The regional delegate of Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía in Almería, Vicente García Egea, has highlighted “the wide range of active and nature tourism” offered by the province, with “remote and rural municipalities” that “invite you to live unique and personalised experiences” in direct contact with nature and far from the crowds of other destinations. “Almería is much more than sun and beach. It also presents a range of possibilities within the inland segment, with villages such as Urrácal, a paradise where you can go hiking, visit charming enclaves and admire incredible views of the Almanzora Valley from its viewpoints”.
The territorial delegate made these statements after holding an institutional meeting with the mayoress, Emilia Mateos and the deputy mayor, Antonio Gonzalez, who has detailed the tourist resources and other projects available to this town of just over 300 inhabitants, which is located south of the Sierra de las Estancias in the province of Almeria.
García Egea highlighted the strategic location of the town, as well as the morphology that shapes the hamlet and its immediate surroundings. “Urrácal has an original urban organisation, made with the passage of different civilisations. Thus, despite its twisting and steep streets, the appearance is original and magical, where the white of the facades, the narrowness of the streets and the majesty of the church transport the traveller to a flourishing past”.
The head of Tourism in the province, who toured the town in the company of the mayoress, also highlighted the active and sporting tourism on offer in the town and its immediate surroundings. “One of the main charms of Urrácal is to take a walk from the Lavadero. It is a magnificent natural recipe against daily stress. But, above all, there are two places of great value: El Estrecho, a narrow gorge located in the Salada stream in the vicinity of the village; and the Mirador de la Cerrá, which is one of those balconies that shows visitors beautiful views of the Almanzora Valley”.
In this sense, García Egea has taken advantage of the meeting with the councillor of Urrácal to recall the commitment that is being made from this ministry, which is directed and led by Vice President Juan Marín. “Tourism is an essential industry for the development and well-being of our municipalities. We are firmly committed to promoting this activity that generates opportunities, wealth and employment, and is presented as an ideal recipe against the depopulation of inland towns”.
In this line, and after recalling the cultural and industrial past of Urrácal, which had two important printing presses that published for the whole of Spain, García Egea pointed out the various aids and tools that the Regional Ministry of Tourism offers to municipalities and companies in the sector to continue to grow and strengthen the competitiveness of the destination, promoting local resources and attractions, especially in this period of economic recovery after twenty months of pandemic.
“We work tirelessly and in coordination with the different administrations, encouraging and promoting actions that improve the quality of our tourist offer, such as the ‘Andalucía Segura’ label, among others”, concluded the territorial delegate of Tourism in Almeria.