September 26th, 2018
With its world renowned, near-perfect clear skies, Tenerife offers up some of the most dazzling stargazing spots in the Canary Islands.
Teide National Park
Protected by law, Tenerife is both a Starlight Tourist Destination and the proud bearer of not just one, but three, Starlight Reserves, meaning that the sky is so clear as to be absolutely unparalleled. You can view the heavenly bodies best from the top of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak and an active volcano set within Teide National Park. The crystal clear heavens can be viewed with the naked eye.
Here, you can gaze at the stars through huge ravines, providing a captivating contrast between earth and sky. No binoculars are needed, as with all places in Tenerife, though the location is highly rural and is most easily reached by car.
This large viewing point is situated in the north west corner of the island, in an area called Buenavista del Norte. Here, at the base of the Teno mountains, you can enjoy not just a crystal clear sky but also crystal clear waters, as it is also a marine location situated right next to the Tenerife coast.
Tenerife’s third highest peak again serves up some wonderful views. It is 2,718 metres high and actually the highest point within Teide National Park, though less easy to ascend than Mount Teide itself.
The Ritz-Carlton also offers superb stargazing, this time from the base of its 5 star hotel and resort. Set on a clifftop, it offers views of the sky as well as surrounding panorama, but with the welcome addition of 7 pools, 12 restaurants, a golf course, and a spa.
Hotel Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide
This hotel is the only one located within Teide National Park itself. As such, it makes a great base for that independent nighttime star walk. It does, however, also offer tailored stargazing sessions, and its mountain lodge style architecture may suit many better than the grandiose, Moorish style of the Ritz-Carlton.
Outdoors, or indoors, Tenerife is a stargazer’s paradise. The sight of a sky packed with points of sparkling light, beamed to Earth from distant suns, simply cannot be beaten; and Tenerife is one of the few places with light pollution low enough for us to still enjoy this natural marvel. So, do enjoy it, and soon.
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