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THE STAFF

The working team involved in the park’s management is very diverse in terms of age range, skills, expertise and level of engagement.

What began as a group of volunteers in the early 2000’s decade has grown to become a professional team in order to meet the demands and face the challenges of bringing a sustainable development project for Costa Quebrada to reality.

President

Jesús Mojas Mauri

President
Tourism and Local Relations

Lucía Dirube

Tourism and Local Relations
Instructor-Guide

Noelia Díaz Prieto

Instructor-Guide
Scientific advisor

Antonio Cendrero

Scientific advisor
Education and Integration

Javier Álvaro Apezteguía

Education and Integration
Instructor-Guide

Mónica Mazorra Alonso

Instructor-Guide
Scientific director

Viola M. Bruschi

Scientific director
Conservation and Volunteering

Lourdes Gutiérrez López

Conservation and Volunteering
Communication and Outreach

Gustavo Gutiérrez Fernández

Communication and Outreach
Conservation

Bárbara Ondiviela Eizaguirre

Conservation

THE STAFF

The working team involved in the park’s management is very diverse in terms of age range, skills, expertise and level of engagement.

What began as a group of volunteers in the early 2000’s decade has grown to become a professional team in order to meet the demands and face the challenges of bringing a sustainable development project for Costa Quebrada to reality.

President

Jesús Mojas Mauri

President
Scientific advisor

Antonio Cendrero Uceda

Scientific advisor
Scientific Director

Viola M. Bruschi

Scientific Director
Communication and Outreach

Gustavo Gutiérrez Fernández

Communication and Outreach
Tourism and Local Relations

Lucía Dirube Ontalvilla

Tourism and Local Relations
Education and Integration

Javier Álvaro Apezteguía

Education and Integration
Conservation and Volunteering

Lourdes Gutiérrez López

Conservation and Volunteering
Conservation

Bárbara Ondiviela Eizaguirre

Conservation
Instructor-Guide

Noelia Díaz Prieto

Instructor-Guide
Instructor-Guide

Mónica Mazorra Alonso

Instructor-Guide

THE STRATEGIC WORK AREAS

The management of the park is structured in a series of working areas that share common goals, but have specific principles and methods.

Participation

Costa Quebrada was born from, and belongs to the people. Every single day we work to weave a collaborative network with the local population and the socio-economic network, public institutions and other environmental organizations.

Education

We design and offer teachers a repertoire of materials and didactic activities that fit different curricula and learning abilities. Our educational policies are oriented towards strengthening emotional bonds through game-based and service learning. 

AWARENESS

The direct relation and contact with the immediate environment and its knowledge are the best ways to becoming aware of the importance of our heritage and to take action in order to protect it and the lives of people from the challenges related to Global Change.

Integration

We want to spread the enjoyment of Costa Quebrada as widely as possible in order to reach all kinds of people in our society. That is the reason why we do our best to assimilate people at risk of social exclusion, or affected by several types of disability.

Research

We are not a research institution ourselves. Research is managed via our partnership with the University of Cantabria and other research institutions. Anyway, we support researchers working in our area and spread the knowledge resulting from their research projects.

Conservation

We were born to protect Costa Quebrada’s scenery and environmental quality. That is why, alongside with agreements with institutions and landowners, we carry out conservation initiatives, and collaborate with diverse partner organizations in nature preservation actions.

OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION

Sharing with other people the extraordinary heritage contained within the Geologic Park is our main priority. To do so, we use a number of materiales, techniques and dissemination tools. Communication is also key to spread a new idea for sustainability in the area.

Tourism

This is an ideal destination for the wide audience to enjoy a unique geology, and a privileged destination for geotourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism. Our assets provide the opportunity of enjoying leisure activities to approach knowledge from a different view.  
THE BACKGROUND OF A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE

Building Costa Quebrada identity is the result of the sustained work of many people along several decades. What initially was a set of ideas and personal contributions of independent persons gradually established itself as a shared idea for the future of a geologically and culturally privileged area. 

