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June 2017 | by Lenneke Nielsen

Uncover the wonders of the Alentejo sky

In the midst of Portugal’s picturesque Alentejo, a region famous for its local cuisine, wines, olive-oil and cork, lies the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve - the perfect place to enjoy the wondrous sky at night.

The Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve was the first Starlight Tourism Destination in the world, recognised for the “excellent quality of the location for the contemplation of starry skies”. Within the reserve, set on a hilltop estate and surrounded by ancient oaks, olive groves and vineyards, is the stunning São Lourenço do Barrocal. On your Seven Skies Portugal experience, this family owned estate is your base in the Alentejo region. A hotel of understated luxury and genuine tranquility, it is a privileged setting to watch the sky at night.

As night falls, uncover the hidden treasures of the sky and learn from the astronomers and astrophotographers of the Alqueva Lake Observatory. Discover how to guide yourself by the Polar Star, and observe stars, nebulae and distant galaxies in this unique experience - an unforgettable treat.

Discover more of Europe’s hidden gem on a Seven Skies Portugal Experience.

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