Today our program ventured to the Castell de Guadalest in Benidorm. It was perfect weather to walk to the top of the castle. 58 degrees here makes me glad not to be in Connecticut where there will soon be a foot of snow! Although not much of the castle remains, due to disasters and attacks, but what's left of it is beautiful! Surrounded by the Aitana, Serella and Xorta Mountains the village was a military stronghold that dates back to 715AD and the period of Moorish occupation of Spain. It was seriously damaged during a strong earthquake in 1644 and again during the War of the Spanish Succession due to a mine explosion. The small town grew up around the fortress. The area inside the walls of the castle includes the ancient city dungeon, the bell tower, Saint Josep castle, the Orduña House, parish church and the Moorish fortified building called Alcozaiba.The river Guadalest flows through the area and has been dammed to form a beautiful a reservoir below the town. Overall, the sights today were a great way to start the week. Not to mention, we stopped for churros with chocolate on the way back! So yummy!!