Villarreal de San Carlos. Cáceres. From February 28 to March 2, 2014
A meeting point for professionals and nature enthusiasts in the unique environment of Monfragüe National Park. With these premises we introduce the Feria Internacional de Turismo Ornitológico – Extremadura Birdwatching Fair (FIO), which will be held for the eighth year from February 28 to March 2, 2014. This event has put Extremadura on the European map of nature tourism and, in just a few years, it has become a point of reference for the sector in and outside Spain. It is, in fact, the largest fair of its kind in southern Europe.
But what makes dozens of exhibitors and 10,000 visitors (data from 2013) travel to the heart of Monfragüe National Park?
The fair brings together the very best of nature tourism and ornithology in an open forum format: a broad presence of specialized companies, public institutions and conservationist associations, meetings among professionals from the sector, a programme which combines business and recreational aspects and, above all, the participation of experts and the general public in activities: technical seminars, professional workshops, a photography contest, guided tours and sessions for children.
All of the above takes place in Monfragüe National Park, one of the world meccas for birdwatching and an area declared to be a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Another of the attractions of the fair is FOTOFIO, which includes lectures given by Spanish and foreign experts, and a photographic contesy on the birds of Spain, regarded as one of the most prestigious on the national scene. In 2013, the FOTOFIO jury received more than 300 pictures taken by professionals and amateurs.
FIO is another tool consolidating Extremadura as a point of reference in nature and ornithological tourism. Birdwatching is an activity accessible for everyone and possible to do in the countryside and the city. This Extremaduran strategy includes initiatives such as the “City of Cáceres” Bird Festival (in spring), the Festival of Cranes (winter) and the “Birding in Extremadura Club”, a grouping of interests between the public and private sectors, constituted in 2012, which brings together more than 70 members, including hotels, tourist guide companies, local bodies, interpretation centres, travel agencies and tourism offices.
More information at birdinginextremadura.com