  • 1969

    Jesús Mojas gives Costa Quebrada its name

    Jesús moves to Cantabria, where he settles, in the 1960s. Right from the start, he is fascinated by the small beaches of golden sands, surrounded by stunning cliffs and whimsical shapes. They are the subject of his poems and thoughts, both while peacefully enjoying the beaches in summer and while sheltered from the harsh storms in winter.

    At that time, he doesn’t know the name of every beach and corner. The need to identify those places leads him to inventing new names that he uses informally. As a natural consequence of this innocent reinvention, he gives a name to the whole area, and this fortuitous fact is the origin of everything, since, by giving it a name, he gave it its soul. The seed had been planted.

  • 1978

    Jesús Mojas and Antonio Cendrero meet each other

    Jesús Mojas and Antonio Cendrero meet each other at Somocuevas beach, one of the most charming beaches of Costa Quebrada, which they both frequently visit. Cendrero’s extraordinary communicative skills spark Jesús’s curiosity even more, and his bond with the dramatic landscape of this coastline becomes stronger.

    At the time, Jesús devoted his spare time to poetry, which almost inadvertently led him to give the name of Costa Quebrada (literally “Broken Coast”) to this rugged coastline.

    In Mojas’s own words:

    Antonio Cendrero and I, born in Bilbao and Madrid respectively, both felt this land’s call at some point, and we shared the joy of frequenting this coastal strip, west of the city of Santander. And step by step, slowly but surely, Antonio, whose erudition is matched by his ability to make knowledge accessible, introduced me to the secrets of our coastline, and his fascination with the singularity of the area rubbed off on me. The name Costa Quebrada is already inscribed in the crevices of its magnificent coastal outcrops

    J. Mojas

    Costa Quebrada looked superb at the time. The most recent constructions had not yet reached the secluded beaches and the cliffs.

  • 1983

    Costa Quebrada is listed in the first National Inventory of Sites of Geological Interest of the IGME (Spanish Geological Survey).

    That pioneering work included three sites of geological interest that belong to the current Costa Quebrada Geologic Park.

    The wave-cut platform of Covachos-Arnía-Pedruquíos is listed first, mainly due to its geomorphological interest, but also for stratigraphic and paleontological reasons. It is described as “a superb example of coastal retreat”.

    Furthermore, the Liencres Dune Complex is also included due to its high geomorphological interest. It is the “largest and best developed dune field on the Cantabrian coastline, also from a botanical point of view”.

    Finally, the Stratigraphical sequence of playa de los Peligros-Soto de la Marina was then described as “the best series of the Cretaceous-Tertiary period on the Cantabrian strip”.

    This first inventory is now integrated in the Spanish Inventory of Sites of Geological Interest currently in force, which emerges from Law 42/2007 on Natural Heritage and Biodiversity.

  • 1986

    The first Teaching Guide is drafted.

     The extraordinary educational value of this stretch of coastline does not go unnoticed by a team of geologists and naturalists who undertake the writing of an extensive teaching guide, where the name of Costa Quebrada is captured for the first time.

    Antonio Cendrero Uceda, José Ramón Díaz de Terán, Emilio Flor Pérez, Enrique Francés Arriola, José Ramón González Lastra and Luis Salas Gómez’s descriptions of routes and sites of interest are enriched with naturalist Iñaki Zorraquín’s illustrations.

    This work is put on hold, awaiting publication, for several decades. After Viola M. Bruschi joins the writing team, a careful review is made and the book El Litoral entre Santander y Liencres. Costa Quebrada Parque Geológico (“The coastline between Santander and Liencres. Costa Quebrada Geologic Park”) is published in 2016.

    Cover of the unpublished guide

    First recorded mention to Costa Quebrada

     



  • 1991-1995

    First innovative education projects on Costa Quebrada

    During the first 1990’s a series of initiatives that go beyond the mere teaching of Geosciences (or Sciences in general), and that are aimed to strengthening the bonds of young students with an outstanding geological territory, thus stimulating the production of ideas on a sustainable future for the r¡area are designed and put to work.

