Where to watch the sunrise and sunset on La Palma

Sunrise over Teide from the Roque de Los Muchachos
Sunrise over Teide from the Roque de Los Muchachos

I asked my Facebook friends for their favourite places to watch the sunrise or sunset on La Palma.

Sunrise:

  • Pico de la Montaña
  • Montaña de Las Breñas
  • Tirimaga (but there’s always a cold wind – wrap up well)
  • Birigoyo
  • Roque de Los Muchachos

NB: The road to the Roque is closed from sunset to sunrise to avoid light pollution. You’ll have to walk. And please don’t have any car lights or torchlight near the MAGIC telescope (the huge open baskets) before morning twilight or after evening twilight. This telescope is incredibly sensitive, and you’ll ruin the observations.)

 

Dragon tree at sunset in Los Burracas
Dragon tree at sunset in Los Burracas

 

Sunset:

  • El Castillo (Garafia)
  • Punta de los Roques
  • Tazacorte
  • La Fajana de Barlovento
  • Fuencaliente lighthouse or the Salinas restaurant
  • El Roque d los Muchachos

NB: The road to the Roque is closed from sunset to sunrise to avoid light pollution. You’ll have to walk. And please don’t have any car lights or torchlight near the MAGIC telescope (the huge open baskets) before morning twilight or after evening twilight. This telescope is incredibly sensitive, and you’ll ruin the observations.)

And as one friend says, there are as many favourites as people you ask, but it’s always more beautiful when you share it with someone you love.

Sunset in Barlovento
Sunset at La Fajana de Barlovento

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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