PLANS are afoot to convert Zurgena’s Molino chimney tower into a museum.
The Junta de Andalucia’s Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration delegation in Almeria has awarded a €51,000 subsidy to the council to turn the tower and adjacent storehouse into what it is hoped will become a visitor attraction.
“It is a unique place which deserves our support for its renovation and incorporation into our province’s offer”, the regional government’s Tourism delegate Jose Luis Delgado commented during a visit to Zurgena to see the site.
According to Delgado investments of this kind “will contribute to improving the appeal of the municipality by highlighting the value of its heritage.
“Inland tourism now represents more than 20 per cent of the visitors who come to our region, hence it is essential to continue backing the improvement of its attractions since this segment is a strong factor in breaking seasonality”, he added.
The tower project will include works on the structure, electrics and surrounding land, as well as carpentry and painting.
The Junta financing comes under one of four lines of regional Tourism ministry’s subsidies. It is aimed at improving cultural heritage in inland municipalities, making it universally accessible and highlighting its value through museums or visitor centres and unused agricultural and industrial infrastructure.