A small resort town on the Costa Blanca, famous for its beaches and numerous skyscrapers. Eight of the twenty tallest buildings in Spain are located in Benidorm. Most of them are hotels filled with vacationers during the season. In a smooth arc, they encircle the two best beaches of the coast - Levante and Poniente. A popular place for walking is the 6 km long embankment. It is a vibrant kaleidoscope of restaurants and entertainment venues.
Benidorm is famous for its new generation theme parks, where not only children, but also adults easily lose their sense of time - Mundomar, Terra Nature, Terra Mitica. Along with modern high-rise buildings, the old quarters have also been preserved in the city, the special charm of which is given by low houses, narrow streets, churches, and the remains of watchtowers.
What to see and where to go in Benidorm?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
One of the best viewing platforms in Benidorm, from where you can admire both the sea and the city landscapes. Located in the Old Town, on a high cape separating the beach areas of Levante and Poniente. Surrounded by a figured balustrade, decorated with mosaics. A beautiful white staircase connects the balcony to Placa de Castelar. It is decorated with a temple with blue domes of the 18th century and several old cannons - all that remains of the former fort.
A small old quarter - Parte Vieja - is located in the central part of Benidorm. It is known for low historical buildings of the 17th-18th centuries, cobbled streets, beautiful squares, taverns and restaurants. The most popular tapas bars are concentrated in this place, especially along the street of Santo Domingo, which is called Tapas Alley. And Parte Vieja is one of the best areas for shopping, there are many boutiques, jewelry stores, galleries, and souvenir shops.
The busiest city beach, popular among young people. Well-groomed, with soft sand and comfortable entry into the sea. But closer to the eastern edge near the coast, the edges of stone slabs come to the surface, it is better to swim in rubber shoes. The length is more than 2 km, the width is 40 meters. Complies with all eco-standards. You can rent water skis, catamarans, equipment for diving, windsurfing, wakeboarding and other sports. There are many 24-hour restaurants and bars along the promenade.
The beach is crowded, but quieter and more peaceful than Levante. Fewer places of entertainment, especially in the western part. The size of the beach allows you to comfortably accommodate all vacationers: length - 3200 meters, width - 80 meters. Complies with environmental regulations. The bottom of the sea is sandy, the water is clear, the descent is gentle. There are children's and sports grounds, rental of umbrellas and sunbeds. The decoration of the beach area is a promenade with colored tiles and a spacious bike path.
It is considered the best on the Spanish coast. It was opened in 1977, the hall is designed for 1600 spectators. 4 days a week, grandiose colorful shows are held in the palace, in which pop stars, ballet, flamenco, variety shows, acrobats, famous orchestras, popular troupes from all over the world take part. The spectacular performance is complemented by a gourmet dinner with wine and champagne. On other days, Benidorm Palace offers presentations, corporate events, etc.
Church of Saint Jaime and Saint Anna
Among the low buildings of the Old City, this snow-white building with blue domes looks very elegant. Catholic functioning church. It was erected in 1740-1780. It is located on Kanfali Hill, on the site of a ruined fort, in memory of which cannons and an anchor were installed. The exterior of the church is uncomplicated and almost devoid of decoration. But the interior is luxurious. Of interest are the preserved ancient icons and frescoes.
A shady green oasis in the midst of concrete buildings and skyscrapers. Central park of the city. There is a lot of tropical vegetation, a beautiful palm alley with benches for relaxing stretches along the park. On the territory there is a bullfighting arena, as well as 2 amphitheatres, which are used for various cultural events. Among them is the annual song festival. The career of Julio Iglesias began here, and in memory of this, the townspeople erected a bust of their favorite singer.
A cozy green area in the Poniente beach area, close to the Old Town and the port. Its main decoration is a small fountain, which was chosen by numerous snow-white doves. They can be hand fed. Quiet and peaceful place for unhurried walks and relaxation. There are many palm trees, in the shade of which there are benches, playgrounds, exercise equipment, bars and cafes. Street musicians often perform. The park area of Elche smoothly turns into the Poniente embankment, lined with colored tiles.
A grand amusement park designed based on the history of the most famous ancient civilizations - the Roman Empire, Iberia, Greece, Egypt, the Mediterranean islands. The total area is 100 hectares, the opening took place in 2000. The name translates as "Land of Myths". In each thematic zone, the corresponding atmosphere is recreated and their own entertainment complexes, the most modern attractions, theatrical performances on the theme of myths and legends have been invented.
