Mount Teide, Tenerife

5 fun facts about Mount Teide, Tenerife

1. Mount Teide (El Teide or Pico del Teide in Spanish) is the highest of several volcanos rising within the caldera of Las Cañadas. Its peak is the highest point in Spain at 3,715 meters (12,188 feet) and is the third largest volcano on the planet if measured from the ocean floor.

2. A relatively young stratovolcano, Mount Teide started growing approximately 170,000 years ago following a catastrophic landslide caused by the eruption of Las Cañadas. It has reached its current height following multiple eruptions and continuous layers of lava building up.

3. Mount Teide is the highest of three notable peaks forming the central Teide range which also includes Pico Viejo (3,135m) in the west and Montaña Blanca (2,748m) in the east. Even though the last notable eruption occurred from a side vent named El Chinyero as recently as 1909, the last eruption from the peak itself was back in 1798. It is a lesser-known fact that there are 411 volcanoes in total on the Island of Tenerife.

4. Legend has it that the supreme god, Archaman cast Guayota (the devil) into the volcano and sealed the crater, freeing Magec (the god of light and the sun) and enabling the indigenous people, the Guanches to thrive on Tenerife.

5. As amazing at night as it is during the day, Mount Teide is one of the best spots in the world for stargazing and astrophotography.

Revel in the breathtaking beauty of Mount Teide from Merando De Chio at 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) with a 5-Star Guided Sunset and Stargazing Safari Experience from Night Skies Tenerife.

Join our coach from one of the hotel pick up points in South Tenerife before departing to Chio for an Authentic Canarian meal en route to Teide National Park. We then climb to Merendero de Chío in the Corona Forest to experience the beautiful Tenerife sunset above the Sea of Clouds, with a glass of Cava, before heading off to Mirador de las Narices Del Teide, at the base of Pico de Viejo for a stargazing and astrophotography experience not to be missed – all with a bit of science and humour from our expert guides.