Thermalism and nature provide the rural world with opportunities, concludes Raia Termal Project

“It will be achieved, sharing a single and common tourism strategy under the slogan, Raia Termal: a destination in two countries”. It is one of the main conclusions that highlights the Miño-Sil Hydrographic Confederation of the closing day of the project POCTEP Raia Termal held this Friday in the Portuguese municipality of Melgaço. Day that concluded with a positive value of cross-border cooperation, with the parties involved agreeing that the thermal and natural potentials of the territory “provide the rural world with opportunities,” says the president of the CHMS-S. According to José Antonio Quiroga, “it is important to highlight the social and economic value of the thermal sector and to make visible the importance of the economic activity that it generates”.

The event, in which the president of the Municipal Chamber of Melgaço, Manoel Batista, acted as host, was also attended by the president of the Diputación de Ourense, Manuel Baltar, who said that “the answer to the welfare that we pursue in this time of post-pandemic is in the thermalism as a concept of health, which is the most precious asset we have”, demonstrating with the results of this project “that we know how to work together and value the territory, at a time of new economic opportunities through European funds, but that are nothing if there is no ability to formulate initiatives like this”.

In the act, the project manager, Manuel Sarria, explained it detailing each of the actions that have been developed, and alluded to the recovery of river spaces affected by wastewater in thermal environments, works that were carried out in Os Baños de Riocaldo, in Lobios, and in the Regato de A Pousa, in Muiños. As far as Ourense is concerned, he referred to actions aimed at protecting and enhancing natural areas that complement the leisure offer associated with cross-border thermal tourism, among which are the area for motorhomes in Bande, the signaling of the Thermal Route of Cortegada, the construction of removable dam, pedestrian walkway on the Caldo river and the bike path in Lobios and the path to Illa de Pazós in Muiños. As for the joint management and promotion of the destination, Manuel Sarria explained the design of several tourist products that combine the different resources and services of the cross-border territory as a reinforcement of the current offer.

Source: Ourense Dixital