Tenerife’s Sleeping Giant

Tenerife’s Sleeping Giant

Tenerife has no end to the many sights that it has to offer, this densely populated island is part of Spain’s Canary Islands and has the most to offer due to its immense size. The island’s beauty draws in hordes of tourists around the year, which has been great for its economy, however its tourism industry does take a hit every now and then thanks to one of the island’s most daunting features; Mount Teide.

This giant of a mountain stands out quite notably from the island’s landscape, while at a distance it pretty much looks like a normal mountain, a closer inspection will highlight the fact that Mount Teide is in fact, a volcano. A huge volcano that gently spews out magma every now and then, its presence is something that the locals have become quite used to, however tourists sometimes tend to get anxious when they imagine the volcano erupting.

Every now and then we get to hear statements made by “experts” saying that this volcano is becoming more and more active as time passes and that an eruption could be imminent. Statements such as these are half true, Mount Teide is an active volcano, however it has not shown any signs of dangerous activity for several hundred years now. This volcano is classified as an active but dormant volcano, meaning that it has magma flowing in it and seismic activity is common, however it is not going to erupt and cover the entire island in smoke and ash. From what we can tell, Mount Teide had its last eruption more than 1200 years ago and ever since then it has been pretty tame. You can get more information about Mount Teide at the Tenerife Forum, along with a plethora of facts about this gorgeous island.