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Interpret Europe Training days | 7-11 October 2022  | #ietrainingdays22

Study visits will take us to the most beautiful and precious heritage sites in the wider Tarragona and Barcelona region – from honeypots to hidden jewels. Visitor centres and exhibitions will offer a platform for exchanges among those who are interested in designing interpretive experiences. In particular, interpretive planners, interior designers, consultants, curators, nature conservationists and others will benefit from engaging in talks with site managers and/or planners, exchanging experiences and, at the same time, enjoying sightseeing. 

Study visits will take place on Monday 10 October and Tuesday 11 October
We might arrange more study visits if the number of registrants exceeds the expected threshold. Therefore, you will be able to book your seats from 1 September onwards. However, you can also check which itineraries in the currently planned visits fit your departure plans.

Ribera d'Ebre (Sebes Nature Reserve and Miravet town and pottery)

Ribera d'Ebre is a region defined by its river, whose territory unfolds on both sides alongside meanders, river islands and gorges. The shape of the river, sometimes capricious, has given rise to natural spaces of great beauty. Since ancient times, the waters of the Ebro have been crossed by various peoples: Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Saracens... Having settled around this source of life, have left their mark on the region we know today.

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During this study visit, we will discover one of the best-preserved natural areas in the region, the Sebes Nature Reserve in Flix, an oasis of biodiversity near the Ebro river. We will explore its heritage, learn about its management carried out by an environmental NGO and discover the values of this important natural heritage and how to convey them to visitors. We will taste the area's ecologically grown local products such as organic olive oil produced from fruit harvested in the reserve.

The second stop of the visit will bring us to Miravet, a small village on the shores of the Ebro that has preserved all its charm. There we will discover a unique accommodation, based on the artistic work of the impressionist painter Joaquim Mir, that brings his work closer to the place where it was conceived.

Finally, we will enjoy the craftsmanship of one of the oldest traditional trades in the region: pottery. Produced in Miravet for centuries, today it is one of the few traditional activities that still remain in Ribera d'Ebre and is recognised for its quality throughout Catalonia.

Terra Alta (Corbera d'Ebre, Gandesa and Via Verde)

The Terra Alta is a land of crushed stone with unique buildings and villages of mediaeval origin. It is a land marked by the fire of the Battle of the Ebro during the Spanish Civil War which has left surprising places of historical association. It also stands out for its wonderful gastronomy, where olive oil and wine are the key players. Its spectacular nature extends in all directions and can be enjoyed walking along the Via Verda which follows the route of an old railway.

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During this trip we will visit Corbera d’Ebre where the ‘115 days interpretation centre’ is located. Together with four others, it is the main component of a network of museums that extend throughout the region, a peculiar system of interpretation that allows visitors to discover different villages and themes around the memories of the Spanish Civil War. We will also visit the Poble Vell (Old Town), a historical space that invites us to reflect on the war thanks to an artistic installation called the Alphabet of Freedom.

Going back to the beginning of the 20th century, we will visit the cooperative of Gandesa: an entrepreneurial project with more than 100 years of experience installed in one of the cathedrals of wine in Catalonia, a unique type of building designed by the modernist architect Cesar Martinell.

To finish the trip, we will immerse ourselves in nature along the Via Verda. Riding a bike, we will cycle through the landscapes of Terra Alta to enjoy an itinerary that takes visitors through incomparable natural landscapes.

Baix Ebre (Tortosa and Delta de l'Ebre)

The Baix Ebre has unique characteristics that define and differentiate it. A mosaic of contrasts originates from three natural elements that give life to the more than 900km2 of territory: the river, the sea and the mountain. The two natural parks in the region, the Ebro Delta and Els Ports, united by the Ebro river, embrace a special mountain landscape that generates different experiences. There are the fish and seafood from the coast, the farms and their herds in the mountains and the Ebro itself, which irrigates the orchards. This results in, a varied and good-quality local gastronomy.

