Ecological tourism - Events
Guided tours of Marbella’s Natural and Cultural Heritage
March 30, 2021
Special Easter Event at the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola”
We counted on about 5 people but 30 enthusiasts turned up! Beatriz gave them a short explanation as to what they should be looking for and they split up into small groups to search for clumps of the African Daisy (Arctotheca calendula) to eradicate.
The silence was almost spiritual. The beautiful but invasive flower was dug up with great respect. It is a native of the Cape Province of South Africa. The children enjoyed themselves and their parents enjoyed watching them.
In just 2 hours we filled more than 55 rubbish bags, a total of 300 kg. The Environment Delegation filled the pick-up truck to take the lot to the special “green” dump.
The reception our call for volunteers received was really gratifying! As always, a big THANK YOU to everyone who took part. We wish you all a Happy Easter. We hope you all had a Happy Easter.
A VIDEO FOR OUR MEMORIES – 28th February 2021 – EVENT IN ARTOLA
28th February 2021
EVENT – SPREADING NEW BIODIVERSITY
AT THE NATURAL MONUMENT “DUNES OF ARTOLA”, Cabopino
Of course we were lucky – 72 people had signed up and very few gave up because of the horrible weather! The forecast was for some rain, but while we were in the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola” area it held off. Good warm clothing was however needed!
All the nature lovers came with a positive attitude, delighted to be out in the dunes and with a wish to help spread new life. We handed out the 50 bags full of seeds contributed by the Cantueso Natural Seeds family of Córdoba.
We explained to everyone how to sow the different seeds. Sowing seed in sandy soils is both easier and more complicated. If the seeds are left uncovered on the surface, birds will see and eat them. Other small animals also like berries and will eat them before they get a chance to germinate. On the other hand, if they are buried too deeply and the grain size of the sand is too fine, the seeds get buried, find it too difficult to reach the light, not have time to germinate, and rot. It is a tight scientific balance! In a year or so (we hope) we will be able to see the results of today’s work in the new biodiversity.
The participants even offered to do a little garbage collection – you have to see it to believe what was found in this precious and valuable natural environment! Everyone agrees that we have to come back to the Artola Natural Monument area again as there is still a lot of garbage left.
Fermín, our camera-friend, filmed today’s different groups at work and very soon we will be able to see what the camera caught. For the moment, our warm thanks to all of you who chose to ignore the weather and come out to enjoy the day with us.
18th January 2020 –
CLEANING OUT THE DEAD PINE NEEDLES IN ARTOLA
WE JUST ARE AMAZED . . .with such a great participation! A big thank you to all who took part in the first hands-on activity of 2020!
Clearing out the ground cover, made up mainly of fallen pine needles, in the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola” was really well done, effective and fun!
It was a pleasure to greet 38 participants.
Our thanks go out to everybody, as also to the LEO’s and the Lions Club Málaga Gibralfaro who cames from Málaga and also to the spanish, german and english volunteers who came out to this beautiful place to help with the work.
30th AUGUST, 2019
MAGNIFIC SCUBA DIVING and BEACH CLEAN UP EVENT AT ARTOLA!
hat was a really fabulous event. We will do it again! We feel very proud:
More than 65 friends took part, including Firefighters, Civil Protection, Ambulances and First Aid personnel, MiMoana, Diving with Nick and sub aqua enthusiasts from all over Spain. We would like to mention very specially the members of the Environment Delegation from Marbella Town Hall – 3 assistants as also the responsable of Environment, who worked so well in partnership with us. Congratulations on their superb organisation. We also thank for the political presence of José Eduardo Díaz, town Councillor of Security, who gave the necessary emotionally back up to the diving crew of Civil Protection and Firefighters.
About 300 kg of different kind of rubbish has been removed from the seabed and the breakwater!
This once again underlines that united we are strong. Working as a team we will get the stabilising multifunction artificial reefs our beaches so badly need! Everything we do is for the benefit of our beaches and their coastal ecosystems,
to conserve the wealth of the sea by establishing marine reserves,
to encourage interesting sub aqua sports such as scuba diving, which are totally respectful of nature.
