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Starlight watching

Spain by daylight is wonderful. But have you ever seen the impressing sky by night, in one of the main areas for star watching? This incomparable beauty by night is not visible everywhere in the country, just some special places are providing the perfect conditions to see this spectacle. The best spots for enjoying the star lights are marked with the certificates “Starlight reserve” and the “Starlight destination”.

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Source: Vantastic tours

The certificates

Starlight reserve

The conditions to obtain the international certificate “Starlight reserve” refer to light/darkness, air clearness and nature. All assigned reserves has to be protected according to the law. The aim is to preserve the astronomical conditions, the landscape and nature, the quality of the night sky and the cultural heritage altogether.

Starlight destination

For the starlight destination the basic requirements are the same as for a starlight reserve. And additionally to that, this certificate requests adapted infrastructure for tourism which is either already available or has to be provided in the future.

Places

La Palma

In the year 2012, the first Starlight reserve La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, got designated. Within the last years more and more places got prepared for observations. Moreover, rural country house accommodations which are perfect to spend the night in to watch the millions of stars were build and therefore the place has also the title of a Starlight destination. As the island is perfect for hiking, there are even some routes with astronomic viewpoints.

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Source: Starsisland La Palma

Andalusia

Jaén:Andalusia is one of the most important regions for star watching and it contains several Starlight reserves. One of the best designated places for starlight watching there is the Sierra Sur de Jaén, which lies in the East of Cordoba. The natural darkness is conserved perfectly which makes it an unspoiled place for enjoying the beauty of stars. The Starlight reserve also has some places with the designation of a Starlight destination inside. The region is supported by two associations which are specialized in astronomy and star observation. On the one hand the Hubble Astronomical Association of Martos which organizes regular public observations, courses and different kind of activities all around the same topic. And on the other the Einstein Society of Astronomy which arranges together with the Andalusian Observatory of Astronomy visits and guided observations for interested groups and teaching centres.  Sierra Morena:The second significant Starlight reserve and also the largest worldwide is called Sierra Morena and lies at the Northern border of Andalusia. It extends of over 400km along the country. The region worked for one year to make the area ready to become a Starlight reserve and a Starlight destination and to establish a high quality of the night sky. Some of the best viewing points are: Aldea de Los Guindos, Minas del Centenillo, Llanos de Espiel, Cerro del Hierro and Ermita de San Bartolomé.

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Source: Mis Cosas

Cumbres de Tenerife: In 2013 several places in Tenerife got assigned as Starlight reserve and destination like the mountain El Teide, or Ganadilla de Abona. One unique activity you can do on the island is hiking up to El Teide and watch the stars on the volcano from an altitude of 2000m through a 25cm telescope with has the option of automatic search.

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Source: Volcano Teide

Take a look at those stunning pictures. They are not even close to the wonderful view you will have if you visit any of those places in real life. To enjoy the full experience do not hesitate to contact us to receive the full information and have the best deals for destinations, accommodations and activities.

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The honeymoon is without doubt one of the most important vacation for couples – a time they will always remember and connect with positive memories. Therefore, it is very important to choose the perfect location for it. And what else is better for this romantic getaway than the combination of sunny beaches, stunning nature and exciting culture – Spain has it all!

A honeymoon in Spain is always a good idea, but some regions are especially suitable for newlyweds to spend their romantic holidays together. In addition to the most popular city destinations like Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla or Valencia, there are some other regions that offer great possibilities to spend these special vacations.

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sunset parasailing, Ibiza

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for honeymooners due to their warm subtropical climate all year long.
The island of Tenerife offers all you may desire for your honeymoon: diverse nature, from tropical forests to volcanic landscape, beautiful beach resorts and many possibilities for activities. Visit the famous Loro Parque zoo, go hiking through stunning ravines or do water sports.
The other islands are also well worth a visit. You could visit La Palma to relax, practise golfing, and visit the national park or the natural pools. also, you could spend your vacation at Lanzarote and do surfing, go mountain biking or hiking – there are endless possibilities.

Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are another good option for a honeymoon during the warm months (from April to October). Visit Mallorca, if you are seeking a combination of luxury and adventures. You can go hiking, yachting, just relax on the beach or visit some historic sites. There are several forts, windmills and nice mountain villages to be explored. A hotel that could make your stay even better is the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, a luxury hotel overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller.

