Número 40 | Third trimester 2016

To Calblanque... without car

Abstract

The Regional Park of Calblanque, Monte de las Cenizas and Peña del Águila is protected natural space that is host to significant natural values and which includes well-preserved natural beaches.
In one form or another, since 2010 access to the beaches has been limited during the summer period with the aim of combating the degradation of the most sensitive areas provoked by dust clouds and trampling feet. Additionally, other environmental benefits, such a as reduction of CO2 emissions, are obtained through the measure.
This year saw the introduction of a new system for the management of access to the Park's beaches with the aim of guaranteeing the conservation of habitats. This measure was backed by all the social groups involved. A bus service, consisting of six buses running between 9.30 am and 8.30 pm from 25th June to 4th September, was placed at the service of visitors to the Calblanque beaches. The service included the presence of two tourism information agents and was backed by the "Calblanque 4:40" communication campaign in print media, social networks, etc.
Throughout the campaign, some 44,485 tickets were sold, representing a reduction in the number of visitors over the previous year and, therefore, in the human pressure on the park's natural values.