The decision by UNESCO’s world heritage convention to grant heritage status to Teide National Park led to a series of impromptu late-night parties around the island of Tenerife.
The news came on Thursday June 28, several days earlier than expected, bringing a swift end to an anxious period of waiting for the island authorities.
World Heritage status for Mount Teide means that the tiny island now has two favoured sites recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
San Cristobal de La Laguna was admitted to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1999 as “the first non-fortified Spanish colonial town; its layout provided the model for many colonial towns in the Americas.”
In all, 37 sites around the world were under consideration at the 31st UNESCO world heritage convention in Christchurch, New Zealand. But Teide’s case was given the substantial boost of a recommendation by the World Conservation Union (World Conservation Union boosts Teide bid).
Two other sites were also granted the favoured accolade – the Karst region in southern China and the volcano and lava tubes in Jeju, South Korea.