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Cabildo bus shuttle to Teide

Operativo Nevada

Free bus service to the Teide National Park this weekend

For safety reasons, access by car is only one way – up through Chío and down via Boca Tauce and Vilaflor from 08.00 am to 18.00 on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February

 This weekend the Cabildo has activated Operation Nevada (8.00-18.00) to ensure the safety of visitors to the Teide National Park after heavy snow fall 18-22 February.

The decision is subject to change, depending on the number of vehicles and the weather as AEMET is forecasting winds with strong gusts in lower hills and highlands and rain is also expected in the north tomorrow.

President Carlos Alonso explains: “Currently, access to the National Park is complicated because we have not yet cleared all the roads and because it is a natural area so this operation is to ensure orderly and secure access.” Alonso is calling for patience and prudence on the part of visitors and residents to prevent accidents.

Access to the Teide National Park is only from the south of the island. Northern access roads remain closed as teams work hard to remove the ice and snow from the tarmac. For this reason the following roads remain closed:

TF-24 La Esperanza, which is cut off at Arafo at kilometre 24

TF-21 La Orotava, cut off at Ramón Caminero at kilometre 24

Recent snow falls of up to 135 mm high in Izaña should continue on the ground for at least a couple of weeks, which means that Operation Nevada may well be repeated next week but with more roads open to vehicles.

The Teide National Park can be visited to the cable car station but only by using a discretionary bus service offered free by the Cabildo on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February departing from Vilaflor. Bus company TITSA is also operating the normal services to Vilaflor: line 482 from Los Cristianos to Vilaflor and line 342 El Teide to Costa Adeje.

Access by car is only permitted to Boca Tauce one-way via Chío (TF-38) and going down by Vilaflor (TF-21). It will not be possible to go into the National Park due to the lack of sufficient parking spaces to ensure the transit of bus emergency vehicles. To reach the cable car, you must take the free shuttle bus departing from Vilaflor.

Bus shuttle

The free bus service will depart from Vilaflor to the cable car and not make any stops. Parking areas for cars will be provided in Vilaflor.

15 buses will operate a continuous service between 10.00 hours and 16.00 hours:

 The first bus from Vilaflor to the Cable Car will be at 10:00 am and lthe ast departure from Vilaflor to the cable car at 15:00. The first bus will return from the Cable Car to Vilaflor at 11.30 am and the last at 16.30 hours.

 If necessary, the number of buses will be increased.

The Civil Guard will activate special traffic controls at these points to regulate the movement of vehicles. The Red Cross will have two ambulances on standby for evacuation.

Under Operation Nevada there will be a free lane on the road for emergencies so vehicles will have to drive on the right. A field hospital and three ambulances will also be available near the Teide


Forest tracks, footpaths and BBQ areas

For security reasons, any recreational forest trails leading to or from the closed road sections in the mountains will be cut off.

For more information on closed tracks


More information on the website of the Cabildo of Tenerife

Or call the Citizens Service Centre (901 501 901) and Highway Information Centre (CIC) 900 210 131

The information will also be updated on the Cabildo’s social networks.operativo_nevada (002)

Snow white Teide

Shiny white Teide

A webcam shows the island’s snow covered peaks while visitors enjoy sun and beach at the coast

Snow has fallen like never before in Tenerife. This weekend, the sun rose on Mount Teide completely covered in white, offering a spectacular picture postcard view of the National Park and the island’s peaks. Road maintenance teams from the Cabildo are working hard to clear the heavy snowfalls and ice from the roads but for now, all access to the National Park remains closed as a precaution.

If you are on the island and waiting to go up over the next few days to enjoy the snow, or if you are at home and want to see what is happening live at Teide, this is the image broadcast live from one of the cameras at the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands:

And while this is happening in the highest part of Tenerife, the temperatures in the rest of the island are still like spring. The sun is shining and the beaches continue to be there for you to enjoy the over 20 degrees Celsius marked by the thermometers.

Have you ever heard that Tenerife is an island of contrasts? Well, over the last few days we have had the clearest example of this. Check out this camera, also live from one of the island’s southern beaches, Las Vistas in Los Cristianos (Arona):



Stargazing on holiday?

Normally we associate a holiday with rest and relaxation at the beach or pool but Tenerife has much more to offer.


