Excursion by car to El Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma

Excursion by car to El Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma

The quality of the clean skies with unique conditions for stargazing has brought the island of La Palma the Starlight distinction, which recognises skies of the best astronomical quality. Visiting El Roque de los Muchachos, in the municipality of Garafía in the north-east of the island and a little over an hour by car from Santa Cruz de La Palma, you will come to the highest point of La Palma and discover one of the island's most iconic natural monuments, where you can take a walk in spectacular surroundings with privileged views as you discover one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Canary Islands.

 

From the boat to El Roque de los Muchachos

An excursion to El Roque de los Muchachos is one of the most popular activities amongst visitors to the island of La Palma. At an altitude of over 2400 metres, this natural monument, which is very appealing to tourists due to its network of trails, provides visitors with spectacular scenery and magnificent views both around it and of the sky. With the appropriate equipment, you can walk from one viewing point to another, along part of the trail that runs all around the edge of La Caldera de Taburiente or simply contemplate and enjoy the magnitude of the spectacular view provided by this nature spot.

 

El Roque de los Muchachos Observatory: returning from the heavens to the boat

At El Roque de los Muchachos and at an altitude of 2396 metres is El Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, which houses one of the most complete sets of telescopes in the world. For €9 with advance booking required (622805618 or ana@astrocamp.es), you can take an unforgettable guided tour to inside one of its telescopes (GTC, William Herschel Telescope, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, etc) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (mornings only) and feel even closer to the heavens. A perfect activity for any cruise-goer visiting La Palma who has several hours free.