astroGC mountains ride in Gran Canaria

Ride in Mountains

This is more than just astronomy

In addition to the astronomy workshop you will discover the breathtaking landscapes of the South West of Gran Canaria. You will be safely driven through narrow curvy roads up to the Pinar de San Antonio area. You will have the opportunity to take astonishing pictures and we will be happy to help you and give some advices if needed. We also attempt to foment chat between guests.

Gran Canaria Mogan valley

The program

We pick you up from your resort in South Gran Canaria approx 90 minutes before sunset.

As of summer 2019 the restaurant where we used to make a short stop in Mogan area is closed. Instead, on request, we make a stop in Mogan village so you can go to public toilets before the ride up in the mountains.

After a ride through amazing landscapes, you will have the opportunity to take pictures from the Mulato viewpoint overlooking Mogan valley at 700m altitude.

Depending on the clouds, winds and observable objects we will take you to the best observing point in Gran Canaria and mount a huge Dobsonian telescope for every 8 guests.

Mulato viewpoint

The route

Trip Gran Canaria
Possible pickup in Playa de Arinaga.
Possible pickup in Cruce de Arinaga.
Possible pickup in Vecindario.
Possible pickup in Bahía Feliz.
Possible pickup in San Agustín.
Possible pickup in Maspalomas & Playa del Ingés.
Possible pickup in Meloneras.
Possible pickup in Arguineguín.
Possible pickup in Puertorico.
Possible pickup in Mogan & Taurito.
Important: We use small buses to save your time. The total number of stops for picking up people is an average of only 3.

Chat stop in Mogan (only on request).
Photo stop at Mulato viewpoint.

Presa del Mulato observing point.

Presa del Mulato
  • Private place.
  • Flat ground.
  • Open place with good visibility in all directions
  • You can have a small walk next to the lake while we are mounting telescopes if you want.
  • Quite protected from strong winds.
  • A bit of light pollution to the South due to Mogan village.
  • Likely to be cloud covered if the sky is not completely clear or if the wind blows from South.

 

Cruz de San Antonio observing point.

Cruz de San Antonio
  • Low light pollution.
  • Good view on the half South of Gran Canaria (it helps to take a decision about moving to another place).
  • Good visibility to East.
  • The ground is not perfectly flat.
  • Poor visibility to West.
  • We cannot go there if the wind blows strong from North as this point is likely to be windy.

 

Presa de Las Niñas observing point.

Presa de las niñas
  • Low light pollution.
  • Good view on the half South of Gran Canaria.
  • Good visibility to East.
  • The ground is not perfectly flat.
  • Poor visibility to West.
  • Quite a long road trip.

 

GC-605 curve at PK 3.5 observing point.

Ayacata
  • Low light pollution.
  • Flat ground.
  • Likely to be just a few meters up to an impressive cloud sea.
  • Good visibility to East.
  • Quite a long road trip.
  • Poor visibility to North and West.

 

Roque Nublo observing point.

Roque Nublo
  • High altitude (1600m).
  • Flat ground.
  • Good views on the half South of Gran Canaria.
  • Likely to be clear and higher than the cloud sea.
  • A bit of light pollution from Tejeda and Ayacata.
  • Freezing cold in winter.
  • Loooong road trip.