Located at the heart of the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, the Lake Alqueva Observatory has been offering daily sessions of observation of the sun and stargazing with telescopes. The region is certified as Dark Sky Tourism Destination. Our guides are fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. They have competence in astronomy and physics and use language accessible to everyone using examples from daily life to explain complex concepts in physics. The observatory is located in one of the most picturesque regions in the country surrounded by ancient megalithic monuments, millenary olive trees and vineyards. In the vicinity one can find the medieval village of Monsaraz and a beach on the bank of the biggest artificial lake in Europe. The area offers a wide choice in accommodation and restaurants. Follows us at olagoalqueva.pt or facebook.com/observatoriolagoaqueva.
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