|Last years display rising from the sea|
Everything is ready for tonight, Saturday 11th August... the Castell de l´Olla - one of the most famous firework displays in the province. It is an anual event which takes place to mark the end of the San Lorenzo fiesta and people come not only from neighboring towns, but from across the whole of Spain to watch this incredible event. Nearby restaurants have been booked up for months... especially those that have a view of the sea.
The main difference from other firework displays is that this one is let off from six floating pontoons on the sea - covering about 400 square metres and nearly two tons of gunpowder! The pontoons are located near to Villa Gadea and the organizers have spent this last week placing offshore submarine cables which are used to set the fireworks off. A team of 40 have been working from 6am until nightfall to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
The display which is fired off at 12 midnight, lasting for about half an hour can be seen from miles around as they light up the sky with a mass of colour - and for those close enough, they are accompanied by classical music.
Many actually go in the afternoon with a picnic and then have their spot for the main event at midnight. The police, guardia civil and protection civil will all be out in force and a temporary first aid post/field hospital will be set up near to the police station at Villa Gadea .... just behind the Villa Gadea hotel. In total about 500 people will be helping behind the scenes to ensure everything goes safely to plan.
If you plan on going have fun ... its certainly worth going to at least once. But watch your valuables... with so many people bumping into each other Im sure its a pickpockets paradise !
Below are a selection of pictures taken at this years La Olla Midnight display
Firework spectacular in Altea
Altea - a bus ride away from Benidorm
Fiesta time in Benidorm