One block from the town square and across from its historic clock, Villa Doña Emilia was once the residence of the Rodríguez Jiménez family, who imported building materials from France in the late 19th century and assembled the house at its current location. Villa Doña Emilia, currently under renovation, is just one of several Victorian-style houses still standing in downtown Montecristi.

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Iconic Sights in Montecristi


Reloj de Montecristi

The clock tower in Montecristi’s town square, shaped like a mini-version of the Eiffel Tower, was designed by French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower-fame, and built by famous French clockmaker Jean-Paul Garnier.

Montecristi, Iconic Sights

Sea Salt Ponds

Before arriving in the heart of town are Montecristi’s renowned salt ponds. You can tour the area to see how sea salt is made; seawater is concentrated in shallow, man-made ponds before the seawater evaporates, leaving behind large salt crystals that are then transformed into table salt.

Montecristi, Iconic Sights

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