Volcano Teide Astronomical observation on Teide

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Astronomical observation on Teide

Languages
ES · EN · FR

Duration approx.
01:00 Hrs Approx.

Difficulty
Low
Lunch at the Teide Cable Car restaurant

Description

Make your dream a reality and enjoy the Universe in a professional way in one of the best places for a stargazing experience in Tenerife: on Mount Teide.

The history of the Teide astronomical observatory began in 1856, when the Titania set sail from England and arrived in Tenerife. On board were the astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth and a cargo of instruments for astronomical observation. Smyth undertook a scientific expedition to the mountain peaks of Tenerife, climbing above the clouds to spend 63 days on Mount Teide and Mount Guajara setting up astronomical observatories on both peaks. He set up his bases for observing the stars high on the mountains—to take advantage of the climate and the clarity of the sky above Las Cañadas.

On the day of his departure from the island, he wrote that he wondered “how long the enlightened world would wait before establishing a station there with the potential to contribute so much to the advance of this most sublime of the Sciences”. A hundred years later, his dream would come true with the setting up of the Teide Observatory, one of the finest observatories in the world.

Laying claim to the legacy of Piazzi Smyth, certified astronomical guides will wait for you during this Mount Teide stargazing experience to unravel the mysteries of the Universe for you using professional telescopes, which will allow you to see up close and for your own eyes those fascinating celestial objects that you have longed to see for many years, under the pure and clear sky of the Teide National Park, where it is possible to observe 83 of the 88 officially recognised constellations and where, in the summertime, you can enjoy perfect visibility of the Milky Way.

A fascinating stargazing experience in Tenerife to enjoy the most starry side of Mount Teide

Have you always wondered what star or celestial object is that shiny point, either big or small, that you can see in the sky?

Our Starlight guides will clear all your doubts as they will be there to unravel the mysteries of the Universe for you during this stargazing experience on Teide by night.

Do you find it fascinating that ancient civilisations oriented themselves using the stars? Have you always wanted to be able to do it as well?

But as the stars cannot be seen in the daytime, the mariners of old still needed the sun and geographical landmarks to orientate themselves and to plot their course. For centuries, sailors who ventured out to sea used Mount Teide as one of their landmarks. It was known as the lighthouse of the Atlantic, as it could be seen on the horizon from many miles away and so became a reference point for navigation. The strange thing is that back then, when the Phoenician and Roman sailors, and later the Europeans, used Mount Teide as a lighthouse, it appears that the Guanches (the original inhabitants of Tenerife) knew nothing of navigation. To them, Mount Teide, or Echeyde as they called it, was the dwelling-place of fire.

In pre-Hispanic times, Las Cañadas and Mount Teide were a communal territory not ruled by any of the Guanche kingdoms, or Menceyatos, that made up Tenerife. The Guanches were shepherds, and they used the high mountain peaks as communal grazing land during the summer, when pasture was scarce at lower altitudes. They would live on the mountains with their flocks, and then when the weather turned colder, they would gather their flocks and bring them down again. A large number of archaeological sites across the National Park show evidence of human presence in those times. The Guanches used the mouths of volcanic tunnels, caves and hollows as dwellings, and even as burial tombs where they laid the mummies of their dead.

But at night there are stars... Lots of them. Our guides will show you how to guide yourself thanks to the sky. Furthermore, if Greek mythology and constellations have always been your passions, during this stargazing experience on Teide you will enjoy discerning the elements of Hellenic mythology, which are hidden behind the constellations and the relationship between them.

Use our state-of-the-art telescopes to discover planets, galaxies or clusters as you have always dreamt of doing, and stargaze in one of the three best places on Earth to do it.

Not only will you be able to use these machines during this stargazing experience on Teide by night to take a tour through the night’s most interesting celestial objects but also our monitors will provide you with relevant information about the objects that you will see through the lens.

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

This stargazing experience on Teide by night lets you observe the clear, starry sky from the car park of the cable car base station (at an altitude of 2,536 m), using long-range, professional telescopes.

We are sure that the astronomical instrumentation that you will have at your disposal during this stargazing experience on Teide by night, along with the quality and transparency of the sky over the Teide National Park in Tenerife, away from the light pollution produced by big cities, will give you a unique experience, which will feel as if you’re close to the stars.

