Learn more about the Sierra Helada

Learn more about the Sierra Helada
LIGHTHOUSE GUIDE: Vicente Arques talks to the media during presentation of English-language version Photo credit: Alfaz town hall

ALFAZ town hall has produced an English-language guide to the route leading up to the Albir lighthouse.

“We want this guide to help  residents and visitors  learn more about the Sierra Helada’s cultural and intangible heritage,” explained Alfaz’s mayor Vicente Arques.

Details of the national park’s plants, wildlife, history, geology and fossils as well as the Sierra Helada’s marine reserve have been condensed into 32 pages, the mayor said, as he introduced the guide accompanied by Environment councillor Luis Morant and Other Residents councillor Martine Mertens.


The guide is the work of Alfaz’s municipal archaeologist, Carolina Frias, biologist Jose Santamaria and the designer Andres Diaz.

It can be downloaded to a mobile phone using the QR codes that are strategically-placed along the 2.5-kilometre Lighthouse route as well as via the GUÍA CAMINO FARO EN INGLÉS link.

The Lighthouse, which was built in 1863 and still guides shipping, has been an Interpretation Centre or informal museum since 201l and the handbook gives extensive details of its history.

“Our intention then and now remains the same,” Arques said. “We wish to preserve this important element of our heritage while sharing the Sierra Helada’s cultural and environment wealth as well while involving everybody in its protection,” Arques said.

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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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