Volcano Teide Astronomic tour to Teide including a visit to the Observatory

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Astronomic tour to Teide including a visit to the Observatory


Duration approx.
08:00 Hrs Approx.

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Enjoy this 2-in-1 Astronomic Tour of Teide for astronomy lovers in Tenerife

The Astronomic Tour of Teide is our 2-in-1 Teide astronomical tour, which combines a Teide Observatory visit with a stargazing experience. Transport for small groups is also offered for the Teide Astronomical Tour from various points on the island of Tenerife.

During this activity, which lasts 8 hours and a half, our Starlight guide accompanies you at all times, so that you can enjoy Mt Teide by night.

Your Astronomic Tour of Teide includes a guided Tenerife Observatory visit in the afternoon, and after the sunset, a stargazing experience using long range telescopes at an altitude of 2,356 m at the Teide Cable Car base station, under the clear and pure sky of the Teide National Park, the most visited national park in Europe.

It also includes a stop for a meal. You choose whether you prefer to bring your own food, use the Cable Car’s vending machines or buy our optional menu along with your ‘Astronomic Tour of Teide + Tenerife Observatory visit’. 

An afternoon Teide Observatory tour

Tenerife is so much more than just sun and beaches. The island is also famous for science, its volcanoes and the stars over Mt Teide.

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? Moreover, it is home to a wide range of solar and nocturnal telescopes, owned by different European countries.

Thanks to the guides on your Astronomic Tour of Teide, you can feel like a scientist for a day as during the afternoon Tenerife Observatory visit:

  • - You’re 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 participate in the most interesting astrophysics workshop, held in the Teide Observatory visitors centre, shared with you by our Starlight guides, where we explain what astrophysics is and how the astrophysicists in this centre conduct their research. 
  • You enjoy the sun like never before whilst observing sunspots and solar flares through two solar telescopes that we make available to you. 
  • You visit the inside of a nocturnal telescope and don’t leave until you know how it functions and learn about its exciting history. 

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

After the Tenerife Observatory 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 astronomical observation, included in your stargazing 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 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 this friendly island to observe the stars in Tenerife

It is also because the Teide is the best place in Tenerife to conduct an astronomical observation, away from the light pollution produced by the urban areas of the island.  

With the Astronomic Tour of Teide guides, you discover the secrets of the heavens from Teide National Park. You 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. 

Get closer to the stars with the professional telescopes on your Teide Astronomical Tour

The astronomical observation included in the Astronomic Tour of Teide is held in the car park next to the Teide Cable Car base station. 

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

In addition, during your Astronomic Tour of Teide the 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 of Teide and enjoy it on the night of the full moon, 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 Astronomic Tour with a Teide Observatory visit.


  • The perfect 2-in-1 Teide astronomical tour for astronomy lovers in Tenerife
  • Guided afternoon visit of the world's largest solar observatory
  • Stargazing on Mt Teide with the unaided eye and using telescopes at the cable car base station

What's included...

  • Transportation for small groups 
  • Starlight guide in English or Spanish
  • Guided Teide Observatory tour  
  • Astronomical observation on Mt Teide using long range telescopes 
  • A stop for snacks

What's not included...

  • Menu. You can buy our optional menu, bring your own food or use the Cable Car’s vending machines.
  • Starlight guide in other language than English or Spanish


What's included...
  • Transportation for small groups 
  • Starlight guide in English or Spanish
  • Guided visit of the Teide Observatory  
  • Astronomical observation using long range telescopes  
  • A stop for snacks
What's not included...
  • Menu. If you haven’t bought our optional menu, bring your own food or use the Cable Car’s vending machines.
  • Starlight guide in other language than English or Spanish
What's included...
  • Transportation for small groups 
  • Starlight guide in English or Spanish
  • Guided visit of the Teide Observatory  
  • Astronomical observation using long range telescopes  
  • A stop for snacks 
What's not included...
  • Menu. If you haven’t bought our optional menu, bring your own food or use the Cable Car’s vending machines.
  • Starlight guide in other language than English or Spanish

+ Information

Transport service is available from 2.15pm to 4.30pm and pick-up time depends on the sunset and the pick-ups scheduled for each day. We will announce the pick-up time to you by e-mail and/or text, which is why we kindly ask you to check your messages. For the same reason we need you to provide the name of your hotel or address of accommodation, as well as a mobile phone number at the time of booking.

You should be prepared for extremes in weather, both heat as well as cold, depending on the time of year.

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

Our facilities are located within a protected national park and therefore we must follow a series of basic rules of civic behaviour and respect of the natural environment, such as not littering or taking rocks, plants or animals. Please remember that it is prohibited to make fire, loud noises or to camp.

Tenerife Observatory tour

Purchase of this service to visit the Teide Observatory implies that you have read and accepted all the points described in the following section:


We appreciate your interest in visiting the Teide Observatory (OT) and we hope that you enjoy your visit.

The Teide Observatory is not responsible for the difficulties or discomfort caused by not following these recommendations.

The arranged visits will only be carried out when the weather and the operating status of the telescopes permit. Due to adverse weather conditions, especially during winter, which may affect the safety of the roads leading to the Tenerife Observatory (snow, ice, falling rocks) visits may be unexpectedly cancelled.


Before visiting us

Health and altitude

The Teide Observatory (TO) is located at an altitude of approximately 2,400 meters above sea level, an altitude at which oxygen diminishes. Groups will move about within the TO on gravel paths. For this reason, the visit is not recommended for people with general health problems (anaemia, breathing or heart problems, etc.). If you are not sure if you should visit, consult your doctor first.

The TO is not responsible for any health problems that can be caused by the altitude or by not following these recommendations and warnings.

