| The initiative seeks to promote the cultivation and gastronomy of rice as one of the great tourist attractions of the Northwest | Tourism will begin the process of implementing specific signage in the main road accesses, both on the Northwest motorway and on the A-30 Venta del Olivo The Ministry of Tourism, Youth and Sports promotes the rice fields of Calasparra as a safe tourist claim within the interior tourism offer of the Region of Murcia. The objective is to promote the cultivation and gastronomy of rice as one of the great tourist attractions of the Northwest and Calasparra as a destination in which the visitor can enjoy high experiential content, with safe and unique activities such as visits to the rice fields, They are developed outdoors, comply with all sanitary protocols and are carried out in contact with nature. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism, Youth and Sports, Cristina Sánchez, who, accompanied by the new directive of the Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Calasparra, visited the rice fields of the town and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Hope. Cristina Sánchez emphasized the importance of making this natural spectacle known to visitors from the Region as well as outside it, and assured that, for this, the Ministry will start the process of implementing specific signage in the main road accesses, both on the Northwest highway as well as on the A-30 Venta del Olivo. In this way, the visibility of this tourist resource will be reinforced and its accessibility by road will be improved, referencing the proximity of the rice fields, as well as some of the religious resources of Calasparra. The initiative will not only enhance the landscape value of the Calasparra rice field, but will also help to highlight it as a star gastronomic product within the framework of the 1,001 Flavors of the Region of Murcia. "It will be one of the venues chosen for the celebration of some of the most important events of the Gastronomic Capital of 2021 and the Ministry will promote its use in regional restaurants through the recently created 'Espigada dorada' badge," said the counselor.
. He also visited the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Hope, as one of the main resources of the Region of Murcia Sacra project and one of the obligatory stops for pilgrims and religious tourists visiting the destination. "It is a mandatory stop because it is an emblematic place and a tourist attraction in the municipality of Calasparra, one of the most visited in Spain and of course, a safe destination," he said. Calasparra, safe destination The Community's commitment to boosting rice is related to the potential that inland tourism has revealed as a safe vacation alternative, generator of identity and full of possibilities for tourists. To support the reactivation process of the activity, the Tourism Institute of the Region of Murcia (Itrem) has designed a catalog of experiences called 'Safe Moments', designed to boost local tourism and reactivate the tourism sector. Calasparra is the scene of some of these proposals, which include rafting down the river, caving in the Puerto cave or other possibilities for active tourism, such as a paddle surfing activity in the Alfonso XIII reservoir that will be offered soon.