The Sierra de las Nieves was one of 20 recipients of the European Commission’s EDEN awards for excellence as a tourist destinations which goes beyond commercial success to guarantee the area’s social, cultural and environmental sustainability. The awards were handed out at the European Forum on Tourism which was held recently in Bordeaux in France. The areas which receive the EDEN awards benefit from the advertising the EC provides for them at tourism conferences, promoting their traditions, customs and artistic heritage. The EC award is the fruit of work done by Sierra de la Nieves Rural Development Group which promotes the socio-economic growth of the area consisting of nine municipalities – Alozaina, Casarabonela, El Burgo, Guaro, Istán, Monda, Ojen, Tolox and Yunquera.



  1. Disgusted says:

    I think this award is fantastic and is everything the Sierra de las Nieves stands for.
    I find it increadable that during the same month we are receiving this award the Mayor of Casarabonela Sebastian Gomez Ponce is deliberating on a decision to sign a licence to expliot initaly 57 hectares of prime untouched forest and dehesa within 1.5 Km of the centre of the village. A UK quarry company wants to restart quarrying at an initially illegally opened quarry in 1991,which was closed back then due to problems,now request reopening after 17 years of inactivity. As the anouncment was made another company in which the Ex mayor has financial interests on the same mountain wants to open a marble quarry taking away another massive area.
    Both sites are in the area protected by the Government and EU as LIC one 40% the other 100% .What is going on here? Casarabonela has had over 6,000,000 euros of european union money to open up its roads and infrastructure to allow investment to come into the area.It has been awarded the Eden Project Destination of Excellance as Part of the Sierra de las Nieves and then they plan to open a disused quarry above the village which could be seen from 30 kilometers away.It beggars belief and shows that corruption and greed are alive and well still in Andalucia.

%d bloggers like this: