New Nature Centre in Hornachuelos

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Publication date: 2014-10-29

The New Nature Centre of Hornachuelos will add value to the inland tourism offer

The Councillor opened this centre in a village in Cordoba. It boasts of a classroom, a research room and an animal park.

The Councillor for Tourism and Trade, Rafael Rodríguez, opened today the new Nature Centre "Cañada Verde" in the village of Hornachuelos, Cordoba, and highlighted that this new infrastructure will strengthen the offer of rural and inland tourism in the province. The centre, which had the financial support of the Regional Government, has a classroom and a research room, as well as an animal park.

Rafael Rodríguez highlighted that this new centre is a project arising from entrepreneurs in Hornachuelos and pointed out that it would become a very important instrument "to boost the environmental and scenic riches of the area as a tourism resource". He also indicated that this centre enhances the inland tourism offer with specific products, such as the ornithological microsegment and hiking.

The Councillor said that the inland segment has become a fundamental element of the Andalusian tourism industry, that in 2013 attracted 4.5 million visitors. He also added that its daily expenditure indexes are above average and it has a high loyalty level, which all contributes to fight against seasonal lows and create new products.

Within this typology, he highlighted that 50% of travellers visit Andalusia to observe nature. Along these lines, Mr. Rodríguez insisted on the potential for growth of the community in this sense and stressed the "competitive advantage" over other places as Andalusia concentrates the greatest percentage of protected areas in Europe.

Rodríguez specified that 30% of Andalusia's environment is protected in the manner of nature reserves, biosphere reserves and other sites. In particular, Andalusia has about 150 protected natural areas that amount to 3.3 million hectares, with over 60 areas designated as Special Bird Protection Area (ZEPA) and about 190 Sites of Community Importance.

Driver of economicactivity

The Councillor pointed out the importance of these resources, not only from the environmental point of view, but also from the tourism point of view, as he believes that those spaces "are instruments to drive rural development, job creation and economic activity". For this reason, he considered that the entrepreneurs of Hornachuelos "have known how to appreciate the potential in this segment".

The new Nature Centre "Cañada Verde", located in the Hornachuelos Nature Reserve, has a classroom for nature, one for geology and an animal park for native fauna in semi-wild enclosures. Also, the centre has a hostel with ten apartments for 72 people in total, a restaurant, a vegetable garden and a multi-activity area with zip-lines, a rock climbing structure and Tibetan bridges.

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