The Provincial Council of Jaén has presented on the first day of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) the new brochure on the Baeza-Utiel Railway Greenway Natural Trail. With this material, the natural paths that run through the provinces of Jaén and Albacete, which are part of this old railway route, are jointly disseminated.
The presentation took place at the stand dedicated to the natural paths of Spain, with the assistance of the general director of Rural Development, Innovation and Agri-Food Training of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Isabel Bombal, as well as the two presidents of the provincial institutions involved, Paco Reyes for Jaén, and Santiago Cabañero for Albacete.
Joint work to energize natural paths
With the publication of this brochure, “the councils of Jaén and Albacete are advancing in the work of revitalizing the natural paths of our respective provinces that we are carrying out jointly”, highlighted the president of the Jaén Provincial Council, recalling that This work “responds to the commitment acquired a year ago between both provincial administrations to promote actions that will contribute to publicizing the tourist attractions of these natural paths and promoting them as a tourist destination, aware of their great potential, since they are elements that generate employment and of wealth of the municipalities through which they pass.”
Provinces united by inland tourism
During his speech, Reyes highlighted that “we are talking about two sister provinces, two inland territories that are spaces of opportunity, to enjoy, live and launch personal projects.”
Along the same lines, his counterpart in the Albacete Provincial Council has stated that “we are talking about a democratized path, which takes place in the Spain of opportunities, our rural Spain, and which allows you to travel and enjoy the beautiful places of Jaén and Albacete” .
For her part, the general director of Rural Development, Innovation and Agri-Food Training of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has pointed out that “this Natural Path is part of the Network of Natural Paths of Spain, which already has more than 10,800 kilometers from It was launched in 1993, and in which the Ministry of Agriculture has invested more than 280 million euros in order to support sustainable tourism, leisure, cultural heritage and promote rural development.
An itinerary in three sections
In total, the natural paths and greenways that connect the provinces of Albacete and Jaén add up to more than 146 kilometers of motorized vehicle-free routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Of them, 48.3 run through the province of Jaén.
These routes cross 21 municipalities of both provinces together, of which 11 are located in the territory of Jaén. With the aim of facilitating the journey along these itineraries, the new promotional brochure divides the visit into three sections. The first of them, more than 77.4 kilometers, connects Albacete capital with the Sanctuary of Las Cortes, passing through six La Mancha municipalities (Albacete, La Herrera, Balazote, Casas de Lázaro, Robledo and Alcaraz).
The second route – 46.8 kilometers – starts from Salobre, in Albacete, and reaches the Jaén town of Arroyo del Ojanco, a route that passes through a dozen municipal areas (Salobre, Vianos, Villapalacios, Bienservida, Villarrodrigo, Génave , La Puerta de Segura, Segura de la Sierra, Puente de Génave and Arroyo del Ojanco).
Finally, the third itinerary proposed by this new brochure takes place along the Vía Verde del Guadalimar Natural Route and the Vía Verde de Linares, with a total of 22 kilometers of route through the towns of Linares, Ibros, Lupión, Torreblascopedro and Begíjar. .
Other natural paths and greenways in Jaén
In addition to the Jaén natural paths and greenways that are included in this brochure, the province of Jaén also has the Vía Verde del Aceite Natural Path and the section of the Vía Verde del Segura Natural Path that will soon be added to them. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is currently adapting between Arroyo del Ojanco and Villanueva del Arzobispo, with an investment of 4.6 million euros.
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