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On this tour we will visit two historical interpretation sites in the city of Tortosa. Firstly, the Museum of Tortosa, a classic museum in terms of design which has managed to take advantage of sustainability to endure over time. It also stands out for its variety of heritage interpretation activities aimed at helping children to learn through experience.

Designed in a completely different way, the Cota 0 Space is a freestanding interpretation centre where visitors can discover some of Tortosa's most important archaeological remains thanks to its audio-visual content.

The Ebro Delta is the largest wetland area in Catalonia, with a surface area of 320km2, and it is one of the most important aquatic habitats in the western Mediterranean. This visit explores the secrets of Ebro in the MónNatura Delta Park through its interpretation centre, salt lakes (recreated to scale), a 360º viewpoint, bird observatories and a jetty connected to different canals where participants of the visit will demonstrate their sailing skills using traditional boats. 

Montsià (Amposta, Delta de l'Ebre and Ecoherbes Park)

Montsià is the southernmost region of Catalonia, bordering the Valencian Community area. Its location  in the Ebro Delta has influenced its development and that of its towns and villages. The local economy, traditionally linked to the time-honoured occupations of agriculture and fishing, has been boosted in recent years by a sympathetic form of tourism that respects the precious environment of these lands.

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This study visit includes the Museum of Terres de l'Ebre, one of the leading cultural institutions in the local area given its archaeology, ethnology and natural heritage collections. The design of the exhibition rooms showcase a range of habitats and recollections in Terres de l'Ebre through history and how the great River Ebro has shaped the landscape and the lives of its people.

We will take part in an immersive experience to become real locals to familiarise ourselves with the local culture and traditions. We’ll also get to know the most traditional part of the Ebro Delta and take part in one of the oldest activities practiced there, the rice harvest.

Finally, we will visit a botanical garden with aromatic and medicinal plants. Surrounded by fields, with the Mediterranean Sea and the Ebro Delta beyond, the Ecoherbes Park is home to more than 400 aromatic, medicinal and culinary plant species. The park also offers a range of excellent herbal teas, striking a balance between tradition and current scientific knowledge.

Barcelona (nature interpretation around the city)

Barcelona's history spans 4,000 years, from the late Neolithic period with the earliest remains found in the city, right through to the present day while the roots of the local people can be traced back to their Iberian, Roman, Jewish, Visigothic, Muslim and Christian heritage. As the capital of Catalonia and second largest city in Spain, Barcelona has carved out a reputation for itself over centuries, from a small Roman colony to an internationally renowned city valued for its economic success, artistic heritage, culture, sporting achievements and social life.

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Barcelona is known for its skyline, with iconic buildings such as the Sagrada Familia or the W Barcelona Hotel, but... Did you know that it also has hidden treasures of nature? In this visit you'll discover the natural secrets of Barcelona from a different angle.

Tarragona (Roman heritage)

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Tarragona is a Mediterranean port city in northeast Spain, on the Costa Daurada. Dating back to the 3rd century BC when it was called Tarraco, it is now a large seaport and home to the Tarragona Petrochemical Complex. The Romans made it the capital of the province of Tarragona, which is why it still boasts remarkable archaeological relics from this period that have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this visit, we will see the different ways to interpret this important historical heritage that have been developed in recent years, focusing on tourism and learning.

Priorat (Montsant Natural Park and Escaladei)

There’s a small village called Escaladei in the heart of the Priorat region. In the 12th century, monks from the Carthusian Order arrived there to build a monastery, the first Carthusian monastery on the Iberian Peninsula. They chose a unique place, framed by the Sierra de Montsant, where the landscape and nature are the stars of the show.

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The site is also home to the Sierra del Montsant Nature Park, one of the biggest protected areas in Catalonia. The park strives to connect the natural and cultural values of this space with all audiences. This is also why the park has developed the "Montsant, scene of diversity" programme, which uses the universal language of performing, visual arts and sculpture to facilitate access to persons with a range of disabilities.

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