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Wed, 06/29/2016 - 08:10

A delegation of tour operators visit the Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 08:09

Boltaña 24 June 2016. From 16 to 19 June a delegation of Belgian and Norwegian tour operators have visited the Pirineos-Sobrarbe Geopark knowing the tourist offer andcollaborating companies.

For three days a delegation of Belgian and Norwegian tour operators visited the UNESCO World Sobrarbe-Pirineos Sobrarbe Geopark, with the collaboration of TURESPAÑA and Tourism of Aragón, to know firsthand the tourist offer Sobrarbe-Geopark and collaborating companies.

It has been prepared an intensive program of visits so that tour operators group has toured some of the30 Geo-routes that integrate the Geopark Geo-routes Network: Aínsa, urban geology; Secrets of Sierra deGuara (from Bellostas to Bagüeste); Pineta – La Larri Valley and a circuit in Añisclo Canyon. There was alsoa visit to Chistau Valley and a workshop where they could meet with the Collaborating Companies of theGeopark to see the wide tourism offer of accommodations, restaurants and adventure sports companiesthat there are in Sobrarbe.

This visit is part of the promotional activities Sobrarbe Geopark and its Collaborating Entities, as membersof Ecotourism Product Club, which promotes Turespaña. “Ecotourism in Spain” is a selection of authenticand memorable tourism experiences that guarantees traveler its contribution to the conservation of bioand geodiversity of protected natural areas he visit. It includes modalities such as observation of fauna,flora and geology, environmental education experiences and interpretation of heritage, scientificecotourism, rural ecotourism, star gazing or solidarity ecotourism.

The product was created thanks to the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism who designed andimplemented the Product Club method to a set of protected areas that had been highlighted forimplement action plans for sustainable tourism, including the Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark. Turespañadrives the first guide on Ecotourism in Spain as an example of this selection of differentiated experiencesand destinations in order to interest potential ecotourists.

Collaborating Entities Program of Sobrarbe Geopark right now has 116 establishments of differentmodalities, accommodation of all types (Hotels, Rural Tourism Houses, Campsites, Hostels, …),Restaurants, Active Tourism companies, Museums, Shops, Food companies, Craftsmen. Thanks to aplaque, they are identified as a collaborating entity of the Geopark and are distributed throughout theregion. Detailed information about the Geopark and an offer of sustainable tourism services offered inthese plates.

The UNESCO Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark invites families to visit archaeological and paleontological sites

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:02

The June 18 visit the Cave Bear and the site of Coro Trasito in Tella.

Boltaña, June 8, 2016 The UNESCO World Geopark Sobrarbe Pyrenees has organized a dayaimed at adults and families with children over three years to visit two very significantarchaeological sites in Tella.

This action is part of the program “Study and Dissemination of Pastoralism in Pyrenees MontePerdido II”, financed 75% by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Governmentof Spain, and is designed to bring citizens to our heritage geological and archaeological andtechniques and methodology used by the research teams and to spread the importance ofculture agropastoral in Sobrarbe since prehistoric times.

The proposal consists of a day in which we will visit the Bear Museum, Cave Bear and the Caveof Coro Trasito in Tella.

The Bear Museum is an interpretive space on the Cave Bear that lived to discover how thisspecies disappeared thousands years ago and how they have been excavated and found theirremains at the site dated back 30,000 to 32,000 years ago.

We will also visit inside the Cave Bear. Throughout the visit attendees will discover curiousformations of stalactites and stalagmites from endokarstic model, with many shapes andcolors, highlighted with adequate lighting. In addition, the visitor will know the data on themore than 6,000 skeletal remains belonging to 45 cave bears, which have been found invarious excavations carried out so far.

The visit to Coro Trásito Cave will allow participants to see how the team of archaeologists ledby Ignacio Clemente, Javier Rey and Ermengol Gassiot works. Therefore, they will know the siteand the work being done on it by the hand of one of its directors. This activity provides theunique opportunity to see a team of archaeologists conducting field work and to exchangeimpressions with them. The work done so far in this field allow us to attribute the use of thiscave as a place of housing maintained cattle and habitat of the first shepherds of this area ofCentral Pyrenees. The last moment of occupation that has been documented is the time of theLate Bronze Age. This level is based and cut directly to the last moment of the AntiqueNeolithic Age.

