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A destination

with stars

The Canary Islands are an exceptional astrotourism destination all through the year thanks to their privileged location and clear, protected night skies.

Whether you visit one of the big international observatories or take a night tour with an expert guide you feel close to the cosmos. Pick a star and dream of your future, or make a wish.

Who knows, it may come true.


The Trade Wind breezes and the temperature inversion they generate prevent clouds from forming over the Canary Islands. This is why the skies in the Canaries are amongst the clearest in Europe and are legally protected by the Law of Protección de la Calidad Astronómica de los Observatorios. This prevents light, atmospheric and radio wave pollution and controls flight patterns to prevent any interference with stargazing.

See the universe
close up

The Canary islands host world-class astronomic observatories, at altitudes over 2,400 metres, such as the GREGOR solar telescope in Tenerife, the largest in Europe, or the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma. Both are open to the public and arrange tours to bring their discoveries closer to everyone.
You'll also find several companies that organise guided night tours and observation sessions from the islands' spectacular viewpoints.

Explore the constellations of the Canary Islands night sky with this virtual planetarium.

3 Starlight

The Canary Islands boast three Starlight Reserves where the clarity of the night sky is internationally recognised and protected: The islands of La Palma and Fuerteventura and the highlands of Tenerife.
In addition to its starry skies, officially protected against light pollution, Gran Canaria has numerous infraestructures and tourist activities focussed on the enjoyment and protection of this natural resource. All of this has led to it being recognised as a “Starlight Tourist Destination”
Tenerife also leads the EU Sky Route, an EU funded project that develops astrotourism routes in Europe.

The skies of the
seven islands

La Palma

The San Borondón viewpoint in the west of La Palma offers clear views of the Pole Star and the Cassiopeia and Cepheid constellations.


On moonless summer nights you see teapot-shaped Sagittarius and reddish Scorpio from the Peñas del Chache viewpoint north of Haría.


From the Morro Ventoso viewpoint the 'W' of Cassiopeia is clearly visible along with Ursa Minor and the Pole Star.

Gran Canaria

At 1,700 metres above sea level, the Llanos de Garañón offer clear views of Gemini, Auriga, Taurus and Orion, especially during the spring.

La Gomera

The Alto de Garajonay peak at 1,487 metres is a natural viewpoint perfect for observing the Sagittarius and Scorpio constellations thanks to its lack of light pollution.

El Hierro

Until 1885 the Prime Meridian line passed through the La Orchilla lighthouse site at the Cape of La Orchilla in El Hierro. Today its a great spot for observing the Taurus constellation.


The El Palmar viewpoint, in the Buenavista municipality, is an exceptional location for observing Orion and it's two dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor, especially around New Year.