A visit to the summit of Mt Teide by cable car offers a great view of the spectacular landscape of the Canary Islands' largest national park. Its special climate, altitude and volcanic formations are an invitation to contemplation and enjoyment of a special moment you will remember all your life.
Visiting Teide volcano is always different: the effects of the light as the day wears on, the seasons and their changing weather patterns make for a new and surprising landscape. Yet two sensations remain unchanged: the immensity of the landscape and the stunning silence.
The Lower Station
The lower station is easy to reach by road and stands at 2,356 m above sea level. These modern facilities are equipped with two cabins that can hold a maximum of 44 passengers and travel to the top in under 8 minutes. The lower station offers spectacular views of the peaks surrounding Mt Teide.
Teide Cable Car ParkingThe lower station has a free parking area for up to 220 vehicles. The car park is open from 9 am to 6 pm.
The lower station has a rest area, coffee shop and self-service restaurant with splendid views of Teide National Park, a shop and public toilets. It is the ideal place to find out about the various routes that can be taken from the upper station.
The Upper Station
The upper station has a small foyer that leads directly outside. It is equipped with Wi-Fi, toilets and Spain's highest public telephone. There is no coffee shop, and you are recommended to come prepared for changes in temperature. Located at 3,555 m altitude, the upper station is the starting point for three marvellous routes:
• Route No. 10 (Telesforo Bravo) to the Crater of Mt Teide, which takes you to Spain's highest peak, from where you can enjoy one of the world's most magnificent landscapes. On clear days, you can glimpse the nearby islands of La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria. For environmental reasons, access to the peak is controlled, requiring a permit issued by the national park offices. You can apply online free of charge at www.reservasparquesnacionales.es.
• Route No. 11, La Fortaleza Vantage Point an incredible spot from where you can take in the spectacular view of the north side of Tenerife, including Valle de La Orotava in the centre and the long ridge of Monte La Esperanza that melds with the rugged Anaga Massif.
• Route No. 12, Pico Viejo Vantage Point, an awe-inspiring viewpoint overlooking south Tenerife and a perfect place from where to admire the great caldera of Las Cañadas del Teide, its enclosure of sheer walls of rock and the aftermath of the last volcanic eruptions. You can also survey the multi-coloured crater of Pico Viejo, the rocky outcrops of Roques de García and Mt Guajara.