A trip Jeep Safari Tenerife to the Canary Islands would be incomplete without a visit to Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide. This enormous volcano is the island’s primary source of energy and spreads a massive shadow across the whole island. However, visitors to Mount Teide will be rewarded with breathtaking views from the peak!
Given the number of people that visit Tenerife each year, it’s unsurprising that Mount Teide National Park is Spain’s and also Europe’s most visited national park. Each year, millions of travelers flock to this desolate environment to take in the breathtaking sights.
Visiting Teide Mountain
There are several ways to ascend Tenerife’s volcano. The following are your Mount Teide travel choices, listed in order of difficulty:
Excursions & Tours to Mount Teide
Numerous Mount Teide trips and excursions will transport you and take you to the national park’s attractions. Please note that not all trip packages include time for the cable car ride to the peak. We’ve indicated where the cable car is included. Otherwise, consider this a driving-only expedition around the park.
Several of the most popular Mount Teide excursion choices include the following:
- Private jeep from Playa de las Americas, including Masca
- From Puerto de la Cruz: VIP Tour of the National Park
- Tenerife: 5-Hour Jeep Safari Through the National Park. This is one of the few Mount Teide excursions available from Costa Adeje and other southern areas on the island.
Renting a Car to Drive Mount Teide
The most satisfying alternative is to rent a car and drive yourself up Mount Teide! This provides the greatest degree of freedom and is also more cost-effective than an excursion or package tour. We propose that you rent a car at the airport and keep it for the duration of your visit.
There are three primary access points to the volcano. Starting in the north from Puerto de la Cruz, in the south from Los Christianos, and in the west from Los Gigantes. Assuming you are staying in southern Tenerife (Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas, etc. ), we recommend taking the morning drive up from Los Gigantes. There are fewer automobiles on this route than on the others. In the afternoon, we propose returning through Vilaflor and Los Christianos, which allows for an afternoon stop at the vineyard.
Mount Teide Climbing
When people refer to the “Mount Teide ascent,” they are often referring to the cable car or the more popular Montana Blanca path. However, this is not true ascending Teide.
Visitors who are dedicated hikers and mountaineers ascend the volcano from sea level. This entails trekking the 3,718 meters (12,198 ft) to Spain’s highest peak. This is not a climb for the casual hiker!
The Playa de El Socorro and the Camino de China are the two routes. The Playa de El Socorro begins on the north coast at the beach of the same name. This is the shorter (albeit more difficult) of the two routes. It mainly takes back roads and rocky trails into Teide National Park, intersecting with the main path right before Montana Blanca.
Mount Teide via bicycle
Professional cyclists from all around the globe train in Tenerife each winter. For amateur cyclists, the opportunity to ride up Tenerife’s volcano-like pros may be incredibly appealing.
Spain’s tallest peak poses both a difficulty and an opportunity for cyclists (and runners) in training: severe climbing. The route up Mount Teide is one of the world’s longest continuous ascents and the longest in Europe. It’s an opportunity to climb directly from sea level to the summit of one of the world’s highest volcanoes.