Algarve part of cross-border Muslim heritage route

Algarve part of cross-border Muslim heritage route

A major cross-border route to be launched next year will connect the Algarve to six other Mediterranean regions and promises to give a huge boost to “culture-based” tourism.
Entitled Umayyad Route, the project links Portugal to Sicily, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, the Lebanon and Spain’s Andalusia – areas all once ruled by the Umayyad Islamic
leadership – which dominated many Mediterranean areas between the 7th and 8th centuries – and which to this day carry traces of their Muslim heritage.
In the Algarve, the route will include 11 municipalities and a number of examples of Umayyad history, particularly Alcoutim, Aljezur and Silves’ castles.
“We believe the route will be an excellent reason for more tourists to visit the Algarve,” said tourism boss Desidério Silva, adding that the plan will also bring a new twist to the Algarve’s touristic diversity, and increase the chance of low-season visitors.
Led by the ‘El Legado Andalusí’ foundation and funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) programme, the route should be up and running by the end of 2015.
For more information, visit www.umayyad.eu