TIDE virtual tour across Atlantic Area continues. This week, our final stop will be the region of Cantabria in the North of Spain, where our partner Cantabrian Government is planning to develop two interesting pilots to develop new sustainable tourism attractions.
According to our partner Jorge Muyo from the Government of Cantabria, one of the actions will be connected to shipbuilding, a meaningful industry within the history of the region. On the one hand, ‘Cantabria Land of ships’ will allow visitors to virtually experience the development and design of a ship, from the technical design to the end of the process. On the other hand, ‘Cantabria land of the army’, is another virtual reality (VR) experience that will immerse visitors in the launch of the army ships and the process of the creation of the historical resources of the Spanish Navy. “TIDE is developing tools to help us to develop new tourism relationships with visitor attractions in Cantabria and with other Atlantic regions”, adds Jorge.
Local visitor attractions
Cantabria has a strong maritime history and many visitor attractions connected to TIDE project’s themes. Among others, the Cantabrian Maritime Museum, located in the bay of Santander, develops a two-dimension concept with natural and human environment, offering the impact of the sea in nature and technology. In this way, the visitor can dive into the depths of marine biology, fishing ethnography, the history and technology of the Cantabrian Sea and the development to the rest of the world.
In reference to the ‘Napoleonic’ theme of the project, our partner Jorge Muyo highlights the Napoleon Fort in the village of Santoña, a prime example of historical site identification and Napoleonic history in the region.
Another interesting fort that visitors can add to their wish list is the ‘San Martin Fort’, an army infrastructure also located in Santoña. It was built in the early 17th century and, originally, it was a battery equipped with four cannons, called ‘San Martín’, honouring the pre-existing hermitage. In 1992 it was declared a Site of Cultural Interest with the category of monument.
Finally, visitors can enjoy another site connected to a different TIDE project theme in Cantabria: Spanish Armada. Built in 1668, ‘San Carlos Fort’ was used until the end of the 19th century. The Fort is one the most known sites in relation with the Spanish Armada and the Independence War against the French Army.
Stay tuned! TIDE partners in Cantabria are also using Virtual Reality (VR) to enrich visitor experiences and introduce an exciting new dimension to tourism and cultural heritage!