Benidorm Guide: Culture
Benidorm Old Town
The Benidorm Old Town is situated aside the promontory that separates the two Benidorm beaches,Levante Beach and Poniente Beach. The Cerro Canfali headland is veined by narrow lanes and alleys, converges on the open light-filled Balcón del Mediterráneo.
Balcon del Mediterraneo
Balcon del Mediterraneo is the iconic balustrade built at the Castle’s vantage point which separates Levante Beach and Poniente Beach. The fortess was built to defend against algerian pirates raids between 14-16 centuries.
The L'Aiguera Park separates the old quarter of Benidorm from the newer buildings which strecth along Levante Beach. There are two amphitheatres which are used for shows and cultural events. The Park ends at the Bullring and a fairground site where attractions are set up for the many 'fiestas'.
Benidorm Town Hall
The bridge-like building at the entrance to the L'Aiguera Park is the Town Hall. This 'horizontal skyscraper', known locally as the ‘floorscraper’, is covered with over 60,000 names. These are a record of all the citizens who inhabited Benidorm on the year when the construction was finished.
San Jaime Church
San Jaime Church (Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana) a blue-tiled domed roof of the 18th century Parish church. It is dedicated to the patron saint of Benidorm and is set at the very top of the Old Town on a hill called Canfali. Visitors may seea statue of the Virgen del Sufragio inside the church, 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.
Maritime Cultural Center
The Maritime Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Marítimo)is a small house that contains an exhibition of model ships and other nautical exhibits that include fishing boats, anchors and knots to remember the great maritime ventures of the Benidorm seamen done in the past. Entrance is free of charge.
Poniente Beach Promenade
The Poniente Beach Promenade is the work of the architects Carlos Ferrater and Xavier Martí Galí, that represents a radical innovation to traditional promenades. The design of the promenade recreates shapes of cliffs and waves, projected to generate areas of light and shadow, convexities and concavities with platforms at different levels creating different surfaces that can be used as recreational, leisure and meditation areas.
Tossal de la Cala
El Tossal de La Cala is an Iberian settlement and one of the nicest cultural sights of Benidorm. It is located at the far end of Poniente beach in Benidorm. The surrounding hill at the end of Benidorm bay was settled in the late Iberian period between 3rd to 1st Century B.C.
Cavall Peak and Morales Tower
Other remains from bygone times in Benidorm that have been declared as Cultural Assets are the 16th century watchtowers of "Punta del Cavall" (or Seguro) and "Morales" (or Escaletes).