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.
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.