Top 9 Attractions in Benidorm! Or, what to see in Benidorm!
Benidorm is a modern resort, which, in addition to the beautiful and long beaches, is also rich in a variety of attractions: historical, modern and natural.
The main, most exquisite and most visited attractions of Benidorm are:
Balcon del Mediterraneo
The Balcon del Mediterraneo is an observation deck offering beautiful views of the Mediterranean, the island of Benidorm, the coast and part of the city. A snow-white staircase leads to the Balcony, which runs along the side of the cliff.
Near the stairs leading to the Balcony of the Mediterranean is a beautiful white square – Plaza de Castelar. Here there is a balustrade, arches, observation points and places to rest. Part of the square is decorated with ornamental mosaics. And in front of the stairs, in the very center of the square, you can see ancient cannons.
Church of St. Joachim and St. Anne (Church of St. Jaime and St. Anne)
This church is probably the main historical landmark of Benidorm. The beautiful snow-white church with blue domes, looks gracefully among the low buildings of the Old Town of Benidorm.
Both of the above landmarks are located on a picturesque promontory in the Old Town area of Benidorm. Apart from the balcony and the church the Old Town of Benidorm – it is a small buildings in the traditional Spanish style, small and cozy squares, narrow winding streets with an abundance of cafes, bars, restaurants and stores, as well as a great place for shopping.
Port of Benidorm
A small but pretty town port is located at the foot of the old town, near one of the central sandy beaches of Benidorm – Poniente Beach.
In the port are snow-white yachts. You can also take a boat trip on one of the boats. From the seaport there are boat trips to Benidorm island, the only inhabited island of the Costa Blanca – Tabarka and other nearby coastal towns.
Near the seaport of Benidorm, on the sea side, there is a breakwater (breakwater), on which there is a lighthouse
There is a picturesque square next to the port from which you can climb up the winding stairs into the old town.
A beautiful green area located close to the port and the old town, on the east side of Poniente Beach.
The park has a fountain, places to relax and playgrounds for children. It is a favorite place for locals and visitors to relax and take walks.
Elche Park flows smoothly into the promenade of Poniente Beach. The promenade is lined with colored tiles, there are benches for relaxing, there are ledges in the form of balconies, from which there is a beautiful view of the beach and the Mediterranean Sea.
Parque de l’Aigüera
Parque L’Aigüera is a beautiful neoclassical promenade with an amphitheater for performances designed by architect Riccardo Bofill. This central city park, is the largest park of Benidorm, located in the center of the city. The park has dense vegetation and palm trees.
Viewpoint of the Gran Hotel Bali
The observation deck located in one of the tallest buildings of Benidorm, the 4-star Gran Hotel Bali, is the highest point in Benidorm from which everyone can enjoy Benidorm, its beaches and the sea, from a bird’s eye view.
Parque Natural de Serra Gelada
Parque Natural de Serra Gelada is a unique natural park with the status of a nature reserve located on the coastline. This park is quite large and most of its part (maybe half) is territorially belonging to Benidorm.
Sierra Helada Park is the northernmost (eastern coastal) point of Benidorm, originating right behind Levante beach.
There are several paved trails that wind around the hillsides of the park. These convenient paths for walking are accessible to everyone and are suitable for families or people with disabilities, as well as for bike rides.
During the walks, you see a picturesque rocky coast with small bays, which is the main pride of the reserve.
Here, between the rocky coastline, there are two secluded coves suitable for swimming. These are the two beaches of Benidorm, Cala L’Almadrava and Cala del Ti Ximo.
In the park there are observation decks that offer picturesque views
And perhaps the main attraction of the park that many tourists visit this beautiful place is the observation deck of the Cross of Benidorm that offers beautiful views and scenery of Benidorm. The landmark is the cross, which is clearly visible from any point in the park, go to it, all up and up the hill and you will not get lost. From the observation deck, on the other side of the hill, there is also a path, but not convenient and not paved.
And maybe you want to complement the pyramid his pebble, for good luck))
Mount Tossal de Cala
At the westernmost point of Benidorm is one interesting landmark – the mountain Tossal de la Cala.
On the territory of the mountain there are:
– The ruins of the ancient Iberian settlement of Tossal de la Cala;
– Ermita Virgen del Mar chapel;
– two observation decks.
The ascent to the mountain is easy, with stairs and paths. Along the way you will be accompanied by signs, it is impossible to get lost.
The Benidorm Palace is considered one of the best concert halls in Spain. Every week, and more often during the holiday season, the Benidorm Palace stage hosts colourful dance shows, including Flamenco, international dance groups, pop stars and well-known orchestras. During the concerts guests are offered a dinner with dishes from the chef of the restaurant.
In addition, in Benidorm you can visit museums, of which there are many. For family entertainment, you can visit one of the theme parks of Benidorm: a modern zoo Terra Natura, an amusement and attraction park Terra Mitica, a small water park Aqua Natura, which neighbors with the park Terra Natura, a marine animals park Mundomar and the Aqualandia water park, located next to the latter.
