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 the use of the sky can have, while guaranteeing a form of sustainable tourism that respects the environment, the population and the territory, this morning the Seal House has gathered About thirty tourist agents summoned by Prodestur on a day in which the actions planned to make Segovia a 'Starlight' destination have been 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 the day today included, in addition to the town halls in these areas, the Association of Rural and Active Tourism, the Hesperides Association, restaurants, interpretation centers, tourist offices, museums or the Riaguas Astronomical Observatory.
As the president of the Diputación, Miguel Ángel de Vicente, and the deputy of Prodestur, Magdalena Rodríguez, recalled today, who wanted to approach to welcome the participants in the day, in 2018 and throughout this 2019 the Diputación , following the Tourism Promotion Plan of the institution, it has taken a step forward in astrotourism, carrying out a satellite analysis of the province's sky and celebrating a day of awareness and basic training on star tourism and astronomy , which gave rise to the appearance of eight 'Starlight' rural accommodations and the titling of fifty specialized guides in this type of tourism.
As Prodestur has advanced today, for the coming months the planned 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 municipality. In addition, and this has been made known to those present at the meeting this morning, in order to capture their interest and involvement in the project, it is 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. On the other hand, in these areas it is expected to be able to develop different astronomical activities, both day and night, that cover all seasons of the year; something that would also contribute to the population fixation and the seasonality of tourism.
Through the day held today, the tourism agency of the Provincial Council hopes to continue building a provincial network of points, companies and municipalities in which astronomical observation becomes attractive and main asset of the tourism offer.