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Guided Visit of the Observatory

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Guided Visit of the Observatory




Our guided visit will allow you to get to know in a pleasant way the Observatory and the daily activity of the researchers who work there.

The Canary Islands is one of the three best spots in the world to observe the sky, along with Chile and Hawaii. 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. There are visits on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12.00 in Spanish and English simultaneously and at 2.30pm in Spanish and German simultaneously. On Thursdays, there are visits in French at 1.30pm.

Transfer from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos on Wednesdays and from Puerto de la Cruz on Tuesdays is available.

The Teide Observatory is located at an altitude of 2,390 m, in the area of Izaña. The entrance is located at km 37 of the TF-24 highway.

Pick-up points

● Pick-up points from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos for the 12.00 visits in English and Spanish on Wednesdays:

8.35am Riu Arecas

8.45am Isla Bonita

9.00am Bouganville

9.10am Tropical Playa

9.15am Best Tenerife

9.30am Princesa Dácil

● Pick-up points from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos for the 2.30pm visits in German and Spanish on Wednesdays:

11.05am Riu Arecas

11.15am Isla Bonita

11.30am Bouganville

11.40am Tropical Playa

11.45am Best Tenerife

12.00 Princesa Dácil

● Pick-up points from Puerto de la Cruz for the 12.00 visits in English and Spanish on Tuesdays:

10.00am Chiripa

10.00am Parque San Antonio

10.05am Noelia Playa

10.05am Dania Park

10.20am Cruce Meliá

10.20am Teidemar

10.30am Hotel Botánico

10.30am Kiosko Paragüitas

● Pick-up points from Puerto de la Cruz for the 2.30pm visits in German and Spanish on Tuesdays:

12.30pm Chiripa

12.30pm Parque San Antonio

12.35pm Noelia Playa

12.35pm Dania Park

12.40pm Cruce Meliá

12.50pm Teidemar

1.00pm Hotel Botánico

1.00pm Kiosko Paragüitas

When booking, please specify the hotel you are staying at so that we can confirm the pick up point and time.




● 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 available on Wednesdays from Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos
● Transfer available on Tuesdays from Puerto de la Cruz

● Transfer on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from the south of the island
● Transfer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the north of the island


Health and altitude

The 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 physical problems (anaemia, cardio-pathologies, respiratory 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.

Keep 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.

Recommended equipment

● 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.

Transport and punctuality for visits that do not include pick-ups

We ask that you be very punctual. Keep 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.

PLEASE 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.

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 reservation, 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 rest room is before the visit starts. Please leave the rest room as clean as you have 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 the area of Izaña, on the island of Tenerife (Spain). Its geographic coordinates are: Longitude: 16º 30´ 35″ West – Latitude: 28º 18´ 00″ North.


Telescope Facilities


There are currently telescopes and other astronomic instruments from over 60 institutions of 19 different countries installed in the Mt. Teide Observatory (Island of Tenerife) and the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory (Island of La Palma). These observation facilities, plus the scientific and technical facilities available in the IAC´s Astrophysics Institute in La Laguna (Tenerife) and in the IAC´s La Palm Common Astrophysics Centre in Breña Baja (La Palma), make up the European Northern Observatory (ENO).
Their geographic location, between the solar observatories of the east and the west, together with the transparency and excellent astronomic quality of the skies, have meant that the Mt. Teide Observatory gives priority to studying the Sun, concentrating the best European solar telescopes at these sites.

Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT), 70 cm.
THEMIS solar telescope, 90 cm.
GREGOR solar telescope, 1.5 m.
Solar Laboratory:
Spectrophotometers (MARK-I, IRIS-T, ECHO)
High resolution photometer TON
Fourier tachometer GONG

“Carlos Sanchez” infra-red telescope (TCS), 155 cm.
Mons reflector telescope, 50 cm.
IAC-80 telescope, 80 cm.
OGS telescope, 100 cm. (Optical Ground Station)
STARE telescope, 10 cm.
Bradford robot telescope
STELLA robot telescopes
33GHz interferometer
COSMO10 and 15
VSA (Very Small Array) interferometer network

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