Environmental Education Centre
CEM El Captivador
CEM El Captivador is a leisure and educational complex created with a main objective: bringing Nature closer to people and spreading knowledge about Mediterranean History and the History of our town, La Nucía. All Centre facilities have been designed with the aim of getting closer to people through an open and flexible space of information exchange. The CEM is managed by La Nucía Town Hall together with the University of Alicante.
This Centre has an informative nature. It is a model for sustainable buildings completely integrated in the environment, topography and vegetation existing in this area.
All Centre facilities have been designed with a bioclimatic architectural structure, which seeks to reduce as far as possible environmental impact. The CEM is a self-sufficient building, which does not generate waste. Bioclimatic architecture is considered an effective way of supporting alternative energies.
CEM Building can be defined as an icon of culture and modernity. Its design is greatly influenced by the buildings already existing in this area, but with a spirit of modernity.
Our Heritage: “La Sèquia Mare”
In the year 1666, without knowing the profound effects it would have in the future, Beatriz Fajardo de Mendoza, Señora from the Barony of Polop, founded the “Nuevo Riego” (“The new Irrigation”). Later, this construction led to the building of another important irrigation system: what we popularly know today as “Sèquia Mare”. (An irrigation channel).
The “Sèquia Mare” channelled the water from the town of Polop to the town of Benidorm. It solved the problem of drinking water in these lands, improving irrigation techniques and consequently improving growing fields in general. Thanks to this irrigation channel, the region of La Marina Baixa greatly increased its population and the towns of this region turned into the towns we know today.
Ethnological Museum José Soler
La Nucía traditional society has passed us down a whole wealth of culture enabling us to find out how people really lived in the region of La Marina Baixa: photographs, eyewitness accounts and items which constituted the way of living and understanding the world in this region, everyday objects which tell us about those who created and used them. Recovering such objects is one of the most important aims of the Ethnological Museum José Soler and this has been possible through altruistic donations, which have provided the museum with a rich and varied collection.
The Museum has a permanent exhibition divided into three thematic rooms, which define the relationship between people and the environments in which they live and work:
- Room 1, Culture and Tradition. In this room the most common elements found in a traditional house of this region are exhibited. La Nucía traditional customs play an important role, too.
- Room 2, traditional occupations and industries. In this room the tools used for the most traditional jobs in La Marina Baixa are exhibited. For example, the equipment used to make sausages. Amongst the most common occupations at that time we can mention the following: quarrymen, stonecutters, blacksmiths and carpenters.
- Room 3, Agriculture and Cattle Breeding: this part of the collection aims to give an overall view of the tools traditionally used to work on the land, from the very beginning to harvesting.
As well as these three thematic rooms, the Museum has a fantastic outdoor exhibition. We highly recommend you take a look at the representation of the oil elaboration process.