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15 Sights of Benidorm Worth Visiting
Benidorm on the famous Costa Blanca in Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations from all over Europe. And this is due to many reasons. The weather is warm and sunny all year round; a long coastal strip of sandy beach; and plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants. However, in addition to the sun, sea, and parties until dawn, Benidorm is known for the sights, of which there are many.
Here is a list of things to see in and around Benidorm.
Levante Beach. | Photo: wikimedia.
This beach is most associated with Benidorm: an arc-shaped coastal strip of light golden sand, bounded by a long row of skyscrapers and dotted with many blue beach umbrellas. In summer the beach is usually crowded, but even in the high season here you can find a quiet place away from the crowds of vacationers who try to position themselves closer to the water.
If the fresh sea air makes you hungry, there are numerous restaurants and pubs serving Northern European cuisine – they are mostly on the ground floors of the high buildings.
Address: Playa de Levante, Av. Madrid, s/n, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain.
Poniente Beach. | Photo: wikimedia.
Although Poniente is located next door to Levante Beach and outwardly resembles it with a series of the same high-rise buildings, the atmosphere here is very different. Most of the resort hotels are located further east. This beach is usually quieter and more family-oriented. Over the past few years, a lot of money has been allocated to improve Poniente.
The beach has wooden decks, making it wheelchair friendly. Boardwalks are laid out from the road about every 30 meters – this greatly reduces the tedious path to the water in the heat. Like the Levante beach, the surf in Ponente is moderate, but less experienced swimmers should not swim too far, as the undercurrent can be quite strong.
Address: Platja de Ponent, 03501 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain.
Today it is hard to imagine that not so long ago Benidorm was a small fishing village. A stroll through the whitewashed halls of the old town will give you an idea of what Benidorm looked like before the skyscrapers were built. The old town is nestled on a small picturesque promontory separating Benidorm’s two main beaches.
Walk up the narrow streets to reach the Balcon de la Mediterranía observation deck for stunning views. Then go to one of the tapas bars on Santo Domingo Street or try some of Benidorm’s best oysters at Ostreria Biarritz.
GPS coordinates: 38°32’13.9″N 0°07’44.7″W.
Marine and Exotic Bird Park Mundomar
Marine and Exotic Bird Park Mundomar.
Wildlife parks may not be to everyone’s taste. In contrast, however, Mundomar Marine Animal and Exotic Bird Park is a modern entertainment complex with large aviaries for fauna from all over the world.
The animal trainers and staff demonstrate a great understanding of dolphins and sea lions during the shows, which are very popular with children. In the zoo area, visitors can get up close to otters, penguins, primates and birds.
Address: Mundomar Benidorm, C/ Sierra Helada, s/n, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain.
Terra Mítica Amusement Park
The amusement park Terra Mítica.
Terra Mítica is one of the biggest theme parks in Spain. Its creation was inspired by the rich history of ancient civilizations. The area is divided into several zones, including Egypt, Greece and Rome. In each of them you will find original scenery, roller coasters and other types of exciting entertainment.
One of the best rides in the park is called Magnus Colossus. It is a roller coaster where carts are propelled along a wooden track that is more than 1 km long. There are often street costume shows with historical themes, such as the Rising of Spartacus.
Address: Terra Mítica, Partida del Moralet, s/n, 03502 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain.
Aqualandia water park.
Next to Mundomar Park is one of the best and oldest water parks in Spain: Aqualandia. It was opened in 1985 and since then it has been constantly evolving – almost every season new attractions and activities are added. Some of the park’s attractions can be called record-breaking, such as the Big Bang – the highest waterslide in Europe.
It is one of the two slides of the new extreme attraction VertiGo, where the speed of going down to the pool is about 100 km/hour. Water for the slides, pools and jacuzzis comes directly from the Mediterranean Sea, but of course after preliminary desalination. Aqualandia’s giant wave pool can accommodate up to a thousand swimmers at a time. The wave pool is one of the best activities for young children in Benidorm.
Address: Aqualandia, Sierra Helada, Benidorm, Spain.
Balcón del Mediterráneo
Balcón del Mediterráneo. | Photo: Diego Delso / Flickr.
The Plaça del Castell is a kind of stone garden with staggered floor tiles and white balustrades. It is located on a promontory between the beaches of Poniente and Levante. It was once the site of the city’s castle, which stood for more than a hundred years before it was destroyed during the Napoleonic wars.
The views on both sides of the square are spectacular, but nothing compares to the panorama seen from the Balcon de la Mediterranée, an observation deck on the southern edge of the promontory. From here, the unforgettable scenes of the Mediterranean Sea and the skyscrapers of modern Benidorm can be gazed at endlessly!
Address: Balcón del Mediterráneo, Plaça de Castelar, Benidorm, Spain.
Tossal de la Cala
View of Tossal de la Cala.
This high rocky mountain on the southern border of Poniente beach is considered one of the best spots to enjoy a fabulous bird’s-eye view of the sea and the city. Especially impressive are the amazing panoramas at sunset, even despite the abundance of couples in love.
