The city of Benidorm will completely open Elche Park today in order for festivities to be celebrated as usual. The public will be able to watch the staging of the Mare de Déu del Sofratge discovery from the park’s promenade area. Hundreds of people concentrate in the same place as every year to witness the event, declared in 2015 of Regional Tourist Interest.
In addition, keeping the park open will decongest Mayor José Such street, the starting point for the annual pilgrimage in honour of the Verge del Sofratge.
Mayor, Toni Pérez, announced that the remodelling of Elche Park has been practically finished. He insisted there were only a few finishing touches that will be completed following the end of celebrations. He added the Town Hall had made the entire space available to the public so as not to bother the development of the important events.
On another note, Benidorm’s emblematic ‘El Castell’ will be reopened coinciding with the celebrations. This will also be provisional but will allow people to access and enjoy the privileged space.
This iconic landmark was demolished in June by a €1.2 million archaeological excavation project. The mirador -as locals know it- was left devastated after investigators found a fort built in 1325.
Now, a project is underway to return the square to its former glory. The mayor explained that the building work is not 100 per cent finished and for this reason the access stairs to ‘Replaceta del Castell’ will remain closed. He highlighted that although the deadline for work finishes at the end of November, the City wanted citizens to enjoy the emblematic enclaves during their biggest celebrations.