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Teide National Park

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Teide National Park is a unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava, surrounding the impressive silhouette of Teide Volcano that stands at 3,718 m. above sea level. It is a trip that should be at the top of the must-see list of everyone who visits Tenerife. It was declared a National Park in 1954 and in 1989 it was awarded the top category of the European Diploma of Protected Areas. It has two visitor centres, one in Portillo and the other in the Parador Nacional Hotel. The centres are focused on nature and traditional uses of Las Cañadas, respectively. In 2007 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO Teide National Park is a unique geological treasure in which the volcanoes, craters, vents, lava flows and different materials, form an impressive array of shapes and colours. You will be surprised by the diversity of Las Cañadas del Teide, taken aback by its huge rivers of petrified lava and impressed by the eroded rocks and colossal dimensions of this mineral chaos. In contrast, in spring you will be delighted by the wonderful flowers and gentle aromas, unique in the world. Mount Teide is the third highest volcanic structure and most voluminous in the world after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii. It is the highest peak on the Canary Islands and in the whole of Spain. The formation began 170,000 years ago following the giant collapse of the former volcanic edifice, which was even bigger than the one that stands today. That is how Las Cañadas caldera was formed. There are many services organized for visitors so that they can discover and enjoy this area: a convenient road network across the entire Park, two visitor centres that reveal some of the park's secrets, a bar and restaurant area for refreshment, abundant vantage points to gain a panoramic view of the whole park, an extensive network of trails for visitors who want to discover more of the park and even two types of accommodation, Las Cañadas del Teide Parador Hotel and Altavista Refuge, which is located at an altitude of 3,260 metres. WEB