The official Dark Sky® Observatory in Cumeada, a village near Reguengos de Monsaraz, is equipped with cutting-edge telescopes for solar and astronomical observations. These provide for a unique visual experience, from observing the planets to looking at the craters on the moon, moving on to the deeper sky with a cosmic journey among the nebulae, the galaxies and the swarms of stars which rise above us in one of the finest skies in the world. The wide open spaces around Alqueva also offer a wide variety of activities which supplement the pleasures of observing the skies – experiencing an incredible variety of sensations and tastes, such as relaxing at sunset as you enjoy a cocktail or taking part in a blind wine-tasting by starlight. Outdoors, surrounded by nature, you can go walking, enjoy horseback excursions by moonlight, or participate in astrophotography workshops, whether you are already passionate about it, or a beginner, or someone more experienced.
From Tuesday to Saturday, with previous booking, taking into account the phases of the Moon and the month of the year for the kind of observation intended, the weather conditions and the observatory availability on the date and time proposed.
We begin with a guided journey of the Dark Sky Reserve astrophotography exhibition. After, outside of the Observatory the celestial sphere is explored with the unaided eye, mixed with observations using binoculars and high quality telescopes.
The cost of the Nocturnal Observation is of 20€ per person older than 12 years, 10€ per child 8-12 years old. Children younger than 8 years don’t pay for the session.
Held from Tuesday to Saturday, with previous booking, taking into account the weather conditions and the observatory availability on the date and time proposed.
Our star, the Sun, is presented in our room in a simple way and related to other stars visible at night. This is followed by the Solar observation in the Observatory, with the use of completely safe telescopes.