There’s something mystical and magical about the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, June 21st.
All over the world ancient civilisations recognised the significance of this day, and many built monuments and other constructs to celebrate and welcome in summer. Here in Tenerife the Piramides of Güimar is one such construct, old piramides rediscovered by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, that celebrate this special day when the sun is at a particular point in the sky.
From 6.15pm the park opens its doors to the public, entrance is free. People will be accompanied to the pyramids complex where they can see, weather conditions permitting, how the orientation of the pyramids aligns with the horizontal axis giving an almost magical view of the sunset, and an amazing double sunset. While this is something of a natural illusion it is still quite astonishing.
This year the date also falls on the last day of school for the kids, so what better way to start the summer holidays on a special note.
The organisers supply special glasses for the public to view the event, and this really is a special event and a great way to visit the park for free!
If you are travelling from Los Cristianos or Las Americas give yourself about an hour to find the park, in the upper zone of Gúimar, and parking.