Paphos might not be the first destination that springs to mind when it comes to stargazing, but this sun-kissed town in Cyprus is relatively cloud free all-year round, making its skies perfect for spotting the stars. Head to Aphrodite’s Rock – said to be the birthplace of the mythical Greek goddess of love – and you can spy the Milky Way towering above an ocean backdrop.
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Thanks to its sheer size and lack of light pollution, this vast desert in Jordan is one of the best stargazing spots in the Middle East. Hop on a 4X4 safari over the rolling dunes to a secluded Bedouin camp for the night, and after you’ve walked in the famed footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, you can tuck into a traditional meal under the starlit sky.
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By day, this national park in Tenerife is a must visit for its volcanic landscapes. But when night falls, it’s home to some of the clearest, darkest skies in Europe. With a high-altitude – the highest point on the Atlantic Ocean, in fact – and laws that limit light pollution on the island, too – the conditions here are perfect for staring at the stars.
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Lapland is one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. They’re on display here 200 nights a year, and you’re most likely to see them during the winter months. Head out with a guide into the wilderness and spot frozen snow-covered trees along with the show. You can watch the spectacle at the Arktikum Museum & Science Centre, too.
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Massages for two and dinners with a view are just the start of what this hotel has to offer.
Candle-lit dinners by the sea and massages for two are on the cards when you stay at this adults-only hotel, operated by Constantinou Bros.
This hotel lines up a daytime activity programme, a splash park and a trio of restaurants.
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