El Caminito del Rey receives the Europa Nostra Award for the Cultural Heritage in the EU
The Hispania Nostra Association handed over this important award, which was given to the path last year.
The EU Europa Nostra Award for the cultural heritage, which was given to El Caminito del Rey last year, has been recieved this afternoon in Ardales, next to the northern enrance to the trail. County Council President Elias Bendodo and Araceli Pereda, the President of the Hispania Nostra Association, together with Mayor of Ardales María del Mar Gonzalez, Mayor of Antequera Manuel Barón, Fani Turano, the member of the jury of Europa Nostra, Juan Luis Ballesteros, the European Commission representative, and Luis Machuca, the architect who was in charge of refurbishing the path.
At the ceremony of Europa Nostra Awards 2016, the path was awarded with three prizes: Conservation Category, the Grand Prix Award and the Public Choice Award. Elías Bendodo reminded that the refurbishment of the path had always been wanted all over the province and that it had showed that the preservation of the cultural heritage was an obligation of the past generation as well as the source of wealth.
The first years after its opening, the path has been visited by round 600,000 people from all over the world, and has influenced the creation of jobs and new companies in the entire area. He also said: 'This has all been achieved through the actions which were environment-friendly and perfectly adapted to the surroundings, because we cannot forget that the trail is placed in the Defiladero de los gaitanes Beauty Spot.'
Mr Bendod has congratulated the entire team of professionals from the County Council who participated in the project lead by architect Luis Machuca, who made a refurbishment project that became an example for this kind of undertakings. Moreover, he underlined that the works performed by the company Sando and their experts made possible the building of the spectacular hanging boardwalks. He also added: 'however, I believe that the success is the result of the 'path's spirit', or the friendly, loyal and continuous team work done by different public administrations which turned this project into reality. The County Council, the Regional Andalusian Government, the State Governement and the Town Councils of Álora, Ardales and Antequera, we all worked together and we will continue doing it.'
The project of El Caminito del Rey path was given more important awards, such as the 13th Spanish Architecture and Town Planning Biennial, in the category of ‘Town Planning: Town and Landscape' as it has been one of the 22 best town-planning projects performed in Spain in 2015; the 10th Hispanic-American Architecture and Town Planning Biennial; and the Architecture Award in the category of 'Landscape Design & Open Space' at the ArchMarathon in Milan.
Moreover, the Spanish cabinet awarded the path with the prize for emerging tourist destination and the Regional Government with the Premio Andalucía del Turismo (the Andalusian Award for Contribution to Tourism Sector in 2016).