The volcanic tourism is one of the most attractive tourist adventures for those who do not seek just relax, but also like to know the wildest stories and the depths of the Canary Islands, some islands which as you know were born from the deep sea after long times of volcanic eruptions.
The beauty of our volcanoes and landscape left around, provide on all the paths a spectacle for your eyes which you certainly will want to see.
But before knowing the volcanic places you can visit, you might like to know a little more about the latest volcanic eruptions that have taken place in Tenerife.
The last 5 volcanic eruptions in Tenerife
- During the passage of Columbus on the Canary Islands, a volcanic eruption was registered in 1492 in Bocacangrejo, a small seaside town located in the south of Tenerife.
- Between 1704 and 1705, there is evidence of a period of volcanic activity in three different places on the island: the volcano of the seven fountains, located in Arico, the volcano of Fasnia and the volcano in Arafo.
- A year later, specifically in 1706, a new eruption occurred in the village of Garachico.
- The second last of all eruptions that we have “enjoyed” in Tenerife is the eruption of Chahorra in 1798, the second highest point in Tenerife behind the Teide, and one of the three mountains over 3,000 meters, and is located within the Park Nacional del Teide
- The last and still distant in time took place over a century ago on November 18. 1909, an eruption that lasted about 10 days. It is the eruption of Chiniyero, which is located in the municipality of Santiago del Teide.
Volcanic Tourism in the Teide National Park
The Teide National Park is undoubtedly the banner of the island of Tenerife, led by the highest mountain of Spain at 3,718 meters, world’s third highest volcanic cone, the most visited Europe National Park and area of recent volcanic activity.
How to get to the highest point of Tenerife and Spain?
To visit the peak of the Teide, you have two options. If you are adventurous and in decent shape, there are numerous hiking routes to reach the peak of Teide. You can even book in advance a bed in the refuge of the Teide for the night and sleep in the highest place possible in Spain.
On the other hand and for the who prefer to spend their time on other activities, you have the cable car which will take you to the top without too much effort.
You should be aware that whether you want to access the crater of the Teide or sleep in the shelter, you must apply for a permit in advance. Here is the link to more information and the web where you can request permission.
Enjoy the stars at Teide
The Teide National Park is not only an ideal place for relaxing, hiking and enjoying some volcanic landscapes. It is also, due to the low light pollution in this area and the height you can reach, a recommended place to make out the stars and look beyond our world. This is another type of tourism that is also having a big boom on our islands, called astronomical tourism, and which we will discuss another time carefully.
Volcanic trails at the Teide
There are approximately 20 trails you can enjoy in the National Park, but one of the most recommended is the path of the Siete Cañadas.
How to learn more about Mount Teide?
If you want more information about the Mount Teide and the volcanic origin of the Canary Islands we suggest that you go to the visitor center of the Teide National Park. A very well kept center where you can experience and learn about the flora, fauna and geology of our islands, as well as a reproduction room where you will see an intense short film very well done in which is explained in several languages and graphically origin of the islands and the Mount Teide.
Go deep in volcanic depths
Another must for fans of volcanic tourism and which also is situated in the north of Tenerife, specifically in Icod de Los Vinos is a visit to the Cueva del Viento.
The Cueva del Viento (Wind Cave)
The Cueva del Viento is a series of labyrinthine underground volcanic tunnels of 17 kilometers in length, being the longest volcanic tunnel in Europe, and fifth in the world. Here you will also find a visitor center and a group of guides who will accompany you at all times in the tunnel areas that are open to the public. The guides will explain the origin and formation of volcanic tunnels, as well as some curiosities of the cave in an entertaining way. They also ensure that you pass through all areas with the greatest caution possible.
If you decide to visit the Cueva del Viento, be sure to bring appropriate footwear to walk comfortably without problem in the volcanic tunnels. The area open to the public is not dangerous, even less if you go with caution and if you go with the best footwear for such an adventure.
Within these volcanic tunnels you enter a sort of underworld where you can savor the silence and the deepest darkness. Known in our blog further information on the Wind Cave.
More volcanic information
If you want more information on other paths, locations on the island and volcanic experiences, you can download for free this comprehensive guide to Volcanic Tourism prepared by the Cabildo of Tenerife and webtenerife.com
Start your adventure of volcanic tourism
The volcanic tourism is one of more adventurous ways to enjoy Tenerife in a different way. Now comes the moment for you to discover yourself the beauty of these landscapes and the interior of the island.
If you join the adventure and decide to stay in the north of Tenerife to enjoy magnificent volcanic places – and some of them that are very close to Puerto de la Cruz – then the Apartments Ambassador can be your choice.
We are happy to be your hosts for your volcanic adventure.