Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code ES940003)
  • Since 1989
  • Country: Spain
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 136 km2 (13571.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


Site contact authorities

Information Oficina del Parque Nacional del Teide C/ Emilio Calzadilla, 5; 4° 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Tel: 22 29 01 29; Fax: 22 24 47 88
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General character of the site Situated at centre of Tenerife Island (Canaries), the park comprises with a large cirque known as "Las Cańadas", and Teide itself, the highest peak in Spain (3717 m). The whole bog is higher than 2000m above sea level, with a mountain climate: wide temperature variation, low rainfall, a dry atmosphere and strong winds. The superstructure is volcanic. It last erupted in 1798, with residual solfatara activity giving off gases at 86°C. 
Vulnerability Every year 300.000 visitors use the Teide cable-car and crowd around the upper station before making their way on foot to the volcano summit. The rocks in the vicinity of the Parador are being eroded by trampling. A road crosses the park. Artillery fire is not directly affecting the park, except for a small piece of land owned by the Ministry of Defence. Mouflons and rabbits proliferate. The footpath passes too close to communities of rare or threatened communities. 
Owner 95% of the area belongs to the commune of Orotava. The park is administrated directly by the National Nature Conservation Institute (ICONA). 
Documentation Council of Europe - European Diploma Series nr. 32 (1989), Teide National Park - Spain, Strasbourg, 27 p. 
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Educational interest -Information centre at Portillo; guided tours; botanical trail-Centro de Visitantes de Cañada Blanca 
Cultural heritage Numerous vestiges of homes used by the Guanches (early inhabitants of the Canaries belonging to the pre-Hispanic culture) in Las Cañadas (cave and surface dwellings). Many traditional activities (grazing, broom-gathering, bee-keeping) continue in the park which also has facilities for astrophysical research. 
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URL interesting http://www.canaryislands-internet.com/interestinglinks/Places_of_Interest/tenerife/elteide.htm 

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