The world’s largest visitable Geode continues to develop as a tourist attraction thanks to the institutional collaboration between the Pulpí Town Council and the Provincial Council of Almería. The new visitor and tourist information centre is already in full execution of the first phase, which corresponds to the construction of the shop, toilets and visitor reception area.
The mayor of the municipality, Juan Pedro García, the second vice-president and deputy for Tourism, Fernando Giménez, the third vice-president of the Provincial Council and councillor, Ángeles Martínez and the deputy mayor of Pulpí, Juan Bautista, travelled to Mina Rica, where they were able to see first-hand the progress of the work.
The second vice-president and deputy of Tourism, stressed that the Geode of Pulpí has become one of the main jewels of the province “It is a reality that we have in Almería the largest visitable geode in the world and that the work of the whole council to promote and preserve it, is making thousands of tourists come every year to our land to see this impressive monument. The Provincial Council will always collaborate to enhance the value of the main monuments and banners of the province as the Geode of Pulpí”.
For his part, the mayor of the municipality thanked the necessary collaboration of institutions for the development of the Geode: “the unconditional commitment of the president of the Provincial Council and the support of the Junta to declare it a Natural Monument of Andalusia, are making it possible for us to exploit the Pilar de Jaravía so that the whole world knows Pulpí. In the coming months we will inaugurate a centre that will improve the service offered to tourists, who will be able to visit other sites in the municipality such as the Castillo de Terreros”.
The project is being developed in 3 phases
The construction of the visitor centre and tourist information centre of the Geoda de Pulpí, located on a plot of land owned by the Town Hall in the mining area of Pilar de Jaravía, is being developed in three phases and has a budget of half a million euros.
The initial phase corresponds to the construction of the shop and visitor reception area, in the second phase a cafeteria will be built and in the third and final phase, the shop will be equipped with interior fittings, signage, lighting and air conditioning machinery.
The centre is planned as a single-storey, metal-structured building with a maximum height of 6 metres. The façades resemble the triangulation of the characteristic Geode glass.
Provincial Council supports Pulpí as the venue for Cuevatur
The most important geotourism congress in Spain comes to Pulpí from 19 to 23 October. The Provincial Institution and the Town Council of Pulpí have joined forces to promote the 8th edition of Cuevatur, an event that will project the Geode of Pulpí worldwide among professionals of underground tourism.
The Association of Spanish Tourist Caves (ACTE), together with the Pulpí Town Council, the Living Caves Association and the Pulpí Geode, the Andalusian Regional Government, the College of Geologists, the collaboration of Técnicas Mineras Santa Marta, and with the support of the Provincial Council of Almería, have organised this congress which will turn Pulpí and its natural jewel into the epicentre of underground tourism.