    The sustained work of teachers Marcos Caloca and Máximo Luffiego in the secondary school IES La Albericia is one of the most notorious examples. The study through systematic data collection through intensive fieldwork in the coastal area between Santander and Liencres; the synthesis of the data in a 1:25,000 scale model built by the pupils themselves; the inventory of sites of different typologies and potential uses; and the role games designed to understand the social dimension of the both local and global environmental issues, that allowed the students to play the roles of different social actors in order to try to solve them, sow the seed of what the technical staff of the park is today. 

  • 1998-1999

    The possibility of a Geopark for the area is suggested for the first time.

    Two years before the first European Geoparks were founded, the educative community, the academy and other actors in the region were already proposing and exploring the possibilities for the singularities of Costa Quebrada to be recognised and enhanced through a geopark declaration. This idea was first proposed to the institutions in 1999.

    This idea would mature decades later, once the indispensable support from the institutions and local society was achieved.

     
  • 2002

    The Prestige oil spill occurs.

    In the news

    The environmental disaster is a hard blow to local inhabitants and to all the people who are closely related to this coastal stretch. When the oil reaches the coastline, we feel utterly helpless.

    Jesús Mojas turns helplessness into music, as he breaks into song whenever the occasion requires it. He invariably sings “Lágrimas negras” (“Black tears”), in a performance full of passion. Years later, in 2015, two musicians, Luis M. Sánchez and Cueto native Chema Puente (who is the author of “Santander, la marinera”, one of the folk anthems of the city), reinterpret the piece, giving it a new melody and a bolero air. The piece includes a field recording of the original melody and a few words of tribute for his many years of dedicated work for the cause:

     
    00:00
     
     
     
    05:02
     

     

  • 2003

    The Working Group for the Recovery of Costa Quebrada is founded.

    Helplessness quickly turned into mobilisation. The tragedy acted as the driving force of the process that led to the current Costa Quebrada, bringing together a very diverse group of people: from cleaning volunteers to beach users and local residents.

    The main objective at the time was the demand of more resources to clean Costa Quebrada.

    The first actions are closely linked with this pressing need: boards are installed at the entrance of the beaches affected by the oil slick, informing the users about the health and environmental risks of the substances contained in the oil. The authorities remove the boards within the next 24 hours.

    From that moment on, an extensive awareness-raising campaign is launched, which highlights the social base involved in the demands made by the still incipient group. The campaign focuses on actions that convey their demands and the production of graphic support as a means of expression for members and the numerous local supporters.

    To this end, T-shirts and stickers are produced, which refer to the alarm generated by the presence of oil on the beaches. The first webpage is created. It not only shows the environmental threats emerged, but it also makes reference, for the first time, to the geological value of this coastal stretch, displaying simple, novel animations. The campaign is highly successful, and T-shirts and stickers are soon sold out.

    One of the protest actions stands out among the rest: the occupation of the roundabout. It is a symbolic action carried out in high season, at one of the most important access points to the beaches, the Corbán roundabout. Beach umbrellas are placed there and a beach day is improvised, away from the oil threat.

    Costa Quebrada officially becomes a registered association by the end of the year. For communication purposes, however, the longer, more explicit name of “Working Group for the Recovery of Costa Quebrada” is used, frequently abbreviated to “GRCQ”.

    logo-grcq

    Carteles informativos

    Camiseta

    Adhesivos

     
  • 2004

    The first informative leaflet is published

    The campaign, which had focused on the oil slick and its effects, was undoubtedly successful. But the real challenge was to get society involved in the conservation of a unique, fragile area: after all, the oil spill was, although very important, only one of the environmental problems affecting Costa Quebrada. The fundamental problem was the lack of sensitivity shown by users, local inhabitants and public administrations. This is why effort is put into raising awareness.

    In the framework of the “To know, to feel, to appreciate, to protect” campaign, 5,000 leaflets are designed and handed out, which highlight the geological and landscape values of Costa Quebrada and the need to protect it.

