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Observatorium Roque de Los Muchachos

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Stunning, breathtaking. Terrifying driving.

For god sake, get the bus. Driving a right hand drive manual is hard enough, but doing it on the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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really magical spot to see the surroundings and if you´re lucky catch a glimpse of three other islands.

A beautiful jouney up to the The Roque through laurel forest then pine forest and finally to an... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2019
Bill D
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 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...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

It is an amazing journey that takes you above the clouds to a very different and fascinating environment. Even without the observatory, this is a fantastic place to visit and walk. We took the observatory tour, which was interesting and informative if a little over...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Simon Q
Reviewed January 1, 2019

With the high tech telescopes the whole area seems like a space lab. Reading through all the information plates gives a lot of information, is highly interesting, and motivated us to further research on the internet.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely worth the precarious drive! A tour of the observatory is a must! Emailing the observatory direct doesn’t usually prompt a response, despite their website indicating to do so. Independent companies such as Ad Astra La Palma provide a 90 minute tour for just EUR9....More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank MelodieJoy17
Reviewed November 16, 2018

The views are worth the long drive to the top. Would be better if there was a visitor centre nearby.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

It was a nice ride up the mountain and what a change in the temp. Looking down at the clouds was a wonderful experience. It was vert windy and pretty cold. If you don"t want to see the observatory, there is still a lot to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank bandit153
Reviewed April 17, 2018

We would our way gently uphill from Santa Cruz de la Palma through forests and out through the tree line to catch out first glimpse of the telescopes of La Palma. Being above the clouds with these friendly giants all around was a surreal experience...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank judi186338
Reviewed March 3, 2018

If you visit the island of La Palma, and you are at least somewhat scientifically minded, you **must** visit this observatory. This place is worth a visit for the views alone, but since this observatory is one of the top observatories in the world, your...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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October 15, 2018|
Response from MelodieJoy17 |
There are tours operating, have a look at adastralapalma as they offered a tour for EUR9 when we went last week. Must be booked in advance. No public bus service to the rock or observatory, and the above tours are in your... More
May 8, 2018|
Response from MelodieJoy17 |
No bus line services the observatory. You need a car to do the tours as you drive from the meeting point, to the mid-point where they talk about the different observatories visible, and then drive a bit further where you go... More
March 20, 2018|
Response from MelodieJoy17 |
Depends where you’re coming from. I stayed in Puerto Naos, my sat nav said there was a 10 minute difference between driving up the west and crossing over to the east and up. I went up the west and came down the east... More