Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos

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Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos

Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos
4.5
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verhor
Prague, Czech Republic12 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far. The road to the top is long and quite challenging sometimes, but it's totally worth it! The view is absolutely amazing. I would recommend to go there just before the sunset.
Written June 3, 2021
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JABDover
Dover, UK55 contributions
Jan 2020
A visit to the international observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos is a must. The scenery is amazing, and I would also recommend a tour of one of the telescopes; this can be booked through the company Ad Astra La Palma for a very reasonable cost of €9 per person (not including transport). Our tour guide, Sheila Crosby, was excellent, and has written a most interesting book on the subject. If you want to extend your astronomical experience, you could also book a night-time stargazing tour through the same company or through Astro La Palma. Until the new visitor centre is opened, make sure you take a packed lunch with you to the Roque de Los Muchachos as there are no facilities.
Written February 28, 2020
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Chris W
Hassocks, UK73 contributions
Feb 2020
The spectacular views are worth the drive up the very very twisty & steep road that climbs precariously up this mountain.

Don’t make the mistake we did & miss the turning for the LP-4 of of the LP-1 heading north out of Santa Cruz. Instead of turning around we took a loop round the north of the island and picked up the LP-4 on the westerly approach to the mountain.

We were in no rush that day so we got to see areas of the island that were lovely. However, the LP-4 on the west side of the mountain is an extremely difficult road to assent in anything nut a small to medium 4WD. Our little VW Polo really struggled to make the ascent.

Was it worth it? Yes? Without a doubt, but do your selves a favour & assent the mountain via the easterly LP-4 unless you have a 4x4.

Once we had finished admiring the views we descended via the easterly route, which though steep & twisty, it was a considerably better road, being a bit wider, less steep & with less hairpin bends to negotiate. It even had a few pull-in places to admire the views from the alpine forest you were descending through, unlike the route up we took which had no safe places to pull into at all.

Take a jacket with you, it will be colder than at sea level, you are after all 8,000 feet up in the air & way above the clouds. The day we went it was 24c at ground level & 16.5c in the forrest on the way down. It is very shaded in amongst all those trees. For some reason I never thought to check the temperature at the top. Too distracted by the views I suspect.

If you get the opportunity, go! You will regret it if you don’t.
Written February 13, 2020
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Louise C
4 contributions
Jan 2020
Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the hairpin bends and amazing views on the drive up to the observatories, and to take in the scenery once at the top. The tour itself was fascinating and well pitched for a lay audience - a unique place which mustn't be missed. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in and outside the observatories compared to sea level, and the thinner air.
Written January 16, 2020
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Nick Butt
Wickham Market, UK395 contributions
Jan 2020
Friends have often talked about this place, where they gathered the data for their PhDs some 30 years ago. The roads they described bear little in common withe the more modern roads, which are better from the west side, although you are likely to meet cursed buses.. for someone who suffers extreme vertigo the roads were fine.

The obervatory; good introduction from our bilingual guide. The main telescope is fascinating to look around and was well described. A few more images would have been the icing on the cake. Now vert tempted by the VIP tour.
Written January 13, 2020
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melvyngilbert
Glasgow, UK320 contributions
Dec 2019
I hired a car for €80 for 2 days and drove from Santa Cruz up to the observatories at Pico Fuente Nueva. It was an interesting journey, travelling from sea level to an altidude of 2366m in about an hour. The twisty road with many hair pin bends took us immediately away from the coast and through banana plantations and then into a pine forest before leaving the trees behind. In this time the temperature had dropped from comfortable 21° to a brisk 10°. Without the trees, the exposed red earth gave the appearance of a martian landscape. At the very top of the mounatin the many white observatory buildings added to the alien atmosphere. We walked about taking photos of the spectacular views and the quickly changing weather. Two consecutive photos I took showed first a clear blue sky and then a moody grey mist which had enveloped almost all of the scenery. By this time the temperature was a exceptionally cold 4°. We then continued our journey in the same direction and drove down the other side of the mountain. La Palma is the 5th Canary Island that I have visited and this drive has been the most exciting and interesting experience that I have had.
Written December 8, 2019
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het2
Derby, UK81 contributions
Nov 2019
It is a slow road to get to the 2040 metres high observatory. The roads have numerous hairpin bends and there was lots of debris on them including small rock falls, pine needles and tree branches. It dropped about 10 degrees as we ascended and with a cool breeze it is worth packing a sweater. Views are amazing of the volcanoes rim and all the mirrors on the telescopes is interesting.
Written November 2, 2019
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MikesRealReviews
Cardiff, UK34 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
For god sake, get the bus. Driving a right hand drive manual is hard enough, but doing it on the right side of the road, on cliff tops with no barriers and 24km of the the windyest roads for over an hour scared us to death. It’s visually out of this world, but I was deeply stressed with the driving, lack of barriers, fear of meeting cars on blind cliff edges, or stalling on a super steep blind cliff bend. Yes it was worth it, but will never ever drive this again. My wife was nearly in tears.
Written August 19, 2019
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Bill D
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain83 contributions
Jul 2019
A beautiful jouney up to the The Roque through laurel forest then pine forest and finally to an alpine region with the most stunning of views. Take the trip easy and stop off at the numerous viewing locations on the way up to catch the changing scenery. From the top , if you´re lucky you can see the three surrounding islands ( La Gomera , Tenerife and El Hierro.) Try not to arrive mid/late morning as this `place gets packed and apart from the parking difficulties some folks just don´t seem to "get it" and go screaming around yelling at the top of their voives and some of the magic is lost. The observatory is interesting but the views are the reason for the ascent.
Written August 7, 2019
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Railwayman59
Crewe, UK173 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Really glad I made this part of the island it actually made the holiday. To see the set up close up and learn about the functions and nations involved is really interesting. Do it
Written June 15, 2019
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