Where to Find the Best Views of Mount Teide on Tenerife

Mon, August 6th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

It might seem unbelievable but there are people who have visited Tenerife who are completely unaware that Spain’s highest mountain and the third largest volcano in the world sits plonked in the centre of the island, dominating all below it; well nearly all.

Mount Teide is of such a monumental size that it casts a shadow on the sea. Yet, despite what some travel sites claim, you can’t actually see it from all parts of Tenerife. If you’re on the east coast, forget it. In fact visitors staying in the main tourist resorts of Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos can actually see the monumental mount… but only just. It sits almost anonymously amongst other peaks and a crater wall which shield its impressive bulk from sun-seekers on the south coast.

To see El Teide in all its jaw-dropping glory it’s essential to leave the southern resorts and head to pastures new. Here are some of my favourite places on Tenerife for being wowed by our 3718 metre

Mount Teide National Park

Mount Teide from Guajara, Tenerife

It seems obvious, but Teide National Park is dominated by the mountain. It doesn’t really matter where you stand, the view is going to be epic. And you also get a crater filled with a weird and wonderful landscape of discarded volcanic debris into the bargain.

Santiago del Teide

Mount Teide from Santiago del Teide, Tenerife

One of my favourite views of El Teide is from one of the miradors (viewpoints) on the road leading out of Santiago del Teide towards Icod de los Vinos. They also afford great views of the classic volcanic crater curves of Pico Viejo.

Icod de los Vinos

Mount Teide from Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife

Talking of Icod de los Vinos, the vistas of Teide from the town of wines are pretty spectacular as well and ram home how big the mountain actually is.

Puerto de la Cruz & La Orotava

Mount Teide from La Orotava Valley, Tenerife

With the La Orotava Valley adding a lush, forested carpet to the scene, Mount Teide from Puerto de la Cruz or La Orotava simply looks sensational, especially in winter when covered in snow.

La Laguna

Mount Teide from La Laguna, Tenerife

La Laguna isn’t an obvious choice but on a crystal clear day the views along the spine of Tenerife towards Mount Teide from the Anaga Mountains side of La Laguna offer a completely different picture than in other locations.

El Sauzal

Mount Teide from El Sauzal, Tenerife

For me, the real take-your-breath-away shot of Mount Teide occurs on the TF2 motorway near Tacoronte as you’re driving towards Puerto de la Cruz. Suddenly, Teide appears, framed in the windscreen and looks absolutely enormous – bigger than from any other viewpoint I’ve seen. But as it’s on the motorway, I’ve never managed to capture the image. A close second though is the scene from Los Lavaderos in El Sauzal.

The Best View of Mount Teide is…
Not on Tenerife. For the ultimate views of Mount Teide you have to travel to neighbouring Gran Canaria or La Gomera which both lay claim to the title. Having seen Teide from both, they’ve got a strong case. But for me, La Gomera probably shades it.

Posted : Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 1:16 pm
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3 Responses to “Where to Find the Best Views of Mount Teide on Tenerife”

  1. Ros Thorne says:

    What stunning photos of El Teide! When I read your opening remarks, I found it almost impossible to believe that anyone going to Tenerife would be unaware or uninterested in this spectacular mountain. So I asked our office cleaning lady, who I knew had spent two holidays on the island in the last two years, what she thought of Teide, and to my surprise, although she had vaguely heard of it, she hadn’t realised that it was a volcano or that it was so large. It turned out that she and her partner had barely left the grounds of their PDLA hotels in the total of four weeks the had spent there! So I suggested she made the effort to join a trip to see Teide, to which she retorted: ‘What, waste sun tanning time to see a lump of rock?!’.

    • Jack says:

      Thanks for the comment about the photos. That’s a classic and gob-smacking story. But unfortunately not as uncommon as people might expect. A couple of years ago I saw a photo of ‘Teide’ on flickr with a comment saying something like ‘a photo of Mount Teide at the bottom of the street we were staying in Costa Adeje’. In that case the photo actually was of a hill that was little more than a lump of rock.
      I don’t think I’ve ever known of a destination that is so popular with millions but remains unknown to many – even some of those ‘bits’ that you’d think would be hard to miss 🙂

  2. Jimmy Quigley says:

    Must agree the View of Teide from La Gomera is stunning but I was lucky to see a more side on View of Teide from Fuencalliente on the West tip of La Palma and it was a clear day Never thought to take a Pic. xxx

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