what to visit
The best places in Benidorm to see and visit .
As much as some people say, in Benidorm there is much more to see than sun and beaches . From viewpoints with panoramic views that any capital in the world would envy, to places of great cultural interest such as the Tossal de la Cala archaeological site or the L'Hort de Colón museum. Places as emblematic as the case of the recently renovated Castle or the beautiful Paseo de Tamarindos. As you can see, Benidorm is not just a party. We invite you to visit each and every one of the points of interest scattered around the tourist capital par excellence of the Costa Blanca .
Within each area you will find places with authentic charm .
Perhaps on the quintessential promenade of Benidorm. Designed by the architects of OAB (Barcelona Architecture Office), it is a perfect transition between the urban center and the natural space of the sea and the beach.
This walk, which due to its organic shapes that imitate the movement of the waves and the cliffs , is made up of a wide and dynamic pedestrian area that allows both the walk and the power to stop to contemplate the sea in the different areas in the form of a viewpoint, building a space for people .
Its longitudinal and transverse flows channel it, allowing easy access to Poniente Beach , eliminating architectural barriers, playing with light and shadows and thus giving it impressive visibility.
The urban furniture always together with vegetation, fusing the pavements of different colors with different natural elements, give the walk its own personality and a unique concept of homogeneity that few urban settings can offer you.
The beach in turn becomes the protagonist and partially invades areas previously occupied by the old promenade, increasing the surface of sand and reducing that of asphalt. All functional aspects are collected: promenade, room, viewpoint, transition to the beach, architectural barriers, direct access to the parking lot, rainwater collectors, beach lighting, road communication, integration of urban furniture, service infrastructures, etc. ..
On the other hand, the buildings adjacent to the Paseo de Poniente are full of hospitality establishments, terraces, shops ... and all kinds of commercial premises. Of course, with a less frantic touch than its Paseo de Levante counterpart, and a spirit more aimed at the national tourist. The Paseo de Poniente is the longest in Benidorm, with more than 3 km in length; ranging from the Marina , Elx Park , the Avenida de la Armada Española and narrowing down at Avenida Vicente Llorca Alós until reaching Tossal la Cala .
Along this walk you will come across the tallest and most iconic buildings in the city of Benidorm, such as the ' In Tempo ' and the ' Gran Hotel Bali '. And as you go along the walk, you will find a more relaxed atmosphere. A perfect place to walk quietly with the family or stop to contemplate the sea on any of its terraces.
The 'Mirador del Castell' , also called 'Mirador de la Punta Canfali' and ' Balcón del Mediterráneo ', is perhaps the most visited and photographed point of interest in Benidorm throughout its history. Although we can say that it is integrated into the 'Historic Center ', we give it its own section due to its great tourist importance .
Reformed a year ago, since archaeological remains were found in it, the ' Mirador del Castillo ' is located on the large rock that separates the two beaches of Poniente and Levante. The fortress that served as a defense against incursions by pirates in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries was located there. Later the Castle was abandoned, currently only some remains of the walls, which lie on the rocks of the viewpoint.
In this emblematic monument you will find splendid views of the entire coast of Benidorm as well as the island. It is located next to the 'church of San Jaime and Santa Ana' .
Next to this viewpoint is the 'Plaza del Castillo' , and in it you will find numerous terraces and restaurants where you can enjoy an exquisite meal contemplating the beautiful sunsets of Benidorm , as well as a market on summer nights ( 'Les Nits del Castell ' ) with numerous art and craft stalls.
Undoubtedly a must-see in Benidorm even at night , its recently installed lighting makes this corner a charming place.
In the Old Town of Benidorm, which serves as a link between both areas of the city, you will find practically everything. It ranges from the famous ' Mirador del Castillo ' to well into the inner part of the city, you can find areas of great beauty, such as the 'Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana' in the ' Plaça de Castelar ', or small charming streets like the 'Calle de los Catos' .
The Church of Sant Jaume i Santa Anna is a Catholic temple . It is located in the upper part of the old town, on top of the Canfali hill. It was built between 1740 and 1780 after the discovery of the Virgen del Sufragio , patron saint of Benidorm. The tower was erected between 1807 and 1812. It was renovated in 1912 and restored in 1990.
