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Destimed Plus, a chance for ecotourism in La Garrotxa

14 Oct

I have been managing protected natural areas for 16 years, and during these years La Garrotxa and La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park have been - and are - a national and international reference in sustainable tourism and tourism planning. A territory based on transversal collaboration, coordination and participation. Read more

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Nature tourism, the most promising travel trend after the pandemic

14 Oct

Nature-based tourism destinations have been the setting for the majority of post-confinement tourism activity. As administrations relaxed measures against Covid, more and more people chose the outdoors and places close to nature for their activities. Read more

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Proposals for the positive impact of tourism on the conservation of protected natural areas in La Garrotxa: European project Destimed +

14 Oct

The packages tours proposals for tourist that are more respectful with our natural environment have always been a challenge in La Garrotxa. Proof of this has been the accreditation of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, the 1st in Spain. But this commitment has not only been made effective by public institutions. It is important to highlight the commitment of the private sector to the development of tourism in a sustainable way. Thus, from the companies of activities, such as restaurants and accommodation, have also been committed over the years to the ECST, that’s the reason why the first two travel agencies accredited in Spain are in the Garrotxa region. Read more

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Working together for a new 2021-2025 tourism strategy for La Garrotxa

14 Oct

La Garrotxa has had a tourism strategy since 2001 thanks to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism's (ECST) accreditation of the Volcanic Region of La Garrotxa Natural Park. Over the last 20 years, and with this accreditation as its working model, the community's stakeholders, both public and private, have worked tirelessly together to develop this strategy across the area. Read more

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Environmental libraries of La Garrotxa outside their walls

10 Jul

Although it might seem counterintuitive that a library, which is a building in which books are kept, should go outside its walls, for decades now public, university and specialist libraries, etc. have gradually been changing roles. Against this background of constant change, these true chameleons are able to survive because of their ability both to adapt to their surroundings and to meet the needs of any situation: either by offering traditional loan and document consultation services, or also, and increasingly, through involvement in projects associated with access to digital collections, virtuality and social networks, and to experimental projects such as bibliolabs and through collaboration with citizens’ science networks, etc. Read more

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La Garrotxa: a land of healthy living

10 Jul

Food in different countries is defined, among other factors, by territory, tradition, history and economy. Food is an element of cultural identity. Throughout the years, the Mediterranean diet has proven to be one of the healthiest in the world. It is considered one of the most nutritionally balanced, enriched and one that offers the pleasure of enjoying tasty dishes. Olive oil, legumes, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, among other high quality and fresh products, are all part of the Mediterranean diet which is listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Read more

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Agriculture in the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park: working for nature and landscape preservation

14 Jun

The primary sector, due to its own characteristics, is the economic sector that best suits the tarmac where it is integrated. In La Garrotxa, it also plays a key role in the production of zero-kilometer foods. Let's know a bit better about farming in the Natural Park. Read more

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La Garrotxa, pioneers in promoting the use of shared electric mobility

14 Jun

At the beginning of 2019 Som Mobilitat and the associations: Turisme Garrotxa and Turisme Rural de la Garrotxa reached an agreement which aimed to enhance collaboration by providing people with shared electric mobility when staying at the associated tourist lodging. The agreement meant that both organizations were able to progress with the same objective: that of providing all those arriving by public transport with a need to rent a car while staying in the area of  La Garrotxa with sustainable mobility of some kind.  Read more

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La Garrotxa, land of bicycles

14 Jun

One of the characteristics of an advanced society in this day and age is that it is totally dependent on mobility. There is a range of mobility options at present, both for daily journeys to work, but also travel during our leisure time or when touring. Having said this, it is not fair for future generations the way we take for granted our apparent right to be able to move around whenever we feel like doing so and in whatever vehicle. This is why sustainable mobility is one of the biggest challenges of our century. Read more

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The intangible heritage in the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa

25 Jul

Catalonia is a territory with an exceptional natural heritage and biodiversity. Natural areas of special protection are a key element of this heritage treasure. Natural heritage includes historical, cultural and social values that are closely linked to people. Recognizing this emotional bond with nature and involving society in its conservation and valorisation should be an essential challenge in the management of a natural area. Read more

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Walk while savouring the territory along the Itinerànnia network of trails

25 Jul

Itinerànnia is a network of 2,500 km paths between the regions of El Ripollès, La Garrotxa and l’Alt Empordà. Itinerànnia retrieves the old communication channels between villages to reach any corner, in any small area, and offers the opportunity to walk from the Pyrenees to the sea and vice-versa. Read more

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The orchids of la Garrotxa

02 Nov

La Garrotxa is an upland region with a great diversity of habitats. Although its climate is essentially Mediterranean, the proximity of the sea to the east and the Pyrenees to the north ensures that much of the region has a unique microclimate with central European or Atlantic tendencies. Read more

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Two Garrotxa Travel Agencies Are First in Spain to Earn Certification under European Charter for Sustainable Tourism

02 Nov

Travel agencies Trescàlia SC and Nit i Vol SLU are certified by the Europarc Federation under the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. Read more

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Alta Garrotxa, a rugged land for the intrepid explorer. Where Nature hides itself.

02 Nov

The present day 'Espai d’Interès Natural de l’Alta Garrotxa', or Alta Garrotxa Area of Natural Interest, with its nearly 33,000 hectares of land, is listed as one of the largest protected territories in the province of Girona. Read more