SOBRARBE GEOPARK (Spain)
Sobrarbe Geopark is located in Alto Aragón (Spain), in the central zone of the southern slope of the Pyrenees and is bordered by France to the north.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
The Sobrarbe territory delights visitors in its peaceful and beautiful landscapes. They still bear witness to processes that have taken place during 500 million years of the Earth’s history. With half of its area designated a protected natural reserve, Sobrarbe’s biodiversity and geodiversity are truly impressive. Its main geological attraction is the formation of the Pyrenees: the disappearance of the Tertiary narrow sea, the collision of continents and the emergence of the mountain chain, then its erosion over the course of Ice Ages.
From deep valleys to tree–covered mountains, visitors can wander across a network of pathways and discover a rich variety of geological, natural, historical and architectural points of interest, as well as their folklore and legends.
Local inhabitants appreciate and respect their landscapes, so their representatives have taken the initiative and created an organisation focused on the territory’s development in a sustainable way, including scientific and educational activities.
The Geopark has developed its conservation strategy through the inventory of geological sites, in cooperation with the Spanish Geological and Mining Institute.
In addition, strong education strategies have been developed by creating geological itineraries for primary and secondary schools, an intensive course on geological heritage for university students, and an annual seminar for the general public.
As regards tourism, the Geopark has an Interpretation Centre in the central area of the Geopark (Ainsa), as well as other infrastructures such as geological itineraries for mountain bilkers, a mining route and a climbing route with geological interpretation.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States