A plan for all seasons
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