So i’m a little guilty of not posting recently, and even when I do post I’m aware its predominantly PR orientated which I’m aware may not be everyone’s cup of tea. So here’s a post i’ve put together whilst running a similar task at work – it’s something new for my bucket list and may very well land itself on yours also. Here are the best places to stargaze in some of the most quaint and admired corners of the world, and why you should visit them:
Caldera de Taburiente National Park, La Palma, Canary Islands.
The highest peak of the island of La Palma is home to several telescopes and observatories; its high altitude combined with little surrounding light pollution makes it a prime location for stargazing. The peak of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park is so high that it is raised above the clouds which means that even on a somewhat cloudy night you still have a pretty good chance of catching a phenomenal view.
A popular tourist destination that also has the capacity for some outstanding natural beauty is Tenerife. The Spanish island is set up with perfect conditions and low light pollution, thus forming a flawless region for stargazers and those with astrological interests. Head to the award winning ‘Teide National Park’ to catch a great view of some outstanding star formations that promise to take your breath away.
Like you need one, but if in fact you need a further reason to visit the Teide National Park, there is a restaurant on the mountain with exclusive cable car access where you can enjoy a romantic dinner with a view – what more could you ask for?
Being one of the most desirable holiday destinations anyway, it is hard to believe that Hawaii has anything more to offer us amidst their beautiful beaches, intriguing volcanoes and unique culture. But nevertheless, (like we need another reason to wanna visit) you can add outstanding stargazing spots to the list as well. The Mauna Kea Observatories stand at an altitude of 4205 meters and are renowned for being one of the best places in the world to catch an amazing astrological view. Plus, you can grab dinner whilst your there too!
The Caribbean is renowned for being a truly spectacular part of the world, with outstanding views to revel in day and night. However it is also credited as being a pretty good place to stargaze if you can catch the right weather conditions. Various locations in the Caribbean offer boat tours in which you can sail away from light pollution and soak up some bewildering views of the night sky.
Tembok is home to a resort in which they will facilitate you to literally lie back and look at the stars. The Spa Village Resort’s ‘starlight gazing sessions’ involve floating in an opulent pool under a blanket of stars, you then can consume the enormity of the universe whilst listening to a relaxing soundtrack to create the most perfect and desirable stargazing experience. Or, if doing it yourself is more your thing, there are many secluded areas of Bali in which you view the same spectacular sea of stars, without all the added extras.
Most deserts are a great spot for stargazing as they are secluded from light pollution, however Dubai offers you something a little bit more than just breathtaking views. For something a little more extravagant, why not try a night desert safari tour in Dubai? Not only can you stargaze to your heart’s content, but these excursions also come with some little extras that make it a truly once in a lifetime experience. After the sun sets in dubai and temperatures cool, the nocturnal animals come to life and you can observe them in their natural habitat. You can then enjoy an open air BBQ or dinner in an exclusive camp. And what more? The safari tour is all from the comfort of a luxury Land Rover – the trip promises to bring the utmost class and elegance to your experience, whilst still providing an astonishing look at Dubai’s natural wonders.
Of course there are plenty of places closer to view the stars in their entirety, including England and Wales. However, as this is a bucket list addition i’ve only included long haul spectacular places; I mean what’s a bucket list if its not totally extra?