to the top of the Volcano without the proper visa. Open access was restricted some years ago due to erosion of the paths and surrounding areas. Alternatively, again with the correct visa, you can climb to the summit. These hikes take 4 to 5 hours.

Not to be missed, the scenery and views on the way to the National Park are worth the trip on their own.

The Dragon Tree, Icod de Vinos:

Is reputed to be a 1000 years old stands at 22m high and has a lower trunk diameter of 10m. If you do decide to visit the 'Dragon Tree', take a stroll around the gardens opposite. There is a fantastic example of the 'Walking Tree' (in other words a Rubber Tree) and many other interesting plants.

Barranco Inferno, Adeje:

A famous walk up along the side of the barranco (gorge) with fantastic views.

Guimar Pyramids:

The Ethnographic Park 'Piramides de Guimar' is a 64,000 m2 site of great cultural value, which comprises six stepped pyramids. Also on site are gardens and a museum.

Candelaria:

The home of the Island's Basilica, a lovely building full of history. This is also where the famous 'Black Madonna' is kept.

Los Gigantes:

A resort town to the extreme South West of the island, where the gigantic cliffs rise out of the sea to a height of 500-800 metres.

Masca:

Known as the 'Hidden Village'. Up until the early 1960's the village was only accessible by sea or mountain paths. The road now starts from Santiago Del Teide and passes through Masca to Buenavista on the North West of the Island. You will see some breathtaking scenery on the way. There are numerous little restaurants and craft shops in Masca.

Garachico:

When the Volcano erupted in 1706, this is where a lot of the lava came down and poured into the bay, at the time destroying the town's livelihood. Today the lava flows form sea pools. There is a cafe where you can sit and watch the locals jumping from the high rocks into the sea pools or just relax and join them in a bit of sunbathing.

Whilst in Garachico the museum and old church are well worth a look at.

La Orotava:

Famous for the 'House of Balconies', which as well a museum, also sells tablecloths and all kinds of craft items made on the Island.

La Orotava is also famous for its Corpus Christi Sand Carpets, an example of which can be seen all year in the House of Balconies.

 

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