“Over the Top” (Vilaflor):

 Vilaflor, the highest village in Spain at 1400m.

Alternatively, you can climb to Mount Teide National Park from the South of Tenerife. Note that there are several ways up. The best route starts from Granadilla de Abona and climbs up through Vilaflor, the highest village in Spain at 1400m.

Just before Vilaflor, there are magnificent views of the neighbouring island La Gomera. Likewise, Vilaflor is the last place to refuel before reaching the base of Mt Teide. During the Summer months, you’re strongly advised to fill your water bottles at this point – with the Sun beating down on you, it makes the Southern approach more difficult and you can quickly dehydrate. On the way back, it’s also a great place to stop to enjoy a traditional Canarian meal before the remainder of the descent.Additional: If you intend on climbing Mt Teide from Los Gigantes, know that the road surface isn’t all that great, especially close to Boca del Tauce. The good news is that the ascent from this (Western) side of Tenerife has less traffic than the Northern and Southern approaches. But it’s definitely not as nice as the Eastern approach! Chio is the last place to get food and supplies before reaching El Parador in the centre of Las Cañadas.

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