A guide to UFO spotting in Tenerife
When you think of Tenerife, you might think about stunning beaches, lively tourist resorts and areas of incredible natural beauty – but certainly not UFOs. So, it may surprise you to learn that the Canary Island is something of a hotspot for unidentified flying objects.
In fact, it’s so well known for its apparently extra-terrestrial sightings, that UFO enthusiasts have been flocking to the area since the 1970s with hopes of seeing an unusual object floating in the sky.
Why is Tenerife renowned for UFO sightings?
The trend for UFO spotting in Tenerife really picked up in the 1970s and was probably due to a rather notable incident in 1976. Now, this specific event didn’t just involve Tenerife, as the UFO in question was also seen from the neighbouring islands of La Palma, La Gomera and Gran Canaria, as well as from a Spanish navy ship.
What made the encounter particularly important was the fact that several hundred people witnessed it – including members of the armed forces – and the UFO remained in the sky over the islands for more than 40 minutes. The UFO was described as a bright yellow light that flew above the horizon, which later became a glowing, rotating beam before it separated into two parts and eventually disappeared.
Due to the large number of people who saw the encounter, as well as the fact that military personnel were included among the witnesses, Tenerife was placed firmly on the map of UFO sightings.
What other sightings have there been?
Of course, one significant UFO sighting isn’t enough to give a location a reputation as being a hotspot for potential extra-terrestrial activity, but there have been dozens of other reported encounters in the area over the years.
Among the most recent was the UFO captured on film by a live webcam at the Mount Teide Observatory in October 2012. The images showed a disc-like object floating in front of the mountain and gradually moving upwards over the course of an hour, before it disappeared into the night sky.
Where are the best places to look for UFOs?
If you’re thinking of taking your next holiday in Tenerife and all this has piqued your interest, make sure you plan to head to some of the following locations to see if you can spot a UFO:
• El Medano - There are two places in this part of the island that are said to be good for UFO spotting – Montana Roja and Playa de la Tejita. Apparently, strange objects are regularly seen in the sky here.
• Granadilla - This region in the south of Tenerife is also noted as a good location to base yourself if you want to stand a chance of observing a UFO.
• Punta del Hidalgo - Located in the far north of Tenerife, this is perhaps the best place for dedicated UFO watchers to visit, as there have been reports of people actually making contact with alien life forms that have landed on the island.
Stargazing in Tenerife
There are never any guarantees when it comes to UFO sightings, but one thing you can be sure of is in many parts of Tenerife you’ll have a fantastic view of the stars and the night sky. In fact, the island is renowned for having particularly clear conditions, which makes it the ideal place for a bit of stargazing.
One of the best locations to visit if you want to have unrivaled views of the stars and planets is Teide National Park. There are several observatories in the reserve and the views once the sun goes down are really spectacular. A number of tour operators run evening excursions here, and to other vantage points around the island, specifically with the purpose of giving visitors the best views of the night sky.