Teide volcano facts, Spain’s highest peak

teide volcano facts

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If you are going to visit Tenerife you cannot miss the tour to the Teide volcano. This volcano is the third largest in the world (surpassed only by two Hawaiian volcanoes) and is one of the biggest Spanish tourist attractions. Here we show you some Teide volcano facts, one of the most important natural monuments in Spain. 🤩

The Teide National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. It is one of the essential visits if you are traveling to the island of Tenerife. Lace up your boots, we are going to enter fully into the Teide.

Altitude

We start with the data on the Teide, it has a height of 3718 meters above sea level. It is the highest peak in the entire Atlantic Ocean. In addition, its height makes the island of Tenerife the tenth highest island in the world.

cable car going up to the Teide peak

Because of its altitude it is best to climb mount Teide by cable car. The cable cars ascend to about 3555 or 3560 meters approximately. Once you reach this point you can make the rest of the ascent by foot. 👣

Location and how to climb it

El Teide is on the island of Tenerife, in the archipelago of the Canary Islands. It is comprised within the Teide-Pico Viejo volcanic complex. As the natural park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a protected area. You can see the sunset and the stars from the Teide very clearly, thanks to its privileged location.

That the space is protected means that visits to this natural monument are limited. To climb it you will have to have an access permit to Teide. This permit can be purchased through the official website. If you travel with an organized tour you don’t have to worry, they take care of everything.

Flora and fauna of the place

The most characteristic animal of Teide is the mouflon. It also highlights the eared bat and the brown hedgehog. Although the most normal thing will be that you will be surrounded by invertebrates and small reptiles. 🦎

a pair of mouflons at teide

Due to their extremely high altitude only a few species survive the location and climate. It is common to see hardy plants such as thistles, although this just happens to be in danger of extinction as it forms part of the diet of the mouflon. The most unique species is the Teide violet.

Now that you know all these Teide volcano facts… Do you feel like visiting it? Or rather, do you dare to climb it? 😉

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