Spain’s highest mountain is a volcano on Tenerife (Canary Islands). The last eruption occurred in 1909. The mountain is protected as the Parque Nacional del Teide. The huge extinct crater has a diameter of ca. 10 kilometers, is filled with lava at an altitude of ca. 2000 – 2300 m a.s.l. This flat region looks like a scenery on the moon, although some flowers bloom there and make the foot of the rising cone a place of extraordinary beauty. This flat part is called Las Cañadas and can be reached by car. In order to study that region and prepare the climb, we took the mountain-bike from sea level.
Las Cañadas does not have any shops, but a hotel (Parador), an information center, an astronomical and meteorological observatory, a cable car to the Teide.
The next shops are at the town of Vilaflor 1460 m. We liked the very nice rooms at the Parador, but the food was better on the coast. The cable car starts at an altitude of 2350 m and reaches 3550 m. It runs between 9 and 16 hours.
The climb from the Cañadas is an easy hike of ca. 5 hours. There is absolutely no water to be found! The weather is not extreme, although snow is common in winter and makes a climb probably awkward.