Link to Javea’s Civil War defences

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Link to Javea's Civil War defences
JAVEA TUNNELS: Entrance still visible in the 1950s Photo credit: Javea town hall

SOON it will be possible to explore a network of  Civil War tunnels near Javea port.

The visit must be virtual, not in person, owing to the “precarious” condition of the galleries excavated 20-metres into the Caleta de Puerto cliff, explained Javea’s Culture councillor Quico Moragues.

This will be the first time the public will be able to view one of the few remaining reminders of Javea’s defensive architecture relating to the 1936-1939 Civil War.

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The entrance to the tunnels is now hidden, boarded up in the 1970s and overgrown with vegetation.  When they were first reopened it was assumed that they had been excavated to provide air-raid shelters to the local population although that theory has now been discarded.

“After closer examination, it was decided that the tunnels were probably a munitions store for the Republican torpedo boats and anti-submarine craft that protected the coast against attack,” Moragues said.


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Linda Hall
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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