My friend Mary had the fantastic idea of ​​going to see a romantic sunset from one of the most unique places on the planet: Teide, the highest peak in Spain and the 3rd highest volcano in the world from its base in the sea.

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Equally romantic without a partner we thought, and decided to book the Volcano Life Experience offer. Being a tour we would do once in lifetime, so we chose the deluxe version: Sunset with champagne, followed by dinner and a Canary Islands dinner and grand finale, stargazing in the middle of the Atlantic…

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Stars … The last time we discussed this subject quite deeply was probably at school; but that was long ago and since then we have been more concerned with our own little universe.

Every Friday you can enjoy this tour; either with a pickup in holiday resorts or by going in your own car. We wanted to be adventurous and went on our own in a rental car to island’s the summit (from the north, it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes).

Very important to mention that the Teide’s altitude is 3,718 metres, and the temperature at the summit is much lower than in the tourist areas. For this reason, tropical plants and palm trees grow near the coast and in the higher ground even snow falls in winter. This diversity in such a small space is unique in the world.



So take warm clothes, including gloves and a hat, and suitable footwear. However, the organization provides polar fleeces for the clueless.

After a warm welcome, we formed groups according to language: German, English and Spanish. Nervous and excited, we boarded the cable car! When we stepped outside, we immediately noticed the sudden drop in temperature. Good job some friendly waiters greeted us with champagne and hot chocolate. Getting used to the cold and with our hand warmer, we finally took in  the panoramic view and we felt like we were running out of air, but not from the cold … no, it was the wonderful views: a sea of ​​clouds below us, which gradually began to change colour to yellow and orange tones.


We walked with our group towards the sun to fully enjoy the spectacle. Some companions started to feel the altitude: faster heartbeat, deeper breathing and slower walking pace; the height didn’t affect me, only a strange smell. “Sulphur,” the guide said, “Don’t forget that the Teide is an active volcano.” When we reached the crater, everyone found a place, couples huddled together and took a few “selfies” to capture the moment forever. The views reminded me of my arrival on the island when the plane was flying towards the sunset, the colourful sky and the sea of ​​clouds below. The difference was that we were standing there at the peak, with a silence that filled us with peace.



Gradually we had to turn back, fleeing from the night as there were no artificial lights, and now the sun had set, it was getting colder.

As we travelled back down by cable car, the moon and the stars began to shine timidly in the night sky. A show of natural colours, with no filters or retouching.

When we reached the station, a cocktail style dinner was already waiting for us: pellets of gofio, wrinkled potatoes with mojo sauce, skewers of meat and fish, goat’s cheese, pumpkin cakes and banana fritters to name just a few of the Canary delicacies accompanied by local wines, beer and soft drinks. A tasty dinner presented in small bites to try a little of everything. While the culinary delights seduced us, total darkness fell and looking into the sky felt like you were up there touching the stars.



After dinner we went to watch the natural spectacle. We could even see the Milky Way with the naked eye, since this is one of the clearest skies in the world. Looking through professional telescopes … Wow! The Moon!! We could see clearly its surface, and suddenly we felt very small and back came those teenage questions about who we are and where we really come from.

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There under the sky, with the stars so close, immersed in the universe, our guide was showing us the entire constellation: “Over there the pole star, back there the stars shining just for us, because in reality, they do not exist, all we can see is their light.” Tremendous!

And shooting stars? “What a pity, you’ve just missed a big one. But did you know that they are not so romantic? Most are space junk.” Beautiful and magical rubbish, I thought. A lot of questions on our minds, many impressions and new experiences … We actually were looking for a simple relaxing holiday in Tenerife, and now again we face the existential question.


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An excursion 100% recommended, not only for couples who want to see a romantic sunset but also for those curious children from 8 years and adults, who want to experience something different on holiday. Volcano Life Experience is a mixture of romance, science and gastronomy in one of the most majestic places in the world, Mount Teide.



Dark skies at night – astronomers’ delight in Tenerife!

