Supported by the Global Goeparks Network nine European Geoparks along with two aspiring Geoparks and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro have been awarded funding by the EU Interreg Atlantic Area programme for a transnational economic, cultural and sustainable tourism development project.
A new, awe-inspiring trail of magnificient destinations awaits you right along the epic expanse of the Atlantic frontier. It winds an intriguing transnational path from Ireland and the UK, to France, Portugal and Spain over to the Atlantic Islands of Lanzarote and down to the Azores. It links 12 dramatic landscapes that host vibrant communities, rich local cultures and unforgettable visitor experiences.
The European Atlantic Geotourism Route guides you through diverse territories, countries, habitats, languages and cultures. These stunning destinations are linked tohether by one powerful mission – to provide the highest quality visitor experiences; helping to power vibrant local economies and cultural activities, and: in so doing, protecting there breathtaking and unique natural landscapes.
An ancient and contemporary story
Each destination tells a distinctive, dramatic and enthralling chapter of the story of life on the Atlantic frontier. The tale of how, from time's dawn to present day – natural forces, landscape, people, culture and ways of life continue to interweave to give physical shape, meaning and mystery to these memorable regions. To illuminate and animate these geologically- rich and bio-diverse destinations for the curious, careful and discerning visitor.
It's waiting for you
Today, in these wonderfilled places, rare and outstanding sustainable tourism offerings live in harmony with local farmers, craft workers, entrepeneurs, artists and artisan food producers, each stregthening the other. And now this European Atlantic Geoturism Route in yours to explore, to experience – and to never, ever forget.
University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) | Portugal
Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark | Portugal)
Azores UNESCO Global Geopark | Portugal
Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark | United Kingdom
Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark | Ireland
Geoparkea - Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands UNESCO Global Geopark | Spain
Association of Sustainable Municipalities of Cantabria | Spain
Armorik Nature Park | France
North Pennines AONB UNESCO Global Geopark | United Kingdom
Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark | Ireland