THE CENTRAL government has announced it will allocate €350,000 to the restoration works of the tower of Les Caletes in Benidorm and works to the cliff on which it sits, nestled in the natural park of the Sierra Gelada.
The announcement was made on Wednesday morning as Government Delegate in the Community – Juan Carlos Moragues visited the site, accompanied by the Head of the Provincial Service of Coasts – Rosa de los Rios, the Sub-Delegate of the Government in the Province – Jose Miguel Saval and the Mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, as well as other councillors of the municipality.
The restoration works, which have already begun through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, will save the sixteenth century watch tower from deterioration.
The watch tower has been declared of Cultural Interest (BIC) and represents the oldest monument of the municipality of Benidorm that still remains partially standing.
Project leaders have explained that the works are intended to preserve the integrity of the tower and its surroundings.
The masonry that has detached from its walls will be preserved and the debris of its base will be repaired – the cliff on which it sits will be stabilised through the installation of steel bar anchors and stainless steel wire mesh.
The works – which will include environmental and archaeological monitoring – will last for a period of three months, meaning, as Moragues said on Wednesday, ‘the tower can be enjoyed this summer in its finished state by residents and tourists alike.’
The Mayor of Benidorm has advanced that the restoration works to the tower and the cliff on which it sits will be accompanied by other municipal projects in the near future that will inject even more value in to the surroundings of the municipality.