Sunday calorie burn high above sea level with a hike in them hills…
The mountain (or is it a big hill) above Sierra Cortina and behind Terra Mitica offers a relatively easy to moderate climb and superb walk with some of very best views of Benidorm. The climb to the top takes about one hour on a rough well used loose stone path. A few parts are quite steep. This is a walk for those who enjoy walking, not for those who prefer a Sunday stroll with a pub at the end of it! But, the rewards are panoramic (take a camera) scenes that very few people ever get an opportunity to view.
To start this lovely walk, take the Finestrat road (CV767) from Benidorm until you reach the roundabout where the entrance to the Sierra Cortina resort is, turn right (Calle Isla Gran Canaria) and park up 100m along the road where you will see a verge and a few trees on the left with a rough path heading upwards (obviously). Start you climb here. Do take lunch, water, first aid kit and wear decent walking footwear.
Once at the summit you can choose to simply enjoy the view or continue along the path for a further 5kms or so along the top and back again. The path across the summit is easy to follow and an easy to moderate walk. From here you can look down on Benidorm, Terra Mitica and take in the views as far as Alicante and Calpe.
You do not need to be very fit, 20kg overweight, an ex-smoker (50 a day) and 52 years of age still allowed me to get to the top of this little mountain. You will likely not be alone along the way. I met among others, three muscled cage fighters, three Hungarians with scary shotguns, various dog walkers, serious hiking folk and assorted tourists in various states of advanced sunburn! Perhaps not for everyone, but the calorie burn must exceed 1,000 and the idea of doing something different rather than the usual tourist stuff does appeal and is well worth the effort on a Sunday to finish of your Benidorm weekender. Come see us soon, why not book the hotel La Cala in Finestrat beach near Benidorm for a long relaxing weekend today!
That famous Benidorm Cross on the hill
Why is the Benidorm Cross on the hill?
Everyone who visits Benidorm will, already know of the famous cross on the hill overlooking the Playa Levante, or will soon notice it as it lights up at dusk. One of those Benidorm myths with many a story told of how it got there, none of which are usually based on fact!
The first cross appeared on top of the Sierra Helada in 1962 and was the culmination of a mission by local Catholic monks to prove that the village had not lost it´s “soul” from the terrible “frivolous” Bikini wearing tourists. Deemed to be committing a terrible sin by wearing such clothes, or lack or clothes! Indeed, at the time despite having permission direct from Franco to allow the Bikini on beaches, Benidorm was not as frivolous as it is today. Just two years earlier the Bishop of Orihuela, Alicante threatened the then Mayor, Pedro Zaragoza that he would place signs on roads into the village stating that the Mayor and residents would likely go to hell for allowing the wearing of these “garments of sin”.
Today, visitors will see a large metal Cross erected in 1975 from parts of railway tracks. The original cross made of wood erected in January 1962, carried on the shoulders of the entire village from the famous blue domed church of San Jaime located in the old town. The day became known as the “day of forgiveness” for the villagers, whom, by their very participation had proved that they were indeed spiritual and religious, unlike the tourists flocking in every increasing numbers for the sins of fun, sun and other such fleshy pastimes.
The cross is a must visit and is now popular as a spiritual icon and place of remembrance to scatter ashes or loved ones and those who loved Benidorm. It is a romantic place, or simply a superb place to see Benidorm from high above the highest buildings with a nice bottle of chilled wine. We recommend you take a one way Taxi to the cross, sit a while and enjoy the views then take the easy walk downhill all the way back to the Rincon de Loix, Levante beach and enjoy all that frivolous fun that Benidorm offers you. Come see us for a few days we are only a short bus or car journey along coast, the perfect low cost weekender!
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