1. Spain
  2. Canary Islands
  3. Puerto de la Cruz
  4. Mount Teide

Tenerife: Mount Teide Observatory Guided Tour

Product ID: 51524
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Discover the largest solar observatory in the world on a 1.5-hour tour of Mount Teide Observatory. See the sunspots and solar flares through a professional scope, and get access to a professional night scope to know its history and learn how it works.
About this activity
Duration: 90 minutes
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Spanish, German, English, French, Russian, Italian
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Experience

Highlights
  • Look at the sun safely through professional scopes at Mount Teide Observatory
  • Learn how an observatory and astrophysicists work
  • Visit one of the night scopes
  • Watch a short video about the sky above the Canary Islands
Full description
Learn how an observatory works on a 1.5-hour tour of Mount Teide Observatory on Spain’s tallest mountain and discover one of the highest volcanoes in the world.

The Canary Islands has been named one of the 3 best spots in the world to observe the sky (along with Chile and Hawaii) and the Teide Observatory is currently the largest solar observatory in the world. It contains many solar and nocturnal telescopes, owned by various European countries.

After an introduction about the different areas of the observatory, watch a short video about the Canary Islands' sky and learn how the scopes work at night. Then, an astronomy expert will explain what astrophysics is and how astrophysics work. Observe the sun through 2 different scopes; one to see the sunspots and the other for solar flares. Get into a professional scope to explore its history and understand how it works.
Includes
  • Entrance to Mount Teide Observatory
  • Fully guided tour
  • Use of 2 solar scopes
  • Access to a professional night scope
What’s Not Included
  • Tips
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Passport or ID card for children
Know before you go
• Please wear warm clothes and proper footwear. Please bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when necessary
• Teide's Observatory 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 Observatory on gravel paths. For this reason it is not recommended for people with general physical problems (anaemia, cardio-pathologies, respiratory problems, etc.). If you are not sure if you should visit, consult your doctor
• Teide Observatory is in the area of Izaña. The entrance is located at "Km. 37" on the TF-24 highway
• The visit of the Teide Observatory is not allowed for children under 8
• Children must confirm their age with a passport or ID card
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 379 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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The information given by the guide was very interesting. Also the entire place is worth visiting just to get an idea how it all works. It is definitely worth going there, especially for people who normally don't have this chance to see such telescopes. Nevertheless, we expected to look at the Sun through these huge telescopes. We were disappointed with these very small telescopes (for tours they use small standard telescopes), because the view was not spectacular at all. Red color and nothing more. So don't expect to see explosions on the Sun or anything else :) but besides this, I think this was a nice tour and I would go again, this time for the night sky.

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February 26, 2020

Don't miss it!

In contradiction to the "tourist trap" of endless waiting and chaos to get a ride with the Teide cable car, we can strongly recommend to book a guided trip to the observatory. Very well organized together with a guide - Jesus - who's extraordinary positive enthusiasm and skills in astronomy affected all of us! Don't forget to bring warm clothes, shoes, hat and gloves :)

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January 1, 2019

Fantastic

We were very excited to find that we had the same guide/host as we had had on the stars activity so we knew we were in for another treat. Such a knowledgeable host and engaging at all times. This was an incredible experience and we left feeling it was all over too soon. We had the opportunity to view the sun through special telescopes and also see a nightime telescope. This activity is well worth every penny and every minute. Thank you for another amazing experience!

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August 7, 2018

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Teleférico del Teide

Product ID: 51524