Private StarGazing Session. Córdoba (Andalusia)

At the foot of the Sierra Morena mountains, which feed the great river Guadalquivir, awaits the town of Montoro brimming with culture and its clear, starry night sky.

Price: 260€ (price per person)
Nights 1
Destinations: Montoro

Type of trip: Cultural, Getaways, Gastronomic, Astronomy, Astronomical Tourism, In couple

     If you want to enjoy a unique experience with that special someone, no doubt this package is right for you: A romantic weekend under the stars in the heart of the province of Cordoba, near to the fascinating town of Montoro. Stroll through the streets, admire the beauty of its landmarks and townhouses, and lose yourself in the sights and smells of the Guadalquivir River as it famously meanders around this proud, ocher and white coloured town.

     But the icing on the cake comes at dusk when the sun sets and a blanket of stars opens up above. The Milky Way across the sky from horizon to horizon and a myriad of stars provide a show that will make you feel privileged.

     A specialized astronomical monitor is on hand to help you during the star gazing session. You and your partner will be shown how to use high-quality telescopes. In this private and exclusive show, you will get the chance to see dozens of objects deep in the night sky such as star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and planets.

      Finally, we will have a souvenir photo shoot so you can have a wonderful memento of an extra special evening. The best and most original gift you could imagine!!

10:00 h. - You are free to visit to the town of Montoro.
13:00 h. - Transfer to the chosen hotel. (not provided)
14:00 h. - Lunch at the hotel. Free afternoon.
21:00 h. - Dinner under the stars at the hotel.
22:30 h. - Private and exclusive Star Gazing session:

  • Introductory talk on astronomy in the screening room.
  • Workshop on the recognition of stars and constellations.
  • Star gazing observation with high quality telescopes.
  • Souvenir astrophotography session.

02:00 h. - End of session. Transfer to the hotel. (Estimated time)

10:00 h. - Breakfast.
12:00 h. - End of our services.

- The timetable established in the itinerary is approximate and may be subject to minor changes.
- Price per person in double room.

       Montoro is a beautiful town on the banks of the Guadalquivir River located 40 km from the provincial capital of Cordoba. The area has had human settlements since prehistoric times but became famous for its resilience during the Napoleonic invasion of the 19th century for which it was given the honourable title of "Very noble, loyal and patriotic City of Montoro".

      Its economy is based on extensive olive agriculture, the production of sweets and biscuits that are popular at Christmas (marzipan), iron crafts and leather.

      Among its most important landmarks are:

* The Bridge of the Maidens or Ladies which dates from the 15th / 16th centuries and which stands on the River Guadalquivir.

* The Church of Carmen. A baroque church built in the 17th century, home to the community of Discalced Carmelites.

* Church of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, built in a Mudejar Gothic style.

* Hospital of Jesus Nazareno. A striking one storey building which includes a temple. It was built during the 18th century with construction finishing in 1778. It is currently used as a nursing home.

* House of Thirds. Built in the 18th century by Francisco L. de Mora and used as a warehouse for products which were given as ecclesiastical tithes. The facade is neoclassical. It now houses the Museum of the Olive.

* The shrine to The Virgen de Gracia. A one-building temple that was built in the 18th century.

* The Church of San Juan de Lecrán. A building which dates from the 18th century and was built on the site of a former shrine.

* The Educandas Girls School. Its features include three short square naves topped by a dome with its amazing Rococo plasterwork.

* The Chapel of Santa Ana. Built in the 16th century and reformed after the Spanish Civil War. It is noteworthy for its double porch with stone arches on columns.

Whatever the season, we recommend bringing comfortable shoes and clothes. Remember it's a dry place with nights that are quite cold in winter, while in summer it is advisable to bring long trousers as, although it will be hot, mosquitoes can be a problem.

But above all we recommend that you come eager to enjoy yourself and learn a lot.

A Starlight Reserve is an international certification which is granted only to those places where the night sky remains in impeccable conditions of conservation in terms of darkness. If a given area is certified as a Starlight Reserve, this can be taken as a guarantee of quality, as it means that there is little light pollution, that at least 60% of nights are clear and that the darkness of the night sky is similar to or better than the skies above many professional observatories worldwide. 
           In 2014, Sierra Morena was certified as both a Starlight Reserve and a Starlight Tourist Destination and is currently the largest Starlight Reserve on the planet as it is over 400 km long and contains more than 57 towns and villages. 
Sierra Morena awaits you with its clear dark skies, and here at AstroÁndalus we can prepare the best experiences for you to enjoy this special place.
  • Overnight stay in hotel.
  • Lunch, dinner and breakfast.
  • Transfer from the rural hotel to the star gazing site.
  • Star Gazing Session.
  • The support of a private astronomical monitor for your Star Gazing Session
  • Use of high quality telescopes.
  • Souvenir astrophotography session.
  • Transport to the town of Montoro.
  • Lunch.
  • Any expenses or concept not included in the "including" section.
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