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JURASSIC CABRA, a new Interpretive Centre for Sierras Subbéticas UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 06:56

Last May 18th, in the frame of the 10th European Geoparks Week in Sierras Subbéticas (Cordova, Spain), a new Interpretive Centre was opened.

Jurassic Cabra focuses on the meaning of local rocks, fossils and processes to explain the Earth’s History. Sample donations, especially those from the friar Guillermo Triano, who had compiled them for decades on trips and fieldtrips, have encouraged the City Council of Cabra to design this centre, under the advice of Sierras Subbéticas UNESCO Global Geopark. The information inside the showcases is interpreted by the very same emblem of the Geopark, an ammonite. This fossil, sometimes in a humorous way, unravels aspects of the more distant past of the region, like the characteristics of some of the habitats and inhabitants of ancient Sea of Tethys, the process of fossilization, etc., and highlights the importance to include geodiversity in natural heritage conservation.

This centre also contains a small laboratory to observe samples under a microscope or to make fossils casts.

The centre is located 200 hundred meters from the Oil Greenway, the old railway now used for biking and hiking. It represents both touristic and educational resource, and can be complemented with hiking activities in the Geopark, or with the urban trail “Cabra, Jurassic City”.

The municipality of Cabra has long tradition in geological issues. Already in 1926 Cabra welcomed with great devotion and pride hundred expeditionary of the XIV International Geological Congress, which was held in Madrid (the only one held in Spain), who participated in the pre-congress fieldtrips through the Betic Cordillera. In 1929, the Picacho of the Virgen de la Sierra was declared a National Site of Natural Interest, one of the first protection figures established in Spain.

In 2006 the Natural Park Sierras Subbéticas entered the Global Geoparks Network. The geopark is known worldwide for its outcrops of Jurassic-Cretaceous series that yield a high quantity and diversity of invertebrate fossils, mainly ammonites in facies ammonitico rosso.


Educational program of the World Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 06:49

Boltaña, May 12, 2016. Once again, the World Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark has organized a training program for schoolchildren in Sobrarbe aimed at promote awareness of local people about the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and sites in Geopark, paying particular attention to the role played by the pastoralist culture in the construction of our cultural heritage and archeology as a science that allows us to approach this knowledge.

This action is part of the program “Study and Dissemination of pastoralism in Well Pyrenees Monte Perdido II”, financed 75% by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the Government of Spain, developed by the Sobrarbe County along 2016, and in one of the acts of the Week of the European Geoparks Network.

This is an action for the dissemination among the local population with which it is intended to reach a very wide range of public, comprising more than 450 schoolchildren from and Primary Education in Sobrarbe, their families and fifty teachers.

Schoolchildren and their teachers will enjoy a day of activities in Pineta, a glacial valley included in the delimitation ofWell Pyrenees Monte Perdido-World Heritage, along with other Spanish sectors (Ordesa, Añisclo, Escuaín) and Frenchsectors (Gavarnie, Estaubé, Troumouse and Barroude).

All this cross border territorys share a common cultural heritage. This is the same cultural area that has developed fromprehistory, based on communities with agro-pastoral way of life.

As in previous years, the agro-pastoral culture will star in the workshops. In previous editions we have worked varioustopics like life forms of prehistoric rock art, treatment of livestock, the life of the shepherd, legends, etc. This year wepay special attention to botany.

In traditional agro-pastoral culture in Sobrarbe, knowledge of food, curative, palliative or toxic qualities of the environmental plants played a central role.

Men and women acquired over the years a deep knowledge about the possible uses of different and varied vegetablespecies that could be found in the territory in which they lived.

This ancient knowledge, which began in prehistoric times, was passed down from generation to generation and is part of the intangible cultural heritage of Well Pyrenees Monte Perdido, linked to their own traditional culture agropastoral.

