Your holidays in the Canary Islands give you the chance to view the sky from a unique perspective. Stargazing is a must do experience for your holidays. The quality of the sky and the outstanding climate of the Islands mean you can enjoy this adventure any time of year.Take an inside look at the enormous telescopes, silent observers of the universe both day and night. This original experience for young and old alike will be one you’ll never forget.
The Canary Islands are one of the best places in the world for observing the universe, because of their clear skies and the high number of useful observation hours a year.
As the Canary Islands are near the equator but far from tropical storms, you can observe the entire northern hemisphere and part of the southern hemisphere from this one spot. This makes the Islands the best place in Europe for the location of the most advanced telescopes.
Some of the Islands’ astronomy facilities are of major international importance. In Tenerife you can see the GREGOR telescope, the largest in Europe, and La Palma has the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, one of the best-equipped telescope facilities in the world.
A visit to these locations is a great experience!
-Roque de los Muchachos Observatory
The observatories are 2,400 m above sea level, where the atmosphere is clear and calm. To ensure things stay that way, the islands of La Palma and Tenerife have their very own Law on the Protection of the Astronomical Quality of the Observatories, which governs contamination levels and flight paths to guarantee clean skies.
The island of La Palma is now part of the select list of locations with the Starlight seal, making it a Starlight Destination.
You’ll find several companies in the Islands that organise walks in mountain locations where you can view the universe. They have professional guides to inform you and explain about the stars you’ll see through telescopes.
- Choose your guided excursion:
Astrotour Isla Bonita
Caneducam SCP (trails by full moon)