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A different Christmas in Tenerife

Christmas in Tenerife is lived in a different way, with a special atmosphere in the streets where people walk comfortably thanks to the mild and warm climate. Will you accompany us on a short trip to everything that awaits you during these dates on our island?

A sky full of Christmas stars

Can you imagine enjoying Christmas at more than 3,000 metres? On Mount Teide it is possible. Here you can ascend and observe the starry winter sky.

Estrellas Teide

Whether as a family, as a couple or even alone, you can come up with the perfect plan to enjoy one of the most visited National Parks in Spain to the fullest. Would you like to reach the summit without effort? Then remember to book your ticket for the Teide Cable Car b. Or would you like to challenge yourself before the end of the year? Then take a look at the different routes that lead to the summit.

Familia Teide

If you want to spend your holidays a little more relaxed, then you can take a guided tour of the facilities of the Teide Observatory, combine it with nocturnal astronomical observation or simply walk through the various natural attractions in the National Park. No matter what you prefer, Mount Teide is a must when travelling to Tenerife!

Winter under palm trees, Christmas on the beach

Another great option to enjoy Christmas in nature is to put on your best swimsuit and relax at one of the many beaches in Tenerife. There is something for every taste: blonde sand, black volcanic sand, pebbles, family beaches, lively or secluded beaches…

Navidad en Tenerife playa

With a pleasant climate also in December, you sometimes wonder if you have not travelled in time towards the summer. Nevertheless, you can enjoy a slightly different Christmas atmosphere, which is accompanied by the sound of the waves. You should definitely make long beach walks or coastal walks, so you can enjoy the sun of Tenerife and the Christmas atmosphere.

Christmas in the streets of Tenerife: lights, shopping and festive atmosphere

Nougats, marzipan, nativity scenes… Christmas is simply unique! The festive mood in the streets, the people walking around, the Christmas stalls and the Christmas fair, the coloured lights that illuminate every step…

Terraceo amigos

People meet with friends and family, Christmas parties… If you want to experience the authentic festive atmosphere of Christmas in Tenerife, we suggest you to visit the cities and historic centres. One of the most emotional and expected moments for all the locals on the island is the famous Christmas Concert of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, which always takes place on December 25th in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Oh! And do not forget to visit the cribs and traditional Christmas performances. Craftsmen, weavers and typical figures of the culture of Tenerife can be seen in the cribs created by neighboring communities, institutions or individuals with much enthusiasm and dedication.

Christmas in Tenerife – an unforgettable experience

Whatever your plan for this Christmas on the island, we assure you that it will be an unforgettable celebration that will always remain in your memory. Merry Christmas!

Dark skies at night – astronomers’ delight in Tenerife!

Tenerife enhances its “astro-tourism” with eight new telescopes at Teide Observatory

VOLCANO LIFE

Tenerife has boosted its position as one of the best locations on the planet for stargazing, with the introduction of eight new telescopes at the world-famous Teide Observatory. Introduced last month, the new telescopes will appeal to “astro-tourists” and scientists looking to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

The new, advanced solar telescopes mark the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC). Of the eight introduced, six are robotic telescopes from countries including the USA, Russia, Qatar and Slovakia; and two belong to the QUIJOTE (Q-U-I-Joint Tenerife), a scientific experiment involving multiple partners from Spain and the UK. The recently-launched Volcano Life Experience operates guided tours several days a week to the Teide Observatory, which is also home to GREGOR, the largest solar telescope in Europe.

Located at 2,390 metres above sea level and next to Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak at 3,718 metres – Teide Observatory is perfect for studying stars at night due to its geographical location, low-light pollution and extremely clear night skies, which are protected by laws relating to contamination levels and flight paths. The Observatory rests above the clouds in the volcanic Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, globally recognised as a ‘Starlight Tourist Destination’.

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The largest island in the Canaries, Tenerife offers a huge choice of ‘star tourism’ experiences for visitors to enjoy on their island getaway. Those with an interest in outer space can learn about the important astrophysics research carried out by the IAC at Teide Observatory by joining a guided tour to see the stars and marvel at dazzling displays. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a free “open day” at the Observatory every summer, with many activities available for children. They can also tour the Planetarium at the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in La Laguna or stay overnight in a rural cottage or country hotel complete with a telescope for a private observation of the stars. Mount Teide’s cable car also offers a very special ‘Sunset and Stars’ stargazing trip, with a dusk-time dinner served at 2,000 metres above sea level.

