Forest of Stars
We received a telephone call one busy evening just as we were serving dinner from a Spanish couple frantically looking for accommodation.
“We have to be in the Parque Natural de las Nieves at nine thirty,” they said. “How far away are you?”
“Very close,” say I. “Ten minutes to be precise. If you hurry.”
“OK. We´re on our way.”
They duly arrived, claimed their key, thrust money into my reluctant hands, and dashed out the door not to be seen again until breakfast the next morning. Not given to prying into our guests´ activities, we couldn’t resist winkling out of them where they had been.
Stargazing, they said. Just at the entrance to the Parque Natural which is just down the road, well ten minutes away, where there are no street lights.
We know the park well and there is no light pollution at all. What a great idea to lead stargazing Andalucia Forest of Stars.
So Astrolab take a high resolution, portable telescope to various convenient sites for stargazing around Andalucia and we are so lucky that one of them is so close to us. They explain the heavens above to a small group and often the event in the Parque Nacional Sierra de las Nieves (just down the road a bit) is about the Milky Way. The image at the top of the page is just that.
My guests were thrilled with their experience and told us that it was a bit chilly out there so one should dress up warmly or be prepared with a fleece even in summer. The good news is that hot tea is provided at half time! And after the event you can come home to Los Castaños for dinner or a warm bowl of soup.
Yet one more great activities that we can offer our discerning guests in this pristine part of Andalucia. Come gaze at the stars either from our rooftop terrace for free or with expert information from Astrolab.
And remember, book directly with your hotel for the best service, prices, and information.
You can contact Astrolab here to join a group or we can do it for you. Just ask!