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Astro tourism in Spain

Spain’s first astronomical travel agency who devote themselves to astro-tourism and scientific holidays are soon up and running.

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The telescope at Calar Alto, Almeria.

The travel agency will be presented at the international tourism fair “Fitur” which opens in Madrid on January 21st. Their website www.astroandalus.com will become operational the same day, first in Spanish, and a few weeks later also in English.

José Jiménez, Project Manager at Dark Sky Advisors (DSA), which launches the new travel agency says there will have exclusive offers in conjunction with the observation of the starry sky and other trips where the science stands in the foreground -. As ecotourism or geology ”

“We who work on this project is a young team of six people who has a degree in tourism and science,” he added.

“Andalusia has worked hard to position itself as one of the destinations one should travel for astronomical tourism. It has the largest observatory in continental Europe and a large number of starlight reserves”.

Radio Observatory in Pico de Veleta, Sierra Nevada. In addition to the radio antenna, there are also 2 optical telescopes here.

Radio Observatory in Pico de Veleta, Sierra Nevada. In addition to the radio antenna, there are also 2 optical telescopes here.

Andalusia has more starlight reserves than anywhere else in the world. Starlight reserves are areas where we work actively to prevent light pollution and thus make the sky clearly visible.

Astro Andalus is going to be based in Centro Tecnológico Andaltec, in Martos, Jaén. It is the largest scientific center in southern Spain. Where there are projects in many areas of science and technology, including astronomy.

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A starry sky with the dwarf galaxy Antlia. All the photos in this article: Wikimedia Commons.

Andalucia is because of its excellent conditions known as one of the best places in Europe for star gazing. There is clear skies almost all year and little light pollution in the region’s more rural areas.