Among the thousands and thousands of Spanish roads, one of the most beautiful and wildest stretches is probably found in Tenerife.
The road is in the middle of the national park
Starting from the tourist area of the Costa Adeje, it took me about 1 hour to get close to the Teide volcano, the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic.
Two main aspects have made the island road reach the top of the ranking.
First of all, the road in the middle of the national park, showing on both sides the landscape of volcanic lava flows, the endemic vegetation and the view of different geographical layers that are a sight to behold.
On the other hand, the imposing aspect of Teide itself, the Volcano that crowns the road with its 3,715 meters in height, generates even more impact and arouses reverence among visitors.
What Teide means? The legend of the Guanches
The word “Teide” derives from “Echeyde” which meant hell in the language of the Guanches, an ancient people living in the area.
According to a legend, Guayota, god of evil, kidnapped Magec, god of the sun and light, taking him inside the great mountain and, after the prayers of the Guanches to the supreme god Achaman, he was freed and the Volcano was covered with sugar loaf, trapping the devil inside.
It is the only road in the Canaries that has managed to enter the ranking and in the first place!
The shortest and most suggestive way to reach the top of Teide is through the cities of Arona and Villaflor. However, be careful, especially before the highest point, as there are many hairpin bends and the road narrows.
On the way to the highest point on the island of Tenerife, you will see the landscape change considerably. There are several points of interest and mirador.
Then, the landscape will become more and more lunar until you reach the entrance to the Teide National Park and it’s at that point that the show begins
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