This route allows to know the problems associated with climate change in the semiarid area of Almeria and to value the habitats of jujube trees or white artos (Ziziphus lotus), as they are known in Almeria. It includes two itineraries (North and South), both out and back along the same path, and of low difficulty that allow visualizing key aspects to understand the effect of climate change on semiarid ecosystems that depend on groundwater. Both are complemented in the information they offer through various milestones or information points where you can download additional information related to the Azufaifar ecosystem.
INTRODUCTION NORTH ITINERARY.
It starts at the Visitor Center of Las Amoladeras, which is accessed from the local road AL-3115 towards Retamar to Ruescas. There is a free public parking where we can leave our vehicle.
Throughout this itinerary, visitors will learn about the services and benefits that jujube trees, as dominant plants in the ecosystem, provide to society. In addition, both in this itinerary and in the southern one, information is offered to deepen in the geological and biological aspects responsible for the functioning of the ecosystem as a whole.
This route is accessed through the entrance to a small botanical garden located in front of the entrance to the Visitor Center building. This point gives access, heading north, to a mound from which we can observe the surrounding landscape, and the first milestone marked on the route with a QR code on a wooden post.
Later, going back on the same path, we return to the asphalt road in and out of the Visitor Center from where we will find about five hundred meters to the left in a northerly direction, a signpost of the GR-140. This point marks the beginning of the trail that will take us to the viewpoint of Las Amoladeras. Along this trail we will find new milestones also marked with QR codes.
These milestones have been designed to provide key aspects that help to understand the importance of jujubes as elements that contribute to our well-being through the benefits they bring us, and the threat that climate change represents for these plants.
You can complete the Climate Change Route with the South Itinerary, for which you have to make a trip to the beach of Torregarcía. If this is the end of the route, you can complete the information by downloading milestone 10 of the South Itinerary.
INTRODUCTION SOUTHERN ITINERARY
It begins next to the beacon or watchtower of Torre Garcia, where there is a free public parking available where we can leave our vehicle and find the first milestone marked with QR code on a wooden post.
This itinerary, together with the northern one, aims to help understand the effect of climate change on the arid landscape and its biodiversity.
It runs along the path that runs parallel to the beach, and also offers the possibility of knowing samples of our history, as an old salting factory of Roman origin. It ends once you reach an old bunker.
You can complete the Climate Change Route with the North Itinerary, for which you have to go to the Amoladeras Visitor Center or take the GR-140 to reach the Amoladeras viewpoint and do the North Itinerary in reverse.
Example of Augmented Reality visualization. You can try it in the following image.
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