Astronomy and Geology in Tenerife
Saga Hosted Hotels
Tenerife is considered an ideal location for star gazers and geologists. Its unique position under the equator combined with cloudless nights means you can witness the magnificent colours of the Milky Way in its full glory - something you can’t see at home! Islands are the best locations for observing the stars and with a trip up the mighty Mount Teide volcano that reaches over 12,000 ft tall, the opportunities for observation are some of the best in Europe.
The volcano itself, whose development can be traced back thousands of years, proves that our planet is also well worth investigating.
During your week-long stay, you will learn about the stars, planets and distant galaxies, take in some of the most breathtaking views, and gain interesting insights into the life and work of the astronomers based in Tenerife and discover the equipment at their disposal.
Included excursions and Visits
Beach cocktail under the stars
Anaga Forest and Pico del Ingles
National Parks Canadas del Teide and tour of The Teide Astronomical Observatory
Dinner and evening observation session on Mount Teide
Please note: Weather can play a part in what you can or can’t see. In case of adverse weather conditions, alternative arrangements will be made. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this programme.
Enjoy sweeping uninterrupted vistas over Tenerife’s rugged Atlantic coast from this clifftop hotel. And the views are everywhere: from the terrace, the restaurant, the poolside and the all-balcony bedrooms – it seems almost every room looks over the sea. Public areas are bright and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the spectacular scene. With a spa, gym, hairdresser, beauty treatments and a wellness centre, the Best Hotel Semiramis has everything you need for a feel-good holiday.
Your Astronomy Programme
Beach cocktail under the stars: As you settle in with your group, sip a cocktail on the beach and look out for the stars.
Anaga Forest and Pico del Ingles: Anaga Forest and its 37,000 acres is a designated Biosphere Reserve. On this excursion you will be guided through the forest, as you step through immense natural beauty and fascinating geological formations. Have your camera ready as you take in some of the amazing views from the viewpoint of Pico del Ingles. On a clear day, you can see the whole mountain range to the city of Santa Cruz.
National Park of Canadas del Teide and tour of Astronomical Observatory: UNESCO Teide National Park is the biggest and oldest park on the Canary Islands and a must-see for geology enthusiasts and nature lovers. A guide will be on hand to show you to the visitor centre and the Teide Observatory where you can discover more about astrophysics which first began in the Canary Islands back in 1964.
La Laguna: Visit the Canary Island's oldest and most prestigious University town on a half day excursion.
Teide observation: This evening excursion includes dinner in a restaurant and an evening observation session.
What to wear
Whilst Tenerife boasts a warm all-year-round climate, you will need to dress for the colder temperatures for higher viewpoints and the later evenings. We will require you to pack:
Hiking boots or comfortable footwear for walking
Long sleeve t-shirt
Expert Host Dr Sheona Urquhart and Saga Host
Welcome drink reception
Five included excursions and visits
All inclusive: All meals
Free bar open 12 hours a day (local drinks)
Unlimited tea and coffee served within the hotel
Wine and water at lunch and dinner
International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Return transfers direct to your hotel
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
From £1,329 per person
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required
Food and drink
The lively main restaurant serves buffet-style meals and features a show cooking area where you can watch the chefs in action. The pool bar is open during the day and the lobby bar open in the evening depending on the weather. The exclusive Saga Club Lounge, with tea and coffee-making facilities, is conveniently situated between the two. The restaurant is likely to be busier during peak times of the year and you may have to queue to enjoy the live show cooking.
During your stay, enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities may be at an extra charge and activities may change from time to time. Live music five times a week Orientation walk with you Host Guided walking tours of Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna and Santa Cruz Shuttle bus daily to the south of the island €18pp Watercolor painting session in the Orchid Gardens.€22pp (entrance fee included). Book on arrival with Saga Host. Timanfaya Theatre in Puerto de la Cruz, including Tango shows, Classical music and Flamenco, (extra charge). Puerto de la Cruz market every Wednesday and Saturday morning Flamenco show every Thursday Weekly Spanish guitar musician in the Saga Club Lounge Orchid gardens (extra charge) Pool table Petanque piste Table tennis/tennis court (extra charge) Golf is available nearby (please ask in resort for details and prices).
All 298 spacious, north-facing bedrooms are set across 14 floors, and have a balcony with sitting area and ocean views, and a bath with overhead shower. The laundry service is at an extra charge. Smoking is not permitted in outside areas such as the gardens, terraces and pool bar. You can upgrade to a Senator room (for a supplement, subject to availability) which includes guaranteed accommodation on the upper floors (11 to 14), daily national newspapers, daily turn-down service, bathrobe and slippers.
- Saga Club Lounge
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Sun terrace
- Wellness centre
The hotel stands in the quiet, elevated quarter of Puerto de la Cruz known as La Paz. It’s a great base for exploring, with various shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach, and some beautiful parks and botanical gardens less than 30 minutes’ walk away. The main square of Puerto de la Cruz old town is about two kilometres away and the beach is even closer, all easily reached by taxi, local bus or the Saga courtesy bus which runs from Monday to Saturday.