So what is astrotourism? It is a branch of science tourism that focuses on pointing your nose towards the night sky, learning to recognise the stars and discovering legends and stories about them. If you’re keen to enjoy some astrotourism in the Region of Valencia, you’ll be pleased to know that there are excellent destinations - such as the whitewashed villages of Serranía de Valencia - where you can marvel at the vastness of the universe. Keep reading to discover more.
Astrotourism in the province of Castellón
The province of Castellón is home to areas free from light pollution. Culla, for instance, has an astronomical observatory, while Morella, the Els Ports area and Desert de les Palmes are wonderful places to do some stargazing.
During the hours of daylight you can explore these areas of natural beauty, making sure you save some energy for the night when the starry sky comes out in full force. Castelló de la Plana also has a site that will be of interest to avid astronomers: Planetario in El Grao de Castelló. Come along to enjoy everything the planetarium has to offer.
Astrotourism in the province of Valencia
The Starlight reserve in Serranía de Valencia is an ideal place to enjoy astrotourism in the Region of Valencia. Not only can you enjoy gazing at the stars here, you can also take part in all sorts of events and activities.
Aras de los Olmos, Titaguas, Alpuente and La Yesa are other excellent astrotourism spots. As stargazing becomes increasingly popular, more and more country properties and tourist service companies are getting on board, offering experiences to help you learn to identify your constellations. These are areas of natural beauty with historic centres that are a joy to explore.
Astrotourism in the province of Alicante
Our exploration of the destinations where the stars shine the brightest leads us to Isla de Tabarca. The smallest inhabited island in Spain not only boasts diverse sea life living in its waters, it is also a great place to look up to the night sky. The island has been listed a Starlight area.
Last on our list of stargazing destinations is Ontinyent. The low light pollution in the area has lead to the Starlight Foundation running astrotourism activities in the area, a destination which is also full of historic sites and beautiful landscapes. Come and discover these destinations and many more across the Region of Valencia and learn about the stars twinkling in the night sky.