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Observatorio do Lago Alqueva

Open Now: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Open today: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
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Very complete stargazing night

The most complete and detailed stargazing session I’ve ever done. The guide spoke fluent English... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2018
Charlotte R
Ghent, Belgium
via mobile
Have YOU seen the rings of Saturn yet? I have...

An excellent crash course in astronomy, essential for anyone planning a trip into outer space this... read more

Reviewed July 8, 2018
Hamilton, Canada
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“naked eye”(2 reviews)
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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Hours Today: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Cm 1127, Monsaraz 7200-175, Portugal
+351 960 361 906
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank kabanchik85
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Great place! The staff is so welcoming and really know their stuff. They really went out of their way to make things interesting for my young son. They were extremely patient with him. If you're in Monsaraz, you must come here!

Thank Catherine J
Reviewed April 2, 2018

We drove an hour each way in the dark and excited to see stars with help of professional - and the team was really professional. Our guide is a cosmologist and he knows so much about the sky and it was so fun. We took...More

1  Thank swisshera
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Although we experienced a cloudy night and full moon, Nuno, our guide, provided a wonderful, very instructive (indoor) tour of the night sky using some fantastic software. Nuno is quite passionate about astronomy, and that passion was infectious. In the two hours we were there,...More

Thank James B
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