EXCURSIONS

VISITS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM

The following visits are offered as a part of the registration. You can print them from here ANNEX V_EXCURSIONS

VISIT TO THE HICTORIC TOWN OF DAROCA 12 NOVEMBER

On Wednesday 12 November from 16:00, it has been arranged an excursion to the town of Daroca. Its most important historic monuments will be visited in a guided tour, and we will attend the opening of the exhibition “Grullas”, by the artist Carlos Pardos.

Panoramicas de DAroca (1)

Panoramic view of Daroca

Walking around the streets of Daroca it takes us back to its most splendid past. Its gates welcome us, showing with their bearings the importance of the town. The Low Gate, made of solid ashlars and flanked by sturdy 15th Century towers crowned with battlements, received the travellers from Castile and the East. The High Gate dates from the beginning of the 16th Century, and it was built to replace a previous one; the town’s coat of arms stands out on its walls.

One of the charms of Daroca is to walk along its walls (built over the centuries) up to the old castle, where we can find the remains of the primitive Muslim citadel; from there you can enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view of the town. Other interesting visits are the collegiate church of St. María or the Romanesque temple of St. Miguel.

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GALLOCANTA LAKE 12 and 13 NOVEMBER

There are two field trips programmed during the conference (Wednesday 12 at sunrise and Thursday 13 at dusk), in which we will also visit the Interpretation Centre of the Gallocanta Lake Nature Reserve.

Gallocanta sunrise

Gallocanta sunrise by Agustín Catalán

Gallocanta Lake is the biggest saline lake in Western Europe; situated in the middle of the Iberian mountain range at 1000 meter above sea level, it is considered a “lake of light”, the skies are so clear and the flatlands so large that sunsets and dawns are a symphony of colour.

At the time of the conference, there will still be present some of the birds that breed in the reserve during spring, but some of the over-wintering species that stay with us throughout winter will already be here too: Anatidae and our tireless travellers, cranes.

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THE GORGES OF THE MESA RIVER 14 NOVEMBER

As a closing for the conference we will visit the neighbouring Mesa River and its impressive gorges.

Mesa River has eroded the late-cretaceous-carbonate sediments over which it flows; over time, it has created a narrow canyon of over 90 meters deep, and made its vertical and inaccessible walls an ideal place for many different cliff-nesting birds to breed.

This was fundamental for the Aragon government to include the area in two international protection programs: SCI (Site of Community Importance) and SPA (Special Protection Area). From that moment, it became part of the Natura 2000 network.

Along the route we will visit the surroundings of two of the most emblematic ermitas (isolated chapels) in the Daroca area; we will also go to a lovely waterfall where the Mesa River flows towards Calmarza, and have the option of going to a wine tasting in one of the Calatayud PDO (protected designation of origin) wineries.

We hope these excursions will please you and that the weather will allow us to enjoy all those stunning places.

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