Updated 14 October: The Cabildo has now approved proposals to levy charges on a range of services in the Teide National Park are now approved, and will include fees for permits for guided ascent to the peak, visitor centre, parking, etc. The fees have not yet been set but there will be discounts for Canarian residents, and will be introduced relatively slowly and piecemeal in line with reinvestment in maintenance from monies raised, which are expected ultimately to amount to some €3m annually.
Updated 3 June 2017: As reported in February last year (below), the Tenerife Cabildo now manages the Teide National Park, and has considered levying charges on a range of services, including guided tours, visitor centre entry, secure parking areas etc, with monies reinvested in maintenance and protection. There is no suggestion that there will be any charge for entry to the entire Teide National Park itself.
Now, the Cabildo has put the proposal out to public consultation as part of its preliminary analysis of the best model for managing the World Heritage Site. Anyone who wishes to make their ideas or opinions known can do so by adding a comment to THIS page of heytenerife.es, where there is a breakdown of the services for which charges are planned, and those which are considered “basic” and so will remain free. The consultation period will end on 15 June.
Updated 3 February 2016: The Canarian Government has today formalized the handover of the management of the Teide National Park to the island Cabildo. Pending funding issues have been agreed, with Tenerife President Carlos Alonso saying that €3.9m will come into the Cabildo’s coffers for general management of the park plus an extra €650,000 for the completion of works and improvements for visitor centres, primarily the Cañadas Blanca centre which has been closed during refurbishments to the Parador Hotel.
Alonso said that it was an important day for Tenerife, and that thanks were very much due to the efforts of former President Ricardo Melchior; Cabildo councillor for Obras Públicas, Transportes y Política Territorial, Domingo Berriel; and Cabildo environment councillors Ana Lupe Mora and Wladimiro Rodríguez Brito. He added that the Cabildo will now design a catalogue of services, e.g. guided tours, visitor centre entry, secure parking areas, etc., for which charges will be levied; there will be different rates for residents and non-residents, and all monies raised will be reinvested in maintenance and protection of the World Heritage Site. Alonso stressed, however, that entry to the entire Teide National Park itself will remain free for everyone.
Original post 12 June 2015: It has taken more than ten years, but at last the Canarian Government has ceded the management of Teide National Park to the Tenerife Cabildo. The decree handing over jurisdiction was passed yesterday, and within a month should have completed the formalities which will transfer power to Tenerife itself from the beginning of next year. There are still quibbles over proportional funding, and questions to be answered about the planned Telesfero Bravo visitor centre which is already on the drawing board, but the Manuel Durbán, director of the Parque Nacional del Teide, said that the project was not in danger.
Given that Teide is a world heritage site, however, the Cabildo’s management will still be carried out in line with the overall governing board comprising the Canarian Government, the Cabildo itself, and representatives of the Ayuntamientos which form part of the national park. The transfer of power will no doubt give rise once more to speculation about whether the Cabildo will levy charges to enter the caldera area, but such a decision would have to be ratified by the govevrning board, and that is unlikely given previous rejection of similar suggestions. For the moment, the Tenerife authorities are just delighted to have the management of the island’s own magnificent natural treasure, at long last