||Ventura, M.; Moniz, A.; Lopes, F.; Porteiro, J.; Pavao, D.; Silva, L.; Silva, F.; Moura, M.; Rui Bento, E.; Silva, L.
||Landscape preferences of tourists hinking in the trails of St Miguel Island (Azores, Portugal): importance for conservation
||Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas – ABSTRACT BOOK
||MMV 9 - Proceedings
||The Azorean trails were designed to maximize the tourists’ contact with nature and the Azorean landscape, including agricultural areas (mainly pastureland) and different forest types dispersed along the trails. We selected São Miguel Island (SM) as a first case-study, because it is the larger and more populated island and is also the one receiving more tourists (SREA 2017). In order along the visited trails, we applied a structured questionnaire to a sample of 185 trail users in four trails to understand (i) the tourists’ motivations for hiking, and (ii) their landscape preferences in SM, with different land cover patterns, during the summer of 2017
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