'Costa de Almería' present in the European Route of Marble.

General Macael

The draft prepared by the European Union underlines the Almanzora Valley with white marble Macael as one of the famous destinations for its precious and prestigious 'white gold'.

The destination 'Costa de Almería' adds to its rich and varied, more linked to the ancient culture of marble and its hub in the province attractive, Macael. The European Union is working on creating a new European cultural route around the marble industry. The aim is to create and promote a new international tourist itinerary based on a common cultural and industrial heritage: the marble industry.

The project included five famous destinations for its precious and prestigious 'white gold': Valle del Almanzora in Spain, with white marble Macael; Region of Attica in Greece, with translucent marble Penteli mountains; the region of Alentejo in Portugal, with pink marble Estremoz; the Walloon region in Belgium, with red and black marbles Rance; and the Province of Lucca in Italy, with white marble of the Apuan Alps.

Under the slogan, 'A journey of how a rock grows into a masterpiece', an itinerary in each of the destinations that allow visitors to experience different experiences within this industry will be created. Visit the quarries in operation or old and abandoned, interpretation centers explaining the history of the exploitation of marble or expose artistic pieces in marble; will be the basis for developing a virtual international itinerary of marble, accessible online, where tourists will discover a new kind of experience linked to the European Industrial Heritage.

The project, conducted in Spain by the Association of Municipalities of Valle del Almanzora in collaboration with the Department of Tourism of Macael, supported and dissemination of the Provincial Government through the Provincial Tourism Service.

Macael, industrial tourism center of marble

Macael is inexorably linked to the word Marble. Ago 5.000 years the inhabitants of the settlements in the area and took advantage of white marble stones carried by the river to carve small figures that were deposited in burials.

Its use has been widespread throughout history in all objects and buildings to which they wanted to provide elegance and prestige. Anthropoid sarcophagi Phoenician Cadiz, Roman Theatre of Merida, Italica mosaics and the cathedral in Seville, Medina Azahara Palace and Mosque in Cordoba, Castillo del Marqués de los Vélez, the Alcazaba and Cathedral in Almería, the Patio de los Leones in the Alhambra, Royal Chapel of the Catholic Monarchs, Carlos V Palace and the Cathedral, in Granada, Jaén Cathedral, El Escorial Monastery and the Royal Palace in Madrid, Building the Embrujo Banus in Marbella, the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Central Library in Kansas, the Aker Offices in Oslo, the Crown Plaza Hotel in Indonesia, Burj el Arab Hotel in Dubai, el Hotel Silver City en China, the Alhambra Building in Miami, Rally museum in Israel, all have marble Macael.

All this activity has formed an entrenched culture around the marble that is embodied in the knowledge of mining and processing techniques that have been passed from father to son, looms old sand, quarries, factories made of marble, craft workshops, Sculptors, stonemasons, marble workers, modern CNC machinery, the Advanced Technology Center Stone, new materials such as Silestone and Dekton arising from the commitment to innovation, sculptures, sidewalks, balustrades, facades and bollards town, etc..

This rich culture of marble being enhancement by the City of Macael through the 'Macael Tourism' campaign and promoted by the Provincial Service Tourism Council, whose Vice President and Deputy Tourism, Javier García, He said that "the wealth of Macael is in its marble and art of macaelenses to work it, but also in the charm and culture that emerges from a century-old tradition that today reach a large audience and visitors through tourism ".

The Interpretation Centre of Marble Macael, the Path of Marble, Viewpoints from quarries, Corners itinerary Macael, organized visits to factories and workshops in sculpture and crafts, or the next installation of the world's largest Mortar, are a clear example of this.