Tenerife enhances its “astro-tourism” with eight new telescopes at Teide Observatory


Tenerife has boosted its position as one of the best locations on the planet for stargazing, with the introduction of eight new telescopes at the world-famous Teide Observatory. Introduced last month, the new telescopes will appeal to “astro-tourists” and scientists looking to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

The new, advanced solar telescopes mark the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC). Of the eight introduced, six are robotic telescopes from countries including the USA, Russia, Qatar and Slovakia; and two belong to the QUIJOTE (Q-U-I-Joint Tenerife), a scientific experiment involving multiple partners from Spain and the UK. The recently-launched Volcano Life Experience operates guided tours several days a week to the Teide Observatory, which is also home to GREGOR, the largest solar telescope in Europe.

Located at 2,390 metres above sea level and next to Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak at 3,718 metres – Teide Observatory is perfect for studying stars at night due to its geographical location, low-light pollution and extremely clear night skies, which are protected by laws relating to contamination levels and flight paths. The Observatory rests above the clouds in the volcanic Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, globally recognised as a ‘Starlight Tourist Destination’.

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The largest island in the Canaries, Tenerife offers a huge choice of ‘star tourism’ experiences for visitors to enjoy on their island getaway. Those with an interest in outer space can learn about the important astrophysics research carried out by the IAC at Teide Observatory by joining a guided tour to see the stars and marvel at dazzling displays. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a free “open day” at the Observatory every summer, with many activities available for children. They can also tour the Planetarium at the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in La Laguna or stay overnight in a rural cottage or country hotel complete with a telescope for a private observation of the stars. Mount Teide’s cable car also offers a very special ‘Sunset and Stars’ stargazing trip, with a dusk-time dinner served at 2,000 metres above sea level.

The Canary Islands, specifically Tenerife and La Palma, have the privilege of being among the few locations in the world that will install new telescopes of the future. The island of Tenerife also leads the EUSky Route, a pioneering project funded by the European Commission which aims to create “astrotourism” routes in the participating European countries, including Poland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece and Spain.

Next year, Tenerife will welcome stars of a different kind, such as Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist-musician Brian May, when it hosts the Starmus Festival – a unique celebration of science, art and music – from 27th June to 2nd July 2016. This special event is the brainchild of Dr. Garik Israelian of the IA.

For more information on stargazing in Tenerife, please click here.

Starry, starry night

Last week Tenerife hosted the European representatives of the new EU Sky Route project, whose main objective is to create different astro-tourism routes in the member countries. Taking part in this project, funded by the European Commission, and granted by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the Commission, are Tenerife, Valencia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Portugal.

The group had the opportunity to enjoy a stargazing activity in the Teide National Park with local company Discover Experience. The evening was spectacular and we were able to see first hand the exceptional quality of our night sky.

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Our guide, a fully trained Starlight Guide, explained the some of the constellations visible in Tenerife’s winter sky and the exceptional conditions for star gazing at the Teide National Park. Then we took a peek through the observation telescope and enjoyed seeing the stunning Orion Nebula and the charms of Jupiter. The group photo with this post put finishing touch to a fantastic evening under a unique star-spangled sky.

Mount Teide National Park Free Audioguides

Obviously Mount Teide National Park is a must if you are in Tenerife and you love nature. It’s the most visited National Park in Spain and there are many interesting walking routes you might be interested,, that’s why we suggest you to Download the Free Mount Teide National Park audioguides.

Mount Teide National Park Free Audioguides in English
Mount Teide National Park Free Audioguides in English

How many Mount Teide Audioguides are there available?

There are 38 Mount Teide National Park audiaoguides available to download about several topics:

  • walking routes
  • view points
  • visitor’s centres
  • Tourist information offices
  • endemic species
  • Mount Teide fauna
  • Mount Teide flora, etc…

Click here to download any of these Mount Teide National Park 38 Free audioguides in English

It’s a great way to get some interesting and useful information before coming to Tenerife or right at Mount Teide National Park to make your day even more complete.

You can also enjoy Free Teide  Guided tours or hire your private guided excursion.

Please don’t forget bus lines to El Teide National Park are:

  • 342 – From an to Costa Adeje
  • 348 – From and to Puerto de la Cruz.

Check for price, frequency and updates

If you do any route , have a nice pic at the National park or have any questions , contact us in Facebook or twitter:

Circular guided walking route at Mount Teide – Parador- Guajara mountain-Parador

Plan for any day in Tenerife : get together a group of friends and enjoy Mount Teide National Park. The seven of us , wanted to walk but also see Tajinastes (Tower of Jewels) blossom, so instead of getting there on  our own, we decided to hire a guide and avoid walking without specific direction and enjoy explanations about  flora, fauna,  legends…. Our guide: Félix de la Rosa from  Oditen 

Red Tajinaste at Mount teide National Park – Tenerife


Felix picked up us with his car  in La Laguna and at  08.15 h already we were on our  way to  Teide National Park, making a brief stop for a coffee.

