Roque de los Muchachos (Spanish: Roque de los Muchachos, literally “Rock of the Guys”) is not just a volcanic mountain in the Canary Islands, but a real paradise for amateur and professional astronomers. Located on the island of La Palma, the second highest peak (2426 m) is home to one of the world’s leading astronomical observatories.

Why is Roque de los Muchachos ideal for stargazing?

  • Clear skies: Thanks to its altitude and distance from major cities and industrial centers, Roque de los Muchachos offers exceptional conditions for stargazing. Minimal light pollution allows objects to be seen with the naked eye that are inaccessible from most of Europe.
  • Ideal climate: The island’s dry and stable climate provides clear skies most of the year, ideal for astronomical observations.
  • Infrastructure: At the top of Roque de los Muchachos there is a whole complex of astronomical observatories equipped with the most powerful telescopes, accessible to scientists from all over the world. Some of them also offer excursions and observation programs for tourists.

What to do on Roque de los Muchachos?

  • Visit an astronomical observatory: Book a tour of one of the observatories to learn about the work of astronomers and look at the stars through professional telescopes.
  • Stargazing on your own: If you have your own telescope or binoculars, you can find a secluded spot on the mountainside and enjoy the starry sky.
  • Participate in an astronomical event: Throughout the year, the Roque de los Muchachos hosts various astronomical events, such as star parties, lectures and special observations of astronomical phenomena.
  • Admire stunning views: In addition to the starry sky, the top of Roque de los Muchachos offers breathtaking panoramas of La Palma and its neighboring islands.

Tips for traveling to Roque de los Muchachos:

Book excursions and accommodations in advance: Due to the limited number of places on tour groups and the small selection of hotels on the island, it is recommended to plan your trip in advance.
Bring warm clothing: Nights on the mountain can be cold, even in summer.
Protect your eyes: Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark, and avoid using bright lights before stargazing.
Check the weather conditions: Before you travel, check the weather forecast to make sure the skies will be clear.


Be sure to visit this place if you are interested in astronomy, this is a must, if you are just a tourist, you will also be very interested in seeing this mountain and enjoying the views.