The Cross (la Cruz)
The views from the cross are spectacular both day and night, it is well worth a visit just to see the stunning scenery across Benidorm and the surrounding area. It is situated at the top of the Sierra Gelada Natura reserve.
There are various routes of getting to it from the town, you can also drive most of the way and then take the steps and path up to the actual cross itself. The number 24 bus will take you about 1/3rd of the way up. You can also continue walking across the mountains to Albir Lighthouse. Make sure you take water etc with you as there are no services etc at the cross itself. The only nearby bar is MERITAS.
This is just a guide to give you some idea of the 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.
The history of the Cross
The first cross appeared on top of the Sierra Helada in 1962. 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.