The Spanish government announced that the Minister of Culture and Sports, Mikel Iceta, together with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, have signed an agreement on the preservation and restoration of historical heritage for use in tourism, with an investment of 35 million euros.
In a statement released on May 30, the government also stressed that the investment is part of the European-funded Tourism Modernization and Competitiveness Plan, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The aim is to improve the possibilities of Spain’s rich historical and cultural heritage throughout the territory in order to continue to attract both national and foreign tourists,” says in the statement.
According to the government, the Ministry of Culture and Sports will be ready to monitor these ten projects in different cities of cultural and tourist interest, with a direct impact on the cultural, environmental and economic sustainability of the environment in which they are located. .
“On the one hand, 15 million euros will be allocated for the reform and expansion of public museums and transferred to the management of Cáceres and Tarragona, which are world heritage sites. Specifically, €7 million will be allocated to the Tarragona Museum and 8 million to the Cáceres Museum.” statement also explains.
In addition, 4,720,040.96 euros will be allocated for the restoration and strengthening of castles and public walls that have been declared objects of cultural and tourist interest.
The castles of Sagunto (Valencia), Adsubia (Alicante) and Santed (Zaragoza) will also be merged.
On the other hand, some parts of the Zamora wall and the city wall of Burgo de Osma (Soria) will be restored.
According to the government, €15,279,959 will be allocated to the “Landscape of Light” in Madrid, which was declared a World Heritage Site last year. Meanwhile, 8.5 million euros will be invested in projects to rebuild the National Library.
In this regard, the government also announces that 5,687,000 euros will be donated for the rehabilitation of the Museum of the National Center for the Arts Reina Sofia (headquarters and Velazquez-Park Retiro Palace) and 1,092,959.04 euros for the National Museum of the Meadows.
The government added that all of these actions taken must be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2026 in order to comply with the Recovery, Transformation and Resistance Plan.
For many tourists, the Spanish heritage remains a key element of their journey. Of the trips made in 2019, about 14.5 million were for cultural purposes.
However, there are approximately 17,199 objects of cultural interest in Spain, which are scattered throughout Spain, especially in rural or inland areas.