The Altea bunkers – a reminder of Spain’s past
6/20/22, CH: Anyone walking along the beach in the Spanish fishing village of Altea on the Costa Blanca can do more than just watch the waves. Attentive beach walkers also discover a special sight of the village. Particularly recognizable near Cap Negret, just a little northeast of the town center, are idiosyncratic concrete structures. A closer look quickly reveals that these are bunkers. Near the water’s edge, directly on the shore, concrete blocks defy the tides. Even though the tides have already left their mark on the massive concrete walls, some of the structures still protrude several meters from the gravel and form a surreal picture here.
Historical landmark and photo motif
The thought quickly arises as to whether these structures date from World War II. But Spain has largely stayed out of this greatest conflict-ridden period of the 20th century. This circumstance, among other things, is responsible for the fact that so many city centers in Spain’s cities are still well preserved today. The bunker, however, dates from the time of the Spanish Civil War. Fortunately, the country has long since left this period behind, but even in tranquil Altea there are still architectural reminders of it. Today, the bunker is considered a small tourist attraction. With the contrast of the sea and the headland of the Serra Gelada nature park in the background, the bunker today serves as an extraordinary photo motif. If you want, you can also come here at night. Then some bunkers are illuminated from the inside. In total, there are nine such sites around Altea, although some are barely recognizable.
On the track of the history of Spain
If you are interested in the history of Spain, you will find numerous other historical sights on the Costa Blanca. Many Spain fans take advantage of the opportunity to own a vacation home in Spain. From this base, you can gradually head for the places of interest in the region to get to the bottom of Spain’s history.