Walking Tenerife Pick of the Week, La Fortaleza

Walking in Teide National Park, Tenerife

It’s about time we included Tenerife’s most surprising and outstanding landscape in the Walking Tenerife Pick of the Week.

However, we don’t like to be too obvious so we’ve not gone for an image that includes the star of Teide National Park, Mount Teide. Clearly seeing the huge volcano in the centre of the park for the first, or even the hundred and first, time is a jaw-dropping moment. But there are many natural wonders and surreal scenes to be discovered throughout the crater.

This is one of them, La Fortaleza – a bit of a rarity on the northern side of the park where the crater wall is almost non-existent. Looking over the rock strewn yellow and red sandy plains spreading out from its base you feel as though you could have been beamed down to a Martian landscape, or maybe just  to Arizona.

When you’ve done a lot of walking in Teide National Park, it’s refreshing to come across a scene which can stand out without the assistance of the volcano. La Fortaleza has more than enough personality to draw your eyes away from Mount Teide… although it is quite special to view both of them in the one vista.

Jack is co-owner, writer and photographer for Walking Tenerife and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to lots of other places. Follow Jack on Google+

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