As suggested by Benidorm-Seriously Facebook members – in no particular order
WALK/DRIVE UP TO THE FAMOUS CROSS – Mirador de la Cruz
The views from the cross are spectular 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.
HISTORY OF THE CROSS
The first cross appeared on top of the Sierra Helada in 1962 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 or clothes! 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 railway tracks. The original cross which was made of wood and erected in January 1962 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, whom, by their very participation had proved that they were indeed spiritual and religious, unlike the tourists flocking in every increasing numbers for the sins of fun, sun and other such pastimes.
Travel to the heart of the Medieval age and experience the exciting world of contests, honour, challenges and glory.
Dinner and show.
Enjoy a typical Medieval-style dinner together with the counts of the castle and watch how the knights fight on foot and on horseback, to defend their honour and to avoid being thown into the pit of terror. A night full of surprises, where you can go back to the XIV century and learn how the knights risked their lives for a lady.
Prices 49,95€ for Adults and 29,95€ for Children. Includes dinner show with soft drinks included.
See an absolutely fabulous show in the theater styled nightclub Benidorm Palace. Before the show you can have a meal or just book to see the show.
A very large stage is behind the dance floor, the dance floor is raised to the level of the stage dramatically increasing the stages size and allowing the performers to come right out into the audience
Besides the large troup of female and male dancers are various top specialty acts from around the world.
The spectacular lighting effects bring the feathers of the magnificent dancers costumes to life. A different show is put on each year. If you have booked direct with the Servigroup hotels ask about FREE tickets. BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE
Head into the little cobbled streets in the historic old town you can enjoy mouth-watering morsels of Spain from the tapas bars.
It’s known locally as Tapas Alley because it is filled with bars serving these tasty treats.
The small dishes of tapas are perfect for sharing and for trying food that you may not feel comfortable ordering as a main course in case you don’t like it.
Ordering tapas is also perfect for getting a taste of some of the more expensive dishes, such as Denia red prawns or the more expensive Spanish ham, without running up a massive bill. Find out more here.
The entertainment scene in Benidorm is the best in Europe with something to suit, what ever age you are. With hundreds of entertainers around the town in different venues from Hypnotists to Tribute Bands, top Comedians and so much more. To find out who is on when and where click HERE
MUNDOMAR – re opens 17th March for the 2018 season
A great day out for all the family Mundomar is a marine animal park, It is twinned with the water park Aqualandia which is directly adjacent to it, and shares the same car park.
Many different species can be viewed at Mundomar, including dolphins, sea lions, penguins and meerkats and many more marine and land animals.
There are dolphin, sea lion, and parrot displays several times a day at the park, where visitors can watch trained handlers interacting with the animals, and putting on spectacular shows. Find out more here . BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE
AQUALANDIA – BENIDORM – Generally opens late May.
Aqualandia in Benidorm, the first water park built in Spain, opened in 1985. Since then it has been not only one of the largest water parks in the world, but also ranks among those which offer the most attractions and facilities as well as outstanding customer service. Situated right next door to Mundomar.
Aqualandia is an extensive natural area where you can enjoy a wide variety of water activities and many other amenities. It covers an area of 150,000 square metres and has 50,000 square metres of free parking.
Aqualandia also features spacious landscaped areas which have been planted with a variety of local vegetation.
Other facilities and services available at the Park are its picnic areas, souvenir shop, photography, cash dispensers, locker hire, safe deposit boxes, hire of sunbeds and swimming floats.
There are several self-service restaurants including a snack bar, barbecue, pizzeria, burger restaurant, various kiosks, ice-cream parlours, coffee shops, crêpe and kebab stalls.
The park features a variety of pools, slides and children’s games which require millions of litres of water supplied by our own wells. It is filtered and recycled with modern water treatment systems.
Aqualandia is open from the end of May until the end of October for more information
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BARS AND RESTAURANTS
You will find more bars and restaurants in Benidorm than any other resort and again there is something for everyone from the quiet to the noisy, cheap to expensive.
Many of the bars and restaurants are open all day, some until the early hours of the morning. No mater what, time day or night you will always be able to find somewhere to eat or drink.
TERRA MITICA – THEME AND ADVENTURE PARK.
