El Teide- mysterious sleepy volcano of Canary Islands. Third biggest in the world.
Fascinated by the volcanoes but too scared to go to Iceland to see it in action? No problem! Tenerife island is exactly what you need! don’t listen to the people who are only familiar with this island through the holiday packages. yes, there are many affordable flights a day which can take you there from all the major European cities. From London it is 4 hours flight. But then, let others to get sub burned and drunk by the swimming pool. Hire the car and enjoy the ride. Gas is so cheap here, no need to rely on a public transport.
El Teide volcano is based in the heart of the island and is 3700 meters above the sea level. This is the highest Spanish mountain. And it is 48 km in circumference. Before you get to the cable car (which is 25 euros return ride per person) you will drive through the stunning scenery which is called Moon Scape- films like Planet of Apes, Cosmic Odyssey and Star Track were all filmed here.
Be careful to wear lots of warm clothes! Even if it is +25, it is going to be
1 on the top of the volcano with the strong wind which gives you immediate headache. Comfy shoes are the must, and of corse drinking water.
Being above the clouds is very exciting! Clouds are floating across the mountains below your feet. Landscape around you looks like another planet. There are occasional spots of ice which shines on the sun here and there. You can even go inside of the volcano’s summit! But make sure to obtain a free permit (obtainable from the Park office in Santa Cruz, Calle Emilio Calzadilla, 5 – 4th floor) beforehand.
Once you back on earth you will be offered a certificate which sates that you have visited the volcano. first we refused, but then thought – what the hell, it is only 5 euros, and we looked very funny on the photo they took of us before we started our journey up (I personally though they did it so they know how we look in case we get lost- stupid me:)).