Whether you have a keen interest in astronomy or just feel like doing something a little different, the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (or PAM for short) is well worth a visit.

Located about an hour’s drive north of the city of Lleida (approx. 3hrs from La Costa Brava) PAM can be visited both by day and by night. The conditions for stargazing are so outstanding here that it has even been classified as a “Starlight Reserve” endorsed by UNESCO. Apart from the obvious gazing at the stars, planets and nebulae at night time, our own star, the sun, can be observed on day visits and there is also an explanatory film shown, in case you’re not an expert! Guests can learn about all the different equipment at the observatory and there is also an exhibition devoted to the protection of nightlife against light pollution. The mobile dome measures 12 metres in diameter and is completely retractable Entry fees range from €7 to €10.50, depending on the time of your visit and you can check the opening hours on their website.

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