Keeping an eye on local history of Altea

LA OLLA: coastguards’ lookout post.

ALTEA’S old Guardia Civil post is getting a facelift. It is situated on a small headland at the end of the Corredor Verde pedestrian and cycle path running from the Algar to La Olla. 

Built in the early 1900s, it was the coastguards’ station until the 1940s when the Carabineros merged with the Guardia Civil.  It was vacated in the 1960s when the Guardia Civil headquarters was built on the main road.

Although there is little cash to spare, Altea town hall is investing in its heritage, explained Urban Development councillor Carolina Punset.

Restoring the Carabineros post will be expensive and have to be completed little by little, Punset said. Improvements will be made gradually, according to available funds. 

“We have started by cleaning up the site, removing rubble and painting the exterior.  Sixteen lorry-loads of rubbish have already been removed from the site,” she added.

The La Olla building will be included in the municipality’s Catalogue of Heritage Assets listing the properties and features the town hall wishes to protect. The Portal Nou in the Old Town is the next project. “We are going to repair the Eighteenth Century archway which is in a very poor state,” Punset said.

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