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Dark Sky Alqueva

“The first starlight tourist destination in the world.” In Monsaraz in southern Portugal – near the largest artificial lake in Europe – is a region with little light pollution, some restaurants and accommodation suited for astrophotography. Recently opened a observatory, Lago Alqueva Observatory. There are nighttime tours of the sky, and sometimes daytime tours to…read more »

“The first starlight tourist destination in the world.”

In Monsaraz in southern Portugal – near the largest artificial lake in Europe – is a region with little light pollution, some restaurants and accommodation suited for astrophotography. Recently opened a observatory, Lago Alqueva Observatory. There are nighttime tours of the sky, and sometimes daytime tours to observe the sun.

Accommodation units such as Hotel Ref├║gio da Vila and Casas do Montado in Portel, Hotel Nave Terras in Juromenha, as well as Casa Saramago, Monte de Santa Catarina or Monte Alerta, all in the village of Telheiro (county of Reguengos de Monsaraz) are able to receive the so-called “astro-tourists.”

Deborah Byrd

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