Discover ancient Mediterranean civilisations at Terra Mitica, Benidorm, where the theme park will transport you directly to the history of Greece, Egypt and Rome. Terra Mitica will let you enjoy the finest days of summer, with shows and rides to excite and fascinate you, whilst taking your adrenaline to new limits. Are you ready to live the dream? For opening times, prices AND BOOKING click here
Benidorm has some of the finest blue flag beaches in the area, Levante Beach, the new town end and Poniente Beach the old town end and in between the two Cala Mal Pas Beach, there are also two further rocky little know coves. Full details of all five beaches can be found here
BENIDORM OPEN AIR MARKET
One of the biggest markets in the area, known as “El Pueblo”, it is situated near the Servigroup Pueblo Hotel and is held every Sunday and Wednesday, starting around 08.30 until 13.30ish. Here you can find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to leather goods and hot food. For details of other markets in the area click here.
Parque de Elche
The famous Elche park is home to hundreds of beautiful white doves and know to many as Dove Park, it is also known for its spectacular palm trees.
It is located just in front of Poniente Beach,and is close to Benidorm Harbour. This is a lovely shady park and a great place to sit and people watch..
BENIDORM SITE SEEING OPEN TOP BUSES
The perfect way to see the city and seafront without walking too far. You can catch the open top bus from the Rincon near Mc Donalds. There are two buses available – The Number 30 goes to Cala Finestrat starting at “Rincón de L’oix” (opp Grand National Bar) and along the Avd Mediterranean round the town Centre, by the “Parque de Elche”, “Paseo de Poniente” and finally, it gets to “Cala de Finestrat”.
The number 31 also starts from the “Rincón de Loix” and goes via Avd Atmella de Mar, Avd Severo Ocho. And then, it goes to Albir and Altea beaches. For bus times etc click here
Visit ‘San Jaime’ Church (St James) Benidorm Old Town
The church of “Saint James is dedicated to the patron saint of the town, is set at the very top of the Old Town on Canfali hill. It is a Neoclassical building, built in the 18th Century with the typical blue Mediterranean tiled dome.
Inside you´ll find a statue of the Virgen del Sufragio, the well-loved patron saint of Benidorm. The Virgin has her own small chapel containing the little wood sculpture which, as the story goes, was found on a boat adrift on the high seas.
The legend of the Virgin says that in 1740 the residents of Benidorm were surprised by the arrival of a ship who had sailed there without crew. It was thought that perhaps the cause of the disappearance of the crew was the plague and this instilled dread in the local villagers. The authorities decided to burn the boat to keep people safe. It was burned without removing anything. When the flames were extinguished, the children searched amongst the remains and found “intact and shining” an image of the Virgin with the Child Jesus in her arms. The Fiesta day of the Virgen del Sufragio is always held on the second Sunday of November.
The church is open for Mass at 10am until 13.00 and then is closed until the evening Mass is at 7pm then one at 8pm, On Sunday various Masses are celebrated throughout the day and the church is open until after the last Mass. Beautiful music is piped during the day throughout the building and it really is a stunning church well worth seeing whilst in Benidorm.
BENIDORM SIGHT SEEING TRAIN
This operates an hourly service and it´s a great stress free way to see the resort.
The tourist train has 2 routes: Levante Panoramico – this runs along the Avd Mediterraneo then heads up the Serra Helada where you will get a spectacular view of Benidorm. Route 2 is Poniente – which starts at Elche Park (sometimes referred to as Dove park, at the end of the Old Town) and down to La Cala and back. It costs 5.50€ for adults, 3€ for children and 4€ for pensioners and takes around 45 minutes. All routes start on the Avd Mediterraeno at the 24 hour chemist. For any information on routes, timetables, prices, etc… Telephone 628 38 89 78 as times etc may change during the year.
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THE PARQUE DE L’AIGUERA – KNOWN AS THE GREAT CENTRE OF BENIDORM
This is a long, extensive public park in the neoclassical style, designed by architect Ricardo Bofill. It´s a truely beautiful park and well worth a visit. The park separates the old city from the modern buildings and it has two amphitheatres used for cultural events in the summer months. The Benidorm song festival takes place in the Julio Iglesias auditorium in the park for two days in the month of June, and various other music festivals are held during the year. The park ends at the Bullring and an enclosure which is used for fairs during fiestas.
