Free guided tours to show the environment and culture of the Lagunas de la Mata y Torrevieja Natural Park to residents and visitors, which will be available in English as well as Spanish, have been presented.
Councillor Fanny Serrano said she was surprised the Town Hall had not done more to show off the park before. She indicated the tours will have specialised guides who will help visitors to recognise “what they can see, hear and smell”.
In total there are 27 tours planned starting on July 5th and finishing in May 2017 with 5 alternative routes.
The tour called “A la luz de la luna” (by the light of the moon) will be every Tuesday in July and August from 8:30pm to about midnight. Its objective is to discover La Mata lake at dusk and sharpen the senses in the darkness to enjoy this wetland by night. Municipal biologist Juan Antonio Pujol said they will discover very interesting new species which have life cycles in the evening and night.
The day routes start from September, the first being “El gran secreto de la laguna” (the big secret of the lake), which is aimed at showing families the natural and cultural values, including games and tests.
There wil be a tour dedicated exclusively to birds, “Las aves del parque natural”, which will introduce young and old to emblematic birds like black winged stilts, avocets, common shelducks, flamingos or Eurasian stone curlews, among others.
The one called “La Mata, viñedos de agua y sal” (vineyards of water and salt), will go through the vineyards around La Mata lake, discovering the biodiversity and history of generations of winemakers and salt farmers who have worked these lands for centuries, and it will include a tasting of La Mata wines.
Lastly, "Nuestros bosques se llaman saladares" (our forests are called salt marshes) will be a dramatised demonstration of the great environmental and cultural legacy of the salt mash vegetation and how burning the so called “barrillera” plants was a fundamental part of the local economy until the 18th century.
Each tour has up to 50 places and registration can be done with an online form on the website www.turismodetorrevieja.com/ecorutas or in the Tourism Office on the Paseo Vista Alegre, Monday to Friday 9am-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.
Registration for the day tours opens up to three weeks in advance.
The meeting point for all the tours in the Park Centro de Información at 8:30pm for the night tours and 10am for the day ones.
It is recommended to wear appropriate clothing for the time of year, a hat, walking shoes or trainers, food and other options include binoculars, a camera and, for the night tours, a torch.