Casa Mediterraneo has its official seat at the old Benalua station in Alicante, southeastern Spain, a protected building which opened in 1887 as a railway station.
The station was the symbol of the Alicante-Murcia corridor given its proximity to the Alicante Port, the most important Spanish trade seaport in the Mediterranean. Throughout the years it experienced minor changes on its facade, allowing to keep it virtually unchanged to date. The building began to suffer from progressive degradation following its closure as a train station in the late sixties, and was neglected for decades.
On 14 July 2009, the Spanish Railway Infrastructure Administrator (ADIF) gave in the property to Casa Mediterraneo to host the public consortium’s seat.
Benalua station has undergone since then a comprehensive restoration comprising three phases designed by the Spanish architect Manuel Ocaña. While the first and the second phases were completed as envisaged, the third one was replaced by a transitional project based on efficiency criteria which has enabled to seal and safeguard the building from outside disturbances such as weather occurrences, and has enabled its use for office purposes and for holding events.