Astrotourism in Europe: the best places to look at the stars

aurora borealis skySome of the best destinations in Europe to admire the starry sky.

From Spain to Norway, 5 of the best destinations in Europe to watch the stars.

Light pollution is one of the main causes of the impossibility of admiring the starry sky. There are some places, however, that partly or completely contain and solve this problem.

These are extensive natural reserves, uninhabited or otherwise protected places, where observing the starry sky is a prerogative. Here we can count in Europe on places absolutely devoid of light pollution. Here nature is the master and the immensity of the starry sky presents itself in all its beauty and splendor.

5 places from which to admire the starry sky in Europe:

Canary Islands – Teide National Parkman looking stars

Heritage of Humanity and “Starlight Reserve” this place, located north of Tenerife offers a pristine vision of the starry drape. It is ideal to look at the the sky, with a sea of ​​natural beauty surrounding you. The site is also the site of the Teide Observatory.

Scotland – Galloway

More than 700 square kilometers in the heart of Scotland from which to observe the starry sky immersed in the green of the hills and meadows. There are two very powerful telescopes in the natural area to see “up close” the most distant objects such as nebulae, galaxies and objects of the deep sky.


If you find yourself in northern Europe from September to April, precisely in the regions of Scandinavia and northern Norway, you certainly can’t miss the natural spectacle of the northern lights. From these latitudes the probability of assisting the spectacle of the “northern lights” is very high, surrounded by natural spectacles and with the sky protected by almost non-existent artificial lights.

landscape valentia islandPortugal – Alqueva

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is perfect for observing the starry vault. Located in a protected area of ​​about 3000 square kilometers, it allows the view of the stars without the slightest trace of light pollution. It is in fact the prerogative of the inhabitants of the area not to allow light pollution sources to “contaminate” the vision of the starry sky.

Ireland – Valentia Island

Considered one of the darkest skies in Europe. Valentia Island is a small island in south-western Ireland that has earned the title of “darkest sky in Europe“. Thanks to the presence of a population of only 600 people, it has a very low light pollution. Located in front of the Kerry coast, it allows the vision of more distant celestial objects thanks to the darkness that reigns supreme along with the nature that is the setting.


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