A plan for all sea­sons

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A day of bird watch­ing was put on in Guardamar by the re­gional tourism agency (AVT) last Thurs­day which was at­tended by work­ers from tourist of­fices all over Ali­cante prov­ince.

Mayor José Luis Sáez said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is pro­mot­ing or­nithol­ogy as a way of at­tract­ing out-of-sea­son tourism. He ex­plained they have been sign­post­ing routes, pub­lish­ing leaflets and at­tend­ing bird watch­ing fairs in places such as Lon­don, and as­sured this pro­mo­tion has been get­ting good re­sults.

Tourism of­fice work­ers vis­ited places in­clud­ing the beaches, the sand dunes and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal sites. They ex­plained that the beaches and sand dunes are the most ex­ten­sive of all the Costa Blanca.

Re­gard­ing or­nitho­log­i­cal tourism, they said that 77% of the lo­cal area is pro­tected and nat­u­ral spa­ces like La Mata la­goon, the pine for­est, the sand dunes, the mouth of the River Se­gura and the farm­land en­able hun­dreds of species of bids to live there. By Alex Watkins THE ELCHE mu­seum of ar­chae­ol­ogy and his­tory (MAHE) is to be trans­formed into a mu­seum of Ibe­rian art, an­nounced mayor Car­los González.

He said that with the help of the re­gional govern­ment it could be­come a per­ma­nent home for the price­less Ibe­rian bust, the Dama de Elche.

The plan was dis­cussed at the lat­est meet­ing of the re­gional and lo­cal govern­ment com­mit­tee set up to lobby for the re­turn of the sculp­ture.

The com­mit­tee agreed to ask the di­rec­tor of the na­tional ar­chae­ol­ogy mu­seum (MAN) in Madrid, which cur­rently houses the Dama, to dis­cuss it be­ing tem­po­rar­ily loaned to the city. The mu­seum would put the sculp­ture in con­text and ex­plain Ibe­rian cul­ture, said the mayor, adding that it will bring to­gether a valu­able col­lec­tion of Ibe­rian pieces and trans­form the MAHE.

This will take place in three stages, firstly con­vert­ing the Torre del Hom­e­naje to show the his­tor­i­cal con­text of the Dama from the prac­ti­cally unique and very valu­able’ mu­nic­i­pal ar­chive.

The sec­ond phase would in­volve cre­at­ing a space for tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ence halls, and the third for hous­ing a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of Ibe­rian are that will ‘set a real na­tional bench­mark’, added Sr González.

Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy A pi­lot project to trans­mit in­for­ma­tion about ex­hibits at the MAHE to mo­bile de­vices has been pre­sented. Cul­ture counThe cil­lor Pa­tri­cia Macià ex­plained that ‘bea­coms’ are small Blue­tooth de­vices that can com­mu­ni­cate with mo­bile phones and tablets, etc which have the spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tion MAHE In­ter­ac­tive.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, which will be avail­able soon for An­droid and iPhone, will make the mu­seum more in­ter­ac­tive and dy­namic, she ex­plained, and will also en­able vis­i­tors to give their opin­ion.

in­for­ma­tion that will be shared was pre­pared by a team headed by mu­seum di­rec­tor Miguel Pérez and fo­cuses on 10 pieces, in­clud­ing the replica of the Dama de Elche and the Caramoro vase.

“We want to make the mu­se­ums more vis­i­ble, at­tract younger peo­ple and im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity, giv­ing a new ex­pe­ri­ence to vis­i­tors,” added Sra Macià.

The MAHE mu­seum in Elche in its his­tor­i­cal set­ting

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