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Málaga, a province made for stargazing

Diputación de Málaga
Cielo estrellado en Alfarnate 1

Málaga, a province made for stargazing

Cuevas Bajas is one of the best places in Spain for stargazing

The province of Málaga has a great supply of leisure activities, some of which can be done on the coast and other in the inland. There are things which this province is perfect for, like stargazing and astrotourism.

For instance, you can see Saturn, Mars, some dense star constellations that surround this galaxy, groups of stars which are stunning when seen through a telescope, binary stars or pairs of stars in orbit around their common centre of gravity, galaxies such as Messier 81 or Messier 82 (both of them in Ursa Major), and M65 and M66 in Leo.

There are several places in the province where the lightening is perfect for watching stars, as they are high and light pollution there is low.

- Cuevas de Becerro - Starlight Foundation certified night sky quality at this location for stargazing. Therefore, it became one of the best places in Spain for this activity. There are two places in the town where stargazers can settle down. Here, the landforms cut the light that comes from Málaga and Ronda so one can observe the horizon.

- Alfarnate and Alfarnatejo are two towns in Axarquía, which are the highest in the province (886 and 852 metres above sea level), which makes them perfect stargazing spots. They have beautiful dark sky with no light pollution full of stars at night, where you are surrounded by nature and far away from the crowds. Tourists from different parts of the world, like Germany, England or Belgium, come here for this purpose.

- El Torcal Astronomical Observatory is a special area at an altitude of 1200 metres and far away from housing and streetlights. It is always engaged in promoting science in an attractive way. This observatory is famous for following Perseid, but one can also observe galaxies, constellations, and nebulae.