Located on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Located on Tenerife in the Canary Islands (a Spanish-owned island chain off the north-west coast of Africa), the summit of Mount Teide at 3178 metres (just over 12000 feet) is the highest point in Spain.

It is the third highest volcano in the world.

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The most recent eruption of Mount Teide happened in 1909. It also erupted in 1798, 1706, 1705 and 1704.

On his voyage of discovery Christopher Columbus apparently saw the 1492 eruption of Mount Teide when he was sailing past Tenerife.

Mount Teide is currently a dormant volcano, but many scientists believe it will erupt again in the near future.

To the Gaunches (the original, pre-Spanish invasion, inhabitants of Tenerife) Teide was a sacred mountain and the home of Guayota, the devil.

Several plants can only be found on the slopes of Mount Teide. These include: the Teide white broom and the Teide daisy.


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