Welcome to Dark Skies Tenerife – VIP stargazing in Tenerife!
Tenerife is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. The sky here is exceptionally dark and clear and it’s dark all year round, even in the height of summer. Why be restricted to a few cold winter months to enjoy the stars when they are available here all year round?
Combine a trip to the sun with a stunning sunset above the “sea of clouds” and a memorable night under one of the best night skies in the world!
No clouds and very dark skies!
Tenerife is officially recognised as one of the top three astronomy locations in the world along with Hawaii and the Atacama desert in Chile. Being closer to the equator, even summer nights are dark with a minimum of 7 hours of astronomical darkness. Clouds are typically restricted to lower altitudes, meaning the higher areas are almost always cloud free and we rarely miss a celestial event, a star-gazer’s dream!
Image courtesy of NASA
Approximately 40 minutes drive from the coast, the El Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site globally recognised as a ‘Starlight Tourist Destination’ due to its exceptionally clear and protected dark skies. The Izana observatory located here is one of the most important sites in the world for scientific research. They record 81% of days as clear or only partially cloudy ranging from 94% in summer to 71% in Autumn so you can be confident of experiencing the dark skies any week of the of year.
Dark Skies Tenerife offers unique private stargazing experiences for all lovers of the cosmos; we have our own telescopes, binoculars, cameras and other equipment to suit everyone. Guests can fully indulge their passion for the night sky be it stargazing, deep sky astronomy or astrophotography – all photographs used in our website have been taken by us and we love showing people how to take great photos. We only do private experiences (maximum 6 people) so we can provide bespoke itineraries and a very personal service.
Most importantly though, our guides are all qualified astronomy guides (not all are) and are also trained in outdoor first aid, something we feel is very important.
Whether you are new to stargazing or an experienced astronomer or astrophotographer, Dark Skies Tenerife has something special for you.
If you haven’t experienced it before, you just won’t believe how good the night sky is here!