Mount Teide stargazing experience in Tenerife also on full moon nights

It’s inevitable. The moon passes through different phases during its 29-day cycle, that is to say, lunation.

This is why, at least once a month, the potent glow of the Earth’s natural satellite will dim the faint light of the distant celestial bodies.

If you book our astronomical observation on 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.

You may ask, which ones? You can find the Montes Teneriffe, Mons Pico and the crater Piazzi Smyth on the moon.

If this is news to you, and you’re wondering why they have these names, write this question down so that you can ask our guides on the night of your stargazing experience in Tenerife.

Highlights...

  • Use professional equipment during a stargazing experience on Teide by night
  • Let certified astronomical guides unravel the sky’s mysteries for you
  • Enjoy a unique Mount Teide stargazing experience among volcanoes
  • Our stargazing experience in Tenerife is held in the car park next to the Cable Car base station at 2,356 m

What's included...

  • Professional observations of the Universe
  • Long range telescopes
  • Starlight guide in Spanish, English or French

What's not included...

  • Transfer
  • Starlight guide in other language than Spanish, English or French

Book

What's included...
  • Round-trip transportation from a meeting point near your hotel in southern Tenerife
  • Professional observation of the Universe using long-range telescopes
  • Certified Starlight guide in Spanish, English or French
  • Sunset from a viewpoint before the astronomical observation
What's not included...
  • Starlight guide in other language than indicated
  • Picnic
  • Teide Cable Car tickets
What's included...
  • Round-trip transportation from a meeting point near your hotel in northern Tenerife
  • Professional observation of the Universe using long-range telescopes
  • Certified Starlight guide in Spanish, English or French
  • Sunset from a viewpoint before the astronomical observation
What's not included...
  • Starlight guide in other language than indicated
  • Picnic
  • Teide Cable Car tickets

What's included...
  • Professional observations of the Universe
  • Long range telescopes
  • A French-speaking Starlight guide
What's not included...
  • Transportation
  • Starlight guide in other language than French
What's included...
  • Professional observations of the Universe
  • Long range telescopes
  • A Spanish-speaking Starlight guide
What's not included...
  • Transportation
  • Starlight guide in other language than Spanish
What's included...
  • Professional observations of the Universe
  • Long range telescopes
  • An English-speaking Starlight guide
What's not included...
  • Transportation
  • Starlight guide in other language than English

+ Information

The start time of the activity Astronomical observation on Teide varies depending on the time of year, as it is adjusted to the sunset time. When making your reservation you will be able to select the day and time of the activity.

To make the most of your astronomical observation on Teide, please follow our recommendations:

  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing and proper footwear.
  • If you have health problems, consult with your doctor before undertaking this activity.
  • Take plenty of water on hikes.

Children under 8 are not allowed to participate in the astronomical observation activity. Documentation will be required for proof of age.

All our guides are astronomical guides certified by the StarLight Foundation.

IT IS NECESSARY TO PRODUCE A COPY OF THE BOOKING VOUCHER, EITHER PRINTED OR ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE.

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.

With regard to astronomical observation, in the event that weather conditions impede stargazing, the amount paid for the activity shall be reimbursed. 

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 information on other reasons for cancellation.

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

Where to find us

Meeting point

Teide Cable Car base station, at km 43 of the TF-21 motorway. Please, wait for a member of the Volcano Teide team to welcome you at the closed access gate.

Click on the following link to Google Street View to see the exact spot.

Coordinates: 28.254448, - 16.625747

Street: TF-21 motorway, km 43 - Teide National Park

Postal code:  38300                Municipality: La Orotava

Teide Cable Car is well connected by roads, and can be easily reached from any point of the island of Tenerife.

 

If you are in the northern part of the island

  • Take the TF-21 motorway which connects La Orotava with El Portillo de la Villa and crosses the Teide National Park. The Cable Car is at km 43. (N28º 15' 17" W16º 37' 33")
  • Take the TF-23 motorway from Boca de Tauce to Chío, which connects with TF-21.

 

If you are in the southern part of the island:

  • Take the TF-21 motorway from Vilaflor to Teide National Park, the route of access for the tourist areas of Playa de Américas and Los Cristianos.