Last but not least, to foster our tourism that gives the seal of internationality to Marbella.
A big thank you to everyone and we count on your support at other events down the line!
12th May 2019
A WALK ALONG THE MARBELLA COASTLINE
from the “Dunas de Artola” Natural Monument to Torre Real – 11km
including a visit to the Lance de las Cañas Tower
A wonderful, sunny Sunday tempted everyone to join the walk along the dune coastline. 67 people turned up to take part in a tour guided by 2 experts from Marbella Town Hall and ProDunas volunteers. They wanted to get to know just how rich the dune ecosystems that border the coastline (Artola Natural Monument and 9 dune areas) are.
It was an interesting experience for everyone and it ended up with an appetiser laid on by the Trocadero Arena Restaurant in Torre Real.
We would like to thank everyone who took part for their company and we are happy to have met new friends of nature.
2nd February 2019
GARBAGE CLEAN UP DAY IN THE MONUMENTO NATURAL “DUNAS DE ARTOLA” – Cabopino
They wanted to show their commitment to the dune environments and now they have a really nice memory of this day –
working with us out in the dunes.
ROTARY CLUB members from 3 groups of took part:
Rotary Club Benahavis – Rotary Club Estepona – Rotary Club San Pedro Alcántara.
We send our heartfelt thanks to each and every one who took part in this essential work looking after and conserving our dune environments.
6h October, 2018
GARBAGE CLEAN UP DAY IN THE MONUMENTO NATURAL “DUNAS DE ARTOLA”
We broke a record today:
41 NATURE LOVERS got together to pick up all the garbage that others, with no consideration
for others, had dumped – We collected 250 kg of rubbish!
A thousand thanks for your selfless work!
13th May 2018
WALK FROM REAL DE ZARAGOZA TO TORRE REAL
The day dawned sunny, with a gentle breeze – ideal for a walk of about 5km along the coastline, surrounded by the dunes.
We will always remember the beautiful images of the dune spring flora and the exquisite perfume of bitter chamomile (Helichrysum stoechas), rosemary and thyme. These sharpened our sense of smell.
We hope we have been able to draw attention to – even in a small way – the special dune landscape, to the flora and fauna that is native to Marbella’s natural heritage. We believe it gives us a reason to be proud.
The participants also timed their pace perfectly to that of the slower walkers –
Thank you to everyone in the group for the enjoyable company!
7th april 2018
Clean Up Day in the Dunes of the Artola Natural Monument
The day dawned grey, drizzling and unpleasantly cold. The forecast did not bode well – but there were the selfless volunteers, on the dot, defying the miserable weather!
We want to express our warmest thanks to all those who took part – they deserve a medal. In just about an hour they had collected more than 300 kg of “interesting” garbage. We wonder if the day will ever come when we won’t have to have garbage collection days. That will be when everyone who enjoys walking through this dune environment will truly appreciate the beautiful site, and will not leave paper, plastic, tin cans or anything else.
Artola is unique in the Province of Malaga.
30th april 2017
First guided “Walk in the dunes” – Between El Pinillo and Real de Zaragoza
We want to highlight the richness of the flora in the different dune systems on the Marbella coast. We walked along the boardwalks, hugging the coast and strolling through the dunes of the Ecological Reserve. A new and interesting experience. We had a gorgeous day, a really pleasant temperature and we were accompanied by a fantastic group of friends, all “nature lovers”. We all enjoyed the natural environment along the dune coast. We were able to get to know the unique dune vegetation which is so often unknown to the general public. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. We hope to have you back on the dunes again soon.
Marbella RTV (08-11-2016) – Produnas cleaning up day
12th November 2016
In solidarity with the dunes of Artola – Join us for a cleaning up day
20th March, 2016
Visit to the Natural Monument “Dunas de Artola”, Cabopino (Ladrones Tower).
Guided tour along the Artola dune areaboardwalk and a visit to the “Lance de las Cañas” Tower.
95 citizens have joined the tour.
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Asociación ProDunas Marbella
The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.