A different program for your honeymoon awaits you in Ibiza. The island is famous for its international dance club scene and white sand beaches. This chic island is perfect if you are looking for the best parties and small remote beaches to relax. But the island has more to offer. If you are interested in culture, visit Dalt Vila, the historic centre of Ibiza Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a romantic evening have a drink at Café del Mar in Sant Antoni de Portmany, from where you have the best view of the most beautiful sunset of the island.

Costa del Sol

Furthermore, on the Spanish mainland there are many ideal places to spend the honeymoon. A popular destination is Costa del Sol with small fishing villages, charming coastal towns and famous spots like the bustling Puerto Banús marina in Marbella. In Marbella and the surrounding towns you can also find a lot of beach clubs and spas. You can decide if you just want to relax or attend great parties. If you need more action, there are loads of possibilities for water sports, sailing or golf. Moreover, from Costa de Sol there are various options for day trips. visit Nerja and the “Balcón de Europa” (Europe’s balcony) viewpoint for impressive views over the ocean. The ultimate place to take photos and collect memories of your honeymoon!

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Puerto Banús, Marbella

Apart from the mentioned regions of course there are numerous other options for honeymooners in Spain. You might find your ideal honeymoon destination at the wild green coasts and white beaches in Galicia, where you can enjoy great seafood. Another option is visiting the bustling Costa Brava, where historic towns, botanical gardens and small fishing villages await you.

All in all, every married couple will be able to find their perfect honeymoon in Spain, thanks to the unlimited possibilities!

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discover the secrets of the most beautiful spanish territories and the reasons that you should visit when you get a chance. here are 10 natural parks across spain which are a must-do for all travellers who like to be outside and enjoy being in a natural environment.

 -the largest and oldest national park of the canary island-

teide national park, canary islands

its landscape revolves around the largest volcano in spain: the teide, which last erupted in 1798. the volcanic cones and the lava outcrops form an extraordinary conjunction of colours and shapes, and are home to a wide diversity of flora of great biological value.

the teide national park was created in 1954 in order to protect this spectacular landscape of great ecological value which lies at the foot of the colossal volcano. the teide is the volcanic formation located on an ancient and gigantic cauldron-shaped depression, formed by two semi-calderas separated by the roques de garcía rock formations. plant and animal species that are unique in the world live in the shadow of the teide. there is an astonishing diversity of plants: teide broom, red echium, blue echium, theguanche rose (bencomia extipulata), flixweed, rosalillo de cumbre (pterocephalus lasiospermus),silver thistle (stemmacantha cynaroides)… the most important species in the park are the invertebrates. over 700 types of insects have been recorded, of which 50% are endemic to the area. there are some species of reptiles (such as the tenerife lizard) and birds (egyptian vulture, sparrow hawks, lesser kestrels, red kite), mammals are scarce, the most common of which are the mouflon, rabbits and five species of bat.

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discover the secrets of the most beautiful spanish territories and the reasons that you should visit when you get a chance. here are 10 natural parks across spain which are a must-do for all travellers who like to be outside and enjoy being in a natural environment.

 -the largest and oldest national park of the canary island-

teide national park, canary islands

its landscape revolves around the largest volcano in spain: the teide, which last erupted in 1798. the volcanic cones and the lava outcrops form an extraordinary conjunction of colours and shapes, and are home to a wide diversity of flora of great biological value.

the teide national park was created in 1954 in order to protect this spectacular landscape of great ecological value which lies at the foot of the colossal volcano. the teide is the volcanic formation located on an ancient and gigantic cauldron-shaped depression, formed by two semi-calderas separated by the roques de garcía rock formations. plant and animal species that are unique in the world live in the shadow of the teide. there is an astonishing diversity of plants: teide broom, red echium, blue echium, theguanche rose (bencomia extipulata), flixweed, rosalillo de cumbre (pterocephalus lasiospermus),silver thistle (stemmacantha cynaroides)… the most important species in the park are the invertebrates. over 700 types of insects have been recorded, of which 50% are endemic to the area. there are some species of reptiles (such as the tenerife lizard) and birds (egyptian vulture, sparrow hawks, lesser kestrels, red kite), mammals are scarce, the most common of which are the mouflon, rabbits and five species of bat.

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