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Hikers from all over Europe to descend on Tarifa this March

Martin Serrano

From March the 22nd to the 24th, some 300 members of the European Association of Hikers from all over the world, will meet in Tarifa to celebrate the association’s fiftieth anniversary and enjoy the renowned natural diversity of this millenary city.

As if Tarifa and its municipal district didn’t already offer enough attractions, there are also about thirty recognised, fully-functioning connections to footpaths along the Mediterranean arch (E-12), the Atlantic arch (E-9) and the Mediterranean Sierras (E-4), which all converge on Tarifa.

President of the Provincial Council of Cadiz, Irene García, and Tarifa’s mayor, Francisco Ruiz, publicly announced this great event at the recent International Tourism Fair in Madrid (Fitur).

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García emphasized the value of the European Mountain Federation’s trust that the province of Cadiz will open its doors to those tourists with a special interest in heritage.

Furthermore, the president of the Andalusian Mountain Federation, Julio Perea, explained that, for every euro invested in this type of tourism there is return of six euros, which translates into a market of about one hundred million hikers across Europe who generate three billion euros per year.

In late September last year, the project was approved in the Luxembourgian canton of Echternach and presented by the Federación Andaluza de Montañismo (FAM), and it will count on the active participation of the Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing, along with the Provincial Council of Cadiz and the municipality of Tarifa in collaboration with the Andalusian government’s departments of Tourism and Sport and Environmental and Territorial Planning.

There will be seven days of hiking in the three major European approved tours on the itinerary, which will be complemented with talks and seminars, as well as the inauguration of a monument dedicated to hiking at this southernmost point of Western Europe – a unique spot on the Continent where the three major walking trails meet.

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The inauguration will take place in the presence of the ERA president, Serbian Boris Micic, the first vice-president, the German Aloys Steppunh, second vice president, Frenchman Armand Ducornet, and the third vice president, Italian Mimo Pandolofo, each of who will present a paper on Europe’s greatest paths, which is the reason why Spanish, Italian, German, Serbian, French and Dutch hikers have already confirmed their attendance, and will be sharing journeys and complementary activities.

Tarifa’s City Councillor of Tourism, Sebastián Galindo says, “we have to continue promoting our municipality’s attractions. Kite and windsurfing, ornithology and sea mammals, are part of the heritage of this town. Hiking is one of the activities we need to encourage most because, although it may not be widely known, we have a unique setting for it. The fact that the Mountain Federations of both Andalusia and Spain have chosen Tarifa as the venue for this international event, is proof of this.”

Kite and windsurfing, ornithology and sea mammals, are part of the heritage of this town. Hiking is one of the activities we need to encourage most because, although it may not be widely known, we have a unique setting for it.

“The fact that the Mountain Federations of both Andalusia and Spain have chosen Tarifa as the venue for this international event, is proof of this.”

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