National park El Teide – the foundation of the Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide
In 1954, the foundation of the national park El Teide or rather of the Cañadas, in Tenerife was initiated in an area, which was used as willows for cattle breeding by the Guanches. The foundation of the national park is significant owing to the ecological orientation. This contains the protection of the unique and partly endemic abundance of species on the island. The park on the "island of the enternal spring" was founded as Spain's third national park. The neighbouring islands of Tenerife also have protected areas in terms of national parks.
The region of the national park El Teide or "Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide" comprises about 136 km². The northern boundary is formed by the active volcano Teide. The Teide towers above the whole island and is even the highest elevation of the national territory of Spain. The Cañadas form the boundary of the national park El Teide in Tenerife in the south, east and west. Those are formations at the bottom of the volcano, which were formed by erosion.
Significance of the national park El Teide:
With an area of about 18.990 ha the national park El Teide is the largest of the four nature parks on the Canary Islands. With 3 million visitors every year, the nature park is regarded as Spain's most frequented nature park. This is due to the unique scenery along the spectacular silhouette of the volcano. After all, the Teide's peak is 3,718m above sea level, but can still be reached easily. Furthermore, the stream of visitors is attributable to the numerous and close destinations, among them wonderful gardens, exotic beaches and interesting museums. This explains the significance of the national park El Teide for the tourism. The climate of the Cañadas is also interesting. It's possible, that there's snow in the national park, while there are people enjoying the sun and the beach at the coast.
You should take warm clothes with you, when you visit the Teide.
More about the climate of the national park here...