Teide 's climate has a subalpine character
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The incredible natural diversity in Tenerife means that in winter while the rest of the island enjoys pleasant spring temperatures, the Teide often has snow-capped mountains: this is due to the sub alpine continental climate of this area. It comes as no surprise that classical scholars knew Tenerife as "Nivaria," and even the Guanches, the original inhabitants of the island, called it "monte blanco," (White Mountain). In fact, on occasions, the snowfall forces the closure of the access roads to the Teide National Park.