Guided day visit of the Observatory
Experience the scientific side of Tenerife with a guided visit of the Teide Observatory
Tenerife is so much more than just sun and beaches.
The island is also famous for science and its volcanoes.
You must already know that the Canary Islands are one of the three best spots in the world to observe the sky, along with Chile and Hawaii, which is why we are fortunate to have the world’s largest solar observatory here in Tenerife.
The Teide Observatory began to operate in 1964 and focuses on solar observations and robotic astronomy. It is home to many solar and nocturnal telescopes, owned by different European countries.
What you probably don’t know, yet, is that the researchers who work at the Teide Observatory make great contributions to the field of science, with an average of one publication per day.
And did you know that the discovery of the Sun having its own frequency and beating like a heart every five minutes was made at the Teide Observatory?
Book your ticket today, to visit this spectacular scientific centre during the day, and to get to know the Teide Observatory and the activities of the researchers who work there, in an enjoyable way.
Our guides will make you feel like a scientist for a day as during this guided tour of the Teide Observatory:
- 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, the institution that manages this solar observatory.
- You will participate in a workshop on astrophysics given at the visitor centre, in which our guides will explain what astrophysics is and how astrophysicists work.
- You will observe sunspots and solar flares through two solar telescopes, which you will have at your disposal to fully enjoy them.
- You will explore the inside of a nocturnal telescope and won’t leave until you know how it functions and learn about its exciting history.
- Visit the world’s most important solar observatory during the day
- You will be amazed by the inside of a nocturnal telescope
- Prepare to be astounded when you observe the Sun
- Guided day visit of the Observatory
- A guide
- Transportation (optional)
Changes and cancellations:
- In the event that weather conditions impede access to the Teide Observatory, the amount paid for the activity shall be reimbursed.
- In the event that weather conditions impede or hinder proper visibility through solar telescopes, or if they pose a threat to the physical integrity thereof, you will visit two nocturnal telescopes instead of one.
Guided tour schedule:
Guided visits of the Teide Observatory are held as follows:
- Spanish: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12.00noon; Sundays at 11.00am.
- English: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2.30pm; Wednesdays at 12.00noon.
- German: Wednesdays and Fridays at 2.30pm; Tuesdays at 12.00noon.
If you book the guided visit of the Teide Observatory without transportation, you must arrive at the Izaña Observatory at least 20 minutes before the tour is scheduled to start.
If you are staying in Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos or Puerto de la Cruz, we offer transport service on our Teide Tour with Observatory.
Our facilities include public toilets.
Prepare for your visit:
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 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 let your guide know immediately.
- 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 THE TO’S GATE AT LEAST 20 MINUTES BEFORE the scheduled time of the visit. 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
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 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 guided visit of the Teide Observatory is not recommended for children under 8.
In order to access the Teide Observatory it is necessary to either have own transport or book our transfer service.
If you plan to arrive by taxi, please take into account that it will have to drive you inside the premises, since the installations are 2 km away from the meeting point at the access gate, and the driver will have to remain on the premises until the end of the activity.
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.
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: 16º 30´ 35" West - Latitude: 28º 18´ 00" North. UTM: 28.304474, -16.509514