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08:30 Hrs   

Enjoy this perfect tour for astronomy lovers in Tenerife

The Astronomic Tour is our most perfect trip through Teide for astronomy lovers, with transport also offered from various points on the island of Tenerife.

During this activity, which lasts 8 hours and a half, our Starlight guide will accompany you at all times.

Your Astronomic Tour of Teide includes a guided tour in the afternoon to the largest solar observatory in the world, the Teide Observatory, a picnic to regain your energy and, after the sunset, a stargazing experience using a long range telescope under the clear and pure sky of the Teide National Park, the most visited national park in Europe.

Discover Teide Observatory in daylight on the Astronomic Tour

Tenerife is so much more than just sun and beaches.

This friendly island is also famous for science and its volcanoes.

The Canary Islands are one of the three best spots on Earth to observe the sky. The other two spots, just for curiosity’s sake, are Chile and Hawaii.

This is why we are fortunate to have the most important solar observatory here in Tenerife.

Did you know that the Teide Observatory began to operate in 1964 and focuses on solar observations and robotic astronomy?

It is also home to many solar and nocturnal telescopes, owned by different European countries.

The researchers who work at the institution that manages the Teide Observatory, the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, make great contributions to the field of science, with an average of one publication per day.

With the Astronomic Tour guides, on the afternoon guided tour to Teide Observatory, you will feel like a scientist for a day as:

  • You will be introduced to the importance of the sky in the Canary Islands, the Teide Observatory telescopes and the different projects of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, also known as IAC
  • You will participate in the most interesting astrophysics workshop, held in the Teide Observatory visitors centre, shared with you by our Starlight guides, where we shall explain what astrophysics is and how the astrophysicists in this centre conduct their research. 
  • You will enjoy the sun like never before whilst observing sunspots and solar flares through two solar telescopes that we will make available to you. 
  • You will visit the inside of a nocturnal telescope and won’t leave until you know how it functions and learn about its exciting history. 

A sunset on Mt. Teide with Astronomic Tour you will remember for the rest of your life 

After the guided visit in the afternoon of the world’s largest solar observatory, included in your Astronomic Tour, what’s better than to enjoy one of the most breathtaking sunsets you can imagine, the spectacular sunset in the National Park, before beginning the stargazing experience, also included in your astronomical night on Mount Teide. 

It doesn’t matter if you have already been to Teide during the day because the moment the National Park is bathed in the lovely colours of the twilight, you will feel as though you have never been in this beautiful location. 

A bite to eat to regain your energy whilst on your astronomic tour of Teide

After the sunset and before starting the astronomical observation under the unrivalled Teide sky, you will savour a tasty picnic so that your inner astronomer can regain strength for the grand finale of your day on Mount Teide: stargazing using long range telescopes. 

A stargazing experience on Mount Teide to unravel the mysteries of the starry sky

It is often said that Tenerife is a fortunate island for its climate. But it is fortunate for more reasons than this. 

For example: from Mount Teide, it is possible to observe 83 of the 88 officially recognised constellations. 

You may ask, how is it possible to see so many constellations from Mount Teide? 

Because there is nothing like the peaks of Tenerife to observe the stars on this friendly island

It is also because the Teide is the best place in Tenerife for astronomical observations, away from the light pollution produced by the urban areas of the island.  

With the Astronomic Tour guides, you will discover the secrets of the heavens from Teide National Park. You will learn how to orient yourself using celestial objects and enjoy discerning the elements of Greek mythology, which are hidden behind the constellations, and the relationship between them. 

Closer to the stars with the Astronomic Tour professional telescopes

The astronomic observation included in the Astronomic Tour of the Teide will be held in a separated area, close to the Teide Cable Car base station. 

You will discover planets, galaxies and clusters like you never would have imagined, thanks to our professional, last generation long range telescopes, which you will have at your disposal to go through the most interesting celestial objects of every night, visible from Mount Teide. 

In addition, the Astronomic Tour guides will provide you with interesting information about the objects you observe through the telescope. 

Our professional astronomic instrumentation, together with the transparency and quality of the skies over the peaks of Tenerife, will without a doubt let you enjoy this unique experience. 

Full moon astronomical observation

You will already know that the moon passes through different phases during its 29-day cycle, that is to say, lunation. 

Therefore, at least once a month, the potent glow of our planet’s satellite will dim the faint light of the distant celestial bodies.

