The best places in Madrid to observe the stars

Look at the sky at night and gaze at the stars It is a luxury that in a large city like Madrid can hardly be enjoyed, due to the light pollution that exists. For this reason, it is advisable to go outside to make an astronomical observation and appreciate the constellations in their fullness. Although within the city there are some places that we can also go.

Within Madrid

In the capital there are some common spots to gaze at the stars. One of them is the Park of the Seven Tits, named for the shape of the hills that compose it. It is located in the Cerro del Tío Pío, in the Puente de Vallecas. From here you can see all of Madrid, apart from the Perseids or tears of San Lorenzo, a phenomenon that is actually a meteor shower that occurs between the end of July and the month of August.

Another possibility within Madrid is the Juan Carlos I Park, the second largest in the capital and located to the northeast, in the district of Barajas. The Casa de Campo, in the Moncloa-Aravaca area, is another alternative to look at the sky with a little less light.


However, where better are we going to look at the stars It is away from the lights that invade the great city. Currently, there are rural accommodations in the mountains that include this possibility or that organize night outings in which aspects related to astronomy are explained.

Climb the Sierra de Guadarrama It is one of the best options to appreciate what is above our heads. Within this possibility, experts recommend ascend to the chair of Philip II. This is located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in the picturesque area of ​​Pinar de Abantos and La Herrería area. It is a good viewpoint, away from the lights, which allows you to appreciate the sky in a relaxed way, also enjoying the environment.

Robledo de Chavela it is also a classic. This town is home to NASA’s Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex. It is in the Sierra Oeste and has various viewpoints where you can walk and see the sky. Other towns like Manzanares hole, where La Pedriza is; Buitrago de Lozoya or even the Puerto de la Cruz Verde (Sierra de Guadarrama), are also suitable places for this activity.