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Tenerife wins prestigious stargazing awards

Published: Thu 21 Nov 2013 at 17:20

Updated: Thu 21 Nov 2013 at 17:25

Winter Sun, Announcements destination Tenerife has recently been awarded two distinguished accolades from the Starlight Foundation.

Specifically, the Canary Island’s incredible Teide National Park has been named as a ‘Starlight Tourist Destination’ and ‘Starlight Reserve.’ The Park is already famous for Mount Teide, Spain’s highest point and the world’s third largest volcano. And now the UNESCO World Heritage Site has another two titles to add to its roll call.

Teide National Park is an amazing place to star gaze thanks to its incredibly clear, pollution-free skies and its unique location in the Atlantic, close to the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. In fact, the Park has already enjoyed great recognition by astronomers, thanks to its state-of-the-art Teide Observatory and the spellbinding Starmus Festival, hosted by the Astrophysical Institute of the Canary Islands.

Next summer’s Starmus Festival 2014 is set to be a stunning experience – the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Queen Guitarist Brian May have all previously made appearances at the event.

But even in winter, visitors to Tenerife will find plenty of opportunity to star gaze, as the island enjoys a warm, sunny climate with clear skies all year round.

Located in the centre of the island, Teide National Park is easily accessible from all of Tenerife’s major beach holiday resorts, including Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas, Costa Adeje and Puerto de la Cruz.

Visit the Starlight Foundation website to find out more. flies to Tenerife from Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.

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