Did you know that nearly half of Tenerife is made up of protected national parks? Officially, they’re protected by the Red Canaria de Espacios Naturales Protegidos – which translates as the Canary Islands Network for Protected Natural Areas. That means that there are plenty of places to see and explore in Tenerife, full of natural beauty and packed with weird and wonderful sights.
At Tenerife.com, we’re a Tenerife specialist – and we love nothing better than introducing our customers to some of Tenerife’s best parks and wide open spaces. So, here’s a rundown on some of the must-see National Parks in Tenerife:
Teide National Park
Officially known as Parque Nacional del Teide, this spectacular National Park is a vast sprawling affair that’s crowned by the soaring volcanic peak of Mt Teide. It’s a sleeping volcano that’s responsible for the lava fields, craggy terrain and bizarre twisting rock formations that make up so much of this fascinating landscape. It’s slap-bang in the middle of the island so it’s relatively accessible, wherever you’re staying. Your best bet is to join an organised coach tour for a day or hire a car to experience this magnificent spot at its best.
Occupying the far north-eastern tip of the island is the vast Anaga mountain range. It’s a real looker, and its remote location only adds to the drama. If you can make it up here, it’s worth it – it’s pretty under-discovered and is well off the tourist trail, so take your time and soak up the many ravines, forests, mountainous peaks and villages as slowly as possible.
Teno Rural Park
Isolated and beautiful, the Teno Rural Park really is a sight for sore eyes. It’s located way up in the island’s north-western tip, with dramatic cliff tops that tumble down to crashing seas and tiny clusters of houses that cling to impossible angles. This mountainous massif is difficult to get to, and you’ll need to drive along those winding roads with care – in fact the roads only go so far, so bring your walking boots! But once you’ve discovered its soaring peaks and rugged beauty, you’ll realise that it was worth the effort.
If that has whet your appetite for a trip to Tenerife, visit our homepage at Tenerife.com to find out more about staying in this fascinating island. You’ll find accommodation in various parts of the island, from Los Cristianos hotels and upmarket villas in Costa Adeje, to lovely apartments and hotels in Puerto de la Cruz. So what are you waiting for? Visit Tenerife.com and let’s get your voyage of discovery off to a flyer…