Benidorm Old Town Guide

Tiny streets, tapas bars and fine dining for a taste of Spain holiday. Choose from some superb hotels located right in the old town and build your own holiday to get the most out of the buzzing terrace bars and restaurants that come to life at lunchtime and every evening until late. Plus stay in the old town puts you bang in the middle of both beaches for the perfect holiday in Benidorm, for an authentic Spanish atmosphere!

Benidorm old town guide - Calle Mayor


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.

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Benidorm old town guide - view of old town form the sea


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.

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.

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Mercure Benidorm is a 4 star refurbished hotel in Benidorm old town
Mercure Benidorm
****new in 2022

> Sheltered pool & gardens
> Totally refurbished
> Beach 5 minutes walk
> All pool facing rooms
> Great breakfast here
> Train station 10 minutes
> B&B and half options

2 Star Hotel Internacional in Benidorm old town is a good budget choice for short breaks
Hotel Internacional
**budget pick

> Beach 70m
> Bars & restaurants 0m
> Benidorm market 50m
> Good breakfast
> Ideal for solo travel
> 40 rooms 5 floors 1 lift
> Twin triple & family rooms

Roca Mar is a B&B family run 3 star hotel in the old town just 2 minutes from the iconic church
Roca Mar B&B Hotel
***top seller

> Beach 120m
> Bars restaurants 40m
> Rooftop solarium
> Room only or B&B
> Small friendly hotel
> Great for solo travel
> Affordable choice

RH Canfali is a gourmet boutique 4 star hotel
RH Canfali Gastrohotel ****boutique

> Balcón del Mediterráneo
> Nightlife & pubs 100m
> Levante beach 150m
> Superb breakfasts
> Rooftop plunge pool & bar
> Gourmet restaurant
> Romantic weekends!

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