Climb the mountain on foot if you want to take perfect pictures of Mediterranean Manhattan (as Benidorm is often called) to post on social media. In addition, you will have the opportunity to walk nearby and see some of the earliest traces of human habitation in the area. For those who are not fans of hiking, you can take a cab.
Address: Tossal de la Cala, Carrer de la Ermita, 1, 03502 Benidorm, Alacant, Spain.
La Cruz de Benidorm
Cross of Benidorm (La Cruz de Benidorm)| Photo: wikimedia.
Perhaps the reputation of this resort town has not always been the most deserving. Apparently, that is why a religious mission was carried out in 1961 – the raising of a cross from the city to this rocky mountain to atone for the sins of the city. The cross, west of Benidorm, became a popular tourist attraction.
In 1975, the former cross, swept away by a storm, was replaced by a permanent monument. The 45-minute climb up the mountain is probably best done at the end of the season, when it is easier to climb and the scenery is clearly visible. But even with the difficulty of climbing to the top in the height of summer, you will be rewarded in the end with amazing panoramas of Benidorm.
Address: La creu (Benidorm), Calle Taywan, Benidorm, Spain.
Park Natural de Serra Helada
View of the Sierra Helada.
Despite the urban appearance of Benidorm, there is a huge natural park close to the city that occupies a long strip of coastline. In just a few minutes, the city’s skyscrapers will leave behind and be replaced by rocky mountains.
All you need is a pair of suitable shoes, a hat, and some cool water to hike cross-country – through a landscape of numerous limestone cliffs and Aleppo pines. At the north end of the park, there is a paved road that leads to the Albir Lighthouse. The more difficult ascent to the radio masts at the highest point of the park, 300 m above sea level.
Address: Parque Natural de Serra Gelada, L’Albir, Cami Vell del Far, 18, 03581 L’Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, Spain.
Puig Campana Peak
View of Puig Campana Peak. | Photo: wikimedia.
The seaside village of Finestrat is only a 15-minute drive from Benidorm. Here you can get detailed information about climbing one of the region’s highest and most impressive peaks, Puig Campana Peak. To climb the 1,406m mountain peak you will need a route map, comfortable clothes and shoes, food, water and a telephone.
Along the way, you’ll encounter landscapes of rocky screes reminiscent of the surface of the moon, as well as rare patches of pine and juniper trees. Your efforts will pay off when you reach one of the two peaks. From here you can enjoy a unique panorama of Benidorm – its skyscrapers look like a series of dominoes.
Address: Puig Campana 03500, Finestrat, 03530 La Nucia, Alicante, Spain.
L’Illa de Benidorm Island
View of Benidorm Island,| Photo: Mike Smith / Flickr.
There are many local legends connected with the island. One of them says that a giant in love tore off the top of the mountain behind Benidorm and threw it into the sea to form this little island in the middle of the bay. It is now a nature reserve, perfect for hiking, snorkeling and picnics.
The island of Benidorm is regularly visited by pleasure boats equipped with panoramic glass portholes. The island offers stunning views of the city’s skyscrapers. You can also do interesting hiking trails, watch real peacocks, visit a small café-bar or go snorkeling, exploring the tiny coves.
Address: L’Illa de Benidorm, Alicante, Spain.
City of Altea
View of the city of Altea. | Photo: Dani Oliver / Flickr.
Altea is the next resort town after Benidorm. It is located on the Mediterranean coast, in a bay behind the Sierra Helada range. The city, spread out on a steep hillside, is dotted with numerous alleys and staircases.
Compared to Benidorm, Altea is a quieter town. It is among those old Mediterranean towns that are pleasant to wander through. A popular landmark of Altea is the parish church of the Virgin Mary, notable for its two bright blue domes with patterns of white ceramic tiles.
Address: Altea, Alicante, Spain.
City of Guadalest
View from the city of Guadalest.
If you are limited in time, this amazing place should be the first on your list of planned visits. Guadalest is a small town founded by the Moors in the early Middle Ages. It sits on the edge of impregnable limestone cliffs, 500 meters above sea level.
The town has surprisingly adapted to the mountainous landscape and blends into it incredibly harmoniously. For example, to get to the old Moorish castle of San Jose, you have to go through a tunnel carved into the rock. The castle walls offer stunning panoramic views of the Aitana and Xortá mountains.
Address: 03517 El Castell de Guadalest, Alicante, Spain.
City of Alicante
View of the city of Alicante. | Photo: hl_1001 / Flickr.
This is the center of the eponymous province, located near Benidorm – you can even get there by streetcar, regularly running on the L1 line. There are a lot of historical sights in the city but the most striking is the medieval fortress of Santa Barbara.
The outer walls of this castle overlook Alicante from the steep slopes of Mount Benacantil. As you descend, you come to the Santa Cruz neighborhood, a preserved part of the old town with winding cobbled streets and traditional whitewashed houses.