IT’s easy to forget amongst the cheap English breakfasts, eternally hot beaches and €2 pints that the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife, is also a nature lovers paradise.

WOODLAND: The road to Mt Teide

In fact, the volcanic island is home to Teide National Park, one of Spain’s oldest and most visited UNESCO sites.

The site is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain and boasts 19,000 hectares of geologically rich landscape.

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EXPLORE: Walk amongst volcanic rock

Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain, with its last volcanic eruption taking place in 1909.

Steam and sulphur occasionally spout from the volcano but mostly it remains dormant and free for tourists to explore and climb.

Meanwhile, less activity inclined visitors can take the cable car to the top of the mountain to see the view any time between 9am and 4pm.

TEIDE: Spain’s highest peak

Past the mountainous main attraction there are many more views to see, including acres of Canarian Pine Trees.

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FOREST: Winding roads and Canarian Pines

Teide National Park sits 2,356 metres above sea level. So, many vistas are well and truly up in the clouds.

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VIEW: High altitude landscapes

After a day of exploring, Olive Press recommends visiting the Parador hotel for a well earned Canarian supper.

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