BENIDORM CITY COUNCIL has requested European funds to recover the archaeological remains of El Castell.
The council has requested aid from an initiative launched by the Generalitat Valenciana in November, for the protection and/ or recovery of Valencian cultural heritage backed by the ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 for Valencian Community.
The El Castell project is valued at €1.2 million and proposes to “archaeologically document the totality of the preserved remains” of the old castle-fortress, including some remains that are currently “covered and practically imperceptible” under the Plazas del Castell, Castelar and Santa Ana.
Benidorm Mayor Toni Perez has said the recovery of the archaeological remains would see El Castell declared of Cultural Interest (BIC) and would attract more tourists:
“The old castle-fortress would become an important tourist attraction as visitors could learn more about the history of Benidorm and the capital relevance of this castle in the founding of the city.”
The total budget for Valencia’s Operational Programme is €1.14 billion, of which the EU has contributed €568 million.