• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Spain reaches for the stars with astronomy travel agency
Photo: freakyman/Flickr

Spain reaches for the stars with astronomy travel agency

Jessica Jones · 15 Jan 2016, 10:01

Published: 15 Jan 2016 10:01 GMT+01:00

The website will be unveiled at the International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur), which opens in Madrid on January 21st. 

The agency’s website - www.astroandalus.com - will go live on January 21st, first in Spanish and a few weeks later in English, José Jiménez, the project coordinator of Dark Sky Advisors (DSA), which is launching the new travel agency, told The Local. 


A screen grab of what the website will look like. 

It will feature "exclusive offers of tourism destinations and experiences related to the observation of the skies and other tours in which science is at the fore - such as ecotourism or geology" he said.

"We are a small, young team of six people who all have training in tourism and science," he added. 

"Andalusia has worked hard to position itself as one of the go-to destinations for astronomical tourism, it has the biggest observatory in continental Europe and a number of starlight reserves".

Andalusia has more Starlight reserves than anywhere else in the world; the reserves are areas committed to defending the quality of the night sky and access to starlight. 

Their main function is to "preserve the quality of the night sky and its associate values, whether they are cultural, scientific, astronomical, natural, or landscape-related" according to the official starlight reserve website. 

Story continues below…

AstroAndalus will be based in the Centro Tecnológico Andaltec, in Martos, Jaén, the biggest scientific centre in the south of Spain, which undertakes projects across many areas of science and technology, including astronomy. 

Andalusia is renowned as one of the best places in Europe for star-gazing because of its excellent conditions; it enjoys almost year-round clear skies and very little light-pollution in the more rural areas of the region. 

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Jessica Jones (jessica.jones@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Police backtrack over fine for 'All Cats Are Beautiful' bag
The offending bag and the fine issued over it. Photo: Bélen Lobeto

Police have admitted that perhaps the phrase "All Cats Are Beautiful" isn't quite as offensive as first thought.

Brit historian Mary Beard wins prestigious Spanish award
The award will go nicely with Beard's OBE (pictured above). Photo: John Stillwell/AFP

The British academic is to follow in the footsteps of Sir David Attenborough, Bob Dylan and Margaret Atwood.

Kitesurfer speared through ankle by fish off Costa Blanca
Photo: Marcos Gomez Mora / Juan Antonio Pujol / Cronicas Naturales de Torrevieja

A kitesurfer got a nasty surprise after a freak encounter with a fish off Torrevieja.

British holidaymakers flock to Spain to avoid terror threat
Bookings to Spain are up by a quarter this year. Photo: AFP

More British tourists are set to spend their summer holidays in Spain as demand for sunshine breaks in Tunisia and Egypt declines over fears of violence.

5 reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list
Plaza Mayor, Cáceres, Extremadura. Photo: Tomás Fano/Flickr.

It may surprise you to learn that Extremadura has been tipped as one of Europe's top destinations for 2016.

Refugees arrive in Spain (but really want to be in Germany)
The Spanish Secretary of State Security and the Secretary General of Immigration and Emigration greet refugees newly arrived in Madrid. Photo: Spanish Interior Ministry.

Spain welcomed 20 new arrivals this week but some admit they hope it is just a stepping stone to their prefered destination: Germany.

Squatters clash with police over Barcelona bank eviction
Police faced off against protesters on Monday night. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

There were riots for a second night in a row in the Gràcia neighbourhood of the city.

Two more journalists feared kidnapped in rural Colombia
The journalists went missing in northern Colombia. Map: GoogleMaps

They were covering the suspected kidnapping of a Spanish journalist in the region.

Madrid installs anti-diving dumpsters to thwart thieves
Photo: Mikey Wally/Flickr

It is estimated that nearly half of all cardboard and paper deposited in the recycling points is stolen.

Police in Spain baffled over 'Se7en' style double murder
The siblings were found in a room filled with car air fresheners. Photo: Screenshot from the film Seven.

The killer hoped to disguise the smell of the rotting bodies by hanging dozens of air fresheners in the room.

Lifestyle
Top Ten: Barcelona's coolest rooftop bars
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
National
Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
National
Spain launches campaign to stop English 'invasion'
Culture
Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now
National
'It’s time to dig up Franco' say victims of Spain's dictatorship
Lifestyle
'Severe jellyfish stings' end Brit's Spanish swim feat
Sport
5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football
International
Tesco to bring British tea and biscuits to Spanish stores
Culture
Bucket list: 16 brilliant things to do once in your life in Spain
National
Spain's Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco's tomb
National
Two mums face jail for leaving kids in car to go out drinking
Education
Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
National
Ten superb reasons why you need to visit San Sebastián
Society
Abused wife saved by hiding SOS note in son's homework
National
Look up! Rare meteor shower set to dazzle skies over Spain
Politics
Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
Travel
Ibiza bans drinking in street… and that includes water
National
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Features
What's on in Spain: May 2016
Travel
Discover Spain's breathtaking national parks
National
Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
National
Spain's stunning locations for Game of Thrones Season Six
National
Ten delicious Spanish dishes you must try before you die
3,365
jobs available