BENIDORM BULLRING (Plaza de Toros)
Several bullfights with top named matadors are held every year. If you’ve ever doubted the popularity of the sport, wait ’til you see how packed it gets. The bullring is also used during fiesta times for The running with the bulls and amateur bullfights.
The bullring in Benidorm was opened in 1962. Capacity of 9,971 people.
El Mirador de la Punta del Canfali – THE CASTLE, LOOK OUT POINT
The castle/fortress was situated on the big rock that divides the two beaches (Lavante and Poneinte) and its main purpose was to guard against invasions of the Berber pirates. The castle was thought to have stood here around 1325, this is the highest point in Benidorm, with its characteristic white balustrade it is one of the symbols of the city. The viewpoint has two parts, a top with benches and rest areas, and another viewing point down quite a few quite steep steps which offers views closer to the sea.
Sadly the castle sustained significant damage during the peninsular war and was then abandoned and most of it disappeared in 1812. Today only a few remains of the walls and one arch are still visible, which you can see on the lookout rocks (Mirador), this area is also known as “Balcony of the Mediterranean.” and one of Benidorm Old Towns most visited tourist spots with panoramic 360º views.
You will see in the sea a Geiser, this was in working order up to a few years ago but.It was detected that the water was eroding the structures in the area, such as the balustrade, the buildings and the rocks that make up Punta Canfali and sadly is no longer functional.
To get to the Plaza del Castell, there are many streets that converge to it, all of them with their own special charm. A nice hike is for example Alameda Street. When you get to the beginning of Calle Mayor, turn left, it is a street that leads directly to the sea and takes the first right, to climb the area of Callejón, you will see many old buildings, cobbled and narrow streets and stone arches … A small slice of what was, within what is now a modern city.
TAKE A BOAT TRIP TO – BENIDORM ISLAND
Some call it Peacock Island, others Benidorm Rock and the locals refer to it as simply L’illa (the island), if you’ve never made the journey across the bay to explore it, then you really should, because it’s a great day out. Enjoy the amazing views of the Benidorm skyline from the Mediterranean framed by the towering Puig Campana mountain (the one with the hole in the top) it is simply stunning – in fact the whole trip is worth it just for that view.
When you get to the island you can spend as little or as long as you want just check with a crew member the time of the last boat back before you disembark. Enjoy an ice cream or some typical tapas in the restaurant or make a day of it and take a picnic. The island is a protected national park so flora and fauna abound – wander the path to the summit for a great view of the coast right up to Alicante, then find a comfy patch of rock or undergrowth to enjoy your picnic, with just the fresh sea air and the gulls for company
Also included in the price of your crossing is an ‘underwater’ experience. Known as the Aquascope it loks like a yellow submarine but don’t panic – it doesn’t really go underwater. Instead passengers climb aboard and down into to bowels of the vessel which is glass lined, allowing you to see the marine life swimming free in its natural habitat – its absolutely amazing and the kids will love it.
There is a boat that leaves every hour from 10.00am at the port (all year round) and from the boarding platform in the Rincon de Loix (only during the summer months) These are dependent upon good weather conditions the boats just go back and forth, during the day. The journey time takes around 20 minutes each way and costs 15€ for adults and 12€ for children (2 – 10). For details of all boat trips click HERE
TERRA NATURA – BENIDORM
At Terra Natura Benidorm you can see more than 1,500 animals from 200 different species, 50 of which are in serious danger of extinction, and over 2,500 examples of more than 160 species of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants from these regions. As well as the hugely varied collection of wildlife, our educational information (through placards with biological details and information points), the architectural theming and the range of shows, entertainment and adventure activities make Terra Natura the venue of choice for families looking to spend an interesting and entertaining day in a natural setting. More information HERE
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Perfect for any age and situated right next to Terra Natura.
A water park of 40.000 square meters designed so that EVERYONE enjoys themselves equally since the design offers a field of vision that allows the parents rest without worries and relax while the children can play and have fun in the water. Aqua Natura’s water promenade guides you up to the beach area where you can find changing rooms, just relax, sunbathe and get refreshments.
There are more than 1.000 meters of exciting slides and exclusive bathing zones for children Aqua Natura has five large sections: the wave pool, the water slides, the kid’s pool, the lighthouse breakwater and the Spa-Sun Deck.
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