All About The Cross, la Cruz Benidorm
The views from the cross (La Cruz,) are spectacular both day and night, it is well worth a visit just to see the stunning scenery across Benidorm and the surrounding area.
Benidorm´s famous cross is situated at the top of the Sierra Gelada Natural Park, and stands around 438m above sea level with the viewing platform at 217 meters above sea level.
Access to the cross is now only suitable for pedestrians as the city council have closed the access road to all vehicles, except for some authorized exceptions, such as residents, emergency services or those that have a justified cause. The council state that if any citizen or tourist "needs access by car, permission can be requested in advance through the Council of Mobility" and each specific case will be studied.
In the area of the cross there are now several seating areas and new information boards have been erected.
Make sure you take water etc with you as there are no services at the cross itself. The only nearby bar is MERITAS.
This is just a guide to give you some idea of the walking distance from Morgan Tavern. You will also find an interactive map HERE, just put your starting point in and it will give you a couple of different routes with time and distance. There is now good street lighting on the road to the cross.
History of The Cross, La Cruz, the Cross Benidorm
The first cross appeared on top of the Sierra Helada in 1961. The original cross which was made of wood and was carried on the shoulders of the entire village from San Jaime church in the old town. The day became known as the “day of forgiveness” for the villagers and was the culmination of a mission by local Catholic monks to prove that the village had not lost it´s “soul” from the terrible “frivolous” Bikini wearing tourists, deemed to be committing a terrible sin by wearing such clothes, or lack of! at the time despite having permission direct from Franco to allow the Bikini on beaches. Just two years earlier the Bishop of Orihuela, Alicante threatened the then Mayor, Pedro Zaragoza that he would place signs on roads into the village stating that the Mayor and residents would likely go to hell for allowing the wearing of these “garments of sin”.
Today, visitors will see a large metal Cross which was erected in 1975 and is made from parts of old railway tracks.