where will the congress be?
Hermínia Manzarra palace
Ichnia 2016 will be held at the College of Management of Idanha-a-Nova, that is housed in the palácio Hermínia Manzarra (Hermínia Manzarra palace). The Hermínia Manzarra palace is an ancient manor originally built to be the residence of one of the most important families of landowners of the region. Since the early 1990s, the manor house houses the School of Management.
easy to get to and easy to get around
From Lisbon to the Venue .
Airport-Gare do Oriente
Gare do Oriente-Castelo Branco:
Sete Rios-Castelo Branco
Surroundings of Lisbon
Ichnia 2016 will be hosted by the Naturtejo Geopark
Naturtejo Geopark is located in the center inland of Portugal, near the border with Spain, and covers an area of 4624 km2. It is located 200 km from Lisbon and 350 km from Madrid, right in the middle of Iberian Peninsula. The application to join the Global Geoparks Network started in 2003 and was successfully completed in September 2006.
Naturtejo territory is rich and diverse in Geological Heritage, starting some 600 million years ago, with widespread shales and turbidites deposited in deep sea, until nowadays’ plains and residual landforms. The Geopark has also an ancient historical, cultural and human component connected with nature for more than 150,000 years, promoting the integrated development of Geotourism. The Geopark is a stronger partnership of municipalities and local entrepreneurs for developing innovative synergies in local economy and sustainable development.
Geopark’s territory is characterized by very ancient landscapes, such as the 50 million years old “Meseta Meridional” peneplain from where residual reliefs rise up abruptly, as quartzite crests which represent the former Ordovician ocean cradle of paleobiological diversification and innovation; there are also granites cropping out as an inselbergs archipelago and as demi-horst mountains with peculiar minor landforms.
The outstanding geomorphological, geological, paleontological and ancient mining heritages are composed by 19 geomonuments with national and international relevance, such as the Ichnological Park of Penha Garcia, Portas do Ródão Natural Monument, Zêzere and Vale Mourão gorges, the Roman gold mine of Conhal do Arneiro and the granite landforms from Serra da Gardunha and Monsanto.
Geology is culture
Schist shops are available in the Schists Villages, places where schist and local products prevail as in former times. New ways to find old tastes are a joy for the senses in geo-restaurants and geo-shops. There are also Historical Villages, national protected communities where the time has stopped, but life goes on in endless experiences.