Starlight Reserve in La Gomera, Canary Islands

Where better to contemplate the universe than on an island which has the cleanest and clearest skies in Europe? La Gomera one of the seven larger Canary Islands offer fantastic starlight reserves for star gazing. Two of the world’s widest range observatories are on another of the Canary Islands – Tenerife because of the low level of light pollution over the Canaries.

La Gomera is least touristy of the Islands and it has many viewpoints with far-reaching vistas for both day and nighttime.

Playa del ingles, La Gomera, Canary  Islands

 

Star Gazing Apps

To experience the incredible star parade you should  download a virtual observatory app. Some of the popular ones are Star Walk 2, Sky Map or SkyView all of them provide detailed information and all you have to do is face your smartphone towards the constellations you want to learn about.

Cesar Manrique Viewpoint

A good place to  start in La Gomera is the Cesar Manrique viewpoint on the road to Valle Gran Rey. A perfect spot to spot the easily recognisable groups of stars –  Orion.   February and March are a good time for spotting stars  when see the contrast in colours at the edges of the stars, the reddish Betelgeuse in the shoulder of the giant and the blue Rigel in his foot.

Mirador de Santo Viewpoint

The next viewpoint is the Mirador de Santo in the hamlet of Arure. When it’s moonless night the complete absence of any light gives you a front row seat of the Milky Way galaxy.

Looking northwards in the early evenings of February and March you’ll be able to see Gemini, one of the 48 constellations of the zodiac.

Fortaleza Juan Jose Barrera, La Gomera, Starlight

Mirador de Alojera Viewpoint

The Mirador de Alojera viewpoint is the next stop on your stargazing journey and it is accessed by a narrow dirt track. From here you’ll see  two mythical and easily recognisable constellations, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor  which are also known as the Big Dipper and Little Dipper.

Garajonay Summit

The last stop on the La Gomera viewpoint route is the Garajonay summit which rises to 1,487 metres high and is an incredible spot, nearer the sky to see the panoramas of space.

The treasures of La Gomera go far beyond it’s beautiful beaches and its natural spaces, all you have to do is look upwards to see its stars.

 

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