Visits to the National Park
The Mt. Teide National Park has links with different areas of the island with its four access roads:
To the North: TF-21 road from La Orotava to Las Cañadas (Portillo de la Villa) (33 km.)
To the East: TF-24 road, which runs from La Laguna to El Portillo de la Villa (43 km)
To the South: TF-21 road from Vilaflor to Las Cañadas (Boca de Tauce) (16 km)
To the West: TF-38 road from Chio to Las Cañadas (Boca de Tauce) (30 km)
The following are the public bus routes (guaguas): Bus number 348 from Puerto de la Cruz and Bus number 342 from Playa de las Americas.
There are two Visitors´ Centres, which open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering detailed information on the most important aspects of the Park.
- El Portillo de la Villa Visitors´ Centre, at km 32.1 on the TF-21 road.
- Cañada Blanca Visitors´ Centre (in a wing of the National Tourist „Parador” Hotel), at Km 46.5 on the TF-21 road.
Guided tours are available, but you need to book a place on one in the Park office, or ask for information in the Visitors´ Centres. There are some restricted zones, where public access and the number of visitors are regulated for conservation reasons, pursuant to Park´s Use and Management Master Plan. One of these restricted areas is La Rambleta – Pico del Teide; to climb to the summit, you have to apply for an access permit. You can walk up Montaña Blanca as far as La Rambleta, or you can take the cable car.To stay overnight in the Park, you can stay in the:
- National Tourism „Parador” Hotel Las Cañadas del Teide, at Km 46.5 on the TF-21 road.
- Altavista Refuge, run by the Teleférico del Teide, situated at 3270 metres. The only access to the refuge is on foot.