Prodestur promotes astrotourism in the province

Prodestur promotes astrotourism in the province

As it was certified a few days ago with the winning snapshots of the Prodestur photography contest, the Segovia night sky is one of the province's most potential tourist resources. For this reason, since the Diputación has been working since last year with special interest to spread the beauty and light quality of the Segovian starry sky and to promote astrotourism, a type of tourism closely linked to the growth of overnight stays. With the aim of making known the multitude of resources that can take advantage of the use of the sky, while ensuring a form of tourism that is sustainable and respectful of the environment, the population and the territory, yesterday the Seal House brought together about thirty of tourist agents on a day in which the actions planned to make Segovia a 'Starlight' destination were announced, a certificate currently only 26 destinations worldwide.

The project, which began last year with the celebration of similar workshops and workshops, organized together with the Starlight Foundation, has set its goal in the Sierra de Ayllón and the Sierra Norte de Guadarrama Natural Park, so among the entities invited to attending yesterday the conference included, in addition to the municipalities of these areas, the Association of Rural and Active Tourism, the Hesperides Association, restaurants, interpretation centers, tourist offices, museums or the Riaguas Astronomical Observatory.

In 2018 and throughout this 2019, the Provincial Council, following the Tourism Dynamization Plan of the institution, has taken a step forward in astrotourism, carrying out a satellite analysis of the province's sky and celebrating awareness days and basic training on star tourism and astronomy, which have given rise to the appearance of eight 'Starlight' rural accommodations and the titling of fifty specialized guides in this type of tourism.

For the next months the plan includes, among other phases, the analysis of the areas of the Ayllón mountain range and the Sierra Norte de Guadarrama Natural Park in relation to its tourist offer, its lighting and the areas suitable for the installation of observation infrastructures in the town. It is also intended to encourage the creation of astroturistic offer by rural entrepreneurs, carry out a network of stellar viewpoints and create routes and packages that are later disseminated in information leaflets. In these areas it is expected to be able to develop different astronomical activities, which cover all times of the year.