Mealhada creates a visitor center in the Palace Hotel do Bussaco | Aveiro

The Câmara da Mealhada will invest more than one million euros in the renovation of the old garage of the Palace Hotel do Bussaco, which is located next to the gardens of the building, the municipality announced on Wednesday.

The work is to transform the former garage of the Palace Hotel do Bussaco into a “multi-service room for visitor support with a shop, cafeteria, sanitary facilities (for employees and visitors) and a multi-purpose room with an exhibition and playfulness,” says the municipality of Mealhada in the Aveiro district.

A public invitation to tender with a basic price of 980 thousand euros has been opened for this work, to which a value added tax of more than one million euros with a duration of one year is added.

The garage is owned by the Portuguese state and granted to the Fundação Mata do Buçaco on a usufruct basis. According to the cooperation protocol formalized in June 2020 with the regional cultural directorate of the center (DRCC), this is the execution of the contract with the Câmara da Mealhada.

“The municipality of Mealhada undertakes to carry out the restoration project and for this purpose it takes on the role of the owner of the work”, with the DRCC competing to “provide the necessary technical support both in the phase of the start of the pre-contractual procedures that are related to the implementation of the intervention, either in the monitoring phase of the respective execution “, explains the municipality in a press release to the agency Lusa.

Mealhada Mayor Rui Marqueiro sees the intervention as “a further step” in the requalification and maintenance of Mata do Buçaco and the resulting improvement in the “welcome rooms for visitors to give them a better experience”.

The mayor says the community is “working” to present the candidacy of the “Barefoot Carmelite Desert and the Palace of the Bussaco Building Complex” as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization).

Working in the old garage in the Palácio do Buçaco “reinforces” the “cultural, historical, patrimonial, religious, military and natural value that exists on the 105 hectares of the Mata Nacional do Buçaco,” emphasizes Rui Marqueiro.

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