Our little hotel has been recognised as one of the best places in Europe to see the stars!
El Geco Verde has received the Starlight Certification, awarded only to sites where conditions for night sky observation are considered highly favourable. The certification is awarded by experts at Fundacion Starlight, an international organisation which promotes astronomical observation and the preservation of dark sky conditions.
To celebrate we are hosting a special event on Saturday May 16 with romantic dinner, champagne toast and a spectacular astronomical observation by night sky specialists Astroturista (see below). We may repeat the event on Saturday May 23, as demand is likely to exceed our capacity!
The certification is also a great excuse to celebrate our collaboration with Astroturista, which has conducted many guided tours of the night sky from the hotel grounds in recent years.
“Stargazing is one of our most popular activities,” says Ilaria, owner of El Geco Verde. “Many people come to rural Andalucia to get a break from city life, where light pollution makes stargazing virtually impossible. Whether they are Spanish city dwellers or visitors from northern Europe, our clients never fail to be astonished by the sheer number of stars they can see here with the naked eye, let alone the detail which can be seen through Astroturista´s telescopes.”
Javier Sanchez, who conducts Astroturista´s workshops, commented; “It is no exaggeration to say that El Geco Verde has pioneered astroturism here in Andalucia, attracting many stargazers from Spain and abroad over the past few years. The Starlight award recognises that El Geco Verde is a fantastic place for night sky observation; first and foremost because it is a very rural location and very dark at night, but also because the hotel´s elevated position opens up very low, clear horizons and all round visibility. These factors really enhance the client´s appreciation of the night sky, nature and our place in the universe.”
Guests can enjoy guided stargazing as part of their stay at El Geco Verde at any time of year, though advanced notice is required to organise sessions.
*El Geco Verde is teaming up with Astroturista on Saturday May 16 to offer a special one night stay with dinner and stargazing session for €65pp, based on two people sharing a double room (3, 4 & 5 bed rooms are also available). Dinner is from 8pm, Javier´s stargazing session will start at around 10pm and last for about 90 minutes. Please note the majority of the stargazing session will be in Spanish and paces are by prior reservation only.
A video promoting the event can be viewed here;
For more information or to book call Ilaria on 0034 647136120 or Javier on 0034 662445057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Star gazing at El Geco Verde also featured in one of El Mundo´s recent online supplements; http://www.ocholeguas.com/2015/04/06/hoteles/1428316430.html
We also recommend Astroturista´s dedicated EGV page: http://www.astroturista.es/rural-resorts-with-astronomy-in-andalucia/el-geco-verde.html