Unfond farewell for Altea’s Charco lagoon

town hall of Peñon.
CHARCO: Where is it?

ALTEA had two ‘come again?’ moments in recent days.

On one hand – as explained elsewhere in the Euro Weekly News – trains are trundling once more through the town, as they test the track and signals following a six-month modernisation programme.

On the other hand, practically nothing remains of the retaining wall of the lagoon that was routinely dismissed as the ‘Charco’ (Pond). It never fulfilled its potential and was loathed by seafront residents who had to tolerate the smell of stagnant water in the summer.

Soon it will be replaced by an artificial beach and a continuation of the Paseo Maritimo as far as the mouth of the River Algar. Altea’s mayor Jaume Llinares visited the work currently in progress accompanied by the councillors who head the Beaches, Infrastructure, Town Planning and Environment departments.

They were joined by municipal employees and coastal authority officials, as they inspected the new section of Paseo to decide on the paving and lighting that will be used.

All expressed satisfaction with the Costas’ flexibility over the materials used and its positive response to a request for easy access from the adjoining Plaza de Europa to the Paseo.


  1. Has the lagoon gone completely now or has it just started to be ‘demolished’. I arrive in Altea in about 4 weeks and I’m staying about 200m from the end of the promenade and was wondering about the construction work there.


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