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Getting There & Away

Surprisingly, only two public buses arrive at the park daily: bus 348 from Puerto de la Cruz (€6.20, one hour), and bus 342 from Los Cristianos (€7, 1½ hours). Bus 348 departs at 9.15am, and bus 342 at 9.30am, both arrive at the parador, and leave again at 4pm. That’s good news for the countless tour companies that organise bus excursions, though not so encouraging for the independent traveller. The best way to visit is with your own car. There are four well-marked approaches to the park; the two prettiest are the C-824 coming from La Laguna and the C-821 from La Orotava (and Puerto de la Cruz). The C-821 is the only road that runs through the park, and the parador, the cable car and the visitor centres are all off this highway, as well as several miradors, where you can pull over and take the shot to impress the folks back home. To see anything else, you have to walk. The C-821 carries on to Vilaflor, while the C-823 highway links the park with Chío and Los Gigantes.