Rows of shops selling
beach buckets and flip-flops line the sea front
of Benidorm, the Costa Blanca's largest and liveliest
resort town where hordes of tourists throng the
streets 24 hours a day.
Of the thousands who
come to holiday here on the town's three miles
(five km) of white sandy beaches each year, many
have stayed and purchased apartments in the numerous
blocks that now dot the skyline.
Benidorm, north of Alicante,
is the party capital of the Costa Blanca with
an unrivalled nightlife and a daytime carnival-like
beach culture. Remnants of Benidorm's historic
past are now well hidden, but tucked into the
Casco Antiguo section are the ruins of a castle
built in the 14th century to fend off Berber pirates.
sunsets are best viewed from the castle's 'mirador'
(balcony). The place to see and be seen in the
town however is the Playa de Levante, a two-mile
(three km) boardwalk lined with trendy cafes and
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