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Astrotourism from Eco-Rural Hotel El Geco Verde (Castril-Granada)

Rural hotels in Andalucia with astronomy tours from where to explore the Universe 

 

Certified "Casa Rural Starlight"

 

Its location in the heart of Granada’s Altiplano the Eco Hotel Rural El Geco Verde has got available an excellent dark sky where carry out astrotourism activities.
Also nearby you will have at your disposal a range of places of astronomy interest.
 
Adventure activities such as hiking, trekking, mountain biking and bird watching, are practicable from the accommodation, or in as close and significant geographical environments as the Natural Park of Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, the Negratín Reservoir where you can practice all kinds of water activities, the Natural Park of the Sierra de Baza, or the Natural Park of Sierra de Maria-Los Vélez, to mention only the closest ones.
 
In the expert hands of Ilaria and Derek in El Geco Verde you will find a place of peace and tranquility and an exceptional Italian-Spanish home cooking.(+info)

 

See our Observation Periods and Events Calendar to check what are the best dates and what astronomical events are scheduled prior to making your reservation (dates assigned in strict order of receipt)

General information about the accommodation

Each of its individualized room has its own bathroom and spectacular views of the surroundings. In addition to having double rooms the place offers three family rooms with sofa bed for one or two people besides aside from the double bed. One of the rooms has been modified to accommodate disabled people.
Among the services offered by the housing we can mention:

  • Languages ​​– English, Spanish and Italian
  • WIFI network access
  • Book and video library, and information / advice about cultural activities and active tourism in the areaa
  • Workshops to prepare Italian Pizza, Focaccia and Lasagne.
  • Mountain Bike Hiring
  • Yoga and Wellness retreat 2014
  • Aromatherapy and massage service
  • Daily menu, option to book dinner, picnic lunches and vegetarian menu
  • Transportation from airport
  • Web: http://www.elgecoverde.com/
  • Email: elgecoverde@hotmail.com
  • Tlf: +0034 647 136 120

 

Light pollution information

  • Bortle Scale - Internationally accepted method to measure the level of light pollution without having specific knowledge by measuring the sky background brightness based on the visibility of certain objects. This scale assigns 1 to the best skies and 9 to the worst.
  • SQM - This method uses a photometer to measure the brightness of sky background obtaining a value in units of mag/arcseg2, especially useful for those with more advanced skills. These data are shared with the Project NIXNOX (Spanish Astronomical Society) and whose purpose is to share the location of places with dark skies, helping citizens to enjoy this aspect of nature and educate local authorities in their conservation.

 

Places of astronomical interest

As a way to complement the range of astronomy activities available from the accommodation through Astroturista, Guided Night Sky Tour and Basic Course in Astronomy, the following places of astronomical interest are reachable by means of short/medium car trips from El Geco Verde:

  • La Sagra Observatory - Operated by the Mallorca Astronomical Observatory (OAM ) this observatory is dedicated to the discovery and monitoring of small bodies in the Solar System (asteroids and comets ) . You may visit Thursday to Saturday . 30 to 45 min drive from the rural hotel . (+info).
  • Calar Alto Observatory - This is the largest complex of astronomy professional observatories in continental Europe. The visit to the complex and its largest telescope (3.5 meter diameter mirror) has always to be arranged in advance. Personally, this visit is highly recommended . 1h 30min to 2h by car from the property.(+info). Tlf: 950-632500, email: visitas@caha.es

 

Natural environment

The Granada's Altiplano is virtually surrounded by mountain ranges, so the possibilities are almost endless to venture into unique natural areas. On the southern end we will find the approach to the north side of Sierra Nevada National Park and Natural Park of Sierra de Baza. To the South of the accommodation we find the Negratín Reservoir, where a wide range of water activities is available.
To the north the Natural Park of Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas at the foot of which the property is located.
Finally to the east we have access to the Natural Parks of the Sierra de Castril (Castril people must visit) and Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park.
As it can be seen a whole world of nature reachable from El Geco Verde.


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