The TO does not have medical assistance within its facilities.

Bear in mind that the closest hospital is approximately one and a half hours away by car.

If you show symptoms of dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, ringing in your ears, plugged ears or headache during your visit, please, immediately inform your guide.

Recommended equipment

  • Protect yourself from the sun. It’s recommended that you use hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Due to the low levels of humidity that are common in the TO, come prepared with sufficient liquid (water or juices) to prevent dehydration.
  • Bring comfortable clothes and adequate footwear (avoid sandals).
  • Bring some warm clothes in case the weather changes abruptly and to enter the interior of the telescopes.  
During the visit

What should I do when I arrive?

When you arrive at the TO, centre personnel will be waiting for you at the access gate to let you know what to do with the car or bus. Please always follow the instructions you receive.

Remember that there is no need to ring the bell, and please do not block the entrance. You may park in the designated parking spaces while you wait.

Please do not forget to bring identification (ID card or passport) and a copy of your reservation to confirm access. If you are unable to produce identification and/or the booking confirmation, the TO/IAC does not guarantee your visit.

Warnings during the visit

For security reasons, proper operation and care of the environment, the TO asks you to closely follow the following rules during your visit:

  • Due to time limits and visit schedule constraints, the time to use the toilet is before the visit starts. Please leave the toilet as clean as you found it!
  • Please be respectful of the surroundings as the TO is located in a National Park. It is prohibited to:

-       Smoke and eat

-       Throw away rubbish except where indicated

-       Leave the established paths.

  • For your own safety, please remain with your assigned group at all times and follow the instructions given by the guide at all times.
  • In case you are given suits or safety equipment in the facilities area, they should be properly used and cared for.

It is absolutely prohibited to leave the safety area or touch anything inside the buildings.

The Astronomic Tour of Teide is not recommended for people with general health problems (breathing or heart problems, injuries, reduced mobility, etc.), as groups will move about within the Observatory on irregular gravel paths.

Children under 8 are not allowed to participate in early evening and nighttime activities.

If you are not sure if you can participate in the activity, consult your doctor before planning your visit.

Please bear in mind that you must have a sufficient knowledge of the language in which the visit is held in order to be able to correctly follow the explanations of the guide.

Remember that there will be no possibility to eat it during the activity but we will make a stop to eat. Of course, if you bring your own food, you can eat it during the programmed break, though not inside the restaurant.


You will need coins to use the Cable Car’s vending machines.

Reservations may be cancelled or the date of the activity may be changed free of charge up to 24 hours prior to the activity. After this period, 100% of the amount will be charged.

If it is not possible to carry out the entire activity due to adverse weather conditions, the full amount shall be reimbursed. If it is not possible to visit the Teide Observatory, the price of the entrance ticket to the Observatory shall be reimbursed. In case of cloud cover conditions in the Observatory, the usual itinerary of the visit may be modified. If weather conditions make astronomical observation difficult, an activity at the planetarium will be carried out. 

Date changes are valid for 1 year provided that the vouchers have not been redeemed. Any change of date or cancellation must be made within a period of no more than 30 days from the date of the initial booking. Up to 3 date changes are permitted.

Check our Terms and conditions for more information.


There are public toilets in the Observatory. Please take into account that the toilets are a 10 – 15 minute walk from the car park.

In case of tickets which include a discount for children or local residents, a supporting document is required to prove entitlement to discount.


  • Water or soft drink
  • Sandwich: cured meat and cheese / vegetarian option
  • Sweet treat

Vegetarian picnic


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, and an hour from Santa Cruz and 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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Frequently asked questions

Check out our weekly calendar of activities and excursions on Mt Teide which we have prepared so that you can view at a glance all the information you need about our activities.

Usually the Carlos Sánchez telescope or the IAC-80 telescope are visited.

  • Lunt H-alpha (hydrogen alpha) to observe the chromosphere and Skywatcher ED80 with a white light filter for the photosphere.

Given that part of this guided tour takes place outside the building and includes stairs and a rocky terrain, we do not recommend the visit for people with mobility problems.

No, because it is not permitted to interrupt the scientists’ work. The guide will set up a portable solar telescope outside.

No. The observation will be done outdoors with portable telescopes and the Starlight guides.

  • 3 cpc 9.25 Celestron (Cassy, Smithy and Cely)
  • 1 Dobson Sky Watcher, 30 cm, Newtonian reflector.

Yes. We will pick you up and once the excursion is finished, we will drop you off in the same place.

No, it’s not necessary. You can download your Astronomic Tour reservation and display it on the screen of any mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.).


Reservations may be cancelled or the date may be changed free of charge up to 24 hours prior to the activity. After this period, 100% of the amount will be charged.

If you wish to change your booking in advance, call us at (+34) 922 010 444 between 9am and 4pm (GMT).



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The guide around the observatory sight was informative and the sunset over El Teide was spectacular. The later star gazing was also very good. Its a very long excursion, over 8 hrs from a 3pm pick up in Santa Cruz & return so have a good lunch first. A seasonal map of the significant objects in the night sky would make a useful addition/souvenir.


Very interesting and enjoyable.Good to be talking to real astrophysicists!


Picked up very conveniently from outside our hotel. Great day time tour of the observatory including solar scope viewing of the sun and the inside of the Carlos Sanchez telescope. Very good guide. We then saw a spectacular sunset on Teide before doing night viewing of the stars from the bottom of the cable car station. The dark night sky was spectacular. The group shared four identical telescopes and viewed a galaxy, double star, open cluster and Orion's nebula. We then had a talk through the constellations. I thoroughly good day. Wrap up warm!

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