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Review: Mount Teide

Attraction - Nature reserve

Tenerife, Spain

Cable Car Ride.

  • By SilverTraveller SylviaML

    8 reviews

  • 2009
  • Husband

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If you are lucky enough to holiday in beautiful Tenerife then why not take a coach tour to Mount Teide? It is the highest point in the island and is of volcanic origin but classified as dormant (the last eruption was in 1909). The views from the top are magnificent. You do not have to be particularly fit to undertake this journey as you can access the viewing area via cable car and this climbs steadily upward at a gentle pace.



One thing you do need is a warm coat or cardigan, not something you may think of when you leave your sun drenched hotel. You will be over 12,000 feet above sea level and it is somewhat cold and windy but well worth this small inconvenience.



For those who are very adventurous and fit there is a further climb to the very top but you have to buy a permit to be able to undertake this. My husband and I were content with going as far as the viewing area and having a welcome hot drink in the restaurant .



The volcano and its surrounding area comprise the Teide National Park and together cover 73 square miles. They have enjoyed World Heritage Site status since 2007and are one of the most visited sites in the world. Our coach stopped in a valley area as well for us to stretch our legs and explore some of the diverse plant life in the area.



Altogether a very enjoyable experience which I would thoroughly recommend. Coach tickets are readily available from the numerous shops and kiosks advertising tourist attractions in the main towns.

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  • SylviaML
    almost 5 years ago
    Teide by night should be an amazing experience. I didn't know that the cable car ran at night as well.
  • Ec58
    almost 5 years ago
    I have been to mount teide with my husband son and brother,it was great and well worth the money,I would like to do teide by night next time
  • pink
    almost 6 years ago
    thank you @SylviaML, your comment encouraged me to rootle around on the internet wallowing in a few self-indulgent memories and having a really good laugh. there is now, apparently, wifi connection at the (rebuilt) refugio. and people on tripadvisor are not all complementary about the facilities. when we went our (phone) message hadn't get through, so the warden wasn't expecting us ~ supplies were limited to strong coffee (which i didn't like, but drank) with sweetened condensed milk (which i would choose as an ingredient for fudge, not a drink ~ but also accepted gratefully) with the optional addition of whisky (which makes me sick, so i forewent that one). full stop. there was no pathway, so we'd have got lost without the warden directing us. i suppose that made it a real adventure ~ but i'd definitely put the word "interesting" into inverted commas (referring to your comment SylviaML).
    in case anyone reading this is interested,
    https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVifeTMxWtVkA.8UPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=Refugio+El+Teide+Tenerife&fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt
    gives some interesting photos ~ shows location of refugio (now considerably bigger, and more modern ~ likewise the bunk beds!).
    nb: don't remember seeing any streams at that height, and i imagine the acid content is filtered out by the time it reaches exit points further down the mountain.
    also ~ it doesn't look as though anyone insists any more that you acclimatise to the thin air overnight ~ but i did read that if you get altitude sickness your only option is to return down the mountain until you acclimatise and recover. it looks as though most people still do take the sleep-over + rise-before-dawn option.
  • SylviaML
    almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for such an interesting comment. I did not realise that the streams were acid or that it was necessary in the 70s to stay overnight on the mountain. Presumably this is still true today if you want to climb all the way up. What a shame that you did not get to see the sunrise but it still sounds like your memories of Teide are even more interesting than mine!
  • pink
    almost 6 years ago
    i walked, with a group, to the peak of el teide in the early '70s; way before the cable car was built. there was a "refugio" roughly halfway between the "car park" and the summit, where you had to stay overnight to give your lungs time to get used to the thin air at the top of el teide. the plan was then to wake in the small hours and walk the remainder of the journey, timing it to arrive at the "cone" as the sun rose over the horizon. unfortunately the day we walked the sun never rose above the clouds nestled around the upper half of el teide. we were so cold we sat over the warm steam rising between the rocks and stones ~ later to discover that the steam was full of acid and thus our clothes became full of small holes. but it was a very memorable experience, and if i had the opportunity to go again i certainly would!