If you book our Astronomic Tour and enjoy it on the night of the full moon in Teide, you will take advantage of its radiant appearance and be delighted with its splendour: craters, mountain ranges and other lunar wonders. 

To get you started: Did you know that you can find the Montes Teneriffe, Mons Pico and the crater Piazzi Smyth on the moon?

If what we have just mentioned has surprised you and we have left you curious as to why they have these names, write this question down so that you can ask our guides on the night of your Teide Astronomic Tour.

Highlights
  • The perfect tour of Teide for astronomy lovers
  • Guided afternoon visit of the world's largest solar observatory
  • Stargazing by night with the unaided eye and using telescopes on one of the viewpoints of Teide National Park
What's included
  • Transportation  
  • A Starlight-guide  
  • Guided visit of the Teide Observatory  
  • Astronomical observation with long range telescopes  
  • A picnic
Additional Information

Changes and cancellations

In the event that weather conditions impede or hinder proper visibility of the stars through solar telescopes, or if they pose a threat to the physical integrity thereof during the Astronomic Tour, we will visit two nocturnal telescopes instead of one.

If the weather conditions prevent or hinder proper visibility of the stars during the Astronomic Tour, our guides will use audiovisual equipment to give a virtual tour of the night sky, the constellations and prominent objects that could have been seen otherwise. 

Check our Terms and conditions for information on other reasons for cancellation. 

Pick-up points and hours:  

NORTHERN PART OF THE ISLAND - SATURDAY TIME SOUTHERN PART OF THE ISLAND - THURSDAY TIME

La Chiripa Garden Hotel
Parque San Antonio Hotel
Noelia Playa Hotel
Dania Park Hotel
Black and Red (Concordia Hotel)
Titsa bus stop at the Meliá intersection
Teidemar Hotel
Garoé Hotel
Botánico Hotel
Kiosko Paragüitas

4.00pm
4.00pm
4.05pm
4.05pm
4.10pm
4.15pm
4.20pm
4.20pm
4.25pm
4.25pm
TRYP Tenerife Princesa Dácil Hotel
Best Tenerife bus stop
Columbus Hotel
Olé Tropical bus stop
TITSA bus stop at Las Dalias Hotel
Isla Bonita hotel
TITSA bus stop at the CC. El Duque (close to Costa Adeje Gran Hotel)
Jardines del Teide Hotel
Plantación Hotel
TITSA bus stop Riu Arecas
El Mirador Hotel
Barrera Bahía del Duque
Titsa bus stop Avenida Playa Paraíso
Hiperdino - Roca Nivaria bus stop
Riu Buenavista Hotel
3.25pm
3.35pm
3.35pm
3.40pm
3.40pm
3.50pm
3.50pm
3.55pm
3.55pm
3.55pm
3.55pm
3.55pm
4.10pm
4.15pm
4.15pm

Toilets:

Our facilities include public toilets.

Prepare for your visit:  

Remember that you should prepare for extreme weather conditions, both heat as well as cold, regardless of the time of the year.

To make the most of your Astronomic Tour of Teide, please follow our recommendations:  

  • Wear warm clothing and proper footwear.  
  • Protect yourself from sunstroke.  
  • Due to the elevated luminosity, wear sunglasses.  
  • Take plenty of water on hikes.  

Restrictions:  

  • The Astronomic Tour is not recommended for children under 8. 
  • People with health problems should consult with their doctors before undertaking this Astronomic Tour of Teide. 

Important information: 

We would like you to remember that should weather conditions prevent or hinder you from having perfect visibility, our guides will use audiovisual equipment to virtually show you the night sky, constellations and prominent objects that you would have been able to see, had the conditions been favourable. 

Are you a vegetarian or your diet has special requirements? Call us at +34 922 010 444 once you have made your reservation and tell us your requests, so you can fully enjoy the picnic.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO BRING A COPY OF YOUR RESERVATION, EITHER PRINTED OR ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE.

Where to find us

The Teide Observatory is located at an altitude of 2,390 m, in Izaña, on the island of Tenerife (Spain). The entrance is located at km 1 of the TF-514 motorway, which can be accessed from km 37 of the TF-24 motorway. It takes approximately two hours to reach the Teide Observatory from the south of the island, an hour and a half from Santa Cruz, and an hour from Puerto de la Cruz.

Its geographic coordinates are: Longitude: 16°30'36.1" West - Latitude: 28°18'08.3" North. UTM: 28.302294, -16.510021

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