It is a temple with a Latin cross plan with a central nave and small side chapels. The half-orange dome on the transept, without a drum, rests directly on the pendentives . On the gospel side is the chapel of the Virgen del Sufragio .
In the choir rests a large pipe organ built in 2012 by the Acítores house, and which was inaugurated during the Patron Saint Festivities of that same year.
Outwardly it offers a simple image painted white, with ocher cornices and moldings. The domes, the transept and the chapel, are covered with blue glazed tile.
Inside, the most important religious festivities in Benidorm are celebrated, such as the Festes Majors Patronals , Holy Week or the Festivity of Sant Jaume and Santa Ana , holders of the parish.
The church articulates three squares, two of them facing the sea and a third, the Plaza de Sant Jaume , more urban, where the main access to the temple is located.
At the same time you will also discover one of the best shopping areas in the town; the 'Paseo de la Carretera' for example, is the great commercial artery of Benidorm. On its totally pedestrian sidewalk you will find all kinds of shops: both souvenirs, such as fashion as well as restaurants. Its final part derives in the 'Parque de Elche' , but along the streets that converge through this area you will find both party and cultural areas.
In this area you can visit several museums , such as the 'Boca del Calvari Museum' on Tomás Ortuño Street (another street with a large influx of visitors daily), the 'L'Hort de Colón Museum' (also on Tomás Ortuño Street) or the 'Centro Cultural Marítimo' in the vicinity of the 'Puerto Deportivo' in Benidorm. In them you will find artistic exhibitions during any time of the year. The local history museum 'L'Hort de Colón' is worth mentioning for its charming facilities with a beautiful landscaped interior patio where musical and theatrical shows are held on summer nights.
In the surroundings of this district, and going down the steps next to the 'Mirador del Castillo' is the 'Cala del Mal Pas' and the previously mentioned ' Puerto Deportivo , where you will have the opportunity to take a look at the boats that are moored there , or have a drink on the terrace of your restaurant with spectacular views of Poniente Beach in the background. At the same time in this small but beautiful port area you can hire excursions or activities related to maritime leisure.
Also within this downtown area is the 'Plaza Triangular' and the beginning of the 'Avenida del Mediterráneo' (the latter is mostly part of the Levante area), both roads recently renovated to improve accessibility to pedestrians and illuminated with striking circular lights simulating halos, giving a quite modern touch to the area.
The old part of the city is an area of infinite variety and contrasts .
The other great Walk in the city. In this Paseo de Levante , you can find one of the liveliest areas in all of Benidorm, since it is the most international area in which more nationalities converge in terms of tourists. It extends between Punta Pinet and Punta Canfali.
Along its 2 kilometers in length you will find all kinds of establishments dedicated to both day and night leisure . With a multitude of pubs, discos and restaurants.
Its beach is at the same level as the promenade, with hardly any unevenness, and as it is the busiest in high season, it hosts all kinds of activities, both aquatic and cultural (it even has a "library beach"), as well as an abundant number of hammocks. where you can lie down and enjoy the sun with all the tranquility of the world until late in the afternoon.
On the streets perpendicular to the Promenade, you will come across the most popular party area in Benidorm, 'Calle Gerona' ; an endless number of places for the leisure of all nationalities, especially the English. On its terraces you can enjoy both the endless hours of sunshine with a beer, and watching a good game in any of its pubs.
At the same time there is a great variety of nightlife venues established here, where you can have a few dances or have fun with any show offered by many of these hotel establishments. The prices are also quite affordable, so if you want to "get off the hook" a bit, this is your area.
Also tell you that there is everything, so you can also find places with great tranquility and for the whole family. Not everything was going to be a party.
tossal de la cala
El Tossal de la Cala is a hill located in the extreme south-west of Benidorm, between Poniente beach and Finestrat beach, separating both towns.
