Tenerife, the largest of all the main Canary Islands, attracts more than 5 million tourists coming from different parts of the world every year. It is well-known for its white-sand beaches and elegant resorts. You’ll find quite a lively clubbing scene in this part of the world as well. When you move away from the more popular tourist spots and get to the villages and port settlements, you’ll be able to discover an extraordinary beauty and culture. During your time spent on this Spanish island, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore some port settlements and ancient towns.
You can indulge in several outdoor activities while on your visit to Teide National Park, which is centred on Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide. This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and is the most visited national park in Spain. It is a geological wonder featuring some unusual natural landscapes that are characterised by volcanic peaks, ancient calderas, and lava fields. One of the most popular activities to do while exploring this natural park during your Tenerife holidays is taking a cable-car ride to the top of Mount Teide. It is the third-highest volcano in the world and offers mesmerising views of the surrounding islands.
A guided sunset tour of Teide National Park would give you the chance to enjoy the park’s scenic landscapes and travel through the rugged terrain, villages, and vineyards. Such tours include pick-up from your hotel, after which, you’ll travel comfortably in an air-conditioned minivan to Teide. You’ll also have the company of a local guide who would give you some valuable information on the park. Upon visiting certain places like Pino Gordo, Vilaflor de Chasna, and Guaza, you’ll be able to take some excellent snaps. This tour usually begins at 3 pm and you’ll get to witness a spectacular sunset upon stopping at a vantage point before heading back to your hotel.
Upon climbing the 2,400-metre peak of Mount Teide, you can take a guided tour of the Teide Observatory. This is the largest solar observatory in the world and allows you to have a glimpse of the solar and nocturnal telescopes. During the tour, your guide would help you to understand the importance of this observatory in research and monitoring of the solar activity and why the island is one of the best spots in the world for observing the sky. The tour of this observatory is suitable for people of all ages. It gives them the chance to learn more about the daily work of researchers.
While holidaying in Tenerife, you can also explore Teide National Park, Masca, and Valle de la Orotava in a single tour with the help of a guide-driven four-wheel drive. This tour is also suitable for individuals who’ve got a limited amount of time. It begins with a hotel pick-up, which is usually done 30 to 60 minutes before leaving for the tour. Authentic 4WD minivans are used for discovering the most beautiful and hidden spots on the island. Such tours are usually conducted with a group of up to 10 travellers.