In 2019, the Balearic Islands will see the development and progression of several key tourism projects funded by the sustainable tourism tax. Here the Balearic Islands tourist board showcases important sustainable tourism initiatives for 2019 that will be implemented across the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
SAN ANTONIO BAY COASTAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT
In 2019 the island of Ibiza will be undertaking a coastal management project which includes the installation of a pedestrian walkway, improving the durability of the area’s sewage system and reconstructing and expanding existing piers. The project, which will be carried out by 2022, will take place along the entire coastal area of San Antonio Bay in Ibiza stretching from Cala Gració beach to Port d’es Torrent beach. The creation of a main cycle and pedestrian pathway along with increased signage and lighting is set to improve the infrastructure of the local area for both residents and tourists, whilst the reconstruction of piers aims to ease maritime traffic.
PROMOTION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
In 2019 the Balearic Islands will focus on promoting the use of electric cars across each of the islands with the aim of helping reduce CO2 emissions and other polluting gases. The project to implement the necessary infrastructure for the use of electric vehicles on the public road network and public transport services. The plan also oversees the establishment of fast charging points for electric vehicles around the islands. Aided ably by the tourism tax.
SIGNPOSTING OF BIKE ROUTES IN MALLORCA
An area of focus for 2019 is improving current signposting of cycle routes across the island of Mallorca in a bid to promote off-season tourism in Mallorca. The new signposts will create a safer transportation model for cyclists, encourage sustainable mobility and promote cycling as a safe and efficient transport measure. There will be three types of signposting such as general information boards, indicative signs and the use of arrows, along with signs placed at the start of hills and mountains.
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE RESTORATION PROJECT FOR THE CABRERA NATIONAL PARK
In 2019, the Balearic Islands will launch an initiative aimed at improving the water infrastructure system and drinking water supply at Cabrera National Park, an island located 10km off the south east coast of Mallorca. The project aims to improve water storage, distribution and purification systems with a focus on leak control, saving water and optimising resources to improve public health in the area.
THE RESTORATION OF THE CAMI DE CAVALLS TRAIL
In 2019 the Camí de Cavalls trail, a historical footpath across the coast of Menorca, will be restored. The project aims to recover parts of the trail which have become worn over time as a result of coastal urban development and the closure of parts of the path due the building of private estates. Traditional dry-stone techniques will be used to recover and preserve the route whilst also developing public road infrastructure on the island.
THE RE-OPENING OF THE SA SENIETA DE FORMENTERA RURAL ESTATE
The sustainable tourism tax was recently used to purchase the Sa Senieta estate in Formentera; the only property on the island that has been declared a cultural heritage asset under the Balearic Islands Historical Heritage Law. The local council of Formentera acquired and restored the 18th century rural property and house located in the historical centre of Sant Francesc Xavier, re-opening it to the public, in a bid to recover some of the historical and cultural heritage of Formentera. Following this recent acquisition, the public can now visit three museums on the site and discover Formentera’s ethnographic collection, the specialised library and exhibition space.