Lookout points in the Land of Contrasts
Your time here should include a visit to at least some of its lookout points.
Pino Gordo lookout point (Corona Forestal Nature Park). This is where the famous "Fat Pine Tree" lives. Several centuries old, this tree witnessed the emergence of the most recent volcanoes on the Island.
Sendero Las Lajas lookout point (Corona Forestal Natural Park). This lookout point affords stunning panoramic views over the southernmost point of Tenerife, presided by the Island's longest-standing mountain ridge, Roque del Conde, as well as other volcanoes such as Ifonche and Trevejos. From here, it is clear to see that the Canarian pine forest has flourished on volcanic soil.
Las Narices del Teide lookout point (Teide N.P.). Pico Viejo us one of the most impressive craters in the Las Cañadas area. It was formed some 200,000 years ago and its most recent eruption produced the black lava tongues known as Chahorra or Las Narices del Teide. A must-see.
Montaña Samara lookout point (Teide NP). From atop the Samara volcano you will get a clear view of a recent volcano that is part of Tenerife's most active area: Dorsal de Abeque. Ash, lava, volcanic bombs, craters... This is an open-air museum of the Earth's core, showing how the Island was formed.
Chirche-Guía de Isora lookout point. After many – some rather violent – volcanic eruptions, small animals and plants have populated the land here. Insects, lichens and moss encouraged larger species to settle, followed by mankind, who built houses that gave rise to hamlets such as Chirche.
Los Poleos lookout point-Santiago del Teide. From here you will get a view of the north-west ridge of Tenerife. This is where most of the latest eruptions to shake Tenerife took place.
Valle Santiago lookout point-Santiago del Teide The cluster of volcanoes you can see from here is known as the Dorsal de Abeque, the Island's most active volcanic area. But don't worry, scientists monitor Tenerife's seismic and volcanic activity every month in order to keep the Island and its people safe.
Garachico lookout point. In 1706, in the space of just eleven days, the Trevejo volcano destroyed the port of Garachico followed by the town itself. This lookout point overlooks the ocean of lava as a memory of the tragic past.