The Alt Pirineu Natural Park, with all its natural and cultural wealth, is adapted to the habits of modern society which increases the use of mobile devices.
Language: Spanish / English / Catalan
Runs offline: partially
Last update: Android 17/03/2016 – iOS 27/03/2016
Website of the developer: Deixa’t Guiar
Notes: article updated on 31/03/2016
The Alt Pirineu Natural Park is located in Catalonia, at the north of the province of Lleida and is divided into 5 sectors, territorially distributed: Valls d’Aneu, Vall de Cardos, Vall Ferrera, Massís de l’Orri and Vall de Santa Magdalena. The park is known for its geological, botanical and wildlife values, in addition to a remarkable representation of Romanesque art (more information on the website of the park).
Conscious of this richness, one of the objectives of the mobile application of this enclave is to collect and show visitors the main touristic and environmental resources of the area. The app is organized into 5 categories that encompass the various elements:
- “Visiting”, including different self-guided routes, paths (for walkers and mountain bikes) and points of interest. The different routes can be filtered by different characteristics (sector, location, difficulty, etc.) and are displayed in the overview map. Each itinerary has its map, which can be downloaded for offline use, a system to warn when you move closer to any of the interest points included in the app, an audio guide and a brief description. This category also includes the interest points, which can also be filtered by category, sector or town. The “tourist services” section includes various resources related with hostelry, hotels and the different interpretation centers existing in the park. Each element has a data sheet with contact phone, website, address, etc. Emphasize also the option listed as “New” in the top bar which reports on activities planned at the park (bird banding, concerts, etc. To consult this section is required Internet connection).
- “Explore”, category that allows access to a game (field notes) through which can be identified some of the more representative species of wildlife and flora of the park. To play, is necessary to purchase a “passport” (1 €) in the park offices or associated establishments and register the sightings via photographs. Completing the different challenges, you win stamps which can later be redeemed for gifts and experiences.
- “Look after”, section related to the citizen science. Through a pair of forms you can record your sightings of wildlife and contribute to better knowledge of the park’s biodiversity. You can also notify incidents that you’ve seen, with an option to attach photos which has been included with the last update.
- “The Natural Park”, category that provides information about the natural enclave and behaviors to be observed.
- “App guide”, with settings of the app (language, content update, delete routes or maps downloaded, etc.) and information on the operation of the application.
Non-attached in any of the above categories, there is also an overview map showing the geographical location of different elements (information displayed can be filtered from the layers option in the upper right corner) and the park boundaries.
Images: Screenshots 30/09/2015. ©Deixa’t Guiar
If a few days ago we analysed one of the applications of the company Chimani, this time Greenapps Web focuses on one of the few examples of applications related with protected sites existing on the Iberian Peninsula. The concept raised by the Alt Pirineu Natural Park application is a sample of what should be a useful tool for visitors of the area because encompasses different kinds of touristic and environmental resources that enable a better knowledge of the nature park. They are notable features the self-guided tours (it would be interesting to recall using headphones or an appropriate volume to avoid nuisances), the initiatives related to citizen science or the proposed game “Field Note” which increase user participation or the system of warnings about planned activities.
However, there are some aspects that would be necessary to correct. For example, it would be useful to change the color of the limit of the park because the current green color is mixed with the background of the topographic map. Among the subjects that should be improved, for example, the possibility to download the points of interest and touristic resources by category, since otherwise they are impossible to view in the overview map for offline mode. To improve the visitor experience in future versions of the tool may be advisable to implement issues such as weather forecast, which can be very useful in mountainous areas such as this, or information related with the accessibility for disabled visitors.