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New mobile app available on the new Secrets of Girona’s Greenways
The Consorci de les Vies Verdes (Girona Greenways Consortium), an organisation linked to Diputació de Girona, is making a new app available to users of these routes as part of the updated Secrets of the Greenways project. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the website www.viesverdes.cat/secrets and is part of a gamification strategy to enable visitors and players to learn about the heritage, cultural and natural elements of Girona’s greenways through games.
The app guides you along the new routes of the Secrets, which were presented two months ago, the result of a collaboration with the town councils of the municipalities and other stakeholders in the region.
The new proposed Secrets can be found in seven municipalities: Ripoll, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Amer, Anglès, Bescanó, Sarrià de Terand Caldes de Malavella. These are routes accessible from the greenway, which can be covered on foot or by bike, and which reveal stories, legends and curious facts about the different municipalities. The app is linked to these seven new Secrets, and it features quizzes, puzzles and a search for augmented reality objects hidden in the different points of interest.
The app is available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French and has several different sections: information on each of the Secrets, the itinerary and the associated points of interest; a map where the user can check their location and see the routes corresponding to the Secrets and the greenways; information on the heritage related to the historical passage of the railways along the greenways; and four games for discovering the Secrets of the Greenways. The games on offer will delight users of all ages. In some cases, you can start playing even before you visit the routes.
As you progress through the app, you mark the points of interest you have visited and those you have yet to visit. In addition, as you visit sites and solve challenges through the games, you earn points that allow you to enter a score ranking and see where you stand in relation to other users.
Both the app and the Secrets are a living project, which is constantly growing, with the aim of introducing new routes to be discovered.
The Greenways Secrets project has been carried out as part of PECT Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona: “Nature, culture and intelligence in a network”, a project co-financed by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, within the framework of the RIS3CAT and the ERDF Operational Programme for Catalonia 2014-2020, as well as by Diputació de Girona.
More information about the content of the game
The flight game. In this game, you move a character forwards by collecting objects related to the greenways and dodging bombs. The background of the game is an image of the different municipalities where there is a Secrets of the Greenways itinerary. You can play this game either before visiting the routes, during the visit or afterwards.
Quiz. Once you have visited one of the Secrets of the Greenways routes, a quiz is activated with questions on the area. You score points by answering the different questions correctly.
Puzzles. As you visit the points of interest marked on the app, puzzles are deactivated.
Clue game. In this game you have to find the augmented reality objects hidden in the different points of interest. Follow the itinerary of a secret, then, when you reach a point of interest, activate the camera on your mobile phone and check if there are any hidden objects. These items are related to the history of the route and explain a legend or curious fact. As you discover the objects, you get clues as to where the next hidden item is.
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union in the framework of the RIS3CAT and the Operational Program FEDER of Catalonia 2014-2020