DINGLI: BEYOND CLIFFS
Topic of the practice
Setting up of a circular descriptive, self-interpretive, trail centred on Dingli’s rural natural, cultural and architectural heritage landmarks.
Good Practice Information
The good practice “Dingli beyond Cliffs” shows how to create a heritage and natural interpretative trail within Dingli’s rural area to make the area more attractive to tourists. Dingli’s rural area possesses a great wealth of cultural and architectural heritage with ample touristic potential.
The Interpretative Centre is an integral element of the “Dingli beyond Cliffs” project and is seeking to promote indigenous talents, traditional arts and crafts and foods and beverages associated with the rural character of the Maltese islands.
Apart from signposting, information boards, leaflets and brochures, the investment included the development of a multilingual website and recreational parks as well. The project required an investment of € 320,000 over 3 years.
The good practice can be easily transferred to other rural areas that possess cultural heritage and would like to promote it through the use of specially dedicated paths and ICT.
Evidence of success
The goal of the good practice was to attract more visitors. Positive results were already seen during the first 2 years of implementation: During the year before the project starts, 290,250 people visited Dingli's rural area, while during the 1st implementation year, the visitors were 10% more and during the 2nd implementation year they were 20% more compared to the baseline results.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
The Executive Secretary
Dingli Local Council
Annex completed on: 02-03-2014