See the summer solstice at Güímar Pyramids
You might not be able to get to Stonehenge on June 21st but Tenerife has its own spectacular Summer Solstice event.
In fact, this is one of the most anticipated dates in the calendar at the fascinating Güímar Pyramids which are set within the extensive grounds of the popular ethnographic park.
The pyramid-shaped structures have their own mystery about them as no-one really knows when they were constructed or why. They were unearthed by the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl who spent his final years on Tenerife and were originally buried under waste on barren land in Güímar.
What researchers have discovered, however, is that the structures seem to have been built to align to the sun and the moon so the Summer Solstice always provides some incredible sights.
Weather permitting, this will become very clear on June 21st as the sun sets behind them, casting strange shadows.
There is also a curious phenomenon of a “double sunset” which can be observed from the main complex of pyramids and which caught the attention of researchers with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.
As every year, the organisation will provide the public with special glasses (approved) to protect eyesight.
Obviously, this event is hugely popular but numbers do have to be limited. You therefore have to arrange free prior admission. The park’s offer was for four tickets per person, collectable at reception but you do need to check the latest availability.
For more information, please ring 922514510, see www.piramidesdeguimar.es or visit their Facebook page of Pirámides deGüímar.