Thanks to a deal between the Almuñécar Town Hall and the Junta, La Herradura fort will be turned into a museum dedicated to the 1562 naval disaster.
This mass sinking that took place within La Herradra Bay is actually mentioned in the Spanish language’s most famous work of literature; Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote, believe it or not, which will be just one of the exhibits in the museum dedicated to this tragedy that claimed 4,000 lives.
The two administrations will provide a budget of 140,000 for the conversion work. The Junta will use a grants fund destined for the use of ‘touristic municipalities;’ i.e., towns whose principle income comes from tourism.
If all goes well, then by the end of 2020, the museum will open its doors.
The Town Hall acquired the fort in 2005 for 600,000 euros – it previously belonged to the Ministry of Defence. Since then, this building, which used to be a dilapidated Guardia Civil post, has been restored to its original design from 1764, thanks to a 1.9m-euro budget. It opened its doors to the public in 2010.
During this restoration work, a mural depicting the naval disaster was uncovered, dating back to the 18th Century.
(News: Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)