Las Cañadas del Teide. Rising up through the ever-changing landscape, via barren lava flows from the south or steep green valleys from the north, you will pass through banana plantations (you can’t miss them, they’re everywhere!) and pine forests, and all roads ultimately arrive at the stunning national park of ‘Las Cañadas del Teide’ (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Mad Max, One Million Years B.C. – a few of the many films that were partly shot here). The national park is a breath-taking array of lava-born rocks of different shapes, sizes and colours, volcanic cones and craters spread over a vast area, all at an altitude of around 2000 metres. Rising up as the centerpiece of this other-worldly scenario is the volcano Mount Teide itself which, at 3718 metres (12,199 ft), is the highest mountain in all of Spain. In clear weather you can see the entire Canarian archipelago from the summit (accessible by cable car only, which doesn’t work when it’s icy or windy). All in all a truly mesmerizing place and one which every visitor to Tenerife must see!