Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)
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Teide National Park, pronounced 'Tay day', is top of my list of Tenerife Top tourist holiday attractions. The park is situated in the centre of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. With the impressive peak of Teide an active but dormant Volcano in it's centre.
Teide National Park is the most popular national park in Spain and attracts over 4 million visitors a year and consists of Mount Teide (Pico del Teide) and the older surrounding Caldera
Mount Teide & Teide National Park Location
Mount Teide, is in the centre of Teide National Park and nearer to the North coast of Tenerife than the South Coast
The dramatic peak of Mount Teide, Pico del Teide in Spanish consists of 2 volcanos that have almost merged into one Pico del Teide & the slightly lower volcano Pico Viejo 3135 metres
Mount Teide Facts & Figures
Approximatley 2.8 million visitors a year visit Teide National Park
Mount Teide Facts
The Caldera (Las Canadas)
Caldera - Magma - Magma Chamber - Volcano - Dormant
When a volcano has a large eruption, magma (molten rock) surges upwards from the magma chamber and erupts from the volcano as lava, ash etc. If enough magma is erupted a large empty void occurs in the magma chamber which is unable to support the weight above it resulting in the collapse of the central portion of the volcano leaving a volcanic crater known as a caldera
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Famous Rocks on Teide
A photograph of Los Roques de Garcia, Teide. Probably the most photographed rock on the island of Tenerife. Mount Teide in the background.
Note the coloured banding in the rock showing that the volcano rock was built up by a multitude of separate eruptions over millions of years. In volcanic rock these layers signify a Stratovolcano
Parque Nacional del Teide (Teide National Park)
An unusual rock formation photograph known as the "Rose" Looks like a flower.
General Lunar Landscape
The lunar looking landscape of Teide's National park with Mount Teide in the background. This dramatic landscape has been used in some of Hollywoods screen epics. See Films
Tower of Jewels Plant (Echium wildpretii)
Mount Teide has flora that does not appear anywhere else in the world.
The Tower of Jewels has a rosette of long narrow leaves at it's base. In summer it sprouts a long single stem that canreach 2 to 3 metres in length covered in spectacular red flowers. After flowering the plant dies.
The plant enjoys a lot of sun and dry & arid conditions.
The yellow flowering plant in the background is the Teide Straw (Cruciferae)
Both these plants are endemic species are found in the Caldera of Parque Nacional del Teide (Teide National Park)
Climate & Temperature on Teide
Because of the high altidude the temperature is several degrees lower than the coast
In winter you can sunbath at the coast and through snowball on Teide. Take warm clothes, it can be cold at that altitude, sunglasses, sunscreen and don't forget your camera.
In summer at the Las Canadas Caldera level the daytime temperature is usually comfortable with short sleeve tops and shorts. It is much colder if you take the cable car to just below the summit.
Because of the thinner air the suns dangerous rays are much stronger than at sea level. These rays can also be intensified if reflected from clouds either above or below your position - protect your skin with high factor sun cream, especially on clear days.
The mountain naturally attracts the formation of clouds. The clounds can form at any height on the mountain, so it is possible to be under, in or above the clouds, depending on the clouds hight and your height.
Weather: Choose a clear day for the best views, and if you wish to go to the top, windy weather stops the cable car running.
There are restrictions on where you can go near the summit and a permit is required for some areas
There can be long queues (up to 3 hours) for the cable car, this stops many visitors going to the top. But spectacular views can be seen without going to the summit. It is advisable for People with Chest or Heart problems etc not to go higher than the lower cable car position because of the rarified air.
Cable car hot line: 53 37 20 (Mon-Sat 09:15-13:00)
Don't forget to take your camera.
All of the Canary Islands including Tenerife are formed from StratoVolcanoes.
StratoVolcanoes are the most common of all volcanoes and are also called Composite Volcanes because they are built up by succesive eruptions forming layers.
These layers can be seen all over Tenererife where erosion has exposed them. See the photograph of Los Roques de Garcia for an example.
Tenerife Volcanic Activity History
The volcanic history of Tenerife is very complex and the following is a simplified version of the activity.
Tenerife started it's life as 3 volcanoes, around 10 million years ago, that are centred on the areas:
These 3 areas formed most of sub sea and the majority of modern day Tenerife but as 3 separate islands.
This was followed by the formation of the massive Volcano which joined the 3 islands and rose to a height of 4500 metres, 782 metres higher than the present day Mount Teide, and an approximate diameter of 40 kilometres.
There are a couple of theories on how the Las Canadas Volcano collapsed but it did collapse forming the 16 kilometre by 9 kilometre Canadas Caldera.
One Million Years B.C.
The exterior scenes of the film One Million Years B.C. filmed in 1966, were shot in Lanzarote and Tenerife and includes the magnificent and dramatic scenery on and in the Canadas Caldera, part of the Teide National Park
The volcanic eruptions were achieved in the studio using a 2 metre high model.
One Million Years B.C. Film stars
One Million Years B.C. Trailer
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Clash of the Titans
The majority of filming of the 2010 Clash of the Titans remake of the original 1981 epic was done in the Teide National Park. Additional shots were taken around Icod, Buenavista, Guía de Isora, and many other mountainous regions in Tenerife.
The mortal son of the god Zeus embarks on a perilous journey to stop the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens
The story is very loosely based upon the Greek myth of Perseus with plenty of both nasty & a couple of good creatures as follows:
Clash of the Titans Film stars
Clash of the Titans Trailer
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Mount Teide, Garachico and Masca Village Coach excursion
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