Pico del Teide

Hans Bax

Gouda, Netherlands

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During our holiday in Gran Canaria, February 2010, the weather was beautiful. Much wind, but warm. The sea (Atlantic Ocean) was very restless, so we could not swim.

In the background you see the famous volcano of Tenerife, Pico del Teide. Very special, because it is rare to see from Gran Canaria.

Mount Teide or, in Spanish, Pico del Teide, is the highest elevation of Spain and the islands of the Atlantic (it is the third largest volcano in the world from its base). It is an active volcano which last erupted in 1909 from the El Chinyero vent on the Santiago (northwestern) rift and is located on Tenerife, Canary Islands.

El Teide is a volcano of Vesuvius type. At 3718 m above sea level, and approximately 7500 m above the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the highest mountain in Spain, highest point in the Atlantic Ocean and the 13th highest mountain in the European Union excluding the Alps.

The volcano and its surroundings comprise the Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide in Spanish). The park has an area of 18900 hectares and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 29, 2007.1 Since the end of 2007, it has also been one of the Twelve Treasures of Spain. Territorially it belongs to the municipality of La Orotava.

El Teide was a mythological mountain with Aboriginal reministencias Guanches, like Mount Olympus was to the ancient greeks.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX1 IS, zoomed 20x

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