Well the title may be a little bit misleading as the walk was not from the bottom to the top! However it was an enjoyable afternoon spent, and well worth it if you are ever visiting.
It was a beautiful day in Puerto de la Cruz, so after a quick bocadillo we made the journey up to the highest point in Spain (by car for the most part). The journey is as you would expect and is very windy; luckily for me as the passenger the drive is full of magnificent views so is rather enjoyable. We stopped at one of the many view points as it was such a clear day we could see La Palma clearly in the distance. The view is often obscured by low lying cloud; this time however it was wonderfully clear time and is so breath-taking it was worth taking it in for a few moments.
After slowly meandering our way to the top we pulled in opposite the visitor centre and began the walk. We took one of the shorter walks which were told would take about 1 and a half hours and it did. The lunar like landscape on the top of Teide is really quite spectacular. Before taking a walk up here make sure you take water, have plenty of sunscreen on and take a hat! There really is little cover from the sun and the terrain is not the easiest and with a steep climb at the end of the walk we nearly had no water left.
To anyone visiting Teide National Park, I would highly recommend taking this walk. Although you get a get a great view from the viewing platform there is no comparison to walking in it. You really get a different feel for the vast landscape and the sheer size of the rock formations when you view it from a different angle.
With the walk in mind I recently put together a package with a stay in Puerto and then a cruise from Santa Cruz (the capital of Tenerife) to Dover with Fred Olsen. You can read all about here: