Teide National Park


Los Cristianos – Teide National Park

43.5km (27miles) • 1.5 hours approx

Mount Teide is one of Tenerife’s absolute “must dos” and a fantastic afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of Los Cristianos and Las Americas. Many a blockbuster has been filmed against the breathtaking backdrop of Teide National Park, including Clash of the Titans and the original Planet of the Apes.

There are coach trips available for those who would rather leave the driving to the professionals – but if you’re up for an adventure there is no reason you can’t drive yourself. The roads are very clearly marked, well finished and a relatively easy drive – although there are a few steep drops to keep you on your toes.

There are numerous routes you can take but if you’re heading up from Los Cristianos, follow signs to Mount Teide as you enter the TF1 towards Adeje. This takes you through Vilaflor – the highest village in Tenerife – and offers spectacular scenery as you wind your way up above the clouds.

There are many well-marked stopping places and viewpoints that you’ll want to use to take a break and snap some photos of the natural beauty that’s all around. Once you get to the plateau you’ll see the volcanic peak of the mountain and some almost moon-like landscapes that will have you wondering if you’re actually still in Tenerife.

Be sure to pack a jacket and some warm clothes as it can get quite chilly above the clouds, even though the sun will be shining. On a clear day you’ll catch glimpses of Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma and the other Canary Islands – so binoculars will also come in handy.