Developing a paleontology/geology-themed tour within the Natural Park of Serra de Mariola (Alicante, Spain)
Keywords:Heritage, geoturism, informative panels, Neogene
AbstractThe protection of all Geological Heritage relies heavily on the collaboration of the local. In order to raise awareness and interest about this heritage in both locals and tourists, it’s advisable to inform about its relevance and appeal in a way that can be enjoyed by a wider audience. One of such methods is establishing educational tours within the area of interest. The aim of this study was to develop an educational tour focused on the continental Neogene fossil sites of ‘Barranc de Gormaget’ within the ‘Parc Natural de la Serra de Mariola’ (Alcoi, Comunidad Valenciana). This process included the drafting of summarized and accessible texts and its inclusion on several informative panels based on the lay out established by Autonomic law. Finally, it was necessary to establish a suitable path for the expository tour and to choose a strategic placement for each of the informative panels contained therein.