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The Teide Observatory (Observatorio del Teide) is the location of several solar and nocturnal telescopes and is one of the largest observatories in the world. Located on Mount Teide in Tenerife, its altitude of 2,390 m (7,841 ft) helps its scopes get clear views of the sky. You can visit the observatory on a guided tour, with different providers offering a variety of itineraries for different prices.
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Tenerife: Mount Teide Observatory Guided Tour
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Gregor solar telescope of Teide Observatory | Flickr: Victor R. Ruiz CC BY-SA 2.0

History of the Teide Observatory

The observatory follows centuries-old tradition
The region surrounding Mount Teide has been a place of astronomical observations for centuries by astronomers, naturalists, and Augustinian monks. The Teide Observatory, established in 1964, continues this tradition by providing an institutional base for astronomical research facilitated by the favorable location and climate of the Canary Islands. Today, various European countries are involved in the construction and operation of the Observatorio del Teide. The Carlos Sánchez infrared telescope, which has beed situated at the observatory since 1972, is one of the largest of its kind.

From Teide, astronomers, naturalists and Augustinian monks have observed the night sky for centuries. The reason for this is the favorable location and climate of the Canary Islands, from which you can clearly see and explore the starry sky on many days of the year.
Telescope IAC80 | Flickr: Victor R. Ruiz CC BY-SA 2.0

Guided Tours of the Observatorio Del Teide

The Fascination of Science

13 Night and 3 Solar Telescopes

Guided tours of the Teide Observatory can be booked here.

The different telescopes of the observatory are explained and insights into the scientific projects of the observatory are provided. This also includes a general introduction to the field of astrophysics. As a highlight, the visit of the observatory includes the observation of the sun by means of one of its three solar telescopes: sunspots and solar storms are the main focus here.

The guided tours last about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the observatory be visited at night?

At the moment, tours are only offered during the day. Read more.

General information

Opening hours:

There are two open days each year where you can visit and enjoy a guided tour without booking in advance. On all other days, you need to reserve your guided tour of Teide Observatory in advance.

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Izaña
Tenerife
Spain

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Guided tours are offered in English, Spanish and German, on different days of the week, with prices for a tour starting at €21. Children can participate in tours free of charge. Booking is required in order to take part in a guided tour.

how to get there

The easiest way to get to the observatory is to join a guided tour which includes transfers (Astronomic Tour). The private road which leads to the observatory can be found at the beginning of road TF-514. It takes about two hours to drive from the south of Tenerife, 90 minutes to drive from Santa Cruz, and an hour to drive from Puerto de la Cruz.
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