Mount Teide Volcano and Cable Car
We took a taxi to the Adeje main bus station and caught the tourist bus which runs to the Teleferico Cable Car station on Mount Teide. There is only one bus which leaves at 9.15am in the morning and returns at 3.30pm in the afternoon. It is a special tourist bus, so the bono bus tickets are not valid on here. At the end of May 2016, the tickets were 14.5 Euros per person return.
The bus made a few stops on the way up to the cable car station, including at the Teide National Park Visitors centre.
We went on a Friday, which is a relatively quiet day. We had pre-booked the trip through TripAdvisor, although it probably was not necessary to do so. You are sent an e-voucher but you still have to join the queue to be issued with a proper ticket. There is a kiosk for people with pre-booked tickets and one for people without any tickets and both were moving as quickly as each other.
There is an opportunity to have your photo taken before you go up on the cable car and when you come back you can buy that photo with a nice little presentation certificate to say you have ascended the volcano via the cable car.
The cable car, or Teleferico as it is called locally, ascends just over 1200 metres in the space of 8 minutes to arrive at the viewing platform at a height of 3500 metres. You can only walk to the very top of the volcano, which is a further 200 metres up, if you have obtained a special permit in advance from the National Park authorities. This is not easy to do and requires a good couple of months notice.
It was a hot day, with temperatures in the high 20s Centigrade, so I was actually quite glad we had not been able to obtain a permit. I don’t think that either me or Greg were fit enough to have been able to survive that climb to the top.
There was a noticeable difference in air pressure, with having gone up so high in such a short space of time. I adapted to it very quickly and felt as happy as a mountain goat up a mountain! I automatically began to breathe more deeply and to fill my lungs with the fresh air. Greg struggled a bit more with it and that, combined with the heat, meant he did not fare as well as I had expected.
Other than the route to the top of the Mount Teide, there are two other walks you can take around to other sides of the volcano. Both are along paths that have been carved out of volcanic rock and lava. We did one the routes which was just under 0.5 mile in each direction, but it was one of the most strenuous walks I have done in a long time.
It was worth every step. The views were absolutely spectacular in every direction. Sitting just 200 metres below the very peak of a volcano at 3500 metres above sea level has got to be one of the most awesome places in the world for lunch!
As the temperature of the day increased, so did the temperature of the rocks, and they became almost too hot to touch.
We walked back to the cable car station and went down to the cafe at the bottom where we enjoyed a welcome coffee and cake. There were walking trials that led down from the top to the road, however these are very open and exposed, with little shelter from the sun, so we opted for the cable car.
There are toilets at the top station, but no other facilities, so it is important to have your own refreshments. Plenty of water is a must. A sun hat and sun cream are also highly recommended, as well as sturdy walking shoes. Having said that, we did see people walking over volcanic lava rocks in sandals!
We got back to the CLC Paradise Resort and decided this was probably a good time to have a dip in the pool. It was lovely as the water was 24 degrees C. We enjoyed some very tasty ice creams from Janice’s Cafe Bar.
For more information on the Teleferico Cable Car, you can go to their website. You can also see reviews and book tickets through TripAdvisor.