Romans got to Benidorm first

EL TOSSAL: Different zones marked out with gravelPhoto credit: Benidorm town hall

THE Tossal archaeological site in La Cala is now an openair museum. 

The small Roman fort dates back to the First Century BC and visitors can now see the results of past excavations that reveal some of the oldest traces of the resort’s past. 

With almost 80 per cent of the site uncovered, information panels along the route give details of the fortification’s restored walls, courtyards and rooms where separate zones are defined with different-coloured gravels. 


Jesus Moratalla, co-director of the excavations together with archaeologist Dr Feliciana Salas, outlined the work carried out so far to Benidorm’s mayor Toni Perez, Heritage councillor Ana Pellicer and other councillors attending the opening. 

The most recent excavations revealed several complementary structures, Moratalla explained, as well as what was possibly another entrance to the fort, pottery and metal objects including nails and the remains of a knife.   

The experts have also detected evidence of more walls below the existing buildings and Perez, together with the archaeologists agreed that the site’s remaining 20 per cent “contained much more.” 

Although visits are currently restricted owing to Covid-19 health and safety regulations, conducted tours are expected to begin after September 15. 


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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