In short, in 2016 this program is to get students aware of the close relationship that in traditional forms of life existedbetween man and nature in this area, through the example of the use of different vegetables species for human use:from edible plants, used by shepherds as rennet to make cheese, to herbs to cure the sheep from different evils, whichwere used to create remedies, ointments and poultices for humans or those used as an amulet or protective symbol.

Thanks to the invaluable collaboration of teams of teachers, pupils of the school in Paules de Sarsa, who enjoyed thisactivity last week, and the rest of schoolchildren that will do so in the coming days: 16, 17 and 18 May.

Here is a photograph of previous editions of this program, in Tella and Ordesa.

Students from Ara Rural School in Tella

Workshop: The first pastors”. Rural School Alto Ara

Students from Aínsa College in Ordesa. Photography: C. Benítez

For more information please contact the Heritage Service in the Sobrarbe County, on the phone 974 518 025 or

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EXCAVE with Sobrarbe Geopark

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:06

It starts the forth edition of this educational program promote awareness of the inhabitants of Sobrarbe about its rich archaeological and paleontological heritage.

Enjoy a unique experience by participating for 6 days in an archaeological dig in Sobrarbe, working voluntarily in the field work carried out by a team of archaeologists. Up to 6 people (2 people from 6 to 11 June, 2 people from 13 to 18 June, and 2 people from 20 to 25 June 2015), selected by drawing lots among those who express an interest, may participate. The deadline for applications ends on May 20 at 10 am.

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The 40th anniversary of the IGCP Spanish National Committee in Sierras Subbéticas UNESCO Global Geopark

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:21

The Sierras Subbéticas UNESCO Global Geopark has been chosen as the host territory to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Spanish National Committee of the International Geoscience Program of UNESCO.

Scientific advances in the frame of the IGCP and Geoparks were the main themes of an open workshop celebrated last April, 15th, in the Mycological Garden “La Trufa” (Priego de Córdoba). The contributions were presented by the Secretary General of the IUGS, the president of the Spanish National Committee of the IGCP, researchers from the Spanish Geological Survey and the University of Valencia, and the Coordinator of the Spanish Geoparks Committee. The Director General of Andalusian Government of Environment and Territorial Planning presented the Andalusian geodiversity Management Plan. On April, 16, a fieldtrip took place to visit the most outstanding points of the Sierras Subbéticas UNESCO Global Geopark, visiting the Picacho de Cabra and the Global Geosite La Cañada del Hornillo.

Over the years, the IGCP has led projects to study rocks for information about climate change, assess the impact of the geological environment on human health, improve knowledge of water resources in karsts and much more. Now this UNESCO program has incorporated Global Geoparks, strengthening values like geoconservation, education and sustainable development in rural areas, involving local communities through a bottom up approach.


European Day of Megalithic Culture in Sobrarbe

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 06:06

The World Sobrarbe Geopark organizes the prehistoric Workshop
“The Secret of the dolmen” which will take place on Sunday April 24, in Tella.

Last June Sobrarbe became a member of the European Cultural Route “The European Route of Megalithic Culture”, declared by the Council of Europe on August 1, 2013.

Sobrarbe became the first territory of southern Europe involved in this cultural route that links a selection of the oldest monuments in Denmark, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden. They approach visitors to a heritage still unknown by the general public, which is rooted through time, located in places of great beauty.

The European Day of Megalithic Culture is held on Sunday April 24, and the World Sobrarbe Geopark has organized a prehistoric workshop entitled “The Secret of dolmen” which will take place at around Dolmen de Tella, at 11am and at 12: 30h. This activity is free and directed to audiences of all ages, it aims to enhance the recognition of the heritage value of the megalithic structures, as a cultural element that transcends the borders of European countries.

Participants will learn the essential characteristics of the culture of human groups that created and built the megalithic monuments. Specifically, they will have the opportunity to learn the basic process of building a dolmen; recognize the essential characteristics of the main types of megaliths, possible explanations of their origin, status and use, and above all, the high value of megalithic ensemble of World Sobrarbe Geopark in European and Pyrenean context.

Of course, the linking of the megaliths with legends, stories and traditions will be present.

As there are limited places to participate in this activity, registration is required. Interested can do so by filling out the form on the web: