Catoira is inspiration. In Torres del Oeste, Rosalia de Castro wrote: "“¡Ou Torres do Oeste!, Tan soias e mudas, ca vós atentaches, a miña tristura”. ( She wrote in a nostalgic and melancholic style). And in 2014, the TVE2 program, “La aventura del saber”, "The Adventure of Knowledge", recorded an audiovisual document, built on historical fiction and on the creative imagination of its team, for which the doors of the old Romanesque chapel was opened, rare church which always remains dormant.
Catoira is culture. A delicate line or a rubber band, that separates fraternity among several European countries.
The Council of Europe awarded the consideration of historical-cultural association, to Destination Vikings, Jimmy Moncrieff´s group. From this formal consideration, Vikings destinations such as the Shetland Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Iceland ... among others, and now, too Galicia, are officially part of the tourist circuit of the “viking steps”.
Denmark and Spain, - Catoira Frederikssund -, are populations joined in brotherhood, from about twenty years ago. Jimmy has enlarged the family, by placing the prow of a drakar, in the Galician map.
This recognition would not have been possible without the cultural management carried out for years by the inhabitants of Catoira and its institutions, as well as artists, archaeologists, translators.
It is not a coincidence that year after year, travelers from all over Europe go on pilgrimage to the Towers. One year, Irish travellers , another year, from the Shetland, another year from Denmark. Behind this success, there is a constant work, remembering the start in 1960, by Ateneo de Ullán.
Let´s go back to <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">El mirlo blanco<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">, where we left Jimmy with the journalist of La Voz de Galicia. There is a conversation about the Council of Europe. The council has led to the creation of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, which as it is on their website, offers hundreds of cultural routes in Europe.
For example, “in the footsteps of Al Andalus” or “the footsteps of the Franciscan monasteries”, among others.
And one finds that all steps are crossed. To travel is the powerful verb and which enables, the European cultural tourism. The parents of European travel literature, for example, H.C. Andersen, travel writer, and Claudio Magris, with his hypnotic style of travel, to the Danube, are the first cultural travelers in the old continent. In a subjective way, as a person who carries their life in her suitcase, in a cultural sense, as a person who values every step, every fallen stone, every ruin, and in an artistic sense, as somebody who creates a fable and fiction. <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" />