Application web, iOS and Android in English and Spanish by TUREBE -Club Ecoturismo en España management entity-, which aims to promote ecotourism in Spain and its protected areas.
Language: Spanish / English
Runs offline: no
Last update: Android 23/11/2015 – iOS 08/12/2015
Website of the developer: LACQ Consulting
Notes: article updated on 07/01/2016
EcotouristinSpain is an application promoted by TUREBE to value ecotourism in Spain. The current version, plus a general section on ecotourism and the benefits that are derived for rural areas, include three pilot destinations of peninsula: National and Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, Biosphere Reserve Muniellos-Fuente del Narcea and Geopark Villuercas-Ibores. For each of those natural areas, the application includes information of main resources and the values for which these sites were protected as well as activities that can develop inside this areas (trekking, horseback riding, plans with children, etc.) and that are offered by TUREBE member companies located in the proximities.
The application includes a quiz whereby, prior registration, can be won ecotourism experiences in different spaces.
Images: Screenshot 08/07/2015 ©soyecoturista.com
Although the idea of EcotouristinSpain.com is very good, especially considering the natural wealth that host the peninsula and the lack of knowledge that exists, the application is an adaptation of the content captured in the web, with a promotional orientation to companies joined to TUREBE, not including options that tourists can make for yourself (guided trails, panoramic viewpoints, etc.). In fact, this application is an adaptation of the promotional tool To Norway, that was awarded in Fitur 2014.
The different natural spaces are well documented and offer visitors an idea about the core values of the enclaves, but not the type of information more useful to consult in the field, first, by the density of the included content (reading on mobile devices in the field still is somewhat tedious by screen glare), and secondly because it is not an accessible information without a connection, requirement that in many natural areas is complicated. Similarly if the aim is present the different entertainment options offered by these spaces, ideally would include a direct booking platform, facilitating the usability of the application. One of the latest updates has included the possibility to download the application in English, although this option does not work properly on Android devices.