Lighthouse and villa are firm favourites

LIGHTHOUSE: Easier to get to now.

MORE than 180,000 people visited Albir’s lighthouse on the Costa Blanca in 2014.

The road through the Sierra Helada natural park makes visiting the lighthouse much easier than when it was built in 1853 and is a favourite walk with residents and visitors.

The light itself is still vital to the area’s shipping but the Faro de l’Albir has been a small museum and visitor centre since 2011. At present it houses an exhibition of photographs reflecting how lighthouse keepers lived and worked in the past.

The Villa Romana, an open-air archaeological museum just behind the Albir seafront, is an even older link to the area’s past. The excavated ruins of a Roman villa built between the third and fifth century AD received 7,000 visits last year.

It is one of the principal features of the ‘We love Sundays Albir’ campaign with its gastronomic, environmental, commercial and sports offer  for weekend visitors.

Alfaz del Pi was committed to recovering and conserving the town’s cultural heritage and assets, said the town’s mayor, Vicente Arques.

Thanks to employment workshops, the old Carabineros building, once the coastguards’ barracks, can be restored this year. This too would become another visitor centre, Arques revealed.

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