Teide National Park
Meta Description: Teide National Park is the largest national park in Spain.
Abstract: As the highest peak on Tenerife, Mount Teide is the jewel of the Canary Islands.
Estrella del Norte stands at the bottom of the road to Teide National Park.
Teide National Park
Teide National Park is the largest national park in Spain. It houses Mount Teide, the jewel of Tenerife. Mount Teide itself stretches 3718 m above sea level. It is the third largest volcano in the world from its base on the ocean floor, and is also the highest mountain in Spain as well as of all the islands of the Atlantic. It includes not only Teide but Pico Viejo, the second largest volcano on the Canaries with a 3135 peak elevation.
The park features an endless amount of trails, views, and fauna across an area of approximately 19000 hectares. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. It is also considered since that year one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. The park further features an observatory halfway up the mountain. It belongs to the municipality of La Orotava.
The historical value of Teide National Park originally rests with its spiritual significance. The cultural origins have been edified by the important archaeological sites discovered in the park and linked to the aboriginal Guanches who worshiped the site as the gateway to the netherworld, also know as Echeyde.
Teide became the third national park in Spain upon its declaration in 1954. In 1989, Teide was awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas by the Council of Europe. It is one of the Twelve Treasures of Spain.
Teide National Park is considered complements Hawaii Volcano National Park as the only national parks in the world which are preserved due the importance of natural volcanic structures and formation. Geologically, Teide is classified as a representation of less evolved magmas than Volcano National Park. Additionally, Teide’s composition and topography has been compared to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.