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UNESCO World Heritage Site #151: Teide National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site #151: Teide National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site #151: Teide National Park

From the World Heritage inscription:

Situated on the island of Tenerife, Teide National Park features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment. The visual impact of the site is all the greater due to atmospheric conditions that create constantly changing textures and tones in the landscape and a ‘sea of clouds’ that forms a visually impressive backdrop to the mountain. Teide is of global importance in providing evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands.

Mount Teide is the highest point in all of Spain and it sits at the center of Tiede National Park. The park itself is a giant caldera with geologically recent lava flows and a desert like environment. On the drive up to the park you will pass through several different ecological zones including a forest of Canary Island Pine Trees. Tiede really is one of the most spectacular parts of the Canary Islands and if you are there on a clear day you will be able to see at least four other islands.

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  1. This past February we stayed at the Parador hotel just to the left of the El Teide peak in your picture. There was a cable car up to the top where it was insanely windy and a bit inhospitable. That afternoon we drove around the area and enjoyed the rock formations, but the big surprise was that night when it snowed! It had to have been around 80F the day before, and there were Tour de France teams training on the roads. It snowed so much all the roads were closed and we extended our stay at the hotel another day. :-D The dark pumice rocks covered in snow looked just like cookies and cream ice cream.

  2. calvin says:

    Thank you for the introduction, the sea of clouds are like devouring the mountains, I guess the picture is taken just on a normal day. Guess what would they look like then it’s on a stormy day!

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