  • 2004

    The first field guide is published

    portada_guia

    It was necessary to publish clear material to complement the leaflets, as a natural extension of the information efforts made until then. The material’s contents would offer an introduction to the natural values of Costa Quebrada. To this end, a simple field guide was written and designed. A set of 10,000 copies was printed. The guide’s 24 pages contained all the basic information regarding geomorphology and climate, as well as the descriptions of the ecosystems and a brief inventory of the flora and fauna species found in them.

    In 2009, a revised second edition of 10,000 other copies is published.

  • 2004

    The first "Costa Quebrada Recovery Days" are organised.

  • 2005

    The first road billboards are displayed

    Two billboards displaying consecutive messages are designed and installed during the summer months at Corbán roundabout, the same place that had been “occupied” in 2003 and a strategic access point to Costa Quebrada.

    These billboards show the contrast between a positive and a negative message. The same criterion will be met in the design of the billboards in 2006 and 2007.

    The billboards, displayed during the busiest months, also contribute to spread the name of this coastline among local inhabitants and visitors. Costa Quebrada finally has an identity.

    From then on, the name will be used naturally by many people and will spread quickly as a result of the work made by certain groups, such as landscape photographers.

  • 2005

    "The Black Wave" documentary release

    dvd-3sesenta

    Ten thousand DVD copies of “The Black Wave” film, a documentary made by Justin Wheeler during the first months after the sinking of the Prestige, are released. It tells the tragedy from well-known surfer Dani García’s point of view, which represents not only surfers, but any other group of people who have a direct relationship with the sea..

    The popular national magazine 3sesenta gives away the documentary, and offers us a double page inside the publication.

  • 2005

    The first information boards are installed

    Along the entire coastal stretch eight information boards were installed, which highlight the biological and geological values of Costa Quebrada and their interrelations. The idea of focusing attention on the geological heritage begins to grow.

  • 2007

    Multilingual self-guided itineraries are designed

    In order to complete the information given in the boards and to offer self-guided contents that allow users to get relevant information during their coastal tours, 23 audio tracks are recorded. The audio tracks offer more details about the geological and biological elements that can be observed from the viewpoints where boards are found.

    These audioguides are translated and recorded in English and French by native speakers. This material is saved in MP4 players along with other audiovisual resources: video clips, illustrations and aerial photographs, among others. These audioguides (23 portable media players) are made available to users at the tourist information offices and kiosks of the future Geologic Park.

    A smartphone application that makes use of the technological potential offered by such devices will be developed in the near future..

  • 2007

    First public night tidepool safaris

    TFollowing two years of designing, testing and developing night tidepool safaris with organised groups, the first safaris open to the public are offered during the summer. Their philosophy is expressed by the motto “Geodiversity engenders biodiversity” and their objective is to take the public closer to the fascinating world that appears once the sea retreats and the night falls.

    This pioneering interpretive activity sets the quality bar for the rest of activities offered, such as tours, workshops and interpretive materials. It has been successfully adopted by several non-profit organisations in Asturias and the Basque Country.

  • 2008

    Costa Quebrada joins the celebrations of the International Year of Planet Earth

    The United Nations General Assembly, at the request of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), declares 2008 as the International Year of Planet Earth. A wide range of events and initiatives take place all around the world, joining the celebration and featuring the slogan “Earth sciences for society”.

     In the months prior to 2008, Costa Quebrada, in collaboration with the Department of Earth Sciences and Condensed Matter Physics of the University of Cantabria, prints bilingual materials, which are still in use today, to support interpretive itineraries. They include a summary of the geological history, from the deposition of the first rocky materials to the current geomorphological configuration. A map displaying the inventory of geological resources drawn up in previous years is also included.

    despl_min

     
THE BACKGROUND OF A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE

Building Costa Quebrada identity is the result of the sustained work of many people along several decades. What initially was a set of ideas and personal contributions of independent persons gradually established itself as a shared idea for the future of a geologically and culturally privileged area. 

