By Laura Kemp •
Published: 22 May 2021 • 19:09
Tourists Invited To Rural Spain To Save Dying Villages. Image - Pixabay
FOREIGN TOURISTS are invited to swap the traditional sand and sea holidays to enjoy the charms of the Spanish countryside.
Foreign tourists are invited to swap the traditional beach holidays to enjoy the charms of the Spanish countryside as Pedro Sanchez announces a plan to save Spain’s dying villages. 42 per cent of villages are at risk of depopulation in comparison to the European 10 per cent average.
According to Reuters, the ambitious project to save rural life in Spain will cost 10 billion euro. Sanchez said in a meeting in Madrid that comprised of mayors from Spain’s rural towns: “I would especially like to emphasise that (tourists) should enjoy the rich rural tourist attractions that our country has, one of the jewels in the crown”.
As of Monday, May 24, Spain will be welcoming tourists from countries considered low-risk for Covid from outside the European Union, specifically Japan and the UK, and travellers will not have to present a negative Covid test.
It was also announced this week that from June 7, Spain will allow entry for people from anywhere in the world as long as they are vaccinated against Covid, in the hopes of recovering the devastated tourism sector.
Part of this plan is to improve the digital connectivity for holiday companies in rural areas and to expand sustainable tourism.
The government wants to improve and increase internet access in these rural areas, improve transport,offer grants to budding entrepreneurs and small businesses and also start up a rural Erasmus education scheme.
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Originally from UK, Laura is based in Axarquia and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features.
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So where are these dying villages and how can one find out information? I’m not sure it needs a 10-billion Euro project. It probably will do much better with a few thousand Euros spent on a good website. As a triathlete, my main reason to go to Spain is for good-weather training but I need to know: Swimming options (both open water and pools); Running Trails; Cycling routes which have varied terrain but good road surfaces and safe roads; and accommodation options (camping; house rentals, etc). Look at the thousands of triathletes who converge in Majorca and in places like Calpe, because they know the facilities they need there exist. They don’t go to these places for the traditional reasons and would quite happily go to rural areas if they could get the information.
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