PROJECTS aimed at attracting visitors to inland Almeria are set to get a cash injection from the Junta de Andalucia.
The regional government’s Tourism department has allocated €400,000 to 10 initiatives in nine different provincial municipalities as part of funding packages for localities of less than 20,000 inhabitants in interior and natural heritage zones.
Two municipalities are benefitting from the assistance for projects which promote the protection of the environment and biodiversity, supporting initiatives which develop and improve tourist infrastructure.
Cuevas del Almanzora receives €21,200 to recover the Luis Siret path and Macael gets €50,000 for the restauration of the Moorish track to Macael Viejo.
Macael is also getting money for enlarging the local marble museum under the line of assistance related to inland municipalities’ cultural heritage, which is aimed at developing universal access and highlighting the value of heritage through the development of museums and visitors’ centres or unused agricultural or industrial infrastructure.
The council said both projects would be carried out in the first half of 2020 “and would mean an important boost for Macael as a cultural tourist destination.”
Also getting Junta Tourism department cash are Alboloduy (€39,120), Huercal (€24,299), Zurgena (€51,000), Velez Blanco (€35.593), Albanchez (€6,050), Fiñana (€57,200) and Albox (€47.709).
Junta provincial tourism delegate Jose Luis Delgado said the financing “offers village an opportunity to make the most of their resources and to generate visits and employment.”
According to the delegate the projects will help bring an end to the seasonal nature of tourism in the province, create a more diversified cultural offer and will drive inland tourism.