Visit Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, a must if you travel to La Palma
Visitas guiadas al Grantecan

The company AstroLaPalma offers guided tours to the Grantecan, the ‘Gran Telescopio de Canarias’, located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.

These visits, which focus on astronomical observation, are one of the most important activities for anyone visiting the island of La Palma.

The Great Telescope of the Canary Islands (GRANTECAN)

The Grantecan is one of the largest optical and infrared telescopes in the world, with a primary mirror of 10.4 metres in diameter. Consequently, this light-gathering capacity allows astronomers to explore the cosmos with unprecedented clarity, revealing the mysteries of stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies.

Since its inauguration in 2009, Grantecan has been at the centre of important scientific discoveries, such as the detection of exoplanets and the study of the dark matter and dark energy that make up the Universe. Every night, the telescope’s eyes turn skyward, exploring the far reaches of the cosmos and expanding our understanding of the universe we inhabit.

Visit Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory

The visits proposed by AstroLaPalma are guided tours during the day, in which the facilities are shown, including the interior of the Grantecan. This type of visit is only permitted for people over 6 years of age and, if you are over 70 years of age, it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to the visit.

The approximate duration of the visit is around 1:30-1:50 hours, and visits are offered in both English and Spanish. As mentioned above, this type of visit is led by a certified Starlight guide, so it is essential to book in advance.

Furthermore, this type of activity is subject to weather conditions and/or the operation of the Observatory, as there may be cancellations or date changes due to weather conditions or telescope operation.

For further information related to notices and conditions, or to make a reservation, please access the following link on our website: Visit Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory