A starry sky, without light pollution in a spectacular setting is an attractive puzzle for warm nights with clear skies and the province of Seville has some perfect natural spaces for contemplating stars and constellations.
The Hierro Hill, located in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, is one of these settings that allows us to enjoy a starry sky and study the science of astronomy.
You will also have the possibility to admire the Lágrimas de San Lorenzo o Star Shower from the Castillo de las Guardas viewpoint. The orography and clear skies of El Castillo de las Guardas make this town a privileged spot for astronomical observation.
The star shower is a phenomenon worth seeing and admiring from such a geographically favoured place, and Seville has some amazing viewpoints.
The Capitana hill in Guadalcanal, located in Sierra del Viento, is also noteworthy, since it is the highest peak in the Sierra Norte Natural Park. On the ascent to the hill is the old astronomical observatory of La Capitana, which is currently abandoned, but highly recommended for its architectural beauty.
And to round off the numerous sky observation activities on offer, we stop at the Guadiamar Green Corridor and its activity called "The eyes of the night" which includes a theoretical part inside the facilities of the Visitor Centre and a workshop for children where they work on the lunar cycles, make a model of Saturn and then get to the practical part with an educator who makes an observation in the field.
The Hierro Hill, one of the most famous and visited spaces of the Sierra Norte Natural Park, is a former open-cast mine located between the towns of San Nicolás del Puerto and Constantina, the latter belonging to the south area of the park. Both natural forces and anthropogenic factors have come together in the Hierro Hill to create its spectacular landscape. The Hierro Hill has a high level of public use, with educational, sporting and recreational activities. There is the possibility of hiking, climbing, caving and mountain biking, as well as botanical, geological and bird-watching itineraries.
La Capitana Hill
Located in the Sierra del Viento, La Capitana hill is the highest in the Sierra Norte Natural Park at 960 metres. On the ascent to the hill is the old astronomical observatory of La Capitana, which is currently abandoned, but highly recommended for its architectural beauty. It is one of the cleanest and darkest places to observe the firmament, with a large parking area and no visual obstacles.
Castle of Las Guardas
Breathtaking views from the top of the Castle hill viewpoint. Its tower was used to control the transport of the mineral from the Rio Tinto mines to the port of Seville. From the Castle hill viewpoint, you will be able to appreciate the pasture landscape and the Guadiamar river.
Guadiamar Visitor Centre. Guadiamar Green Corridor.
There is a theoretical part inside the facilities of the Visitor Centre with the basic concepts guided by the mystery as a transversal axis. At the same time, there is a workshop for children where they work on the lunar cycles and make a model of Saturn. And finally, there is a practical part of observation in the field with a specialist. The total length of the activity is about 5 hours for a family plan that includes dinner.