Once a pretty little fishing village, Benidorm now receives millions of visitors each year, with its golden sands set to a skyline of skyscrapers and perfect Mediterranean climate it’s easy to see why. But behind the façade of bar-lined beaches, there’s a cultural heritage waiting to be explored and thanks to the number of daily flights Benidorm transfers are easily found, which means you can step off the plane and start exploring in no time.
Plaça del Castell
Located in the Old Town of Benidorm, Plaça del Castell is how you would picture the architecture of a traditional Mediterranean fishing village. A plaza with chequerboard floor, white washed walls and the back drop of the blue sea, it’s easy to while away the hours whilst being serenaded by local musicians.
Calle Santo Domingo
Known as Tapas Alley, Calle Santo Domingo offers visitors the chance to sample authentic Spanish tapas in stunning surroundings. Situated in the Old Town, down winding cobbled streets, Calle Santo Domingo is a must for those wanting to enjoy a traditional meal with fresh ingredients under the stars.
La Cruz de Benidorm
La Cruz, known as “the cross” in English, is situated on the hills above the city and offers panoramic views of the coastline and buildings below. Placed on top of the Sierra Helada in 1961 to redeem the city of its sinful reputation, the original wooden cross was replaced in the seventies with a metal one that still stands today. Although not a long or strenuous hike, it’s worth heading up there early in the morning to avoid the heat of the sun or at sunset for spectacular scenery.
The impressive natural park of Sierra Helada offers visitors the chance to explore the mountain ranges Benidorm is built on, whilst enjoying awe-inspiring sea views. There are 3 main routes, differing in length and difficulty. From the easy route with its gentle inclines and beach coves, to the yellow route suitable for hikers only that navigates its way along coastal paths and through pine trees.
Visitors can head inland to visit the stunning Guadalest. Shrouded by the mountain chains of Sierra d’Aixorta, Sierra de Serella and Sierra de Aitana, Guadalest looks like a floating medieval settlement in the sky. Remains of the old city wall loom high over the narrow streets, and the whitewashed buildings only add to the ambience of this magical place. Once only accessible by donkey, Guadalest offers visitors an insight in to this culturally rich region.
Benidorm enjoys dry weather year-round making it the perfect destination to discover the culture behind this popular tourist destination- and after a day of exploring the sights, there are plenty of bars to relax in!