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Millions of years ago, some violent volcanic activity in the Atlantic region resulted in the creation of a fascinating island called Tenerife. Today, it is the largest island in the archipelago of the Canary Islands and a popular tourist destination visited by more than 5 million individuals every year. Its rugged terrain has been sculpted by several volcanic eruptions that followed after its creation, the last one being the 1909 eruption, which occurred in the Santiago del Teide municipal region.

Upon booking your flights to tenerife several months in advance, you can have greater savings to be utilised while exploring this Spanish island. While holidaying in this Canary Island, you'll surely get the chance to explore its awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes.

 

1. Teide National Park

A place of great importance to the ancient aboriginal people known as 'Guanches', this national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. You can visit this park with either the morning or the afternoon coach trip that takes visitors through some amazing landscapes. These coaches depart from selected areas in the towns of southern Tenerife. Access to Mount Teide requires a free permit, which must be booked in advance by those who wish to explore it. One of the best experiences you can have in this part of Tenerife is a ride in the cable car.

 

2. Masca

Originally a settlement of the Guanches, this is a small but beautiful village located at an altitude of 650 metres on the Macizo de Teno Mountains. A popular myth says that this village was once the settlement of the pirates, but there has been no evidence to support the story. The easiest route to get to this mountain village is via the picturesque village of Santiago del Teide. What truly makes this village stand out from the other villages is its exceptional natural beauty with flower-lined hiking trails. Another trail from this village leads to a beach down the gorge, which takes about 3 hours to hike.

 

3. Anaga Rural Park

This park is full of enchanting greenery and places that remind you of the Amazon rainforest. You'll come across peaks and deep ravines while exploring Anaga, which is a highland of mountains and mesmerising hamlets. It takes less than an hour's drive from the capital city of Santa Cruz to reach this marvellous region. Don't miss the visitors' centre located at Cruz del Carmen while exploring Anaga Rural Park. After spending some time at the visitors centre', you can walk along the lush forest by taking the Vueltas de Taganana pathway.

 

4. Chinyero Volcano

Located next to the popular Mount Teide in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, this volcano and the area surrounding it has been designated a Special Natural Reserve. If you like unspoilt natural surroundings, this would be an ideal place to explore. You can take a circular walk around this dark volcano and enjoy the views of the volcanic cone as well as the lava flows. While exploring this region, you'll get the feeling of being transported back in time to the age of dinosaurs. The walk around this volcano takes about 3 hours and allows you to witness one the most spectacular volcanic landscape on the island.

 

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