  • 1969

    Jesús Mojas gives Costa Quebrada its name

    Jesús moves to Cantabria, where he settles, in the 1960s. Right from the start, he is fascinated by the small beaches of golden sands, surrounded by stunning cliffs and whimsical shapes. They are the subject of his poems and thoughts, both while peacefully enjoying the beaches in summer and while sheltered from the harsh storms in winter.

    At that time, he doesn’t know the name of every beach and corner. The need to identify those places leads him to inventing new names that he uses informally. As a natural consequence of this innocent reinvention, he gives a name to the whole area, and this fortuitous fact is the origin of everything, since, by giving it a name, he gave it its soul. The seed had been planted.

  • 1978

    Jesús Mojas and Antonio Cendrero meet each other

    Jesús Mojas and Antonio Cendrero meet each other at Somocuevas beach, one of the most charming beaches of Costa Quebrada, which they both frequently visit. Cendrero’s extraordinary communicative skills spark Jesús’s curiosity even more, and his bond with the dramatic landscape of this coastline becomes stronger.

    At the time, Jesús devoted his spare time to poetry, which almost inadvertently led him to give the name of Costa Quebrada (literally “Broken Coast”) to this rugged coastline.

    In Mojas’s own words:

    Antonio Cendrero and I, born in Bilbao and Madrid respectively, both felt this land’s call at some point, and we shared the joy of frequenting this coastal strip, west of the city of Santander. And step by step, slowly but surely, Antonio, whose erudition is matched by his ability to make knowledge accessible, introduced me to the secrets of our coastline, and his fascination with the singularity of the area rubbed off on me. The name Costa Quebrada is already inscribed in the crevices of its magnificent coastal outcrops

    J. Mojas

    Costa Quebrada looked superb at the time. The most recent constructions had not yet reached the secluded beaches and the cliffs.

  • 1983

    Costa Quebrada is listed in the first National Inventory of Sites of Geological Interest of the IGME (Spanish Geological Survey).

    That pioneering work included three sites of geological interest that belong to the current Costa Quebrada Geologic Park.

    The wave-cut platform of Covachos-Arnía-Pedruquíos is listed first, mainly due to its geomorphological interest, but also for stratigraphic and paleontological reasons. It is described as “a superb example of coastal retreat”.

    Furthermore, the Liencres Dune Complex is also included due to its high geomorphological interest. It is the “largest and best developed dune field on the Cantabrian coastline, also from a botanical point of view”.

    Finally, the Stratigraphical sequence of playa de los Peligros-Soto de la Marina was then described as “the best series of the Cretaceous-Tertiary period on the Cantabrian strip”.

    This first inventory is now integrated in the Spanish Inventory of Sites of Geological Interest currently in force, which emerges from Law 42/2007 on Natural Heritage and Biodiversity.

  • 1986

    The first Teaching Guide is drafted.

     

    The extraordinary educational value of this stretch of coastline does not go unnoticed by a team of geologists and naturalists who undertake the writing of an extensive teaching guide, where the name of Costa Quebrada is captured for the first time.

    Antonio Cendrero Uceda, José Ramón Díaz de Terán, Emilio Flor Pérez, Enrique Francés Arriola, José Ramón González Lastra and Luis Salas Gómez’s descriptions of routes and sites of interest are enriched with naturalist Iñaki Zorraquín’s illustrations.

    This work is put on hold, awaiting publication, for several decades. After Viola M. Bruschi joins the writing team, a careful review is made and the book El Litoral entre Santander y Liencres. Costa Quebrada Parque Geológico (“The coastline between Santander and Liencres. Costa Quebrada Geologic Park”) is published in 2016.

    Cover of the unpublished guide

    First recorded mention to Costa Quebrada

     



  • 1991-1995

    First innovative education projects on Costa Quebrada

    During the first 1990’s a series of initiatives that go beyond the mere teaching of Geosciences (or Sciences in general), and that are aimed to strengthening the bonds of young students with an outstanding geological territory, thus stimulating the production of ideas on a sustainable future for the r¡area are designed and put to work.

