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A starry journey: The Serranía de Cuenca Astronomical Project

Cuenca

Admiring a starry night sky is a show we should never give up the chance to see, a treat for the senses and an unbeatable experience etched forever in our memories. All around the world, since the ...
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706km
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Arcos de la Sierra
49.1km
Beamud
53.3km
Castillejo de la Sierra
2.2km
Fresneda de la Sierra
23.2km
Fuertescusa
82.1km
Huélamo
39.1km
Las Majadas
27km
Mariana
19.1km
Portilla
55.9km
Poyatos
42.1km
Ribatajada
9.9km
Collados
7km
Pajares
4.6km
Ribagorda
6.3km
Ribatajada
3.8km
Ribatajadilla
20.1km
Sotos
12km
Torrecilla
4.4km
Villaseca
78.1km
Tragacete
32km
Uña
35.3km
Valdemeca
32.7km
Vega del Codorno
61.4km
Villalba de la Sierra
4.7km
Zarzuela

Admiring a starry night sky is a show we should never give up the chance to see, a treat for the senses and an unbeatable experience etched forever in our memories. All around the world, since the beginning of time and for every culture and religion, observing the skies has been a permanent source of inspiration.

Today’s sky is essential the same sky that over the years, marvelled our ancestors, who searched for the meaning of life and why things are the way they are. Unfortunately, city life and light pollution in most of our environments make it almost impossible to distinguish the stars in the night sky. But they are there, visible to the naked eye. To see them, we just have to find the right place to view them.

One of the these places is the Parque Astronómico de la Serranía Conquense (Cuenca Mountains Astronomical Park, which has just been declared a Starlight Tourist Destination –endorsed by UNESCO–, a seal of quality for the sky only given to the places in the world where you can see the firmament in all its splendour.

The Parque Astronómico de la Serranía Conquense offers sustainable, smart tourism that “simply” aims to observe the sky in optimal conditions. Tourism for visitors of every age wanting to learn, discover and enjoy the mysteries hovering above our heads. All-year-round tourism as well. The sky is always there, in every season and hemisphere.

There is nothing more gratifying that recognising, with your own eyes, stars, planets and constellations - the unmistakable beauty of the firmament. We only need to find what we’re looking for: the right natural environment and the sky.

Castilla-La Mancha is a paradise for astronomical observation and the above-mentioned Parque Astronómico de la Serranía Conquense, located in the Serranía Conquense National Park, is one of the best examples. It covers 19 municipalities: Arcos de la Sierra, Beamud, Castillejo de la Sierra, Cuenca, Fresneda de la Sierra, Fuertescusa, Huélamo, Las Majadas, Mariana, Portilla, Poyatos, Ribatajada, Sotorribas –que incluye Collados, Pajares, Ribagorda, Ribatajada, Ribatajadilla, Sotos, Torrecilla y Villaseca–, Tragacete, Uña, Valdemeca, Vega del Codorno, Villalba de la Sierra and Zarzuela.

These corners of tranquillity, nature and unique nights guarantee visitors a complete offer for enjoying the night sky and natural environment, and have a quality tourism infrastructure for people wanting to visit and enjoy astronomy.

On top of that, the Serranía de Cuenca showcases impressive scenery, with great geological, palaeontological, botanical, wildlife and forestry value. The low population density, along with the continued existence of traditional ways of life, also adds great ethnographic interest, which has made possible the good state of conservation the area is in.

The heritage is surprising, old, vast, intangible and mind-boggling: a privileged place where we can enjoy, in perfect harmony, silence and nature while marvelling in contemplation of the firmament, an open window to what we never see: the sky.

Tourist office
Oficina de Turismo de Cuenca (Ayuntamiento)
Plaza Mayor, 1
16001 Cuenca
969 241 051
Oficina de Turismo de Priego
Plaza Condes de Priego, 1
16800 Priego
969 311 001
638 135 168
Oficina de Turismo de Las Majadas
Carretera Vega del Codorno s/n
16142 Majadas (Las)
648 586 459
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