Tenerife is an amazing destination to visit with your family because it has activities that will suit everyone’s tastes. Moreover, a wander across the Teide National Park is an experience that even moody teenagers will remember fondly for years to come. So get ready for your holiday in Tenerife, the challenge of hiking to the summit of Mount Teide and paragliding. |
Facts About Teide National Park
Before you head to this beautiful national park, you must know a bit about this amazing place (even if only to annoy your children by showering them with ‘fun facts’ during your visit). The park is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also the oldest and most-visited national park in Spain.
To add to this incredible list, it is also home to Spain’s highest peak: Mount Teide, which stands tall at 3,718 metres (more than 12,000 feet). The summit is 7,500 metres tall (24,600 feet) if measured from the ocean floor, which makes it the third tallest volcanic structure on the planet. Even though the peak is technically an active volcano, the statistical possibility of a violent eruption is minuscule and it is a perfectly safe space visited by more than three million people annually.
Hiking to the Top of Mount Teide
If you’re searching for an incredible adventure, why not challenge yourself to reach the summit of Mount Teide? This hike is no joke but it is very suitable if you are an active family with teenagers as it offers the right amount of excitement and physical activity to keep everyone engaged.
If you set off on the trail from Montaña Blanca, the hike to the top will take you around six hours. You can spend the night at Refugio de Altavista, a hut which is near the summit, and then head back down the next day. Alternatively there is a cable car which can take you up 3,555 metres to La Rambleta and you can explore the lookout points from there. Whichever path you choose, this peak will make your holiday in Tenerife one to remember.
For the Adrenaline Junkies
Before (or after) your hike up Mount Teide, why not try out the extremely popular activity of paragliding? Tenerife has more than 40 paragliding locations, with many of them in and around the park. Even if you are a total novice when it comes to paragliding, you can still experience this amazing adrenaline-inducing activity by allowing yourself to be strapped to an instructor who will do the hard work while you enjoy the glide. Book for the whole family and see who screams the most.
Tenerife’s incredible Teide National Park is a location that you and your family will want to come back to over and over again to experience its natural beauty and exciting activities. All you’ve got to do is pack your best hiking boots and you are ready to go.
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