The Canary Islands, specifically Tenerife and La Palma, have the privilege of being among the few locations in the world that will install new telescopes of the future. The island of Tenerife also leads the EUSky Route, a pioneering project funded by the European Commission which aims to create “astrotourism” routes in the participating European countries, including Poland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece and Spain.

Next year, Tenerife will welcome stars of a different kind, such as Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist-musician Brian May, when it hosts the Starmus Festival – a unique celebration of science, art and music – from 27th June to 2nd July 2016. This special event is the brainchild of Dr. Garik Israelian of the IA.

For more information on stargazing in Tenerife, please click here.

Starry, starry night

Last week Tenerife hosted the European representatives of the new EU Sky Route project, whose main objective is to create different astro-tourism routes in the member countries. Taking part in this project, funded by the European Commission, and granted by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the Commission, are Tenerife, Valencia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Portugal.

The group had the opportunity to enjoy a stargazing activity in the Teide National Park with local company Discover Experience. The evening was spectacular and we were able to see first hand the exceptional quality of our night sky.

Discover Experience
Discover Experience


Our guide, a fully trained Starlight Guide, explained the some of the constellations visible in Tenerife’s winter sky and the exceptional conditions for star gazing at the Teide National Park. Then we took a peek through the observation telescope and enjoyed seeing the stunning Orion Nebula and the charms of Jupiter. The group photo with this post put finishing touch to a fantastic evening under a unique star-spangled sky.

Free guided Walking routes at Teide National Park with no difficulty

Let me Tell you something, there are 37 walking routes at Mount Teide National Park  already waiting for you. So, today, put on your hiking boots and let’s go hiking in Tenerife.

Mount Teide National Park walking routes
Mount Teide National Park walking routes

 

Walking routes in El Teide with different difficulties or lenght, all of them wonderful in a unique environment with lots of breathtaking landscapes.

Even if you are not fond of going hiking, al Mount Teide, you will find the perfect excuse to try. We suggest you two special  routes with no difficulty, and to make it even safer with Mount Teide National Park official guides.

Mount Teide National Park  offers you two guided walking routes that last two hours aprox, with English and Spanish guides with no difficulty a very low heigh difference, so all family welcome, including children, to enjoy our impressive volcanic landscape and learn from the experts about the history and wildlife.

FREE Guided walking routes at EL Teide*

 

  • Arenas Negras

 

circular walking route that starts and ends at El Portillo information Office

  • Heigh Difference: 50m aprox
  • Length: 4,2 Km aprox
  • Difficulty: low

You’ll enjoy Arenas Negras Volcanoes and views of LLano las Majas, also panoramics of Teide National Park

  • Roques de Garcia

This walking route takes us arround several volcanic necks:

  • Roque Cinchado
  • El Burro
  • El Torrotito, etc…

You’ll get to Ucanca’s plain.You’ll see lots of diferent volcanic formations and enjoy  typical canarian highlands wildlife

  • Heigh Difference: 40 m aprox
  • Length: 5,6 km aprox
  • Difficulty: low

Note: these routes are not the exact walking routes of Roques de Garcia or Arenas Negras, special itineraries through those routes are done

You need to book these walking routes in advance at Mount Teide National Park Office:

Telephone 00 34 922 922 371

Address Doctor Sixto Perera González nº25 . El Mayorazgo. La Orotava

38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

I highly recommend you to contact them with time in advance to do these routes on the dates you might have in mind as both are very demanded and popular, so  don’t leave it for the very last minute.

You can also ask for other guided walking routes in the National Park, If it’s posible they’ll do it Free of Charge.

Remember to take with you:

  • suitable shoes, trekking or hiking boots are the best
  • sunscreen protection , high one
  • water
  • fruit or dried fruitor nuts
  • cap
  • warm clothes

How to get to Mount Teide National Park?

If you are not hiring a car you can go by bus taking :

  • 348 from Puerto de la Cruz
  • 342 From Las Américas

Please check TITSA website for changes and timetable

 

*These walking routes may vary, always check with the Park office changes and schedule

Please, take care and respect the environment. We are all responsable of keeping the Park clean and respecting the rules.