Alcoutim mayor wants more cross-border events

in World · 25-10-2018 10:15:00 · 0 Comments

The Mayor of Alcoutim, one of the Algarve’s remotest border towns, has held meetings with his Spanish counterparts with a view to creating more cross-border events to boost the area’s profile.

Osvaldo Gonçalves, accompanied by Deputy-Mayor Paulo Paulino and councillor Júlio Cardoso, participated in a meeting in Sanlúcar de Guadiana (Spain) on 17 October, which also involved the Diputacion de Huelva, Provincial Tourist Board of Huelva, Mancomunidad de Beturia and Ayuntamiento de Sanlúcar.
The objective was to “flesh out and implement a series of cross-border projects” and discuss the required financial support to “create more conditions for joint events” between Alcoutim, on the Guadiana River across from Spain, and the Municipality of Sanlúcar de Guadiana opposite it.
One of the most famous shared events is the Contraband Festival, which is held in Alcoutim in March, and attracts thousands of people.
This year the event featured a floating pedestrian bridge linking Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana.
The Contraband Festival, whose first edition took place in 2017, is held as a shining example of cross-border events and is strategic to the county’s tourism development.


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