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, and stands around 438m above sea level.

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.

 

 

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+1 # Des Gardner 2020-05-13 09:21
I always try and walk up to the cross on each winter holiday I have in Benidorm, I normally have 3 or 4 winter holidays in Benidorm and I travel to Benidorm with my wife Val but she does not do the walk to the cross with my she stops at base camp with a book and a cup of tea or a glass of wine and the mobile to check on my progress! nomally the walk normally takes me 45 minutes from the base, but I have had a problem with my legs and walking and the last time it took me a hour and a half but I had plenty of rest stops on the way up, on the way down I always take a few photo's I am a keen photographer, I only carry one camera and one short zoom lens, I dont get bogged down with equipment! I always stop at the Merita bar on the down for a glass or two of wine. I am very much a senior and I am always proud to say I can still walk to the cross when in Benidorm.
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0 # there 2020-03-29 18:16
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0 # Simon Spencer 2019-10-18 12:22
Interesting
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0 # Neil ratclifrd 2019-10-17 16:03
Me and favi bear walked to the cross we walked fom Poseidon playa hotel we went the long way to start with so had to turn around the views are superb it well worth the effort on doing it we stopped at matrias bar at the bottom all in all its a great experience.
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0 # Garry Ashwood 2019-10-03 14:40
Would recommend taking the walk up. Its not too hard and the views are stunning. We walked up in 45 mins from Pelicanos with a wrong turn lol. Great start to the day - go early so its not too hot though.
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0 # AMANDA BOYCE 2019-09-06 16:42
Views are just breathtaking! Take a camera and plenty to drink. Going at night is just amazing
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0 # Wee G 2019-05-23 17:46
My husband and I did the walk to the cross from Terralta apartments at the far end of the Old Town on Monday morning(20th May 2019). We left early in the morning to avoid the heat and it took us about 2.5 hrs there and back but it was definitely worth it. The views are spectacular!! We will certainly do this walk again the next time we are in Benidorm. Just wear comfy trainers and you'll be fine.
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0 # Mark Owens 2019-01-20 16:21
I'm always on cross ➕ on the hill benidorm Spain ?? as views are absolutely amazing so tranquil x
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0 # JANE TAYLOR-GRAY 2019-01-09 01:07
I ran to the monument and cross again on my recent visit. Absolutely stunning. Amazing memories made.
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0 # Andy Parnham 2018-09-14 11:42
You must wear comfy shoes. No use showing off wearing cheap crap then paying the price at the end foot problems . I done it and believe me you need comfy shoes / trainers
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0 # Ruth Woodhouse 2018-09-04 14:43
I cheated got a taxi up as I had just recovered from very badly broken foot, walked down think I'd have been better walking up but well worth the views. Bit rough on the path at the top if you have mobility problems :)
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0 # Julie Marsh 2018-08-29 22:27
Took me 40 mins up in May and 45 coming down. But the views are amazing. Make sure you take water with you ❤❤
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