You need to escape the glare of towns and streetlights to really take in the stars. Head to one of these stargazing hotspots for the best seats in the house…
Mount Teide National Park, Tenerife
By day, this sprawling national park is a must-see for its volcanic lava landscapes. But when night falls, it’s home to some of the clearest, darkest skies in Europe. Laws that limit light pollution on the island help keep conditions perfect for stargazing. And special excursions will take you to a spot 2,000 metres up for the very best views.
Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma
The skies above this 4,000-metre-high peak are already some of the clearest going, which is good news for the folks manning the huge telescopes in its observatory. This place has even bagged UNESCO-backed Starlight Reserve status.
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Thanks to clear skies and zero artificial light for miles and miles, the Sahara’s a top pick for getting starry-eyed. Sign up for a two-day desert tour and you can team an evening of gazing up at the north African sky with an overnight stay in a traditional desert tent, plus a 4×4 adventure through Morocco’s mountains and valleys.