Stargazing and Camping: A Night Under Tenerife’s Stars

Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, is renowned not just for its beautiful beaches and vibrant culture but also as one of the world’s premier destinations for stargazing. The unique geographical and climatic conditions of the island make it an ideal spot for observing the cosmos. This article explores the magical experience of combining stargazing with camping in Tenerife, offering a guide on how to make the most of a night under the stars.

The Ideal Conditions for Stargazing in Tenerife

Geographical Advantages

Tenerife’s location off the west coast of Africa ensures it has minimal light pollution, especially at higher altitudes. The Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak. This elevation not only provides unobstructed and breathtaking views of the night sky but also sits above the cloud level, ensuring clear skies for most of the year.

Climatic Factors

The climate of Tenerife is another boon for astronomers and casual stargazers alike. The island enjoys more than 300 clear nights per year, thanks to its stable and mild climate. This predictability makes it easier to plan stargazing trips, as the likelihood of encountering poor weather conditions is low.

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Planning Your Stargazing Camping Trip

What to Bring

  • Telescope and Binoculars: For the best stargazing experience, a good quality telescope or a pair of binoculars is essential.
  • Warm Clothing: Even though Tenerife is warm during the day, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher elevations.
  • Camping Gear: Sleeping bags, and comfortable camping mats are necessary for a good night’s sleep and observe the stars warmly. There are 5 bivouac areas in Las Cañadas del Teide and in order to enjoy them, you need to obtain a permit in advance:
  • Bivouac area of Montaña Blanca (also known as “Puesto de Mulas”)
  • Bivouac area of Montaña Guajara
  • Bivouac area of Pico Viejo
  • Bivouac area of Montaña Pasajirón
  • Bivouac area of El Teide

Reservation links: Bivouacking in Tenerife (tenerifeon.es) 

Central de Reservas online – ORGANISMO AUTÓNOMO PARQUES NACIONALES (reservasparquesnacionales.es)

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  • Food and Water: Bring enough food and water for the duration of your stay, as facilities in remote areas might be limited.

Best Times to Visit

While stargazing can be enjoyed year-round in Tenerife, the best times are during the new moon when the sky is darkest. Additionally, meteor showers such as the Perseids in August or the Geminids in December provide spectacular natural fireworks.

Top Spots for Stargazing and Camping

Teide National Park

The park offers several designated camping areas that are perfect for setting up Bivouac and enjoying the stars. The clear skies and high altitude make this one of the best places in the world to observe celestial phenomena.

The Northeastern Coast

For those who prefer the sound of the ocean as a backdrop to their stargazing, the northeastern coast of Tenerife provides several camping spots that offer great views of the sky and easy access to the beach.


Tips for Successful Stargazing

Understanding the Sky

Before heading out, familiarize yourself with the constellations and notable celestial events. Many mobile apps can guide you through the night sky, enhancing your experience.


Bring a camera capable of long exposures to capture stunning images of the night sky. A tripod is also recommended to keep your camera steady and ensure sharp pictures.

Camping and stargazing in Tenerife is not just about observing the stars; it’s about experiencing the awe of the universe from one of the most beautiful vantage points on Earth. With careful planning and a little luck, you can enjoy a truly unforgettable night under Tenerife’s stars.

Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a curious traveler, Tenerife offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and the cosmos on a deeper level. So pack your bags, grab your telescope, and prepare for an adventure that’s out of this world.


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