Benidorm Old Town
Tourist information and guide to Benidorm Old Town, Benidorm, Costa Blanca...
The Benidorm Old Town is situated aside the promontory that separates the two Benidorm beaches. The Cerro Canfali headland that is veined by narrow lanes and alleys, converges in the light-filled BalcĂłn del MediterrĂˇneo belvedere, whitewashed and decorated with blue tiles, an ornamental motif repeated along the balustrade that graces stretches of the seafront of Benidorm. This small Old Quarter corresponds to the original fishing village and is presided over by the blue-tiled domed roof of the 18th century San Jaime Parish Church. In the area around the traditional city centre of Benidorm are the main shopping streets where holidaymakers may find and buy fashion items, handicrafts and souvenirs.
From the late 19th century, Benidorm has only kept its layout, but it is worth wandering through its narrow streets. The â€śPaseo de la Carreteraâ€ť delimits the Old Town.
A good way to discover the Old Benidorm, would be starting the walk at the beginning of Levante Beach, from â€śPlaza del TorrejĂłâ€ť (Tower Square), next to the Tourist Info Office, and walk up through â€śCarrer dels Gatsâ€ť (Cats street), a narrow street with steps and designs on the floor, made out of cobbles, crowned by small archways holding pots with colourful blooms.
On top of this alley we come to the 18th century Neoclassical Church of â€śSan Jaimeâ€ť. At the left, the â€śPlaza de San Jaimeâ€ť has a viewpoint over the Levante beach. An archway leads you to â€śPlaza Castelarâ€ť, and â€śPlaza del Castellâ€ť, where the Castle used to be, and where nowadays you will find the Castle Viewpoint, one of the most typical sights of the Mediterranean.
Some cannons recall the events that took place during the war of independence against NapoleonÂ´s army. In 1812, the French Army started the proceedings to get the title of â€śCity of the Emperorâ€ť for Benidorm, but the British fleet bombed the Tower of Piera (â€śCastleâ€ť), and took the French away. Following the balustrade, you will find, â€śLa SeĂ±orĂaâ€ť square, where Benidorm pay tribute to seamen died in the sea.
Finally, next to the stairs that lead to the â€śPaseo de ColĂłnâ€ť, you will find the â€śCondestable Zaragozaâ€ť street, a local hero in the war of Cuba.
Many popular shops in Benidorm are located in the Avenida Martinez Alejos of the Benidrom Old Town. The shops along the Passaig de la Carretera (Paseo de la Carretera) are worth a visit and visitors may find good leather goods around the Plaza Mayor.
Shopping areas in the Benidorm Old Town
Gambo street and the Passaig de la Carretera (Paseo de la Carretera) are the main and most popular shopping area of Benidorm Old Town region. Also the streets of lmendros, TomĂˇs OrtuĂ±o, Ruzafa and MartĂnez Alejos that are opening out to this area are popular shopping places.