[Eleni Karaindrou – Adagio]
Tenerife island as a whole is a giant mountain which rises from the ocean floor up to 7500 meters. However, above the sea level, its highest point is Teide (or El Teide, 3718 m). The island belongs to Spain, and with such an altitude Teide is the highest Spanish peak, far exceeding the mountains on the mainland.
Tenerife is in the Atlantic ocean, about 300 kilometers west of Morocco, and it is the largest of all Canary island. With around 900 000 inhabitants it is also the most populated. The island has been in Spanish hands only 2 years after Columbus’ discovery of America, more precisely from 1494.
This is a ragged young soil, according to Wikipedia it was formed in the present shape about 3 million years ago. The island is completely dominated by Teide. The other prominent peaks are Pico Viejo (3135 m) and Guajara (2718 m), and there are many more of a smaller height.
Teide, together with Pico Viejo and Montaña Blanca make a central part of the volcanic complex. With their surroundings, they make the Teide National Park, one of the most visited in the world, with close to 3 million of visitors per year. In 2007 it was named a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The roads on Tenerife are good and attractive. One great example is this road from La Laguna to Teide area, the Esperanza road which follows the main ridge of the island in the northeast-southwest direction. The road starts at around 550 meters above the sea level and goes to more than 2360 m of altitude at Teide. It offers great views most of the time, to both north and south side of the island. This video is prepared for you by Angel de Vicente:
Within this site I describe some of these mountains which I climbed in several occasions, follow some of the links in the text. Some interesting hiking routes are also described here.