On September 15th the spanish postal service CORREOS will launch a stamp series with the name “Nature reserves of Spain”. One of these stamps is dedicated to the Teide National Park.
In the centre of the island of Tenerife and with a surface area of 18,990 hectares is the Teide National Park. The protected area consists of a large volcano crater surrounded by volcanic cones, lava flows and the characteristic volcanic plugs. The climate is characterized by low humidity throughout the year and low rainfall, and it is the only subtropical mountain in Europe. Depending on the time of year, the Teide can be snowy in winter, blooming in spring or arid and dry in summer. Amongst the most representative plant species are the Teide broom, the laburnum, the violet of the Teide and the towers of jewels up to 3 m. high of tiny bright red flowers. The fauna includes the blue chaffinch, common kestrel, canaries, the Tenerife lizard and different varieties of bats.