Spectacular geological heritage sites, unspoiled natural beauty and cultural landscapes
Petrified Forest of Lesvos
Have you ever seen an Ichthyosaurus skeleton, blanket bog, petrified forest or an Iron Age hill fort? What about a volcano, ice cave or fossilized rhino footprint? Would you
enjoy recreational tours by bicycle, raft or foot through impressive geological landscapes and visits to fascinating and educational visitor centers? If so, come and visit one
or all of the 69 geoparks across Europe, and get to know the unique dynamics of the European Geopark Network.
Two new trends mark the growing success of the geopark concept. First, tourists are increasingly looking for new experiences that put them in close contact with the
natural world. Second, people are beginning to realize that the geological heritage of their regions can be a source of sustainable economic benefit to their communities.
This shift in thinking about geological heritage physical landscapes and tourism has been facilitated by the creation of the European Geoparks Network. Their idea is that
geoconservation can lead to sustainable local development through geotourism.
According to UNESCO, geoparks are areas with a significant geological heritage that can also include sites of natural and cultural interest.
These parks play an active role in the development of their territories by strengthening the general image of geological heritage as well as in the development of
geotourism. They are simultaneously involved in educating not only tourists and the general public about their physical environment, but also students from primary to
university levels. Their facilities provide a place for academic research and cooperation in the fields surrounding geoconservation.
Vikos - Aoos Geopark (left photo) Chelmos Vouraikos(right photo)
The Global Geoparks Network and European Geoparks Network organize annually an intensive course on Geoparks. The course is open to Geopark staff members with a
degree in Geosciences, to PhD and Master students working on geopark, geotourism, geosite, geomorphosite and landscape topics, as well as to Geoscientists having a
special interest on the topic Geoparks.
Their common goal was to promote geoparks as quality tourist attractions with a high educational, cultural and recreational value.
With the financial support of LEADER+, the European Geoparks Network created several common events.
* Development of common pedagogical kits and especially adapted educational activities for all levels.
* European geoparks week - exciting events organized the first week of June all over Europe as a joint celebration of the network.
* Exchange of exhibitions and know-how among network partners,
* Organization of events and touristic promotional activities.
Petrified Forest of Lesvos
The results of the European Geoparks Network's efforts, which combine protection of geological heritage with sustainable territorial development of rural areas, make up a
new and much needed perspective in local development policies. They have opened up a new and exciting field of tourism, where the benefits can be shared by visitors,
locals, and academics and where the physical environment is valued again for the its beauty, history and power to sustain us.
There are five Global Geoparks in Greece
You are invited to explore the Greek Global Geoparks with us.
We hope to see you soon!
Sustainable development and Geotourism
EUROPEAN GEOPARKS NETWORK MEMBER LIST September 2015
- Réserve Géologique de Haute Provence – FRANCE
- Vulkaneifel European Geopark – GERMANY
- Petrified Forest of Lesvos – GREECE
- Maestrazgo Cultural Park – Aragon, SPAIN
- Psiloritis Nature Park – GREECE
- Terra.Vita Nature Park – GERMANY
- Copper Coast Geopark– IRELAND
- Marble Arch Caves European Geopark–NORTHERN IRELAND, UK
- Madonie Geopark – ITALY
- Rocca di Cerere - ITALY
- Nature Park Steirische Eisenwurzen – AUSTRIA
- Nature Park Bergstrasse Odenwald – GERMANY
- North Pennines AONB – ENGLAND, UK
- Park Naturel Régional du Luberon – FRANCE
- North West Highlands – SCOTLAND, UK
- Geopark Swabian Albs – GERMANY
- Geopark Harz. Braunschweiger Land. Ostfalen – GERMANY
- Hateg Country Dinosaurs Geopark – ROMANIA
- Beigua Geopark - ITALY
- Fforest Fawr Geopark – WALES, UK
- Bohemian Paradise Geopark – CZECH REPUBLICv
- Cabo de Gata – Nijar Nature Park – Andalucia, SPAIN
- Naturtejo Geopark – PORTUGAL
- Sierras Subbeticas Nature Park – Andalucia, SPAIN
- Sobrarbe Geopark – Aragon, SPAIN
- Gea Norvegica – NORWAY
- Geological, Mining Park of Sardinia – ITALY
- Papuk Geopark - CROATIA
- English Riviera Geopark – ENGLAND, UK
- Adamello – Brenta Nature Park – ITALY
- Geo Mon – WALES, UK
- Arouca Geopark – PORTUGAL
- Shetlands – SCOTLAND, UK
- Chelmos Vouraikos – GREECE
- Novohrad - Nograd Geopark - HUNGARY and SLOVAKIA
- Magma Geopark – NORWAY
- Basque Coast Geopark, Pais Vasco - SPAIN
- Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano, Campania - ITALY
- Rokua Geopark - FINLAND
- Tuscan Mining Park - ITALY
- Vikos – Aoos Geopark - GREECE
- Muskau Arch Geopark - Germany/Poland
- Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, Andalucia - Spain
- Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark - Republic of Ireland
- Katla Geopark - Iceland
- Massif du Bauges Geopark - France
- Apuan Alps Geopark - Italy
- Villuercaas-Ibores-Jara Geopark – Spain
- Carnic Alps Geopark – Austria
- Chablais Geopark – France
- Central Catalunya Geopark – Spain
- Bakony-Balaton Geopark – Hungary
- Azores Geopark – Portugal
- Karavanke/Karawanken - Slovenia & Austria
- Idria Geopark – Slovenia
- Hondsrug Geopark – Netherlands
- Sesia – Val Grande Geopark – Italy
- Kula Geopark – Turkey
- Molina Alto Tajo – Spain
- El Hierro – Spain
- Monts d'Ardèche – France
- Ertz der Alpen – Austria
- Odsherred – Denmark
- Terras de Cavaleiros - Portugal
- Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands Geoparkv
- Reykjanes Geopark
- Pollino Geopark
- Sitia Geopark
- Troodos Geopark
Intensive Courses on Geoparks - Lesvos Greece