TOTEM PORTAL VELL
You have just entered Altea’s old Renaissance quarters.
Altea’s Bastion and Renaissance Area was declared a Cultural Heritage Site (BIC) in 2013.
The Bastion conserves its original 1617 structure, with gates giving access to the fortress. The Virgen del Consuelo Church, built between the late 19th and early 20th centuries over the remains of the primitive17th century church, provides character to the ensemble as a whole.
Magnificent buildings from the foundation period, built of the 18th and 19th centuries, have also been conserved.
Portal Vell Gate: The 17th century Portal Vell or Puerta de Valencia Gate opens out to the Camino Real to the north town wall.
It includes remains of the old Sentry Post, which is thought to have remained as a public right of way along the its perimeter. The house situated at nº 5 Calle Salamanca conserves one of the wall’s sentry posts on its north side.
The Tower (lost element): The area had four complementary defensive elements: The tower next to the Portal Vell Gate, the Castle by the bastion in the south-west corner, the Town Hall and Court House in the in the south-east angle, and the Casa de la Señoría in the north-east angle of the wall.
It was a small square tower situated at the corner by the Portal Vell Gate.
The Calle Mayor street links the Portal Vell Gate to the Church Square.