Objections continue over Baria development

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Objections continue over Baria development
: BARIA: Once an ancient Phoenician settlement Photo credit: Visit Andalucia

CUEVAS DEL ALMANZORA town hall ordered a halt to work at Baria in Villaricos.

Baria was occupied first by Phoenicians and later the Romans but Madrid-based developers who own a plot there plan to build 24 properties.

The current owners, who acquired the land from a Villaricos firm, are not authorised to excavate the site, found Policia Local officers who have cordoned off machinery while the situation is clarified.

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Cuevas’ mayor Antonio Fernandez emphasised that he hoped the cultural asset can be protected.

“That will difficult because the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the previous owners in 2014,” he admitted in the local Spanish media.

Fernandez revealed that he has been in contact with the Territorial Culture delegate Eloisa Cabrera who expressed interest in protecting the site.


Junta de Andalucia inspectors recently visited the site, making soundings to analyse part of a Phoenician wall as well as fragments of pottery presumably of Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman origin.

The ideal solution would be a decision on the part of the Junta de Andalucia to buy the plot but this is unlikely, bearing in mind that this would cost around €3 million after taking into account the developers’ loss of earnings.


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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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