The Best Way to Travel to Mount Teide

Mon, June 11th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

Mount Teide is a magnificent magnet for millions, drawn by the promise of awe-inspiring beauty and a bizarre terrain fashioned by nature’s violent outbursts. Even suicide cults have been caught in its spell, heading to its summit like in a downbeat Close Encounters of the Third Kind where they hoped to step off this mortal coil and on to a waiting UFO.

Visiting Tenerife without a trip to Mount Teide is like visiting Giza and not bothering to check out the Pyramids. This natural wonder of the world is simply a must.

Mount Teide

But what is the best way to get to Mount Teide?

Visiting Mount Teide on a Coach Excursion
Coach excursions take the worry out of driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and navigating unfamiliar lands. The downside is that you only see the highlights of popular tourist trails. The whistle-stop element doesn’t suit people who like time to savour their surroundings and to explore Teide’s wonderful terrain.

By Public Buses
Public buses are cheap and reliable. There are routes from Playa de las Américas and Puerto de la Cruz. The problem is that there’s only one bus up in the morning and one back in the afternoon.

By Car
Visit Mount Teide under your own steam and you choose when to go and where to stop. There are miradors on every route with spectacular views and with four roads leading to Teide National Park, the chances are you will be relatively near one no matter where you stay on Tenerife.

Vilaflor, Tenerife

Getting to Teide from the South
From Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje the road leads into the mountains skirting towns like Arona before the barren landscape is swapped for pine forest around Vilaflor and then the stunning scenery of Teide National Park takes over.

For visitors based in El Médano, Golf del Sur or Costa del Silencio, alternative routes through Granadilla and San Miguel join up with the southern road at Vilaflor.

From the North
From Puerto de la Cruz the road leads up through the La Orotava Valley, winding past green farmlands and into the pines before emerging from the forest near El Portillo visitors’ centre. On a clear day there are knock out views of Teide and on a cloudy one, Tenerife’s amazing sea of clouds.

La Orotava Valley, Tenerife

From Santa Cruz
All roads to Teide are spectacular but the one running along the spine from La Laguna is my favourite. It’s a quieter road and there are parts where you can sigh at vistas overlooking Tenerife’s southern coast then cross the road and sigh again at the ones over the north coast.

From the South West
From Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago and Playa de la Arena, the drive via Santiago del Teide to join the Chio road towards Mount Teide offers a different perspective view of the lava fields and ends in a long straight road that seems to balance on a jagged black sea.

All roads deliver that WOW factor and, yes, all involve switchbacks galore. But they are wide, a joy to drive and should be a breeze for confident drivers.

The bottom line is that whichever way you choose to get to the mountain, you’re in for a treat.

Posted : Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 9:51 am
Category : days out
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