By Cathy Elelman • 23 January 2020 • 18:31
YEAR-ROUND: The council is keen to attract visitors outside the peak holiday months.
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Vera
ACTIVE tourism and nature as year-round visitor attractions and an alternative to sun and sand were the key stands of Vera’s tourism promotion at this week’s FITUR international travel fair in Madrid.
Speaking at the presentation of a video and brochure to highlight this side to the municipality’s tourist appeal, Vera Mayor Jose Carmelo Jorge Blanco described active and nature tourism as a “booming segment thanks to our extraordinary natural spaces, which complements the broad offer of the municipality.”
The mayor said visitors to Vera can enjoy “nudist and non-nudist beaches, sport, adventure, leisure, plans as a family, relaxing and much more 365 days a year in one of the most privileged locations in the eastern Almeria region.”
Tourism councillor Catiana Soriano maintained that “nature and natural tourism are complementary to our main tourist attraction of sun and beach, diversifying the municipality’s tourism offer and key to trying to offset the seasonal nature of the destination.”
Walking, cycling and horse riding are among the local authority’s suggestions for discovering Vera’s “ecological wealth” of natural areas
These include the Puerto Rey lagoon, formed by the mouth of the River Antas and a protected area with Place of Community Importance status, and the Salar de Los Canos plain, the natural habitat of protected species including the Mora tortoise.
Vera also boasts more than five kilometres of beaches.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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