Municipalities of the old Marquis of Los Vélez constitute a partnership to boost tourism.

The Government delegate of the Board presided at the Castle of Vélez Blanco Act of Accession of sixteen towns of Almeria and Murcia.

Sixteen Almeria and Murcia towns that belonged to the old Marquis of Los Velez have created a partnership to promote joint tourism initiatives and sustainable development, based on historical and cultural ties that bind and the artistic and ethnographic heritage preserved from that period. The Government delegate of the Board, Sonia Ferrer, He has presided over the constitution held this morning at the Salon de Triomphe Castle of Velez Blanco.

Speaking, Ferrer has rated this project as an opportunity to 'make the rich heritage, an engine of social and economic development ', and stressed the intention of the association of 'putting our rich history and cultural heritage for development of the municipalities of the old Marquis, and employment and advancement of its citizens'.

The Association of Towns of the Old Marquis of Los Vélez has been lodged with the signatures of the representatives of the towns of Albanchez, Albox, Albudeite, Alhama de Murcia, Singing, Chirivel, Cuevas del Almanzora, Librilla, Mary, Mazarrón, Molina de Segura, From, Oria, Taberno, Velez Blanco and Velez-Rubio. These people, junto a Benitagla, Arboleas, Campos del Río, Zurgena and Partaloa, were part of the Marquis of Los Vélez, since its founding in 1.507 until the expiry of the domains in 1.837. Nowadays, the 21 municipalities of the old Marquis cover an area of ​​almost 3.700 square kilometers and have a population of over 200.000 people.

The delegate of the Government referred to the historical and cultural ties for more than three centuries joined these sites and five hundred years later still exist. The remains - noted - are present in the heraldry of many municipalities Marquis, who keep their shields heraldry symbols Los Fajardo; architectural heritage, – civil and religious -, and the identity of these peoples shared a common past.

Next act, in Mule

Promote cooperation between organizations and institutions involved in conservation, research and promotion of heritage, artistic and ethnographic the old Marquis of Los Vélez; joint operations with other public and private organizations in local tourism promotion; designing cultural itineraries and promote equivalence; promote citizen participation in the conservation and promotion of heritage municipalities, specific activities for youth and school, are some of the objectives of the association as set out in its charter.

On these targets, the government delegate of the Board stated that "seek to convert the historical and ethnographic heritage in an asset that generates employment and wealth through collaboration between municipalities and government involvement, companies, groups and citizens, in general '. For Ferrer, 'In the new production model that drives the regional government, education, innovation and culture have much to say '.

The association plans to hold the next 18 November, in the town of Murcia Mula, an act of submission which could formalize its membership more municipalities that were part of the Marquess as Zurgena has already expressed its willingness to join the initiative.

In 1507 the Marquis of Los Vélez was formally established, one of the largest estates in the north of the Kingdom of Granada. The Fajardo, natives of Lugo, enrolled in the Spanish troops who conquered the Kingdom of Murcia, where he was granted the title of that Kingdom Come by Henry II. The first Marquis of Los Vélez, Pedro Fajardo y Chacón, he built the castle of Vélez Blanco, Cuevas del Almanzora and Mula.