Castalla is a small city located in the inner province of Alicante, with a population of approximately 8,000 residents. In the center of Castalla there is a castle and the historic center all around it.
This part of the city has been abandoned over the years by the local administrations, leaving it in a state of ruin, without a special planning for its revitalization and rehabilitation. The different public administrations have built (during the years of spanish economical growth) new buildings outside the city and, in 2003, they also built some housing for foreigners.
Therefore, the city is not poor, but his administrators use public money for personal interests: one city mayor (the one before the actual, both from Partido Popular), owns a construction company, that built most of the new buildings.
Public interest has been put aside, so the architectural variety of the historic center has gradually deteriorated and disappeared, because a special planning for the city urbanization has never been studied.
Here, together with a group of neighbors and citizens, we have created the association “Amics i veïns del centre històric de Castalla” (the page is in valenciano), to demand urgent action in this important part of town, now falling.
pictures and text by Gema Jover, from the association “Amics i veïns del centre històric de Castalla”