The highest peak in Spain ( 3.718 m), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is an absolute must. Beautiful and grandiose, it will make you feel small. Choosing this walking tour will provide you a unique experience worldwide. It is unique because it represents the volcanic process of the creation of the Canary Islands and vegetation and fauna associated. It is also unique because most of the plants can only be spotted in these islands.
In such an idyllic place like this it can be difficult to concentrate on work. The National Parador Hotel makes up for this. The Parador offers all the necessary services for the successful celebration of meetings and conventions. The Parador is surrounded by craters of the Canadas del Teide at more than 2000 meters above sea level and an hour’s drive from either of the two airports on the Island The Parador, the only construction within the park, has been decorated in the most pure Canarian style, in both the communal areas as well as in the bedrooms. And as work is not everything, in your leisure time we can offer relaxation in our acclimatized indoor swimming pool or a walk in the surrounding area on the network of paths that cross the Teide National Park. Afterwards, enjoy exquisite Canarian cuisine in the cozy atmosphere of the hotel. Our most emblematic dishes are Canarian stew, rabbit, papas arrugadas (new potatoes boiled dry in sea salt, mojo / garlic sauces and salted fish). Astronomy lovers have the possibility to enjoy the magnificent skies of Las Canadas, observing the constellations with the Parador’s own telescope.
The Altavista refuge, situated at 3270 m, consists of two buildings and it is equipped with an infirmary, storehouse, showers, kitchen and three dormitories with a capacity for some 54 mountaineers. The original refuge was built in 1892 on the initiative of an English explorer living in Tenerife. The Island Cabildo (Island Government) took over this facility in 1950 and refurbished it completely in 1997. The maximum stay is limited to ONE night.
There are two Visitor Centres open daily (except 25 December and 1 January) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. El Portillo Visitor Centre exhibits the geological history of the Park and the relations and environment of the life forms that inhabit it. The Cañada Blanca Visitor Centre offers an exhibition on the interaction and mutual influence of man the Cañadas.