Department of Tourism in Xàbia offers a way to
access the town's monuments and coastal attractions
without leaving home through its website using Virtual Tours and
360° photographs as well as a number of audio guides
which are available in five languages, including English,
with information about some of the monuments related
by characters from local history.
entering the virtual guides, simple click on the (>)
icon to start the virtual 3D platform. On the bottom
right, there is an option to view in VR using the VR
headsets Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear after downloading
the appropriate application for the phone. Note: this
is not available for all phones.
the bottom left are options to view some 360° images
of the building, to view the Dollhouse 3D rendering of
the building or space or the 2D floor plan, to select which level
you want to visit, and even to make a measurement. Once
"inside", you can walk around by
selecting the blue or red circles which are point of
interest, or follow the faint circles on the floor to
wander at your own pace. Use left-click held down on
the mouse to look around, left and right, up and down,
and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
decided to try another of these virtual tours for ourselves and visit
one of the most colourful houses in Xàbia, the
One of the most iconic buildings in the
historic centre, the current Ca Lambert was built by
the Tena family in 1857, paid for by the wealth accumulated
during the lucrative years of the raisin trade. Its
early function was related to this trade which was at
its economic peak in the Marina Alta region at the time.
However, as competition and disease results in a slow
decline in the industry at the beginning of the 20th
century, the house was transformed into the Tena pharmacy
which continued to function right up until the 1980s.
During a recent renovation, several old architectural
features were discovered dating back to the 16th century,
all made from local tosca sandstone. Today, it is a
space used for different cultural activities, including
a popular gallery space showcasing many local artists.
entering the virtual tour, we find ourselves on the
ground floor, just inside the huge wooden entrance doors,
where the main exhibition area is located. In recent
years, during the festive season, it is in this space
that the main municipal nativity scene has been created.
We can explore many of the rooms and see clearly how
historical features have been merged with the modern
touch. We can climb the stairs right up to the top floor
and see how many different opportunities are offered
for different cultural activities.
a virtual wander around the building yourself and see
if you can find the wooden figures.
for our virtual experience of climbing the clock tower
of the fortress-church of San Bartolomé.
for our virtual experience of visiting the lighthouse
of Cabo de la Nao.
for our virtual experience of exploring the iconic chapel
of Santa Llucia.
for our virtual experience of exploring the Cova Tallada.
other virtual tours around monuments and places of interest
in Xàbia, click here.