Guided visit of the Observatory
Guided visit of the Teide Observatory
Our guided visit allows you to get to know the Observatory, as well as the daily activities of the researchers who work there, in an enjoyable way.
Along with Chile and Hawaii, the Canary Islands are one of the three best spots in the world to observe the sky. The Teide Observatory is the largest solar observatory in the world, and it is equipped with many solar and nocturnal telescopes owned by different European countries.
If you would like to make your own way to the Izaña Observatory for your guided visit, you must arrive at least 20 minutes before the tour is scheduled to start. Prior reservation of the visit is required.
The visits take place on the following days and times:
Spanish: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:00; Sundays at 11.00am.
English: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 14:30; Wednesdays at 12:00.
German: Wednesdays and Fridays at 14:30; Tuesdays at 12:00.
Transfer is available from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos on Wednesdays for the visits in English and on Sundays for the visits in Spanish, and from Puerto de la Cruz on Tuesdays for the visits in German and on Sundays for the visits in Spanish.
Pick-up points from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos (on Wednesdays for the visits in English and on Sundays for the visits in Spanish):
- Riu Arecas bus stop: Wednesdays at 9.00am and Sundays at 8.00am
- Isla Bonita bus stop: Wednesdays at 9.10am and Sundays at 8.10am
- Los Hibiscos bus stop: Wednesdays at 9.15am and Sundays at 8.15am
- Olé Tropical bus stop: Wednesdays at 9.20am and Sundays at 8.20am
- Best Tenerife bus stop: Wednesdays at 9.25am and Sundays at 8.25am
- Tryp Tenerife Princesa Dácil bus stop: Wednesdays at 9.35am and Sundays at 8.35am
- Cable Car: Wednesdays at 11.05am and Sundays at 10.05am
Pick-up points from Puerto de la Cruz (on Tuesdays for the visits in German and on Sundays for the visits in Spanish):
- Chiripa Garden: Tuesdays at 10.00am and Sundays at 9.00am
- Parque San Antonio Hotel: Tuesdays at 10.00am and Sundays at 9.00am
- Noelia Playa Hotel: Tuesdays at 10.05am and Sundays at 9.05am
- Dania Park Hotel: Tuesdays at 10.05am and Sundays at 9.05am
- At the corner of Concordia Hotel, in front of "Black & Red": Tuesdays at 10.10am and Sundays at 9.10am
- Titsa bus stop at the Meliá intersection: Tuesdays at 10.20am and Sundays at 9.20am
- Teidemar Hotel: Tuesdays at 10.20am and Sundays at 9.20am
- Botánico Hotel: Tuesdays at 10.30am and Sundays at 9.30am
- Kiosko Paragüitas: Tuesdays at 10.30am and Sundays at 9.30am
When booking, please specify the hotel you are staying at so that we can confirm the pick-up point and time.
Please note that a minimum of 4 participants is required to provide the transfer service.
Teide Observatory for Schools
- Guided visit of the Teide Observatory
- You must be at the entrance to the Observatory at least 20 minutes before the visit begins. If you do not arrive on time and the visit has already started you will not be able to enter the Observatory and you can visit on another day.
- Not recommended for children under 8.
- Guided visit of the Observatory
- A guide
- Transfer on Wednesdays from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos
- Transfer on Tuesdays and Sundays from Puerto de la Cruz
The purchase of this service, or filling out the reservation form in the case of students in the Canary Islands Autonomous Region, implies that you have read and accepted all the points described in this section:
RECOMMENDATIONS AND WARNINGS FOR VISITORS
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 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.
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 let your guide know immediately.
- Be careful to 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.
Transportation and punctuality for visits that do not include pick-ups
We ask that you be very punctual. Bear in mind that the Observatory is located at an altitude of 2,400 m and that you must travel on high mountain roads to reach it. Therefore, please make sure that you calculate well the time needed to reach the Observatory.
YOU MUST ARRIVE AT LEAST 20 MINUTES BEFORE the scheduled time of the visit at the TO's gate. Upon your arrival, you will be instructed by our personnel where to go.
If you arrive late, the visit will be cut short (but it will never be extended) by the same amount of time, and can even be cancelled if the delay is considerable and it causes problems for later scheduled visits.
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.
Please do not forget to bring identification (ID card or passport) and a printout 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
The TO asks you to closely follow the following rules for your visit, for security reasons, proper operation and care of the environment:
- 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 or drink
- 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 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 highway, which can be accessed from km 37 of the TF-24 highway. 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: 16º 30´ 35" West - Latitude: 28º 18´ 00" North. UTM: 28.304474, -16.509514