The Parador del Saler exhibits a two-kilometre course adapted for people with reduced mobility, where explanations are given of the biodiversity of fauna and flora that lives around its golf course. La Natursenda –The Nature Path–, is completely adapted to people with reduced mobility, with informative panels that include pictograms to help their understanding in a simple way.
Sustainability. A term we hear thousands of times, but which generates a certain incomprehension when it comes to putting it into practice, outside a theoretical environment.
According to the United Nations, sustainable development is based on trying to “meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” As a global and transversal concept, it covers any area of life and encompasses classic concepts such as respect for the environment or the preservation of natural resources, including also a commitment to people.
This is where the keyword comes in, people. People, with capital letters. And what better proposal to meet the needs of people than an itinerary that has been adapted so that those with reduced mobility can enjoy the environment of the Albufera Natural Park? The answer is simple: Natursenda – The Nature Path. Within the framework of sustainable development and with the aim of disseminating and making the biodiversity of fauna and flora that live around the enclosure known, the Parador de El Saler has recently inaugurated the Natursenda to show the biodiversity of fauna and flora that live around its golf course.
This is a two-kilometre route that is completely adapted for people with reduced mobility, with information panels that include pictograms to help understanding them in a simple way. This initiative has had the collaboration of the team of professionals from the Acavall Foundation, Xaloc and the Global Nature Foundation.
Commitment to the environment
Respect for the environment is undoubtedly one of the foundations of the Parador de El Saler. Located in the heart of the Albufera Natural Park, on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Parador is home to one of the world´s best golf courses, a delight for professionals and amateurs alike. But is it possible for a golf course to be sustainable? If you visit the El Saler course, you will immediately realise that it is. Integrated into its surroundings, it becomes part of the territory, of the landscape. Another element for the enjoyment of the guests of the Parador. Its design took into account the integration into the protected landscape. It is regarded by professional players, amateurs, institutions and the specialised press as one of the best golf courses in the world and playing on it is a real privilege.
But the commitment to sustainability is not merely moving to the golf course. It also covers different initiatives, such as the commitment to favour clean and renewable energy in their facilities. It also collaborates with local organisations such as the NGO Xaloc for the protection of loggerhead turtles and has been directly involved in the recovery of the ecosystems of the Albufera Natural Park, through a project done in collaboration with the Department of Infrastructure, Territory and Environment of the Generalitat Valenciana, the regional government.
The Parador de El Saler’s commitment to sustainability is part of the targets of the Corporate Social Responsibility Master Plan that the Parador chain is implementing as a fundamental part of its business strategy. In fact, the aim of Paradores is to become a network of hotels and restaurants offering a comprehensive quality service, committed to the natural, economic and historical environment, with the aim of boosting the image of Spanish tourism together with sustainable development.
In this sense, and as indicated in the ‘Paradores Sustainability Report’, the hotel chain is managed under the ‘Parador Verde’ (Green Parador) concept, i.e. it uses renewable resources and is committed to energy saving.