Alvarella Ecotourism is close to “Fragas of Eume Natural Park”, one of the most interesting natural areas of northern Galician, but also it is very close to cities of great cultural and urban interest as Ferrol (20 km), Betanzos (15 km), Pontedeume (5 km), and A Coruña (25 km). Minho, Perbes and Cabanas beaches are 10 minutes drive from our facilities. The hostel is located in a property of 50,000 square meters. It consists of a building designed for tourist groups with 12 ensuite bedrooms and capacity for 2-5 people. The hostel does not just provide accommodation; it is also a centre for learning. It incorporates bioclimatic and ecological construction solutions and uses solar energy. We offer workshops and environmental activities in relation to the Fragas of Eume National Park, Eumes Historic Heritage, walking trails, renewable energies, Atlantic coast, recycling of waste and water. Since 2009, we are holders of the European Ecological Eco label
Sustainable agriculture/ farming:
We supply products from our own kitchen garden and local producers (potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, vegetables, garlic, onions, leeks…), seasonal fruits and derived products (jams, quince, liqueurs, cider, … ). We have brochures of cooperative producers in the region “Agroalimentaria do Eume”. We offer information on the gastronomic route of the network “Cantinas do Eume”.
Cultural Heritage and Rural Development:
We give value to the natural and cultural heritage of Eumesa region. We have our own teaching material on various heritage elements for school groups, and develop activities in Sustainability Education. For other groups (tourists), we also have our own information material (self-guided walking and bike trails…).
The facility has solar thermal energy panels, photovoltaic, wind generator, a biomass boiler, and a condensing boiler. The heating system is underfloor. We use energy-saving light bulbs, water-reducing devices in taps, and select waste and elaborate compost. We have booklets and worksheets for school groups and also institutional information on the subject. We have public transportation schedules available for clients.
We have our own teaching materials for environmental education activities. We periodically organize courses in tourism, weekend courses (i.e. organic farming, urban gardens, ornithology, mushrooms, algae..). We collaborate with conservation groups such as ADEGA, and Verdegaia.