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Monday, 5 October 2009

Eco-Sensorial Park

Pia do Urso Park which is situated near a small village in the council of Batalha – Portugal, is the first and only park in Portugal developed in particular to offer new experiences and sensations to the visually impaired. All through the magnificent trip, the sounds, shapes and fragrances awakens the senses to magical and refreshing experiences - it´s an authentic wonderland.
This awe-inspiring park has a spectacular natural landscape and a serene environment to experience and take pleasure in. It is composed by a number of different paths in which Mother Nature plays a fundamental key role. Throughout the village, the walking trails have been specially designed (wooden paths) for the visually impaired so that they can wonder around freely without the help of anyone.
There are 6 Sensory stations (Planetarium, Water Cycle Station, Jurassic Station, Music Station, Creative Station and Abstract Station) as well as historic attractions to be visited. Explicative information in Braille (method that is widely used by blind people to read and write) is also used.
According to legend, the park Pia do Urso – meaning Bear´s sinkhole in Portuguese, was given its name because of a Bear that used to travel every day up and down the mountains. Ignorant to the people around him, he would always stop at the beautiful natural sculpted sinkhole to refresh himself before carrying on with his trip.

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