The architectural legacy bequeathed by the Middle Ages constitutes one of the treasures of Catalan heritage. Applying an educational and experiential approach, the Border Castles Route encompasses several itineraries to discover the castles and fortresses of today’s Catalonia and their surrounding landscapes.
The Strategic Tourism Plan for Catalonia (2013-2016) sought to improve the integrated management of tourism and align its development with regional potential and planning, fostering sustainable competitiveness among the regions.
The Border Castles Route designed by MagmaCultura is part of this pioneering plan. The project therefore had to take the characteristics and peculiarities of the assigned area of development into account, that is, Catalonia’s inland area, its potential and resources, to contribute to enhancing its historical and architectural heritage, and to the region’s economic and social profitability through the development of cultural tourism.
MagmaCultura, as the company specialising in cultural tourism responsible for designing the route, based its work on the following goals:
Our work started out with documentation and research to gain more in-depth knowledge of the heritage assets that were to comprise the route, both from a historical and architectural perspective, with a view to identifying the pillars that would allow us to connect the heritage with the territory.
On the basis of all this information, we went on to:
The uniqueness of the route’s heritage assets and their importance in Catalonia’s development over history make it a complementary and valuable resource for cultural tourism.
Furthermore, the interpretation and dissemination of the Border Castles Route contributes to restoring a significant share of Catalonia’s historical and geographical heritage.