The Cultural Routes of Spain Association, made up of five of the country's main tourist and cultural itineraries (European RockArt Trails, Vía de la Plata, Caminos de Pasion, Camino del Cid and Netwotrk Cooperation of Routes of Emperor Charles V), has presented the map/brochure in which the five great historical routes are integrated within the framework of the 24th edition of the International Fair of Inland Tourism (Intur), which is being held until Sunday in Valladolid.
The map, as well as showing the history (and stories) behind each of the thematic routes, details in detail how the itineraries relate to each other. As a result, it is something akin to a time machine that gives us access to places, historical events and monuments in a very large part of Spain which, however, is little known on the usual tourist circuits.
The president of the association and mayor of Casar de Cáceres, Rafael Pacheco, was present at the event. He argued that the Cultural Routes of Spain take over from those European travellers who came to Spain in the 19th century in search of adventure, danger "and the traces of historical and literary characters such as El Cid, the explorers from Extremadura who went to America or the trail of legends that survived in the enigmatic Andalusia".
In this sense, Pacheco also wanted to highlight, in these times in which references to "Empty Spain" are so present, that Cultural Routes of Spain is a great collective effort in which dozens of towns and cities from twenty Spanish provinces and eleven autonomous communities participate. "I can assure you that these five routes have come to unite a small army of towns and cities (there are about 500) spread throughout the country and concentrated mainly in what has been so topical for some time now, rural Spain", he added, explaining the merits of grouping together so many different territories under the same name to offer a common proposal that is culturally rich, genuine and unmasked.
Rutas Culturales de España is made up of European RockArt Trails, Vía de la Plata, Caminos de Pasion, Camino del Cid and Netwotrk Cooperation of Routes of Emperor Charles V. Its proposal links the tourist, natural, cultural and gastronomic geography of the country with the main historical periods of Spain, from the centuries of cave art to the gates of modernity, passing through the Middle Ages, the Roman domination and Imperial Spain.