If you want to arrive at the top of Spain, the visit to the Teide National Park and the ascent to its crater and volcanic peak will place you in a privileged position. Its 3,718 meters high impress at any time of the day and especially if you are there to watch the sunrise.
There are several options to visit the National Park and one of the best, in our opinion, is to do it by car starting from the Forest of La Esperanza, along the TF-24 road that teaches us different landscapes.
It is not surprising that the first part of the tour is in an environment of humidity, rain or even fog that can make us think that it is not a good day for the ascent. On the contrary, go ahead and enjoy this pine forest that will indicate that the best is yet to come.
Along the way there are several viewpoints where it is worth stopping to observe both sides of the island. The Mirador de Ortuño and the Mirador de Chimague are some of them. We have our favorite and we will tell you later!
The entrance to the National Park is imposing and the road leads through a landscape that begins to turn reddish as we approach the volcano. The sea of clouds will be located just below our way and will be the ideal time to stop, stretch our legs, enjoy the atmosphere and take a few pictures.
The TF-24 route ends in the area known as El Portillo, where the Visitor Center is located and also the beginning of the path of “Las Siete Cañadas”. What remains, through the TF-21 is to go to the base of the volcano where we will have the option to park and take the cable car that, in less than 10 minutes of ascent will deposit us at 163 meters of altitude of the highest peak in Spain.
Remember that for this last route (from where the cable car leaves us and to the peak) it is necessary to have a special permit that must be processed at least two months in advance. Here we leave the link for more information.