Benidorm is one of the main tourist resorts on the Mediterranean coast. In addition to its beaches and its privileged climate, it’s a perfect place to relax and have fun at the same time, and not only during the summer but throughout the year. If you’re spending your holidays in Benidorm and want to meet other tourist places nearby, in this post we recommend the places you mustn’t miss during your stay.
Six places to visit near Benidorm
1. Fuentes de Algar, Callosa de Ensarriá
Algar springs are a spectacular natural setting where you can enjoy great scenic beauty and crystal clear springs that gush out of the rocks. It consists of a 1.5km long route along the Algar River. Bathing is allowed, and you can cool off in the different areas consisting of streams, natural pools and huge waterfalls. As for access, it’s very easy to get there by car. There is private parking, where you can leave the car all day for 3 euros. There is also a picnic area, WC, first aid, shops and restaurants. The entrance fee is 5 euros. See more information about natural pools, rivers and lakes for bathing in Alicante.
Guadalest, declared a Historic Artistic Site in 1974, is one of the most charming towns in the province of Alicante. Don’t miss a chance to walk along its steep cobblestoned streets and discover the parish church, the castle of Alcozaiba (of this fortress only one tower remains); the castle of San José, the noble house of the Orduña family, from the 17th century and with the furniture and pottery of the time; the 18th century church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the 12th century prison, located in the basement of the town hall, and its museums. And of course, don’t miss its reservoir from the 1950s. Accommodation in Guadalest.
3. The Bernia Springs
A few kilometres from Benidorm is the Sierra de Bernia. Here you can enjoy a circular route of about 9 kilometres that allows you to enjoy emblematic places like el Forat, el Fort de Bernia and the various springs distributed along the route. The landscape is impressive, you can see the sea and Sierra Helada, Altea and Benidorm. It’s worth your while to enjoy its panoramic views, make stops along the way and take pictures of the landscape from the top of the Sierra. The route is rated as having medium difficulty and goes along a path for the most part. The best time for a visit is in spring, when the flora are in full bloom. It’s best to avoid doing this route in summer. Accommodation in Bernia.
4. Albir Lighthouse
The Albir Lighthouse, located in the Serra Gelada Nature Reserve, has a spectacular route that runs between the sea and the mountains. The tarmac road and its perfect signage makes access very comfortable, especially for those walking with children. The area has a car park next to the Playa del Albir housing estates. It’s a 5-kilometre route that takes around two hours to complete. At the end of the tour, it’s good idea to have swimsuits ready to cool off in the crystal clear waters of the Racó del Albir beach. Accommodation in Albir.
Villajoyosa, also known as “La Vila”, became famous throughout Europe thanks to its famous Chocolate. The visit to the port of Villajoyosa is highly recommended, as well as visiting its beaches and seeing the colourful details of the facades of its houses facing the Mediterranean. Villajoyosa is a town full of history, constantly besieged by pirates. You can still see the town walls and watchtowers built during this period. Besides pirates, on exploring the town you’ll also see Roman remains. If you’re visiting in July, don’t miss el Desembarco de Villajoyosa, declared of International Tourist Interest and one of a kind. Accommodation in Villajoyosa.
6. El peñón de Ifach de Calpe
The rocky promontory of Ifach was separated from the coast of Calpe by a Sandy isthmus. This imposing tourist rock, declared a nature reserve in 1987, is one of the main natural monuments on the Costa Blanca. From the top of the rock you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the bay of Calpe. In addition to enjoying the sun and its clean waters, it’s also a good place to practice water sports. Accommodation in Calpe.
You may also like to see the article of Seven curious places to visit in Alicante.
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