Councillor Fanny Serrano has presented the annual calendar of Eco-tours of the Natural Park of La Mata and Torevieja Lakes, which starts today (August 11th) with a night tour.
The service will continue for the next four years and is intended to show people, for free, the environmental and cultural heritage of the park.
She explained the tours were started in late 2015 and have been very popular so this new contract was proposed to meet the demand. “Not only were all the tours fully booked but we had a waiting list,” she noted.
The programme consists of 32 tours per year divided between 8 general daytime tours aimed at families, 8 daytime tours about specific subjects (wildlife, botany or social-economy) and 16 night tours.
The night tours continue until September 8 every Monday and Friday (except September 1) from 8:30pm until about midnight. The objective is to discover La Mata lake at dusk and sharpen the senses as night falls on the wetland. “Smell, hearing and touch are a very special way of getting to know the park,” said Serrano, who reminded that “people going on this tour should know that most of it is in the dark with no illumination other than ambient light”.
From October (except December and January) the daytime tours will be twice a month at weekends.
The “family tour” will explain natural and cultural values, including games and tests. The themed tours have, for their environmental importance, been dedicated exclusively to the birdlife, as an initiation for young and old to watching and enjoying finding out some of the emblematic species, like black-winged stilts, avocets, common shelducks, flamingos and Eurasian stone-curlews.
The tour called ‘La Mata vineyards of water and salt” will address social-economic aspects of the park, especially traditional vineyard cultivation, extraction of salt, etc.
Each tour will be in Spanish and English, with up to 50 participants on each one and a minimum of 20 for it to go ahead. Registration for the night tours can be completed online on the website www.turismodetorrevieja.com/ecorutas or in person at the Tourism Office on the Paseo Vista Alegre, which is open Monday-Friday 9am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Registration for the daytime tours is available following the same procedure from three weeks before each one takes place.