This is a simple route, about 30 minutes long, which starts at the Interpretation Centre of Puerto Real and passes through the Old Market Hall (18th century), the Principal Theater (19th century), the Callejón del Arco (s.XVIII) and the Town Hall (s.XVIII). It is a route to discover the unique urban layout of Puerto Real, its colonial air and some of its most emblematic spaces, corners and buildings.
1 INTERPRETATION CENTRE
The Interpretation Centre is a museistic space designed to discover the history, the near past and the present of the city. A place to know the city’s way of life, the life of its citizens, their experiences, traditions and the city’s cultural heritage, and a perfect way to start any tourist route in Puerto Real.
2 OLD MARKET HALL
The work of Torcuato Benjumeda, it is a Neoclassical building dating from the late 18th century and is the oldest in Andalusia still in use as a marketplace. The building retains its two façades, built in stone and topped by a cornice, with seven arches on Nueva Street and five on Soledad Street. It consists of a central nave and two vaulted side naves. The Old Market Hall is the commercial heart of the historic center of Puerto Real and it is possible to buy all kinds of fish, seafood, vegetables, meats and seasonal products.
The Teatro Principal is the second oldest theater in Andalusia in use. The building, Neoclassic in the outside and Modernist in the inside, was inaugurated in 1859 and is a piece of Manuel García del Álamo. It meets the model of Italian theater of the 19th century, in which the hall, the room with approximate horseshoe shape and the stage, are linked along the main axis, receiving the spaces of relationship -halls, corridors and stairs- a treatment that gives them relevance in the whole.
4 CALLEJÓN DEL ARCO
This is a pedestrian alley about forty meters long framed by two rounded arches dating from the 17th century made from ostionera stone. The aspect of this alley must be very close to what should have been its original configuration as a real balcony to the sea. Neighbors of the alley take charge of its embellishment, keeping it dressed with pretty pots of flowers and preserving the façades of their houses with the white lime typical of the Andalusian houses.
5 TOWN HALL
The current building of the Consistorial House was, in its origins, one of the most important manor houses in the city. It was built by the Byass family, which occupied it for at least a century. The City Council established its headquarters there in 1910. As a curiosity, the chimes of the clock that mark the hours on its façade, sound at o’clock and, again, after two minutes. Inside, the Plenary Hall stands out, presided over by the institutional coat of arms of the town and, on the other side, an important canvas by the 19th century painter Justo Ruiz Luna.