‘Abandoned’ heritage in Costa Blanca’s Almuñecar could be lost forever

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AT RISK: Puente de Noy Necropolis is one of the ‘abandoned areas’ according to Rocío Palacios PSOE. CREDIT: Motril Digital/YouTube

THE PSOE party of Almuñecar and La Herradura have expressed their concerns about the risk of losing important archaeological sites, and the ‘unfortunate abandonment’ of assets of cultural interest to the public.

Spokesperson, Rocío Palacios, said: “Archaeological sites such as the Puente de Noy Necropolis, testimony of incalculable value of our Phoenician-Punic past are totally abandoned, unprotected, affected by rain and other inclement weather, overgrown grass, without any cleaning, and there are gates and oxidized protection fences without any tourist signalling.”

She said “it is inconceivable that a site of that importance, which was used even by the Romans and that survived as a burial place from the seventh to the first century BC, is in that state of abandonment and that you cannot even visit it”.

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Rocío Palacios

The party has highlighted other archaeological areas in a similar situation:

These include the salting factory of the Parque del Majuelo (which dates back to the end of the 5th century BC or the beginning of the 4th century BC), San Miguel Castle and the Aqueduct of La Carrera and Roman baths of La Carrera.


Palacios added: “It is sad to see that our municipal government cares so little to keep that legacy in an adequate state. Our historical past, the vestiges that remain of it, is one of the main values ​​that define us as a town and that differentiate us from other tourist destinations.

“We must keep our important historical heritage in an adequate state of conservation and signalling so that it can be known by both our visitors and our residents.”

She went on to say that if the local government does not act fast, “the damage will be irreparable”.


Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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