Benidorm Old Town nestles in the middle of Benidorm Levante to the east and Benidorm Poniente to the west.
Benidorm old town pushes inland from the distinctive rock promontory which was once the site for Benidorm's fortress serving as defence against attack from Berber pirates. The promontory is seeing some jazzing up in recent times. Referred to as the Balcon Del Mediterraneo, the vista offers spectacular views across both Playa Levanate and Poniente, out towards Isla Benidorm and down onto the port and pretty beach cove Mal Pas.
You might just be able to imagine a little of what Benidorm must have been like as small fishing village as you stroll around San Jaime church and the old town promontory. Look either side though and Levante and Poniente branch out like two big arms. Benidorm's castle was thought to have stood on this rock around 1325. It's the highest point in Benidorm so it made strategic sense to put it here. The castle survived until 1812, and today you'll find no signs of the ruins. However, you will find spectacular views, a charming square and adjacent Benidorm church - the Parish of St James.
Iglesia de San Jaime with its distinctive blue tiled hats makes a stunning picture. Dating from around 1740 the church was built in conjunction with Benidorm's growth as a fishing town, tuna being the main catch (and the adoption of Benidorm's patron saint - Our Lady of the Sorrows). You'll note quite a few churches around the Costa Blanca built in a similar Neo classical style.
Below Balcon Del Mediterraneo and the rock promontory sits pretty Mal Pas beach bay which like Poniente and Levante has blue flag status. Inland from the promontory Benidorm's old town narrow streets are a joy to wander around, dotted with bars and restaurants. Push a little further past the town hall into pretty Parque De L'Aiguera. This delightful park has promenades, fountains, amphitheatres and is often the site for concerts and various cultural events.
Benidorm Tourist Information Office, Avenida Martinez Alejos 16, Benidorm, Alicante. Tel.96 585 13 11. (see their Benidorm Tourist Guide website right informative Benidorm History and more information on Benidorm monuments and historic sites).