As a rep in Tenerife, you visit Mount Teide a lot. About a third of the excursions we sell include some sort of visit to the volcano and national park so by now, I am no stranger to it. As beautiful and incredible as it is, there is so much more to see on the island that visiting it over and over can become quite a chore. However, there was one thing that we hadn’t done and that was the cable car to just below the crater.

Our main reason for doing this trip on our day off was honestly due to complaints regarding not having enough time to go up the cable car so we wanted to test it out for ourselves. However, we would have gone at some point anyway due to it being a different way of exploring the volcano and a fantastic viewpoint of the island.


Our half day excursion drove us up to and through the national park, straight to the cable car with no stop. Our cable car tickets were fast pass and we still waited roughly half an hour before boarding so I’d highly recommend booking in advance than just turning up. The cable car was a lot faster than I was expecting. For some reason, I pictured a rickety old cart but it’s all very modern. The cable car takes you to the nearest to the crater you can get without a special permit, 163 metres below the summit.

On a clear day, you can see forever but unfortunately on this particular day, the island still had calima. Usually you’re supposed to be able to see the entirety of the island and across to the neighbouring islands of La Gomera and Gran Canaria. You’re supposed to feel on top of the world. Unfortunately, all we got to see what the immediate rocks and landscape but it was still an amazing view. It was also fantastic to see the summit a bit closer and more personal. It was beautiful to see on a hazy day so I can only imagine the views on a clear day. The air is so crisp and natural up there too.



The above two photos are what you’re supposed to see…



… But these two are what we saw.

After we travelled back down, the coach took us to some viewpoints in the national park which we have been to a million times over but the views are still breathtaking. Every time I’ve been before, I’ve gone wandering and climbing but this time, we stayed put, took a few pictures and admired the view.


It was such a beautiful day, regardless of the calima and I would highly recommend a visit to Parc Nacional de Teide for it’s incredible landscapes.

All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.

This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way.

I attended the excursion free of charge due to connections through my company.


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