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Observatorio do Lago Alqueva

Open today: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Two years in a row we return. What can I say, next year will be number 3. The overall program is... read more

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Stargazing Dark Sky

The OLA team are dedicated to sharing their expertise with the wider public. The observatory is... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2018
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The Observatorio do Lago Alqueva – OLA (Lake Alqueva Observatory) is an astronomical observatory next to the medieval village of Monsaraz. OLA offers almost daily tours of the magnificent night sky of Monsaraz, where one can learn the orientation by...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Cm 1127, Monsaraz 7200-175, Portugal
+351 960 361 906
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Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

We had the fortune of visiting the observatory before it was officially opened (it will open in July 2016). We had a night sky observation tour with one of the astronomers and it was an incredible experience. The observatory is located in the Alqueva dark...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Two years in a row we return. What can I say, next year will be number 3. The overall program is very nice and the way the things are explained and presented is easy to understand and enjoy. Activity for people from any ages and...More

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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

The OLA team are dedicated to sharing their expertise with the wider public. The observatory is ideally located for an amazing view of the night sky. This experience is truly worthwhile. Not to be missed! B. & G. Holman

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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

We went for the night sky tour. Online you can book tickets but not for certain date so we emailed to find out how to book. They said you can buy tickets on the night but arrive at 9pm as the visit starts promptly at...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

We came in a little late so missed part of the show but we arrived in time to participate in the explanation of some constellations and the telescope adventure which was good fun. Saw Saturn, Andromeda galaxy, the moon, and a nebula. We asked a...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

The most complete and detailed stargazing session I’ve ever done. The guide spoke fluent English, showed us a whole lot of things in the sky and was extremely passionate about the subject. Definitely an experience to remember.

Thank Charlotte R
Reviewed July 8, 2018

An excellent crash course in astronomy, essential for anyone planning a trip into outer space this year or next. Even if you're only earth-bound, it's still a lot of fun and I recommend it. For perspective, I live in a city and I think space...More

Thank JDevs
Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

Our astronomer gave us a very informative and interesting evening. It’s unbelievable the knowledge that he had about the solar systems and all the stars and planets that we were able to see. Definitely Worth going and checking out the observatory, especially if there is...More

Thank exportm
Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

The observatory and guided stargazing were amazing. Nuno - the astronomer guide - was interesting, informative and fun. He was able to show us Venus, Jupiter and 4 of its moons, a star cluster and a few other interesting sights. He also helped us to...More

Thank JackieCrich
Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

We spend the evening star gazing after a short but interesting introduction into the creation of stars and galaxies. We saw Venus, Jupiter, double stars, nebulae and galaxies through a telescope accompanied by the explanation of an experienced astronomer. Really fascinating...

Thank Peter R
Reviewed May 14, 2018

A great night at the Lago Alqueva Observatory with a very knowledgeable and passionate astronomer Nunu. Beautiful skies and lots of interesting information - a must visit when in Portugal. This place is very special. Thank you!

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