Eight unused train stations in the Alentejo, six of them in the Beja region and two in the Évora region, will be converted for tourism purposes.
Tenders for the transfer of exploration rights for eight railway stations were launched at a ceremony in Alcácer do Sal (Setubal) presided over by the Secretary of State for Tourism, Commerce and Services, Nuno Fazenda.
In a statement sent to Lusa, the Ministry of Economy and the Sea said interested parties can submit their applications until September 12, 2024.
In the Beja region, six railway stations are affected: Baleição, Quintos and Ponte do Guadiana (all in the municipality of Beja), Casevel (in the municipality of Castro Verde), and Pias and Serpa/Brinches stations (in the municipality of Beja). Serpa).
The competitions announced within the framework of the protocol concluded between Fundo Revive Natureza and IP Património also concern the stations of Pavia and Cabesan, located in the municipality of Mora (Évora).
According to the ministry, “these old railway stations will be redeveloped, which will contribute to regional and local development through new uses for tourism purposes.”
“Revive Natureza is an opportunity for these stations and other properties that have been empty for decades to undergo redevelopment,” said Secretary of State Nuno Fazenda, quoted in the statement.
The official also said that “it is an important tool for the improvement of man-made and natural heritage, revitalization through tourism of abandoned and degraded public heritage.”
The Revive Natureza Foundation, managed by TF Turismo Fundos – SGOIC, SA, seeks to renovate public facilities “for tourism or other purposes, creating an economic impact in the locality or region in which they are located.”
Source: The Portugal News