Nijar And Mojacar Recognized For Prettiness 

BENEFITS AND DEMANDS: Nijar Mayor Esperanza Perez Felices described the prettiest village initiative as “a stamp of quality”, while Mojacar Tourism councillor Emmanuel Agüero called on public administrations to assist small localities and prevent further depopulation (inset). 

Nijar And Mojacar Recognized For Prettiness 
NIJAR and Mojacar have been celebrating their recognition as two of the most attractive villages in the country. 
The two localities joined other member villages around Spain in marking the annual Prettiest Village in Spain Day on October 1 with commemorative events. 
Having only officially become part of the Los Pueblos Mas Bonitos de España’ (Prettiest Villages in Spain) association at the end of last year, this was a first for NijarMayor Esperanza Perez Felices described the prettiest village initiative as “a stamp of quality”, which highlighted the material and non-material heritage of a village with an extensive history.” 
The Mayor also stressed it was the residents who were the “true protagonists and custodians” of Nijar’s history and heritage. 
The day’s activities came to a close with the raising of the Prettiest Village in Spain flag and the reading out of the association’s manifesto. 
Nijar’s prettiest village day celebrations in fact began the previous weekend with a council-organised free guided tour round the village taking in all the main points of interest. The local Museo de Agua located in the municipal tourist office remained open to give visitors the opportunity to find out more about the important role water has played Nijar’s cultural traditions. 
Mojacar, one of the original members of the Prettiest Village in Spain association after it was founded in 2011, also organised events to coincide with the celebrations, including gallery visits and guided tours through the historic old town. 
On the day itself, Tourism councilor Emmanuel Agüero gave an address at midday before raising the association flag in the Town Hall square. 
The councilor highlighted the enormous heritage of small municipalities like Mojacar, which still retains its traditions, typical cooking and a connection with its origins. He called on public administrations to financially assist such areas, with tax breaks for companies and the self-employed, as well as improvements to communications, telecommunications and services.   
This would, he said, help prevent further depopulation and provide a better future, especially for young people who want to continue living, working and raising a family in their own towns and villages. 
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Nijar
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