Teide National Park (2007)
||Situated on the island of Tenerife, Teide National Park
covers 18,990 ha and features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at
3,718 m, is the highest peak in Spain. Standing 7,500m above the ocean
floor, it is regarded as the world's third tallest volcanic structure and
is situated in a spectacular environment.
The visual impact of the site is all the greater due to atmospheric conditions that create constantly changing textures and tones in the landscape and a ‘sea of clouds' that forms a visually impressive backdrop to the mountain.
Teide is of global importance in providing evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands, complementing those of volcanic properties already on the World Heritage List, such as the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (U.S.A.).
Spain 1979. Banknote (backside) of 1000 Pesetas, featuring the Teide National Park and the Pico del Teide. Pick # 158. Scan by courtesy of Ron Wise (USA).
Other World Heritage Sites in Spain (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Spain-section, for further information on the individual properties.
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Revised 19 jul 2007