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Benidorm Off the Beaten Path

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Benidorm is such a diverse city with plenty of hidden gems that tourists wouldn't normally find. Use this guide to discover what lies beyond the bars and beaches.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Like a Local

6 Places

3 City Tips

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6 Places

Gran Hotel Bali - Grupo Bali

Hotels

Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana

Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites

Benidorm Island

Islands

El Castell de Guadalest

Specialty Museums

Altea Beach

Beaches

Parque Natural de la Serra Gelada

Parks

David G's City Tips

  • Be wary of street games, designed to make you drop your guard.
  • The local bus service is excellent with clean and modern vehicles and a very frequent service. You can buy a pass, which gives a small discount off each fare by prepaying for journeys in advance (known as a "Bono").
  • Be aware of local customs, bearing in mind that in Spain the Catholic faith has a strong presence.
  • Gran Hotel Bali - Grupo Bali
    Hotels
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    David G Says:

    As a hotel, the Gran Hotel Bali attracts mixed reviews, however as a tourist attraction and as an example of modern architecture, it is a delight. Located at the southern end of Poniente beach, this hotel was Benidorm's tallest building until Intempo opened in 2014. It still is Europe's tallest hotel at almost 700 feet. For a fee, you can travel to the special observation gallery at the top for magnificent views.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ride the outside lifts!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 191 Hotels in Benidorm
    • Winter Break 01/22/2019
    • Still a wow moment! 01/22/2019
    • Gran Hotel Bali - Grupo Bali
    Address:
    Calle Actor Luis Prendes, 4
    La Cala, Playa Poniente
    03502 Benidorm
    Spain
  • Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana
    Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    David G Says:

    At the top of the headland in the Old Town stands this beautiful church, which is the center of most of the town's fiestas. In particular in November, when the door is decorated with hundreds of flowers to mark the start of the annual festival in honor of the Virgin Mary.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You are welcome to go inside and sit in the pews.
    • Remember that you are in a place of worship and you should dress appropriately.
    • Leave some small change on the donation plate as you exit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely old church 01/07/2019
    • WORTH STOPPING AT 12/22/2018
    • Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana
    Address:
    Plaza Castelar 1
    03501 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 965 85 40 24
  • Benidorm Island
    Islands
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    David G Says:

    The trip to Isla de Benidorm is not so much about the actual island, for when you arrive there is a small cafe, a glass-bottomed submarine, and not much else. It's more about the boat trip there and back, which provides wonderful views of Benidorm.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A nice way to cool off in the sea breeze.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    • Fly infested 01/15/2019
    • Boat trip 01/04/2019
    • Benidorm Island
    Other:
  • El Castell de Guadalest
    Specialty Museums
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    David G Says:

    Inland from Benidorm lies the small village of Guadalest, with less than 200 inhabitants. Wander the quaint traditional streets, buy the amazing artwork that is for sale, and marvel at the views from the castle, in particular the view down to the reservoir with its unusual golden sandy 'beaches.' On the lake itself is a solar-powered pleasure boat.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There isn't much by way of transport here from Benidorm. Consider going on one of the free "blanket" trips.
    • The metal artwork and pottery available in the shops are wonderfully detailed and are at bargain prices.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Guadalest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trip to Guadalest 01/10/2019
    • Historical, Panoramic surroundings 01/09/2019
    • El Castell de Guadalest
    Phone:
    +34 965 88 52 98
    Other:
  • Altea Beach
    Beaches
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    David G Says:

    Jump on the number 10 bus, get off when it terminates and you have arrived in the port town of Altea. Stop by the designer clothes shops or gaze at the yachts in the port. At the top of the town is the plaza, with its blue-domed church and outside eateries. This is the place to be if you visit in the evening.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Feeling energetic? Walk from Altea to Albir along the sea front.
    • This is also a great place for paella.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Altea
    • A nice walk along a long beach 01/19/2019
    • Day trip to Altea 01/15/2019
    • Altea Beach
    Address:
    Calle Currica
    03590 Altea
    Spain
  • Parque Natural de la Serra Gelada
    Parks
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    David G Says:

    Known locally as a great place to walk and hike, this coastal hill walk is approximately 5km and ends at Albir's lighthouse.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take your own water, there is nowhere to buy any on the walk.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in El Albir
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Walk 01/17/2019
    • Not as easy as it looks -But well worth the effort 12/19/2018
    • Parque Natural de la Serra Gelada
    Phone:
    +34 629 32 12 48
    Other:
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