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SPAIN

The lofty Martian landscapes of the volcanic Teide National Park make for an unforgettable walking experience. Words: Emma Gregg

LIFE ON MARS

Parque Nacional del Teide;
Echium wildpretii, found mainly in Las Canadas del Teide

I t’s no wonder that sci-fifilm crews love Teide National Park, I think to myself, as my hiking boots scrunch along the Roques de García Trail. Androids and monsters would look totally at home in this unearthly landscape, galumphing across the malpaís badlands or duelling among the twisted, timeworn towers of burnt rock that give the trail its name.

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Walk this way: Lofty passes through volcanic lunar landscapes; ancient pilgrim pathways strewn with churches and ruins; sumptuous forested trails opening out onto vineyards. a rambler’s reward is culture, ambience and wild scenery on the walking routes through Italy, France and Spain