Rising up out of the sea protected by the Playa Levante and Playa Poniente on either side, the old town of Benidorm offers a touch of real Spain. Explore the tiny streets full of cafés and the famous "Tapas Alley" in Calle José Martinez Oriola, plus enjoy amazing views and gorgeous sunsets from the Mirador del Castell and the Balcón del Mediterráneo.
Far removed from the more brash and vibrant Levante and Rincon de Loix, the old town is where you will find Mediterranean warmth and vitality and enjoy some quiet reflection and a peaceful afternoon or evening sipping Sangria and dining on Paella.
Stroll through the old town streets and head up Calle Mayor and Calle Canfali which will take you to the 18th century parish church of San Jaime and Santa Ana with the distinctive two blue tile domes. Some great photo opportunities await in the plaza on the other side of the church. One of the best times to visit is just before sunset, a perfect location to watch the sun set over the Poniente and behind Alicante or take an early morning stroll in summer before the heat of the day sets in.
If you are feeling fit take the steps down to the sea level terrace and take a few selfies with the bay and the island as a backdrop. Afterwards, perhaps take a much deserved pit stop at one of the terrace café bars who all serve great coffee and snacks if you are feeling peckish. After your rest take the steps down to the harbour and Mal Pas beach, then head back through the old town via the pedestrian street for some shopping therapy, an ice cream or a drink at a pavement café like Casper's Eatery & Bar.
In summer there is an artisans market along the Mirador del Castell . For fun nights out, the old town is also where you will find the popular fun Gay Benidorm area with fabulous drag show bars, and cosy cocktail bars where you will always find a top night out at venues like the Casa Don Juan bar.
The old town is a dream for shopping with every budget catered for. Find designer gear shoes, and handbags in the main pedestrian street plus the municipal food market for fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish. You will also find many high street brands in the old town.
WHO STAY HERE?
The old town is perfect for solo travellers, grown ups and couples who look for a more authentic holiday in Spain where local food and tapas bars are a priority.