BENIDORM OLD TOWN
We show you El Mirador of Punta del Canfali (The Balcony of the Mediterranean) located in the great rock that divides the beaches of Levante and Poniente and that serves as shelter to the cove of Mal Pas. On it was settled the Castle that served as a defense against the incursions of the pirates in the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. We enter the Maritime Cultural Center which includes an expiation of naval models and marine motifs. We visited the Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana, built between 1740 and 1780 in the place where the Virgin of Sufragio, patron saint of Benidorm, was found. We start a stroll through the streets of the old town and stop at the Plaza Mayor where we visit its restaurants and shops.
Benidorm has an area in the old town where you will find many gay bars, gay pubs, saunas and gay nightclubs. Some of these are also open to straight people – the Rich Bitch drag queen show is well-known.
From the Benidorm beaches you can see a rock known as Peacock Island (Isla de Benidorm) because of the birds that inhabit the island.
You can catch a boat there from the port or even better catch the boat along the coast to Calpe. The waters are very clear and filled with schools of fish making it an ideal location for a scuba-diving trip.
Church of San Jaime
The Church of San Jaime, patron saint of the city, retires at the top of the old town, on the hill called Canfali. Built in the 18th century, crowned with a blue dome of Mediterranean style is neoclassical style.
In its interior it houses a symbol closely connected with the native believers, the Virgin of the Suffrage, patron saint of Benidorm. The Virgin has there a chapel where you can see the small size that was found in a boat drifting in the sea.