This guest post brought to you by VOLCANOES. And Jet2.
It’s not all sun, sea and sand on the Canary Island of Tenerife. Well, it is. But there’s far more to discover when you get under the surface of Tenerife, and we mean that quite literally, for below the island’s sun-baked ground lays a whole other world of caves and lava tubes, left behind as evidence of Tenerife’s volcanic activity.
Many of these tubes and caves have been opened up to explorers too, and if you have so much as a single adventurous bone in your body you should make it a priority to take part in a volcanic cave or lava tube excursion after arriving on flights to Tenerife with airlines like Jet2. The largest lava tube that you can visit is the Cueva del Viento, which also happens to be the largest lava tube in the European Union. It has more than 17km of tubes to traverse and some of the most unbelievably beautiful natural geo-morphological formations to admire in the world.
The Cueva del Viento is located in the foothills of Mount Teide, which is the inactive volcano largely responsible for the fascinating formations underground, and has now been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as Mount Teide National Park . If you’d prefer to stay above ground a trip up Mount Teide is a thrilling way to experience Tenerife’s volcanic landscape without dealing with any claustrophobia. And as the summit of Mount Teide is the highest point in Spain, you’ll get to take in fantastic panoramas of the island and the sea beyond, even if you daren’t go all the way to the top!
You can hike up Mount Teide or simply hire a car, in which you can zip around the roads on the side of the volcano and take in the colourful flora and fauna which covers its surface. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hike the Mount Teide Crater too, as long as you can cope with the high altitudes. You’ll be rewarded with unforgettable views of solidified lava lakes, brilliantly multi-coloured rock formations across the crater, and a landscape so rocky you’ll feel like you’re on another planet.
However if that’s still a little too extreme for you, don’t worry, as there’s plenty of epic volcanic scenery to take in at ground level. Tenerife is known for its black beaches, which are of course due to the high levels of ash in the sand (yet it’s totally safe to enjoy).
Bear in mind too that there are 411 volcanoes on Tenerife, all of varying sizes, so no matter which way you turn there will be some unique vistas providing the backdrop for your holiday snaps.