Pego to turn Am­bra Cas­tle into tourist at­trac­tion

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Saman­tha Kett

A ME­DIEVAL moun­tain­top cas­tle could be­come a tourist at­trac­tion if Pego’s bid for Euro­pean Union fund­ing gets the green light.

The Am­bra Cas­tle, built in the 13th cen­tury, sits on a hill above Pego on the Vall d’Ebo road, but at present there is no easy way to ac­cess it.

And it re­mains shrouded in mys­tery: like many Moor­ish cas­tles in the re­gion, their his­tory is rel­a­tively un­known.

But a team of ar­chae­ol­o­gists and his­to­ri­ans in­tends to study and map it in full so day-trip­pers know what they are vis­it­ing.

The bar­bi­can, or outer wall, will be re­stored to en­able vis­i­tors to get in­side – it is cur­rently col­lapsed and will be partly funded by a re­gional her­itage grant of €31,000.

Find­ings at the Am­bra Cas­tle have shown how old it is, and that it was a de­fen­sive fortress, but lit­tle else.

And so far, all these his­tor­i­cal gems have been dis­played in mu­se­ums in Dé­nia and Gan­dia, but never in Pego, since the much smaller town does not have space.

The com­plete works will be able to go ahead if an EU grant in the sum of €50,000 is ap­proved.

It will be fin­ished by De­cem­ber 2019.

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