In the upper part of the hill (at a height between 80 to 103 m) archaeological remains from different periods have been found. The oldest ones, located in the background, belonged to the Iberians and Carthaginians of the 4th century BC. C. And in material superior levels of centuries II and I a. C .. So here you will find a site that can be completely visited and has been rehabilitated for this purpose since last year, becoming a true open-air museum . Knowing what the old Roman bastion was like and the rooms that surrounded it, is already a reality thanks to the excavations of recent years to know first-hand a part of the oldest history of the tourist capital.
At the top of the hill there is also 'La Ermita de la Vigen del Mar'. It has one of the best views of Benidorm: Poniente beach, Levante and even Puig Campana. The hermitage is in the middle of an urbanization of and can be climbed on foot or by car.
Below, adjacent to the Tossal and at the end of Poniente, you can take a rewarding walk with views of the sea in the beautiful 'Paseo de Tamarindos'. Area also known as 'La Cala', one of the quietest corners where you can contemplate the Benidorm skyline on the beach. Without a doubt, a privileged place in the south of the city.
The 'Parque de la Aigüera' is a linear park located in the center of the city of Benidorm. It was designed by the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill at the end of the 90s. It is a green area with architectural elements reminiscent of neoclassicism. We can consider this park as the "green lung" within the urban nucleus.
It begins in the Plaza de SS.MM. los Reyes de España, and with a linear layout with two rows of palm trees on each side, it ends before reaching the TRAM tracks. In this square is the 'Benidorm City Hall', which in itself is already a tourist attraction, since it is a modern building stretched horizontally and raised by several structures on the ground as a bridge and entrance to the park, contrasting with the verticality of the city as it is a "horizontal skyscraper" . Another feature that also draws attention is the main façade that is made up of glass panels that contain the names and surnames of the people registered in the population in the year it finished its construction, 2002. The complex also has several exhibition areas as well as an assembly hall where various congresses are held throughout the year.
Inside the Parque de l'Aigüera, you will enjoy a pleasant walk surrounded by vegetation, breaking with the image of the rest of the old town. There are several children's play areas located throughout the enclosure and two open-air auditoriums where first-rate performances and shows take place very regularly . The closest to the Town Hall is the 'Óscar Esplá Auditorium' (in honor of the Alicante composer); and the most famous and largest is the 'Julio Iglesias Auditorium' , named after the famous artist winner of one of the 'Song Festivals' that took place in Benidorm, which also has a bust next to said venue .
Towards the end of the park is the 'Plaza de Toros', which without having been able to host any event for two years, will be converted into a space dedicated to culture : with a library, study rooms, a youth center. and a multicultural center; joining the already existing music and dance conservatories.
A change that undoubtedly marks the modern and evolving character of a 21st century city such as Benidorm.
LA CRUZ viewpoint
Last, but not least, we invite you to visit the 'Mirador de La Cruz de Benidorm' . It is part of the 'Sierra Helada Natural Park' (also worth visiting, we will tell you about its characteristics and routes in the Nature section of this website), and named for the monumental cross that is installed there. The truth is that the history of this cross is quite striking, it was placed at the top of the Sierra Helada in 1961 on a Catholic mission in order to redeem the city of its fame as a sinner. With the passage of time it has gone from being an evangelizing symbol to currently being a tourist icon. If you want to know its curious history, we recommend that you visit our 'Beniblog' to learn about it in detail:
Apart from its curious history, in 1975 a storm made it fly and it was replaced by a new one. Being visible from a large part of the city, from the top of this viewpoint, at an altitude of 217 meters above the sea, you can contemplate one of the best panoramic views of all of Benidorm .
This place attracts a multitude of people on a daily basis who like to walk through nature as well as admire the beautiful skyline of Benidorma. To get here, you will simply have to stroll from Levante beach in Rincón de Loix to continue along a road that goes directly to La Cruz in the Sierra Helada, it has no major loss. You can access both by car and on foot, and once up there you can follow other routes and trails that border the extraordinary cliffs of this natural park. One of the most interesting routes is the one that leads to the 'Faro de Albir ', next to which there is a tower in ruins from the 17th century . (We will break this down to you in the Nature section ).
If the sky is clear, something quite common in Benidorm, you will have the opportunity to take magnificent photos and enjoy the views, although we recommend that you visit 'La Cruz' at sunset , since the light that reflects on the sea creates a totally magical moment.