Let's call it (g)astronomical event. The definition: event in which astronomy is combined with gastronomy. That's what it's about "Visit to the Fabra observatory and dinner with stars", but not only that, because the Fabra Observatory, where this unique experience takes place, offers breathtaking views of Barcelona.
You will look up, towards the stars, putting your eye on the telescope, but you will also look down, without a telescope. The illuminated city, complete, fascinating, because the terrace of the Fabra Observatory is 360º and the observatory is in the Tibidado mountain, at 415 meters above sea level.
What will you do on this visit?
- First, have dinner. You can choose between different options of an excellent menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. Quality ingredients and the best cuisine served on the terrace of the astronomical observatory, remember: at 415 meters high and with panoramic views of Barcelona at dusk.
- Afterwards, you will visit the inside of the observatory and they will explain its story in the museum.
- The following: you will visit the twentieth century modernist hall.
- The great moment: you will enter the great dome, where the original elements of the installation are preserved and where the stars are still observed. You can see the stars and parts of the solar system through the telescope of the Fabra Observatory, a Mailhat of 1904. It is one of the largest ancient telescopes and the fourth oldest which still working in the world.
Duration: 3,5 hours
Languages: Spanish, Catalan.
Included in the price: welcome drink, dinner, guided tour with an expert guide and observation through the telescope.
More about the Fabra Observatory of Barcelona
This observatory, which opened on April 7, 1904 and has become one of the icons of Barcelona, is located 415 meters high on the Tibidabo mountain, as we have already mentioned. It is owned by the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona and its name comes from the industrial patron who made its construction possible, the Marquis Camil Fabra. In its origins, the observatory was organized into two sections: the Astronomical Section and the Meteorological and Seismic Section. Among his studies and research highlights the systematic study of the Catalan and Pyrenean seismology; the daily meteorological observations that began to be carried out in October 1913 and that have continued without interruptions until now (until 1981 there was a daily observation, in 1982 they began to do 3 and nowadays 4 observations are made daily); and with the telescope of the observatory, important observations of the planet Mars were made and eleven smaller planets and a comet (the 32P / Comas Solá) were discovered.
Currently it focuses its astronomical research activity on the observation of double stars and in the participation in international programs focused on the study and monitoring of asteroids and comets (coordinated by the Minor Planet Center and the Pulkovo Observatory). It also continues to compile meteorological and seismological data, and in recent years it has recovered the role of a center for the dissemination of astronomy, supported by its Museum of the History of Astronomy.
How to get there
From Plaza Catalunya
FGC: S1 / S2 + Funicular de Vallvidriera + Bus: 111