La Mata’s historic tower is undergoing repairs after the severe winter storms caused concerns that the original 14th century site monument could collapse.
REPORT AND PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREW ATKINSON.
The original tower situated on La Mata’s promenade that was constructed in the 14th century is set to see repairs completed this month.
Work got underway at the south La Mata area to repair the historical tower on the promenade after storms lashed the coast, causing severe damage, in March.
Huge repairs costs – both to buildings and the golden sandy beaches – have taken place this year after the Spanish Government were alerted to storms damage concerns.
A meeting in Madrid lead to over 1m euros worth of funding being earmarked for repairs.
Damage at La Mata’s old salt dock and at the La Mata promenade historic towers have been overseen by Domingo Soler, Torrevieja’s Councillor for Works and Services.
Skips and fencing have been in situ at the La Mata promenade site this summer, denying thousands of tourists a closer look at the tower, originally constructed in the 14th century, in defence of the town coming under Berber attack.
Works were given the go-ahead on the Torre del Embarcadero watch tower – a protected monument – after cracks appeared in the walls that lead to fears of collapse into the sea.
Authorisation was granted by the General Directorate of Heritage and the Generalitat of the Costas before work commenced.