Roque de los Muchachos Visitor Centre

The Roque de los Muchachos Visitor Centre is located around a unique landscape environment at an altitude of 2426 meters that guarantees the best conditions for astronomical observation, housing in its proximity the most important Astrophysics observatories in the world.

The main objective of the visitor centre is to bring and publicize the importance of Astronomy on the Island of La Palma,  promoting the natural and cultural heritage of the highest point on the island of La Palma.

This project was born from the collaboration through a management agreement for this space in the hands of the Cabildo de la Palma, the Garafía City Council and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias IAC.

The Visitor Center is divided into several rooms:

  • Welcome Room: where we will find the reception, the auditorium, the store and the large interactive table where we will discover with  the entrails of the telescopes of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.
  • Room 1 “The Canary Islands, a window to the Universe”: where we will discover the reasons why the Canary Island has been strategically chosen to house the most important telescopes in the world.
  • Room 2 “Exploring the Universe”: in this point we delve into the depths of the cosmos, thus exploring every corner of science and our Universe.
  • Room 3 “Back to Earth”: in this living room we return to the Villa de Garafía municipality, which is the place where the Visitor Center is located. We will know their traditions, their way of life, natural and cultural heritage.

Additional Information

Monday to Sunday:
10.00 – 16:00

Monday to Sunday:
10.00 – 16:30

On December 24 the center will be open until 2:00 p.m.
The center will be closed on the following days:

  • December 25th.
  • December 31st.
  • January 1.
  • January 6.

Rates will be free until April 2022.

We advise you to purchase one of the vouchers available to visit 2 centers at our ticket vending machines.

You will be able to benefit from a saving of 50% in the price of the second center.

Ask us at the reception.

We inform you that the free, unguided visit to the El Tendal center may last approximately 45 minutes.

  • Store located at the entrance of the center.
  • Guided tours upon request.
  • Free parking for vehicles, buses and bicycles.
  • Audiovisual room.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks.
  • D.E.S.A. Semi automatic defibrillator.

The Roque de los Muchachos Visitor Center building is adapted to welcome all visitors with reduced mobility.

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.

In outdoor areas it is recommended to wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

During the winter months, the use of a coat is recommended.