At first Zapallar part of the Hacienda Catapilco. Its owner, Don Francisco Javier Ovalle, built a winery in the bay, which would serve as a residence during their stay in the place. At the creek, embarked Ovalle production finances.
When in 1884 was the division of property of Don Francisco Javier Ovalle and Doña Isabel Vicuña, Cachagua of the gut, within which was located Zapallar was allotted to their children and Olegario Juanuario latter sold his share to his brother. Don Olegario always had a predilection for Zapallar and worked to transform it into a beautiful spa and elegant European style, which visited several resorts on the old continent.
You could say that the foundation of Zapallar as spa was in 1892, the year that Don Olegario endowed the first site to Don Manuel Valledor. By 1906 had reached Zapallar many families, most of which was installed in the coastal edge.
The years between 1907 and 1924 were of intense activity and growth in the spa, built a large number of summer houses, which were held in various styles: colonial, neogothic, rustic and so on. In general primÃ³el eclecticism, the result of strong European influence in these times. Some of the most prominent are the homes of Don Manuel Vicuna Subercasseaux and Solar Aldunate Don Carlos, built in 1912 and 1915, respectively, by architect Joshua Smith Solar. Also notable is the Don Alvaro Casanova, an eccentric painter who built a castle with turrets and bridge elevadizo. There is also the huge mansion of Don Carlos Werner, and the house Bavarian-style house built Hildesheim-commissioned by Maria Luisa Mac-Clure.
During these years important advances were made in infrastructure and public spaces. Rides were built, down to the beach, etc.. In 1917 he built the Church, against which, by mid-century, was installed a battery of brass that belonged to the Order of Poor Clares and dating back to 1682.
The elements that combine to make this spa a special environment are diverse.
The most widely used type of housing was the "village", since by their characteristics: pleasant and comfortable interior, nice gardens, views to nature, etc.. Was the one that best met the conditions required by their owners. The families who built the first houses Zapallar belonged to high socio-economic level of our country, the Creole elite, "and as such, these mansions were looking for in the same comfort they had in their homes for the city. Many of the current owners are the direct descendants of the founding families of the spa, which has favored the preservation of their traditional character.
Moreover, all the houses are located within extensive grounds, so that there is perfect harmony between them and the natural environment that surrounds them. Also appears as a particular feature of the special care that was put into the design of the facades, which are enriched with various decorative elements.
All these elements combined with the beauty of the bay, the natural environment that surrounds it and the particularity of the old summer houses, combine to make this resort a pleasant and beautiful place that has preserved the tradition through the time.