El Teide National Park - Tenerife

The Teide National Park was recognised by UNESCO in June 2007 along with it's startovolcano which rises in the center of the park it's self, rising to 3,718 meters as "one of the richest and diverse volcanic landscapes of natural values around the world".

 Located in the heart of #Tenerife, the park sits on land in the municipalities of Adeje, Fasnia, Garachico, Granadilla de Abona, Guia de Isora Icod de los Vinos, La Guancha, La Orotava, Los Realejos, San Juan de la Rambla , Santiago del Teide and Vilaflor.

El Teide is the highest point in Spain and the third tallest volcano in the world, the park was created in 1954 has 18,990 hectares is the largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands.

The park is accessible form the North,South,East and West of the island via a well maintained network of roads, although the roads are closed off during bad weather, especially when it snows.

There are two visitors centre's -

El Portillo de la Villa Centre on the TF21
Cañada Blanca Visitors Centre in the wing of the National Parador Hotel

As well as the fantastic scenery there is also much to be seen in the way of  Fauna and Flora in the park many of them being endemic to the Island, for more information on these follow this link - http://www.webtenerife.co.uk/places-interest/teide-national-park/fauna+del+teide.htm - where you will find an abundance of information.

Photo - http://www.webtenerifeuk.co.uk

Casa Rural Tenerife - Rural Hotels enjoy the Beautiful Scenery and Customs of the Island

The island caters for a wide range of tourists, it is probably better known by most for it's all year round sun, blue flag beaches and the night life, but this is just a small selection of what the island has to offer and if you don't enjoy the hustle and the bustle of the main coastal tourist areas, then there is no need to go any where near.

The other side of #Tenerife is RURAL TENERIFE. There are a fast amount of Rural Hotels on the island covering all price brackets, staying in one of these hotels or village pensions gives you the opportunity to explore the island at your leisure, you will be surprised at what you will find.

The scenery on the island is breathtaking, for those of you who enjoy walking the local councils along with the Island Council have been marking out a lot of the ancient foot paths which are well sign posted and full of information, taking you through villages and places of interest.

The Island Bus Service - Titsa is very good, makes getting from place to place very easy, for those of you who don't enjoy driving , it's an ideal opportunity to have a good look around.

There are a good number of Bodegas a lot of them have visitor centres and welcome you to taste their wines and if you are lucky a tour of the bodega.

Along the way you are bound to pass through some of the historic towns such as Arona, Adeje, Granadilla, Garachico, La Laguna to name a few, they are all individual and very interesting, well worth leaving yourself plenty of time to explore them.

There is always a fiesta going on somewhere, it has been said that there is a fiesta every day of the year somewhere on the island, no sure that, that is true, although it does feel like it some times, but they are good fun to go to full of culture, folklore, dancing not forgetting eating and drinking.

A few photo's to show you the different types of Rural Hotels that you may find, some in the villages, some in the more rural area's.

Photot's from - http://www.attur.es/en/