 

If you are close to Santa Cruz or La Laguna

  • Take the TF-24 motorway from La Laguna to Portillo de la Villa (La Esperanza Motorway), which connects with TF-21 that will take you to the base station of the cable car at km 43.

 

Distances

Mt. Teide is approximately an hour’s drive from any point on the island.

  • Santa Cruz: 64 km
  • La Laguna: 55 km
  • Puerto de la Cruz: 45 km
  • Los Gigantes: 52 km
  • Los Cristianos: 47 km

Map

 

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.

In this article about ascending Mount Teide by car on our blog, you’ll find an interesting guide with the most important points of interest along each route to Mount Teide. However, we recommend not using a car and choosing collective transportation because it is important that together we do what we can to counteract overuse of the vehicle parking areas in the National Park. As a conservation measure, they have been kept to a small size, and they cannot be extended. If you ultimately decide to come by car, it’s a good idea to arrive after 1.00pm.

No. It will be conducted outdoors with portable telescopes and the Starlight guides.

Approximately 60 minutes.

The telescopes that we use for astronomical observation are: Celestron CPC 9.25″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and Dobson Sky Watcher, 30 cm with Newtonian reflector.

No, pets are not allowed.

Since our astronomical observation finishes late and the Refuge closes at 10pm, it won’t be possible for you to spend a night in the highest refuge in Spain on the same day on which you enjoy this activity, because you won’t have enough time to reach the refuge before it closes.

If you wish to stay at the Parador hotel, there should be no problem. However, you will have to make a reservation at the hotel yourself.

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

Reviews

2022/09/27

Lovely experience. We saw Jupiter, Saturn, plenty of stars, and the Moon at its best.

2022/08/02

The tour guide is very knowledgeable, we enjoyed his presentation and the telescopes. The sky is incredible! Be sure to bring something warm to wear, even in July it was chilly. Be prepared to stand on the asphalt and look up for an extended period (good shoes, etc).

2021/10/26

Excellent experience, highly recommended!

2021/02/08

Nunca había visto un cielo tan estrellado. Esta ha sido una de mis noches favoritas. Se ve hermosísimo, el guía explica todo muy bien y toda la experiencia fue muy enriquecedora :)

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2022/11/17

Brilliant trip. We have never seen so many stars so clearly. Highly recommend

2022/11/17

*****

2022/11/14

The experience was just amazing. The guides were very competent and passionate, they gave the impression that they could give explanations under any sky. I loved their way of pointing to constellations with lasers and telling stories about them. The observations with the telescopes were breathtaking, I didn't expect you could see the rings of Saturn with such level of detail! And they are right when they say that the night sky on the Teide is special, you really see a lot (even with the full moon as in my case). I totally recommend the experience! (Just make sure to cover yourself because it's really cold up there.)

2022/09/28

The overall experience was great. I just have one improvement to suggest. When the star gazing experience is over and all the lights outside are turned back on, it takes a while to adjust your vision after standing in complete darkness for about 1h. The side walk on to the teleferic is very dangerous when your sight is not fully recovered and since there are several groups doing the activity, after it's over, some people are going to the buses, others to the bathroom or the cafeteria so there is a lot of movement and people can easily bump into each other/stumble or fall off the cliff (from the left side of the road). During the day it's less dangerous but at night this is a great risk. My mother stumbled upon the sidewalk when people were moving around with their telephone lights on and if she were taller, she might have gone down the cliff. I would recommend not letting people stand over that side of the road after the experience is over. Thank you and keep up with doing this amazing activity.

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Thursdays
Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas, Costa Adeje: every day
Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago, Callao Salvaje, Playa Paraíso: Tuesday
El Médano, Golf del Sur, Costa del Silencio: not offered
Free changes and cancellations
Request a refund or change the date at no extra cost up to 24 hours before. You have 1 year to enjoy your booking.
Availability subject to change
The activity may be suspended for meteorological or organisational reasons.
Puerto de la cruz: Tuesday and Thursdays
Free changes and cancellations
Request a refund or change the date at no extra cost up to 24 hours before. You have 1 year to enjoy your booking.
Availability subject to change
The activity may be suspended for meteorological or organisational reasons.
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