One of the big initiatives in our village is the promotion of tourism. I know, I know – tourism has always been one of the big economic winners in Spain, given the wonderful beaches, vibrant cities and great weather!
But the cities and beach towns have always been the big winners in the tourism market. Now, with the economy in such a bad state, the inland areas have also caught the bug! So there is a big push on.
Yunquera now even has a real ‘tourism lady’. She is working hard to promote Yunquera and its unique access to the environmental wonders of the Sierra de las Nieves national park. It’s not easy! There are many, many inland villages trying to do similar things, and differentiating your village from the others, so that you can get your slice of the tourist dollar, is a challenge.
One of the activities that our tourism lady is pushing for, is promoting some of the traditional crafts of the area. Simple soap making from olive oil, water and lye is still practiced, as is lace making, and weaving of esparto grass (checkout this website). I’m really hoping these traditional crafts can be preserved before they die out altogether.
Last week, we were doing a bit of practice for one of the ‘tourist trail’ activities. The plan is to walk through a real olive grove, searching out aromatic herbs that grow wild, showing how to make a traditional village soap, and finally, showing how to make a simple, natural body cream out of ingredients found locally.
It’s all a gamble, but worth a try, to preserve the population and economic viability of these small inland villages.
Enjoy the video!