    The sustained work of teachers Marcos Caloca and Máximo Luffiego in the secondary school IES La Albericia is one of the most notorious examples. The study through systematic data collection through intensive fieldwork in the coastal area between Santander and Liencres; the synthesis of the data in a 1:25,000 scale model built by the pupils themselves; the inventory of sites of different typologies and potential uses; and the role games designed to understand the social dimension of the both local and global environmental issues, that allowed the students to play the roles of different social actors in order to try to solve them, sow the seed of what the technical staff of the park is today. 

  • 1998-1999

    The possibility of a Geopark for the area is suggested for the first time.

    Two years before the first European Geoparks were founded, the educative community, the academy and other actors in the region were already proposing and exploring the possibilities for the singularities of Costa Quebrada to be recognised and enhanced through a geopark declaration. This idea was first proposed to the institutions in 1999.

    This idea would mature decades later, once the indispensable support from the institutions and local society was achieved.

     
  • 2002

    The Prestige oil spill occurs.

    Noticia de la época

    The environmental disaster is a hard blow to local inhabitants and to all the people who are closely linked with this coastal stretch. When the oil reaches the coastline, we feel utterly helpless.

    Jesús Mojas transforms helplessness into music, as he breaks into song whenever the occasion requires it. He invariably sings “Lágrimas negras” (“Black tears”), in a performance full of passion. Years later, in 2015, two musicians, Luis M. Sánchez and Cueto native Chema Puente (who is the author of “Santander, la marinera”, one of the folk anthems of the city), reinterpret the piece, giving it a new melody and a bolero air. The piece includes a field recording of the original melody and a few words of tribute for his many years of dedicated work for the cause:

    You can hear both versions in this recording:

     
    00:00
     
     

     
    05:02
     

     

  • 2003

    The Working Group for the Recovery of Costa Quebrada is founded.

    Helplessness quickly turned into mobilisation. The tragedy acted as the driving force of the process that led to the current Costa Quebrada, bringing together a very diverse group of people: from cleaning volunteers to beach users and local residents.

    The main objective at the time was the demand of more resources to clean Costa Quebrada.

    The first actions are closely linked with this pressing need: boards are installed at the entrance of the beaches affected by the oil slick, informing the users about the health and environmental risks of the substances contained in the oil. The authorities remove the boards within the next 24 hours.

    From that moment on, an extensive awareness-raising campaign is launched, which highlights the social base involved in the demands made by the still incipient group. The campaign focuses on actions that convey their demands and the production of graphic support as a means of expression for members and the numerous local supporters.

    To this end, T-shirts and stickers are produced, which refer to the alarm generated by the presence of oil on the beaches. The first webpage is created. It not only shows the environmental threats emerged, but it also makes reference, for the first time, to the geological value of this coastal stretch, displaying simple, novel animations. The campaign is highly successful, and T-shirts and stickers are soon sold out.

    One of the protest actions stands out among the rest: the occupation of the roundabout. It is a symbolic action carried out in high season, at one of the most important access points to the beaches, the Corbán roundabout. Beach umbrellas are placed there and a beach day is improvised, away from the oil threat.

    Costa Quebrada officially becomes a registered association by the end of the year. For communication purposes, however, the longer, more explicit name of “Working Group for the Recovery of Costa Quebrada” is used, frequently abbreviated to “GRCQ”.

    logo-grcq

    Carteles informativos

    Camiseta

    Adhesivos

     
  • 2004

    The first informative leaflet is published

    The campaign, which had focused on the oil slick and its effects, was undoubtedly successful. But the real challenge was to get society involved in the conservation of a unique, fragile area: after all, the oil spill was, although very important, only one of the environmental problems affecting Costa Quebrada. The fundamental problem was the lack of sensitivity shown by users, local inhabitants and public administrations. This is why effort is put into raising awareness.

    In the framework of the “To know, to feel, to appreciate, to protect” campaign, 5,000 leaflets are designed and handed out, which highlight the geological and landscape values of Costa Quebrada and the need to protect it.

