Hidden amongst its high-rise buildings and lively discotheques, sunny Benidorm has an abundance of local food, history and art just waiting to be explored. Escape the beach for a day and see what else the town has to offer with the help of our cultural guide to Benidorm.
Benidorm’s Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets, filled with authentic Spanish restaurants. Find a quaint tapas bar and tuck into plates of fresh sardines and grilled meats, then wash it all down with a glass of Rioja.
La Rana restaurant
As one of the oldest restaurants in Benidorm, La Rana is your best bet for an authentic Spanish meal at a reasonable price. Set in a secluded spot in the Old Town, this family-run place offers a delicious tapas menu. Those not keen on the sharing platters can pick from the á la carte menu instead.
Klaus Kramer Gallery
For some of the best in contemporary Spanish art, head to the Klaus Kramer Gallery. From modern sculpture and installations, to more traditional paintings and photography, this gallery treats you to a mixed selection of artwork. Juan Barbera, Damia Diaz and Dalmau Gorriz are just a few of the impressive names on the Klaus Kramer rostra.
Fallas de San Jose
Originating from Valencia, this five-day fiesta in March marks the start of spring. In honour of Saint Joseph and other carpenters who’d clean out their workshops by burning pieces of wood before spring, three giant papiermache statues, known as fallas, are placed around the town to be burnt. With fireworks lighting up the whole of the Costa Blanca and colourful parades everyday, make sure you save your energy for the main event on 19th March, when the burning of the three fallas goes on until the early hours.
Las Fiestas Patronales
Expect non-stop fiestas in this five-day celebration of Benidorm’s patron saints every November. Enjoy the fancy dress at the parade of humour then dance until the early hours to live music in the town hall square. Don’t miss the reenactment of the Virgin of the Suffrage’s discovery at the beach on the last day before the final fiestas.
Church of San Jaime
This neoclassical church is located high above Benidorm’s Old Town. Built in the mid to late 18th century, this blue-domed church features a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, which according to legend, was found on an abandoned boat on the high seas.
Tossal de la Cala
Head to the end of Poniente beach where you’ll find this Iberian settlement, built between the 3rd-1st century BC. Walk up to the top of the hill to find the remains of an ancient room.
Punta del Cavall
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Sierra Helada mountains to see this 16th century watchtower, originally used by soldiers who kept watch for pirate attacks.
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