Thanks to apitourism, visitors can discover the fascinating world of bees and find more about these social insects, essential for maintaining diversity. Bees not only sting and produce honey, they are also responsible for the pollination of 80 % of the flower plants. According to FAO, 84 % of human diet depends on bees. Bees and flower plants have evolved and lived together for over eighty million years. They cannot live separately; bees pollinate flowers and flowers are bees’ sustenance.
The society will be forever in debt with bees and beekeepers since bees have pollinated flowers for centuries and have preserved biodiversity without receiving anything in return. The value of pollination is enormous; it is an ecological service done for free, an exceptional gift offered by pollinating insects. That is why society must have some notions and be conscious about the world of bees, and that is something which can be achieved thanks to Galicia’s apitourism routes.
In the visits to the beehives, we can see how these little but important animals work, with their come-and-go buzz, and delight us with their tireless food harvesting while they also carry out the important task of pollination and while we enjoy the sweet aroma of the freshly collected nectar. Beekeepers open the doors of their apiaries and show us their ancient trade, whose objective is to generate natural products with extraordinary nourishing and therapeutic properties.