“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 Refúgio 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 created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.