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State Owned hotel Santo Estevo

Practice on:

Rural Tourism

Practical details:
NUTS 2: ES11 Galicia
Start date: 28.07.2004
Type of initiative:  public
Description of the practice:

The recovery of an isolated historical building creates employment, an initiative managed as a private company and making profits reinvested in the surrounding area.

Paradores de España S.A. ( the public company in charge of this facility)

An abandoned historical building becomes a top level accommodation facility allowing the development of a place with important natural resources. On the other hand,  it should be considered the use and promotion of local gastronomy.  Furthermore, this facility is being financed by a public owning company that has supported the development of zones of natural interest which suffer the lack of private initiatives. Therefore, being its target  top level tourism, it adds a new value to an isolated countryside zone.    From a wider approach, despite of being financed by public source the owner -Paradores de Turismo S.A.- operates as an enterprise managing more than 90 buildings with artistic and historical interest - for instance castles and abbeys- as accommodation business. Due to special cut price offers -i.e. retired,youth underage, ...- and being operational throughout the year  it happens to be an affordable leisure choice.   So, there is a strong economic impact in the area generating complementary tourism initiatives run by private companies.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

The surrounding environment, Ribeira Sacra,  was declared Site of Community Importance due to its singular natural features, the Sil River eroded the terrain making  canyons

Visual impact and recreational value:

It is located near to the Ribeira Sacra -Sil River Canyons, a suitable place for active tourism . One of their main features is the old vineyards begun by the monks on a sort of steps at the slope of the cliffs so they offer an incomparable natural landscape.

Cultural heritage:

The building of Santo Estevo was declared  Historic-Artistic Interest Site. According to the artistic point of view, the basement of the abbey is supposedly dated about VI century, whereas the three cloisters are more recent;  one of them belongs to Romanic Style,  while the remaining ones date from Renaissance. Additionally, it is placed at  Ribeira Sacra   a group of Middle Age monasteries  with interesting landscape surroundings. Moreover,  it was awarded with a wine  Appellation of Origin.



Environmental impact:

Restoration and efficient use of an abandoned historical building.

Economic viability:

77 rooms are available as a tourism resource improving chances for an economic enhancement of the surrounding area. There is also a ferry service sailing through the canyons for  touristic initiatives, hiking routes, sport activities around the river.

It has to be remarked the chance of achieving profit from ruined places, allowing their recovery and, actually, the rise of initiatives in rural tourism, with financial public support.Those places will function as a dynamization focus allowing the implementation of private enterprises linked to the area natural features

Contact details:
Name: Rocío Gómez Pérez
Organisation: Instituto Ourensano de Desarrollo Económico INORDE
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