Lérida or Lleida (official name in Catalan), is a Spanish province of the autonomous community of Catalonia that has almost half a million inhabitants. Made up of 231 municipalities, Lleida borders the Spanish provinces of Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, Zaragoza and Huesca, and France and Andorra. In the northwest of Lleida is the Valle de Arán, a mountainous area with its own language: Aranese. Among its best-known places of interest are the Aigüestortes National Park, the San Mauricio Lake, the Seo Vieja of the homonymous municipality of Lleida, the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Vallbona, the Verdú Toys and Automata Museum, the monastery of Bellpuig de las Avellanas. Its set of Catalan Romanesque churches in the Vall de Boi has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Lleida also has important astronomical activity due to the quality of the Montsec sky, where the Montsec Astronomical Park is located, the most important in Catalonia, which has a park of telescopes that is unique in the world due to its 3D multimedia vault, which is at the same time a window to the sky.
With this astronomical getaway to Lleida you will enjoy the starry sky of the Sierra del Montsec in the closest accommodation to the Montsec Astronomical Park which, in addition, has the Starlight certification>⭐. From this place, located in Àger, just by looking up, you will be able to contemplate the wonders of the sky and visit the most important Universe observation center in Catalonia: the P.A.M. (Montsec Astronomical Park). On this night visit you will discover the secrets of the sky through its permanent exhibition, its unique planetarium in the world and its telescope park where they will show you the most important objects in the Universe. Ready for a trip through the stars? Alone, as a couple or as a family, this getaway is perfect for you. 🤩🪐✨
The Sierra del Montsec is a calcareous mountain range of more than 40 km in length divided between the autonomous communities of Aragon and Catalonia, in Spain. This mountain range has two gorges: Terradets, to the west in the Noguera Pallaresa and, to the east, Monrebey, in the Noguera Ribagorzana. These gorges divide the Sierra del Montsec into three zones: Montsec de l'Estall, in Huesca (Aragon), Montsec d'Ares and Montsec de Rúbies, in Catalonia. The main summits are the Tozal de las Torretas, with 1677 meters, Santa Alís, with 1676 meters, and the tip of Santa Quitèria, with 1329 meters of height. Among its most visited municipalities are Àger and the Barony of Sant Oisme. In addition, the Sierra del Montsec stands out for its clean skies free of light pollution that allow astronomical observation and astrotourism and that have led it to obtain several Starlight certifications. In fact, the Montsec Astronomical Park, located in Àger, is the most important center for observing the Universe in Catalonia.
The Montsec Astronomical Park (P.A.M.) is an observation center of the Universe located in the municipality of Áger, in the province of Lleida that takes advantage of the unique characteristics of the Montsec sky for astronomical observation. This observation center has three structures: the central building, where the reception, administration and permanent exhibition are located; Ull del Montsec, a unique facility in the world as it is, at the same time, a digital 3D multimedia planetarium and a platform for direct observation of the sky, and the telescope park, a space made up of three buildings with an observation dome, three automatic telescopes, a coelostat to observe the sun and a set of portable telescopes where you can contemplate the sky. Hours according to season:
Hours from February 18 to March 27, 2022
Friday and weekdays on the eve of a holiday, from 6:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturdays and bank holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sundays and holidays, from 11 :00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Schedule from April 1 to June 30, 2022
Fridays and weekdays on the eve of a holiday, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Saturdays and long weekends between holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Sundays and holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Special Holy Week hours (from April 9 to 19, 2022)
Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Easter Monday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: 00 h
Hours from July 1 to September 11, 2022
Tuesday, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. h
Schedule from September 12 to November 30, 2022
Friday and weekdays on the eve of a holiday, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturdays and bridges between holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sundays and holidays , from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Schedule from December 1 to 18, 2022
Friday and weekdays on the eve of a holiday, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturdays and bridges between holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Christmas hours (From December 27 to January 8, 2023)
On opening days, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Closed on 24, 25, 26 and December 31, 2022 and January 1, 5 and 6, 2023
With this astronomical getaway you will enjoy the starry sky of the Sierra de Gredos in the most emblematic accommodation in the province of Ávila, which also has the Starlight certification: the Parador de Gredos. From this place, located in Navarredonda de Gredos, just by looking up, you will be able to contemplate the wonders of the sky and visit, a very short distance away, the Polaris astronomical observatory, a small place of wood intended for learning astronomy and observing the stars and planets while a Starlight guide explains and shows you the most outstanding celestial objects of the night with the professional telescope.
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