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Winter Resort

Practice on:

Sports and rural tourism development

Practical details:
NUTS 2: ES11 Galicia
Start date: 1972
Type of initiative:  public-private partnership
Description of the practice:

Taking advantage of a terrain difficult condition in order to create a successful enterprise.  (the company in charge)                                                                                                   (Galician public entity in charge of tourism)

Manzaneda is a ski and sport touristic mountain resort , with diverse activities that allow its use during the whole year. Apart from skiing it offers: Grass football fields, tennis courts, karting circuits, horse riding, mountain bike, heated pool, outdoors circuits and a multidisciplinary covered pavilion with a gym.
The sport offer is varied: hiking, mountaineering, climbing wall, archery, golf, etc. The surroundings and the woods of more than 2.000 hectares around the station, located between 1.500 and 1.800 ms at sea level complete an amazing frame with hospitality and touristic facilities. You can practice your favourite sports either in winter or in summer with all the conveniences of a "Resort". The company behind this initiative is MEISA which  has  some public partnership despite of being run as a private enterprise.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

Next to Pena Trevinca, Invenadoiro Natural Park, Serra da Lastra (all of them classified as Sites of Community Importance)

Visual impact and recreational value:

Cabeza de Manzaneda is one of the  highest peaks in Galicia  therefore it owns amazing landscapes of the surrounding mountain range. Furthermore, several sports facilities have been built in addition to the ski resort.

Cultural heritage:

There are several examples of middle age buildings next in the surroundings: e.g. Sobrado de Trives Monastery, Castro Caldelas Castle, remains of a fortress in Manzaneda. On the other hand, archaeological items as  old Roman milestones ( Cerdeira ), Via Nova road ( Chandrexa de Queixa- Trives) are also found.

Environmental impact:

As long as the own natural environment is one of the key attractions, its conservation is taken into account; therefore the mountain ecosystem is kept protected.

Economic viability:

From a long term approach, a total of 60 employs were created to run this business and it has been operating since the 70's.   The flow of tourism though the year encourages the activity of the surroundings, so it happens to be considered an attraction focus for complementary private leisure enterprises.

The existence of places with difficult communications and development due to their rugged geography is tackled using the own features of the terrain and weather to enhance economic activity. An isolated rural area, which is depressed by its own geographical setting, obtains an added value from a private initiative with some public funding support, all in all it helps to create new enterprises to develop the economy of this zone.

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