Handbook of Geotourism
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Handbook of Geotourism

Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome

Ross Dowling and David Newsome present an original, substantial and much-needed contribution to the field which will further our understanding of geotourism in theory and practice. This Handbook defines, characterises and explores the subject through a range of international perspectives and case studies, identifying geotourism as a rapidly emerging form of urban and regional sustainable development.
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Chapter 24: Geotourism in the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark, Portugal

Eva Almeida Lima and Marisa Machado


With the motto ‘nine islands – one geopark’, the Azores archipelago in Portugal presents a geodiversity closely linked to the dynamics of planet Earth. In particular it illustrates the volcanism and geotectonics of the North Atlantic making this territory a natural laboratory of volcanic geodiversity. The region is a UNESCO Global Geopark in recognition of its geological heritage as well as its people’s cultural traditions. Geotourism is one of the most captivating tourism products in the archipelago and the only one to have a priority tourism product developed across the nine islands. It offers a range of activities focused on discovery and exploration of the archipelago’s geodiversity and geological heritage. Beyond this geoheritage, there is a rich biodiversity to explore as well as architectural, cultural, ethnographic and intangible heritages. The Azores archipelago is one of only two regions in the world that has all four UNESCO designations.

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