  • 2004

    The first field guide is published

    portada_guia

    It was necessary to publish clear material to complement the leaflets, as a natural extension of the information efforts made until then. The material’s contents would offer an introduction to the natural values of Costa Quebrada. To this end, a simple field guide was written and designed. A set of 10,000 copies was printed. The guide’s 24 pages contained all the basic information regarding geomorphology and climate, as well as the descriptions of the ecosystems and a brief inventory of the flora and fauna species found in them.

    In 2009, a revised second edition of 10,000 other copies is published.

  • 2004

    The first "Costa Quebrada Recovery Days" are organised.

    The Costa Quebrada Recovery Days took place during three days. Geologist Antonio Cendrero, biologist Enrique Francés and the then Director General of Spatial Planning Miriam García gave relevant talks, and an unusual round table composed of two majors, three general directors and representatives of the environmental groups was organised. During the third day, 70 people took a walk along the coast and put the finishing touch on a successful event.

  • 2005

    The first road billboards are displayed

    Two billboards displaying consecutive messages are designed and installed during the summer months at Corbán roundabout, the same place that had been “occupied” in 2003 and a strategic access point to Costa Quebrada.

    These billboards show the contrast between a positive and a negative message. The same criterion will be met in the design of the billboards in 2006 and 2007.

    The billboards, displayed during the busiest months, also contribute to spread the name of this coastline among local inhabitants and visitors. Costa Quebrada finally has an identity.

    From then on, the name will be used naturally by many people and will spread quickly as a result of the work made by certain groups, such as landscape photographers.

  • 2005

    "The Black Wave" documentary release

    dvd-3sesenta

    Ten thousand DVD copies of “The Black Wave” film, a documentary made by Justin Wheeler during the first months after the sinking of the Prestige, are released. It tells the tragedy from well-known surfer Dani García’s point of view, which represents not only surfers, but any other group of people who have a direct relationship with the sea..

    The popular national magazine 3sesenta gives away the documentary, and offers us a double page inside the publication.

  • 2005

    The first information boards are installed

    Along the entire coastal stretch eight information boards were installed, which highlight the biological and geological values of Costa Quebrada and their interrelations. The idea of focusing attention on the geological heritage begins to grow.

  • 2007

    Multilingual self-guided itineraries are designed

    In order to complete the information given in the boards and to offer self-guided contents that allow users to get relevant information during their coastal tours, 23 audio tracks are recorded. The audio tracks offer more details about the geological and biological elements that can be observed from the viewpoints where boards are found.

    These audioguides are translated and recorded in English and French by native speakers. This material is saved in MP4 players along with other audiovisual resources: video clips, illustrations and aerial photographs, among others. These audioguides (23 portable media players) are made available to users at the tourist information offices and kiosks of the future Geologic Park.

    A smartphone application that makes use of the technological potential offered by such devices will be developed in the near future..

  • 2007

    First public night tidepool safaris

    TFollowing two years of designing, testing and developing night tidepool safaris with organised groups, the first safaris open to the public are offered during the summer. Their philosophy is expressed by the motto “Geodiversity engenders biodiversity” and their objective is to take the public closer to the fascinating world that appears once the sea retreats and the night falls.

    This pioneering interpretive activity sets the quality bar for the rest of activities offered, such as tours, workshops and interpretive materials. It has been successfully adopted by several non-profit organisations in Asturias and the Basque Country.

  • 2008

    Costa Quebrada joins the celebrations of the International Year of Planet Earth

    The United Nations General Assembly, at the request of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), declares 2008 as the International Year of Planet Earth. A wide range of events and initiatives take place all around the world, joining the celebration and featuring the slogan “Earth sciences for society”.

     In the months prior to 2008, Costa Quebrada, in collaboration with the Department of Earth Sciences and Condensed Matter Physics of the University of Cantabria, prints bilingual materials, which are still in use today, to support interpretive itineraries. They include a summary of the geological history, from the deposition of the first rocky materials to the current geomorphological configuration. A map displaying the inventory of geological resources drawn up in previous years is also included.

    despl_min