2. the island of benidorm
You can see its iconic silhouette in almost any logo or badge of the city of Benidorm . Present in millions of photos and postcards throughout the tourist history of the unmistakable town.
At 2 nautical miles, a mere 4 km. away from the coast, stands the famous and at the same time mysterious Benidorm Island .
We will first talk about its characteristics, flora and fauna. And we will conclude with all the activities and excursions that you can do in this small natural area. Since the "L'Illa", so called by the locals, has a great ecological and environmental interest.
This island, or rather islet, has an area of 7 hectares, a length of almost 400 meters and a width of just over 250 meters. Its highest point is 73 meters. As you can see, its size is very small, but its particular and charismatic triangular shape is visible from anywhere on the coast of Benidorm and its surroundings. Due to its rocky surface, its shape and structure; Geologically it is considered a continuation of the Sierra Helada .
Inside you can find a reserve for birds , in which the presence of the European paiño stands out (with about 600 pairs, making the surface one of the largest colonies in the Mediterranean), the pale swift, the black-headed warbler or the peregrine falcon. And a significant variety of flora , whose care is the work, among others, of the Maintenance Brigade of the Sierra Helada Natural Park, since it is part of it and since 2003 is protected by the ZEPA (Special Protection Area for Birds) . It is a category of protected area cataloged by the member states of the European Union as "natural areas of singular relevance for the conservation of birds threatened with extinction."
Its waters , with depths of up to 30 meters, are habitat for a diversity of marine species , such as obladas, castanets, octopuses and even barracudas and mantas. As well as various species of algae, in which the oceanic posidonia stand out, "bioindicators of excellent water quality".
On the southeast side, it has a large cliff of about 70 m. high, where in ancient times two lighthouses were located. In its Northwest part you will find the best access to the island, where you will find the jetty and a restaurant.
Despite its many daily visits, about 300 to 400 people per day; Since it has several employees, this island is not considered inhabited, since no one stays there for the night.
If you want to know the history and legends related to the Island of Benidorm, visit the following link on our blog:
2.1 the island of benidorm: excursions
To get to the island, you have some alternatives , depending on the type of activity you want to do. The most popular without a doubt is by boat :
In the 1960s, with the rise of tourism, the first company was created that transported passengers from the port of Benidorm and the Rincón de Loix to the island, morning and afternoon. The departures until today, begin at 10.00 AM and depart every hour. (Departures from the port of Benidorm throughout the year and from the Rincón de Loix boarding platform only in summer).
The transport is carried out in the boats popularly called 'swallows', where passengers can go on deck to enjoy the views of the impressive skyline of Benidorm and its coast during the duration of the journey. Or they can sit inside and contemplate the incredible seabed in the area . Once on the island, you can hire an excursion in another smaller boat, which takes an underwater tour of the area . An unbeatable opportunity, and without getting wet, to contemplate the marine species that inhabit this area so rich in biodiversity.
On land, we can tour the island on its trails and discover its flora and fauna . These trails are well signposted and it is not allowed to leave or leave them, since the island is part of the Natural Park and there are a multitude of protected bird species. You can travel the island from top to bottom on foot and reach the top, where there is a small lighthouse, and there enjoy stunning views of the city of Benidorm and the Mediterranean Sea.
If after stretching your legs you have gotten the bug, you can visit the only building on the island, the bar-restaurant; in which you can refresh yourself and try must-tasting dishes in Mediterranean cuisine, such as paella and rice with lobster.
From the only cove there is, there are organized snorkeling routes along the coast of the island , but if you've been wanting something more "active" and getting to know the Mediterranean underwater world more thoroughly; 300 meters south of the island is the ground floor of 'La Llosa' . It is an underwater mountain with depths of up to 30 meters . 'La Llosa' is one of the most outstanding underwater itineraries on the Alicante coast, due to the presence of a variety of species (many of them large, such as octopus or moray eels) that inhabit throughout the year or are passing through at certain times. The landscape stands out for the presence of vertical walls and caves, forming a wide and striking landscape especially during the summer when the clarity of the water is higher. It is a highly recommended itinerary if you love scuba diving. You can hire the boat trip with any of the diving centers in Benidorm.
The last return boat leaves the island depending on the weather conditions and the time of year in which we are. You can find timetables, prices and more information at any of the excursion organizing companies located in Benidorm.
We recommend that you visit it :)