To visit the tourist who treads the streets of Benidorm, they have been established by the City Council four zones. Find indicative panels address, called zoning, at the main entrances of the city and in areas most traveled by visitors. Here we address the historic center of the city.
Crossing Avenida de Ruzafa with Avenida Emilio Ortuño - Plaza del Castillo (Punta el Canfali), Port and Elche Park.
Type of zone
Small and generally pedestrian streets, so it gives a feeling of overcrowding. It is certainly one of the most attractive in what refers to tourist areas items.
What to see in the old town
The Old Town is the original nucleus of Benidorm.
Here life focused on its origins as a fishing village. It divides the two main beaches with a natural cliff of stones, known as Punta Canfali, and is where the Castle was built in 1325. In the XV century the town suffered an attack of pirates that destroyed part of the same and, after that In the nineteenth century during the War of Independence was completely destroyed.
A low building was constructed in 1972 that occupied the place that had left the Castle. At first the Civil Guard was installed, and later it happened to be the Municipal Library. The exterior was surrounded by a series of canyons, in order to remember its origins. In 2002, the Library was abolished, and now there is a large square that welcomes artists and craftsmen in the summer, and is filled with music and tourists. The guns continue to guard the square as a symbol of what it once was.
What we can visit today is the Viewpoint of Punta Canfali: the Balcony of the Mediterranean. Its characteristic balustrade was built in the city, it is unique, and it is one of the symbols of the city. The viewpoint has two parts, a high part with benches and rest areas, and another that slopes down a few slopes, and offers a closer view to the sea, with the Geiser in the foreground.
At present, this Geiser, if it works, does very little. It was detected that the water helped to erode elements of the area, such as the balustrade, the buildings of the area and the rocks that make up Punta Canfali. So if you see it in operation you will be a lucky one.
To reach the Plaza del Castell, there are many streets that converge to it, any of them has a special charm. A nice climb is for example Calle Alameda. 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. Old buildings, cobbled and narrow streets, stone arches ... A small slice of what was, within a modern city.
At this point you will see the Parroquia de San Jaime, one of the most beautiful in the city and whose bluish dome is a very photographed symbol of Benidorm.
From the end of the Castle Square towards the Port, a very beautiful stone staircase descends. Its handrail is an iron forged chain, and today it is the tenant of a multitude of locks that put couples in love, both visitors and neighbors. It goes to the Port and the Mal Pas Beach.
Do not miss in this area also the particular street Paseo de la Carretera. It is one of the most confluence of people. It is not surprising that it is commonly called "the street of the pussy", since many people find friends and acquaintances from their place of origin ("pussy! You around!"). You have not visited Benidorm if you do not pass by here. Deriva in its final part in the Park of Elche.