Stargazing during a stay
Take the path of the Milky Way by spending some of your evenings admiring the stars during your holidays, and for that, it takes a little drive because if the Earth is full of wonders, the universe also has several surprises in reserve.
The Pic du Midi de Bigorre, in France, will be the first place to remove your telescope and contemplate the stars. Once the sun goes down, travelers can get to La Mongie by cable car in this incredible place of the Hautes-Pyrénées. With naked eyes or within the many domes available on site, you will surely see some planets during your stay. In Spain, the Parc Astronomic of Montsec will honor some beautiful starry nights, but for that, you have to be there during the month of August. About twenty telescopes are provided to visitors, who can venture into the deep abysses of the heavens for several hours. The planetarium, with its movable facade, also allows astronomy enthusiasts to observe the sky in an original way. In Wales, go to the second site in the world to have been awarded the title of International Dark Sky Reserve, known as the Snowdonia Nature Park. During your stay, you will also take a few moments to camp under the stars. Take a tour of the Westhavelland Nature Park, another international dark sky reserve in Germany, to contemplate the stars. Covered with meadows, forests, and lakes, you will be amazed by waders, beavers, and otters while observing the sky. In Europe, Tuscany is an excellent base for watching the celestial vault. Its climate is particularly suitable for spotting the four moons of Jupiter, and of course, Lapland is not only the perfect place to see the Northern Lights but also where you will see stars dazzling your view in its clear sky. Finally, we cannot forget to mention the region of Alqueva in Portugal. Stargazing conditions are optimal there. Those who travel to the other side of the world to get a better view of the stars may find happiness at Natural Bridges National Monument in the United States. Located in the heart of Utah, this reserve is ideal for all those astronomy enthusiasts. Three significant natural points are located there, and since air pollution and artificial lights are non-existent, it is an idyllic setting that is planned for you. In Chile, the stars will shine for you, particularly in the Atacama Desert. The sky is described as crystal clear, and many travel agencies also organize sessions for their clients to meet shooting stars, supernovae, and other constellations. Further on, if waves seduce surfers in Hawaii, the country also offers an exceptional show to astronomy enthusiasts. At the top of the Mauna Kea volcano, the celestial vault can be observed in all its splendor at about 4,000 meters above sea level. If you are passing through Africa, make a detour to the Namib Desert in Namibia, where you will be immersed in the landscapes of dunes and stretches of sand to observe the millions of stars of the Milky Way. Also, take the opportunity to tour the Middle East, specifically the Ramon Crater in Israel, located in the Negev desert. After a day of walking in the peaceful desert, you will settle in at night to observe the stars. Finally, we finish this tour of the best places to admire the stars in the southern hemisphere of New Zealand. The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Preserve is an idyllic place to enjoy the constellations visible only in this part of the globe, such as the Southern Cross, the smallest of all.