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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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