The interior of 'Costa de Almeria', European Award nomination Cultural Tourism Destination 2015

MacaelCantera1Destiny 'Costa de Almería' continues its work to promote and disseminate internationally.

A further way in which, present different sectors and segments such as industrial tourism which has in Macael, its finest. In this sense, its draft Industrial Tourism, developed by the City Council and has the support of the Provincial Tourism Service of the Council, He has been nominated for the award European Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism, whose winner will be announced on Friday, 18 September, during the European Year of Cultural Tourism Conference which this year will be held in Riga, Latvia.

These awards are convened by the European Network of Cultural Tourism (ECTN), the pan-European network of destinations, authorities, NGOs and research institutes for the development and promotion of cultural tourism in Europe, whose members are the Provincial Council of Granada and the University of Barcelona.

Its theme changes every year and winners are recognized as examples of excellence that inspire other destinations, encouraging the development of regional initiatives. The theme of 2015 Industrial Tourism is the occasion of the declaration of 2015 year as European technical and industrial heritage.
The nomination for this prestigious award is as a tourist destination for Macael, a stimulus that reaffirms its intention to transform it into an "open museum", full of experiences and elements that help to understand the culture of Marble.

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 installation of the world's largest Mortar, are a clear example of this.