Wreck exposed on Calpe’s La Fossa beach

LA FOSSA: A natural mooring place since Roman timesPhoto credit: Chisloup

SEVERAL swimmers at Calpe’s La Fossa beach have hurt themselves on the ribs of a wrecked fishing boat this year. 

Cesar Romero, who has holidayed in Calpe for the last 18 years with his family, is a keen snorkeller and already knew of the wreck’s existence.  

This lies 20 metres from the shore at a depth of two metres but became more exposed after Storm Gloria battered the coast last January. 


Romero told the local Spanish media that initially, he warned the La Fossa lifesavers about the wreck but they explained that there was nothing they could do about it.  It was the town hall’s responsibility to put up a warning sign, they said, so he took underwater photos and also videoed the wreck. 

He then showed them to Calpe’s mayor Ana Sala told her that other swimmers had hurt themselves on the exposed ribs. 

The mayor has since announced that warning signs would be put up although it has already been pointed out that the wreck could soon become a tourist draw for snorkellers. 

The boat was one of three fishing boats that sank in 1926 off the La Fossa beach, a natural mooring that had been in use since Roman times.  



Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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