The Centre is in the town of Cerezal de Aliste in what is called “Casa del Cura”, which was done up through a job creation scheme to provide for the needs of the centre. Its aim is to help visitors to appreciate the importance of cork, its wealth and the need for its conservation.
The Cerezal de Aliste cork oak forest is located in the west of the province of Zamora, at an altitude of 800 m above sea level, in the borough of Muelas de Pan.
Its geographical and topographical situation determines the harsh climate, one of extremes, which determines the presence of certain groups of vegetation and hinders the development of certain species that thrive in milder weather conditions, such as the cork oak. This tree has come to colonize the habitat, though, and is the forest is the largest of its kind at this latitude in Spain.
The need to raise awareness about the importance of this ecosystem led to the creation of the Alcornocal Visitor Centre in 2003.
Muelas del Pan, Cerezal de Aliste. Photo: Lluís Català
Cork oak and cork display. Photo: Lluís Català
VISITOR CENTRE FACILITIES
It has a permanent exhibition of approximately 200 m² divided into different areas:
- Murals and interactive area: Display on the cork oak and cork, audiovisual presentations, touch screen computers, information panels and pamphlets.
- Auditorium and meeting room
- Model of cork oak forest and general information
- Owned by: Muelas del Pan Town Hall
- Teaching activities:
- Children’s craft workshop using cork
- Visits to the cork oak forests
The Centre is open:
- Saturdays from 9:30h to 14h.
- On request
Source: Information provided by the El Alcornocal Interpretation Centre.
Informative plaques in the Interpretation Centre. Photo: Lluís Català