Astronomers travel to La Palma in Spain

SINGAPORE, April 29, 2022: Did you know that the Canary Island of La Palma is one of the best places on the planet for stargazing?

The island known as “Bonito Island” (Pretty Island) is the first Starlight reserve in the world, and thanks to this, it is protected in order to avoid light pollution. Plus, it’s been a Starlight tourist destination since 2012. What does that mean? That you will be able to carry out a multitude of activities where you contemplate the universe while respecting the environment at the same time.

If you have always dreamed of observing other planets or even other galaxies, or if you want to see inside one of the most important telescopes in the world, La Palma is your destination. Come and discover this biosphere reserve, where you can practically touch the stars with your hands.

Visit the interior of the Roque de los Muchachos observatory

It is one of the most advanced telescope complexes in the world. You will find it at the highest point of the island, at around 2,400 meters, so the view there is incredible. You can even see the neighboring islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro. This observatory also organizes guided tours during the day by specialized staff. They will even show you the inside of a telescope and explain how it works.

Explore astronomical trails and viewpoints

You can choose between several astronomical trails that cover much of La Palma, such as the Roque de los Muchachos route, the star route, the full moon route or the sun route. These paths pass near professional telescopes such as the Gran Telescopio de Canarias (the largest optical telescope in the world) or petroglyphs, which could be related to the way ancient inhabitants related to the sky (solstices, equinoxes, etc. )

Throughout the island you will find up to 16 astronomical viewpoints in a wide variety of locations, such as Los Guirres beach, the San Antonio volcano or the imposing Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Each point of view has panels with a different theme: the constellations, the planets, the moon… Find information on each one here and download a map that will be useful to you. Always check road access and the condition of each path before each trip as some may have been cut off due to the last volcanic eruption.

Enjoy astro experiences alongside a professional guide

Book one of your nights in La Palma to take a trip to the stars. This is what you will experience if you book an astronomical tour. This is an exit to an obscure point on the island where a guide will help you identify the constellations, recognize other planets, explore other galaxies… And all this with the help of the local telescopes. more modern.

And that’s not the only activity you can enjoy. You can also sign up for an astrophotography trail through the most photogenic landscapes of the island to practice night photography or an archaeoastronomy tour in which you will discover how the first inhabitants of the island (the Awara ) worshiped the Sun, the Moon and certain stars. .

Stay at a Starlight property

Enjoying the night sky of La Palma is a unique experience. And doing it in the comfort of accommodation prepared for this purpose is even better. On the island you will find various “astronomical” hotels and rural lodges. This means that they have instruments to observe the sky, such as telescopes, binoculars, etc.

In addition, you will see that this type of accommodation is located at points on the island far from any light pollution and from where you can enjoy wide panoramic views of the sky.

“Eat Sunshine”

Do you want to eat the sun, see and taste the atmosphere of certain planets and the gases of nebulae? This is what a themed menu offers you in some restaurants on the island that are also involved in astrotourism. You will find this type of restaurant in different parts of the island: from a salt farm in the far south of La Palma to terraces with sea views.

Some of them are equipped with telescopes, binoculars, projections of images of constellations, astrophotos… As a lover of good food, you can also visit a Starlight cellar, where they will make you taste wonderful wines typical of the island while explaining the night to you. sky to you.

Walk with the stars of the science walk.

It is located in the capital of the island, Santa Cruz de La Palma, at the top of Avenida Marítima. Here, the stars do not belong to the world of cinema but pay tribute to personalities such as Stephen Hawking, Samuel CC Ting, Takkaki Kajita and Aleksei Leonov.

Take a minute to calmly observe the sky. Few places in the world offer as many options to enjoy it as La Palma.

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