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If you thought building sand castles was childs play then you haven't been to Levante beach in Benidorm ! As you take a stroll along the front, dotted along the length of the promenade you will be astonished to find the most beautifully designed sand sculptures.

The details are amazing ......
"Sand Castle" ... literally!
The above sculpture of a castle, complete with moats, bridges and water fountains took two men 15 days to craft . It has to be sprayed with water at regular intervals otherwise the sand will dry out and the sculpture will collapse. Once finished they will remain for around 3/4 weeks before being demolished and another one built in its place. However, if a freak thunderstorm hits then its sooner as has been the case in the past month! The creators are on hand to repair any damage - often caused by wayward balls . There is someone guarding it 24 hours a day to stop it being vandalised  - in particular from Stag & Hen party participants.... normally in 2 shifts, day & night we were told.  
The creators are more than happy for you to take photos of their creations and appreciate any donations - for which there is a bucket nearby.
Cowboy still under construction..
Simpsons taking a break....
The smaller sculptures are quicker to construct ...... the Simpsons for instance took just 4 days ... so if you are here on a 2 week holiday you may get to witness the sculpture being painstakingly created. Get in touch with the SSA (sand sculpture association) to find out the project dates.
Perhaps this has given you the inspiration to try one yourself... have a little competition with the kids and see what you can create... then send us a picture of your efforts!

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