“The Naturtejo Geopark has just received the certificate of revalidation of its status as a UNESCO World Geopark, after a very positive evaluation of the work carried out,” explains, in a statement, by the Idanha-a-Nova Chamber.

This municipality in the district of Castelo Branco, one of the municipalities that is part of this territory, “welcomes this further recognition by UNESCO for the development policies applied in the region, for projects to enhance the geological heritage and for the activity of the municipalities and local businesses.”

The Global Geoparks Network, established in 2004, through a partnership between UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences, aims to distinguish natural areas with high geological value, in which a development strategy is in place based not only on geology, but also on other natural or human values.

The Naturtejo Geopark already has about 40 partners in the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova and in the strategy of this UNESCO World Geopark this municipality assumes itself as an ideal destination for those who love nature and to enjoy the historical and cultural heritage.

“More and more local companies are adhering to the geopark strategy for the geographic enhancement of their products and services. Thus, the local geoproducts, inspired by the geodiversity of the Geopark Naturtejo, range from regional products to wine, bread, cakes, organic meat, cosmetics , aromatic herbs, among others”, the note reads.

Among the partners of Geopark Naturtejo, there are also 16 accommodation units and nine partner restaurants that guarantee a quality gastronomic offer throughout the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, with traditional and diversified dishes that enhance the best flavours of the region.

Among the partners of Geopark Naturtejo, there are also tourist entertainment companies.

The Naturtejo Geopark of Meseta Meridional, which is part of UNESCO’s worldwide network, includes the municipalities of Castelo Branco, Idanha-a-Nova, Nisa, Oleiros, Penamacor, Proença-a-Nova and Vila Velha de Ródão.