The iconic curving coastline of the immensely popular holiday resort of Benidorm is dominated by towering, modern developments and buzzing bars and restaurants. The favourite holiday destination of millions since the seventies, many cultured travellers overlook the bustling throng of Benidorm in favour of more historical and highbrow destinations; however, there is more to Benidorm than meets the eye. The charming and charismatic Old Town exudes an authentic Spanish culture that has been perfectly preserved in spite of the high rise hotels.
Benidorm’s opulent Old Town is a photogenic myriad of consecrated churches, quaint tiled squares and picturesque panoramas; locals lounge in shady squares and cosmopolitan youngsters sip coffee in the sleek and stylish cafes. The blue domes of San Jaime Church are the old town’s most recognisable landmark and panoramic coastal vistas can be enjoyed from the summit of the town’s White Steps. A magical moment can be enjoyed during the descent of this pristine and perfect structure, as travellers slowly step downwards onto a platform suspended over the sea.
Those following cultural pursuits will be delighted with Benidorm’s eclectic selection of museums; housed in an attractive 19th century building is the Casa Museo de Benidorm, a contemporary art gallery that exhibits the best of modern sculpture and painting. The Maritime Cultural Centre recognises the town’s nautical heritage by displaying maritime memorabilia such as fishing boats and ancient anchors. Within the wondrous Wax Museum, which boasts realistic recreations of celebrities, is also the Museum o Erotic Art, a self-explanatory collection of captivating artworks.
Nationally renowned for its traditional taste of the Alicante region, the Kataria Gastronomica Restaurant offers gastronomes a grand and gourmet dining experience. The impeccably chic interior provides a beautiful backdrop to the delectable dishes served; expect rustic and robust flavours with a refined twist. (Avda. del Mediterraneo, 13, Benidorm)