One of the difficulties I had in planning my trip to Tenerife was deciding what to do in Teide. What walks could you make. How many days should you count to explore the Teide National Park.
It is impossible to see all that the fantastic Teide National Park has to offer in just one day. At least minimums, program your travel itinerary in Tenerife to devote at least two days to Teide.
A day to walk along the main road, stop at the belvederes to contemplate (and photograph) the landscape and do one or two of the smaller walks, including obligatorily the pleasant Roques de García Trail. And the second day to climb the Teide Cable Car and take the 11, 12 and 9 walks.
2 days tour in Teide (what to do)
Day 1: Viewpoints and walks overlooking the Teide volcano
The introduction to Teide National Park is inevitably made by car. This is what I recommend on a first day, in a way of setting the extraterrestrial landscapes of Teide.
In particular, calmly walk the TF-21 road. Stop in the area of Minas de São José. In any and every gazebo that appears to you. Walk a little. Photograph. Enjoy. Repeat!
Do not worry about climbing the Teide Cable Car to run; Save it for another day. That the Teide National Park is to go exploring without haste.
At one of these stops, allow yourself to take a little longer walk.
I recommend that you park your car in the viewpoint of Llano de Ucanca and walk along the circular Roques de García track. It's easy and very beautiful. I can not think of a better introduction to Teide's landscapes than this walk!
When you get her, the afternoon will be half way through. Go relax in one of the many beaches of Tenerife!
Day 2: Climb on the Teide + trekking
On another day, which does not have to be consecutive, my recommendation is to spend the whole day walking. Walk right.
Specifically, I recommend that you do the extraordinary trail from the viewpoint of Pico Velho to the viewpoint Narizes do Teide, surely one of the top trekkings from Tenerife - and one of the best walks I've ever done in my life. It is a trekking always descending, but on a very irregular floor. It is hard, very hard (do not do it if you have mobility problems). But everything pays off. I was thrilled!
Note that it is very important that you start the day very early, in time to catch one of the first trips of Teide Cable Car.
How to get to Tenerife
Currently there are at least three airlines with direct flights between Portugal and Tenerife. These are Ryanair, with flights from Porto to Tenerife South Airport (TFS); and Vueling and TAP, with flights from Lisbon to Tenerife Norte Airport (TFN). Look how to buy cheap flights and search for the best rates using link below.
Where to stay
I wrote a text to help you choose the best region where to stay in Tenerife, in which I recommend, with special emphasis for those who like to hike, to stay in the northern part of the island. I suggest you read it carefully; or, if you prefer, search for a hotel in Tenerife using the link below.
In addition to all the suggestions of the post - whose reading I recommend, know that it is possible to sleep one night - only one night! - in the refuge of Teide, 3.260 meters of altitude, which will allow to explore the zone of the volcano with another depth. I did not do it because, when I discovered this possibility, I was already completely exhausted for my dates. So check the dates available on the Official Site and book well in advance. The next day you will have to leave the refuge until 7: 30 in the morning.
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