. The territory is divided into several sections - America, Europe, Asia. More than 200 species of animals are represented, 50 of which are rare. The flora is no less rich - about 160 plant species from all over the world.
An entertaining park with many exotic and marine animals. It has been hosting visitors since 1985. It has created ideal conditions for living about 80 species of mammals and tropical birds. Shows with parrots, as well as graceful dolphins and fur seals are regularly held in Mundomar. Everyone can swim with them in the pool and take part in feeding the animals. On the territory there are bars, restaurants, picnic areas, several shops.
Aqualandia water park
. It was opened in 1985. Includes 27 slides, 10 children's areas, 14 pools. Among the most extreme attractions are "Splash", "Kamikaze", "Black Hole". And the popular 30-meter Big Bang slide is the largest and steepest in Europe. The water in the park is sea, purified. On the territory there are recreation areas, restaurants, souvenir shops, water equipment rental.
192-meter skyscraper with original architecture. Considered the highest in the country. Located 300 meters from Poniente Beach. Two 47-story buildings, built 20 meters apart, are connected between the 38th and 44th floors by a cone-shaped inverted structure. The unique building houses 269 luxury apartments. Due to some difficulties, the construction of the skyscraper was carried out for almost 8 years, the official opening took place in 2014.
A picturesque rocky cliff 2 km from the coast, opposite the Poniente beach. It once served as a base for pirates who raided coastal areas. Currently, this uninhabited island attracts tourists with its pristine nature. All conditions for diving and fishing are created here. A popular excursion around the island on the Aquascope boat, the lower part of which, with portholes, is under water. Pleasure boats depart from the beach jetty to the island.
Mount Tossal de Cala
It rises in the western part of Benidorm, on the very outskirts of the Poniente beach. The ascent to the mountain is not difficult, it takes an average of 20-30 minutes. Comfortable stairs and paths are equipped, signs are placed along the way. There are several interesting objects on the mountain - the ruins of the settlement of the Iberian tribes of the III-II centuries. BC e., a miniature chapel standing alone, as well as two viewing platforms with magnificent panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
They are located on the territory of a small natural park, 15 km from Benidorm. The mountain river Algar, making its way among the rocks, forms a complex of springs, waterfalls and lakes in this place. The water temperature in them does not exceed 17 ° C, but those who wish can swim, a special area is equipped for this. There is a path with wooden platforms to the falls. The entire park area is immersed in lush greenery, there are barbecue areas, several restaurants, a souvenir shop.
Village of Guadalest
The settlement, 24 km from Benidorm, in a picturesque valley on the slope of the mountains, is one of the leaders in terms of attendance in Spain. The population is no more than 200 inhabitants. The main attraction is the fortress castle on the rock, built by the Moors in the 11th century. From the observation platforms you can see the entire Guadalest valley with almond groves, olive and citrus plantations, a lake with emerald water. In addition, 8 museums have been created in the village - microminiatures, torture, salt and pepper shakers, retro cars, etc.
Ciera Hellada Natural Park
One of the most visited national parks. It has been protected since 2005. Located along the coastline between the cities of Benidorm and Albir. The pride of the reserve is a rocky coast with 400-meter cliffs and picturesque bays. Many endemic plants grow on its territory, the most common being white pines. Convenient routes are laid in the park, there are gazebos, places for picnics, viewing platforms. There are interesting caves along the way.
The symbol of the city of Albir, an object of historical and cultural significance. Located in the Sierra Hellada Park, on a 100-meter cliff top. The lighthouse was opened in 1863. In 2011, the building was reconstructed. There is a simple walking route from the park to it, with a slight elevation difference and several viewing platforms. Along the way, you can see the ruins of a watchtower and an ocher mine. The lighthouse houses a maritime museum. The entrance is free.
One of the attractions of the Sierra Hellada Park. At the very top of the hill there is a large cross, which is clearly visible from anywhere in the nature reserve. It was installed here in 1962. The ascent to the mountain is quite winding and steep, taking an average of 1 hour. But on the other hand, the observation deck offers the best panoramic views of all of Benidorm and its environs. At night, the cross is illuminated by spotlights, and from afar it seems that it simply floats in the air.