Enjoying the sea of clouds as we were getting closer to the Parador Nacional del Teide, our starting point , Felix was answering our doubts and questions about our circular medium – high difficulty, whose duration was estimated in  5 hours (as I was not very fit, it took  me at least one extra hour)

Once in our starting point, we  commented  the circular route from Mount Teide Parador  with the following map we had previously received, along with information by e mail.

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The heigh difference of this circular route is 500 m,  from 2200m to 2700m. In the first part, our  ascension, we enjoyed the Tajinastes that dotted the landscape in  red and whose bloom,  Felix said , that  takes a process of a month and a half, but whose peak only lasts for two weeks .Quite a visual spectacle that is one more excuse to go up to Mount  Teide Park with a guide.

We went through the Canada del Capricho, one of the areas where climbing is permitted in the National Park, with their gorgeous white and red shades, full of curious holes that should fascinate climbers.




We continued walking up through Degollada de Guajara, stopping us to enjoy a grey Chaffinch singing, which seemed to be there waiting for us to attend to its concert  and that instead of flying,it sang for us. Amazing!

Chaffinch at Mount Teide – Tenerife


We finally finished our ascent at a point from which the views of  LLano de Ucanca with Mount Teide just in  frontof us,  widely compensated the effort.

We made a break in where, long time ago, it had been refuge for goat herders, which also served in the 19th century as a place for astronomical observation and where you can find a box with agendas that are used  as  guestbooks. Among others, Raúl Socorro, from Cio Sport & Travel also left evidence of his visit.


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After listening to  the legend of Guajara, we began to descend by the Ucanca Valley, but not before a last look to  a panoramic view of Llano de Ucanca.

Llano Ucanca views at Mount Teide National Park


During the  descent it was almost  when I more valued having a guide by me. While the  way up  was also busy and well signposted, the descent required much more attention, though  I don’t  suffer from vertigo, easy  was to  slip or give a stumble in a soil of sand or with a lot of stones, but that surprised us with a Mount Teide violet.


Violet at Mount Teide


And so we kept  walking back to Parador,  always supervised by Felix . Done! … Although I  was the last arriving.

No, here does not end our day. Felix took us by Vilaflor to the Midlands area of Adeje to eat in a guachinche, El Dornajo in Ifonche. €15 per person (not included in the activity) with escaldón, rabbit, potatoes, wine, beer and water in plentiful quantities.

We returned to La Lafuna from  the South, tired but immensely happy after a fab day.

If you decide to do the same thing  with your group of friends contact Félix at or visit his website Oditen

. Prices vary depending on the duration and difficulty, the one I’ve related in  this post had a price of € 30pp, including transportation, but not the food.

In addition Oditen services adapt to what you want, from routes to take pictures, to cultural tours combined with simple trips of short duration and low difficulty. You just ask and  Felix  will take care  of your day in Tenerife to make it such an unforgettable experience.

Mount Teide National Park restricted areas in 2013



Due to the work of control of the mouflon at Mount Teide National Park, the Canarian Government has restricted all access or visits to the following areas:

“all places and trails at the South of t TF-21 until Curva de los azulejos and from that point, all the way up the   ravine to the southern limit of the National Park every Wednesday and Friday until June 7 between 7 and 14 hours.”


  • In this area there are a number of exceptions in which the access and permanence will be the usual:
  • as roads and viewpoints of roads,
  • Arico General tracks,
  • Montaña limón
  • as well as some trails and marked areas.


The restriction will be back  from October 2nd  to November 8th .

For any additional information please contact  Mount Teide National Park Office : Tel: 922 922 371 (from 09.00 h – 14.00 h)

Towel of Jewels at Mount Teide


This restriction is not an excuse to  miss a  visit to  the Teide National Park, especially at this time, we have Tajinastes blossom.

We suggest two things:

Visit their Facebook page so you can see the beauty of the places  where Felix can take you.

Note: photographs are courtesy of Félix de la Rosa and One day in Tenerife and have all  rights reserved .