Friday, May 21, 2010

The case of the disappearing castles

More so that in Britain, Spain seems to love paperwork. Any visit you make to an official organisation results in a sheaf of papers all duly stamped and signed. That might seem to promote an air of efficiency but can in fact mask and compound a multitude of errors.

In the latest gaff, the Council for Environment, Water, Urbanism and Housing have admitted that there are mistakes in its plan of the Vega Baja because on it there are castles that do not exist. They say that it is not their fault because their plan was copied from a study by the Department of Geography at the University of Valencia.

There are in fact five castles situated at; Callosa de Segura, Cox, Guardamar del Segura, Orihuela and Rojales and not the thirteen that the Council listed. The Council also list four watch towers between Pilar de la Horadada and Torrevieja.

The non existent castles are at San Miguel de Salinas, another in Algorfa (that is actually a stately home), one in Benejúzar, one in Granja de Rocamora and finally one between Dolores and the two dayas -Nueva and Vieja-

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