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Mirador as wasJust as the resort is entering its crucial busy summer season one of the most visited landmarks has been closed off to the public and been totally demolished. ‘El Castell’ - probably better known as the Mirador up at the top of the Old Town, with its picture-perfect photo location is no longer.

IMG 3544Hoardings have been erected at the bottom of the steps and diggers have flattened the iconic structure – which only last month hosted the Benidorm Pink Weekend. Thousands make the pilgrimage up there to get breath taking views of both sides of Benidorm and take photographs of the Levante and Poniente beaches.

totally goneIt is one of those ‘must see’ place when you come here but don’t bother to make the effort now as you’ll be left very disappointed.
The €1.2 million project has just started, to excavate what are thought to be archaeological remains of a fort underneath – initially discovered during preliminary digs in 1993 and 2014 thought to have been constructed after 1325.

diggerThis is all good and well, but to start these works now is utter and complete madness. The entire resort already resembles a building site and only last week there was a massive conference with hoteliers and business leaders all scratching their heads asking why bookings have dropped!

ramp upIt’s probably never going to be a great time to carry out such works, but this is absolutely the worse time. Finish one project first then go onto the next. The Plaza Hispanidad – at the end of Avd Mediterraneo is still a building site despite promises it would be ready for Easter and at the other end, in the Rincon the same. Surely this excavation and demolition could have started in September once the bulk of the holidaymakers had left. Killing the goose that laid the golden egg springs to m ind!!!

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Mirador canons

canons with hording

Mirador from afar

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-1 #22 Peter 2019-06-23 08:51
archaeological excavation, or big developers' gravy train under the PP council? Let's wait and see, or better still, oppose it.
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0 #21 Jean Sanchez 2019-06-23 07:16
My Spanish.husband and l.used go there after work for a bit of quiet time and our children loved to run around there what a shame :sad:
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+1 #20 Stevie bazga 2019-06-22 21:17
Proposed to my wife here. Always go to Benidorm because of those memories. Benidorm no more for us
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+1 #19 Luigi Masullo 2019-06-22 20:47
This literally doesn’t make any sense to me. I have such beautiful pictures taken from this place and tge thought that this place is no longer it breaks my heart.
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0 #18 Phillip Foxall 2019-06-22 20:30
This is beyond absolute madness, why kill the goose that laid the golden egg.
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+3 #17 Alan Mercer 2019-06-22 14:26
Unbelievable, one of the nicest places in Benidorn with stunning views and it's been demolished, awful
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+2 #16 Mr Paul Birchall 2019-06-21 10:25
I agree with everyone on this. And only hope that what appears can be enjoyed by everyone whoo visits once completed. I know history can be interesting but that area is about much more.
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+2 #15 Tony Finn 2019-06-21 09:51
An archaeological dig wont get as many tourists as it does now. Ridiculous.
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0 #14 Errolyn Smith 2019-06-21 09:50
Went on Wednesday and it was all fenced off and all the beautiful wooden beams acting as a roof were all smashed down,was so disappointed.
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+4 #13 Julie Boswell 2019-06-21 09:49
So sad....it was the highlight of our trip to Benidorm, looking around and listening to a man playing beautiful music! Crazy to destroy it!
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