Paraje La Cumbre, s/n
04711 EL EJIDO – ALMERÍA
On the AL 9006 local road, 4 km from the entrance to Almerimar roundabout, on the way to Roquetas de Mar.
A complete sight of the protected Mediterranean agriculture, under plastic, in a 2 hectare farm in Almeria. A place where new technologies and innovative environmental techniques perfectly match with the traditional farming know-how.
CLISOL receives more than 13,000 national and international visitors annually: European primary and secondary schools and university students as well as worldwide tourists and professionals.
Lola Gomez and her team are committed to avoiding that visitors, either young or adult, lose their love of nature. So, they will teach you plenty of curiosities, to appreciate the value of sustainable farming and experience a world of forgotten or unknown sensations, such as the aroma of a fresh tomato, the explosion of colour in vegetables, the pollination of a flower by a bumblebee or the work of small bugs that parasitize insect pests, making the use of chemicals unnecessary.
CHOOSE YOUR EXPERIENCE:
1: GENERAL TOUR
Guided by a farming professional, visitors know all the processes from seeding to vegetable cropping, the various cultivation procedures (such as hydroponics) and the key factors to obtain a high quality product, such as pest control, irrigation and climate, the seedbed…
The explanations are paired with personal experiences and anecdotes, making the tour even more enjoyable and entertaining.
- Presentation of the crops and their uniqueness.
- The seedbed: seeding, planting out and raking workshops.
- The greenhouse: trellising and multi-tunnel growing systems
- Tasting of fresh vegetables with extra virgin olive oil, bread and honey, along with vegetable preserves and fried stews.
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2. SPECIAL TOUR FOR SCHOOLS
Clisol specializes in hosting primary school students to raise their awareness on vegetable farming issues and transmit the importance of protected agriculture and biological control techniques. The whole tour is tailored to each education cycle.
The visit for schools is based on the pattern of the General Tour. It includes three workshops:
- identification and release of bugs. Each student receives a package with 250 auxiliary insects to be released and observed with a magnifying glass.
In season, CLISOL offers two additional workshops:
- tomato and pepper pruning and trellising
- tomato and pepper picking.
At the mouth-watering final tasting, students will choose their favorite vegetables to pair them with extra virgin olive oil, bread and honey, along with preserves and fried vegetables.
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3. SPECIAL TOUR FOR SCHOOLS AND WORKSHOP WITH ‘REGORDETE AND LARGUIRUCHO’
An ideal experience for primary school students. The visit is completed with a theatrical show by costumed monitors, based on a story created and edited by CLISOL. The tomato ‘Regordete’ (Plump) and the cucumber ‘Larguirucho’ (Lanky) live a funny adventure discovering the processes of control of pests and diseases. The show combines educational tips and games.
PRICE PER PERSON
Saturday morning: visits in Spanish, English and French.
Monday to Sunday: tours available for groups by prior arrangement (see ‘Advance Notice’).
MINIMUM GROUP SIZE
Individuals are welcomed on Saturday morning.
Minimum group size: 15 people.
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
75 people per group. Up to 150 people can make the visit simultaneously, in two groups, getting together for the final tasting.
DID YOU KNOW…?
- The “Sea of Plastic” in Almería is the only human work that is clearly seen from space without having been built by an emperor or king, but by small farmers.
- Although protected agricuture has usually been considered as not being environmentally friendly, Clisol will show you that a greenhouse ensures the life-balance and welfare of the plants, using techniques such as the biological pest control, natural pollination and the total recycling of water and mineral salts.
- An average of 13 to 15 litres of water is needed to produce a tomato in a traditional orchard. In Clisol, just 5.5 litres.
- Over the past 25 years, the “albedo” factor has reduced the impact of global warming in Almeria. This reduction in the surrounding temperature is generated by the ‘mirror effect’ caused by the roofs of greenhouses on solar radiation (whitewashed to avoid heat, between April to September).