July 26, 2014

Discovering the Cultural Heritage of Benidorm

Beaches seem to be king in Benidorm Spain but the lovely seaside city has a cultural side too! This guest post by Jeni of Co-op travel introduces some of the cultural spots to explore in Benidrom!

There’s a lot more to Benidorm than what the average tourist might think. A small village as little as fifty years ago, the Spanish town has grown to become one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, and with good reason.

Some might wrongly believe that it only caters to sunbathers and night life seekers, but there’s another side of Benidorm that visitors can take full advantage of, including a rich cultural heritage, excellent scenic spots and a vast range of events. Below are some of the best parts of the town that are often overlooked.

Benidorm Spain

Benidorm 060 by leumas_1974, on Flickr

The museums of Benidorm are frequently neglected by visiting holidaymakers, but there are several that provide a fascinating insight into its history. The first to consider is the House Museum, or Casa Museo de Benidorm – the principal art gallery of the coastal town. Admission is free, and in it you will find numerous collections of sculptures and paintings. Different exhibitions are also frequently held, so be sure to find out what visiting exhibitions are available when you visit.

Other museums to look into include the Agricultural Museum, or Museo de Agricola. Open every day, it has on display a wide range of farming equipment that would have been used in Benidorm before it became the holiday resort that it is today. Lastly, the Maritime Cultural Centre, or Centro Cultural Maritimo, can be found in a charming small house that boasts a great exhibition of nautical pieces. Boats, fishing equipment and photos make up just some of what it has on display and give visitors an idea of what would have once been the main source of income for locals. To find the best located places to stay to see Benidorm’s museums, going to Co-op travel’s website can prove extremely useful. In doing so, you’ll also be sure to find a good discounted price.

Beautiful Coastline of Benidorm Spain

Benidorm Spain from Wikimedia

As well as its museums, there are also numerous cultural spots you can visit to get a feel of Benidorm’s history. One of the best is located in the Sierra Helada Mountains, a mountain range that can be found right next to Benidorm and separates it from the neighboring town of Albir. It’s there that you can find the watchtowers of Seguro. The towers were used during the 16th Century to scan the seas for raiding pirates, and visitors can now climb them to gain a unique view over the ocean and the land surrounding Benidorm.

 

Would you visit Benidorm for its beaches or cultural attractions?

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Comments

  1. Andrea says:

    Beautiful! I just love the coast in Spain
    Andrea recently posted..Yes, Sir In the South

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I still need to visit the coast of Spain but would love to wander the coastline stopping at the many beaches and cities along the way!

  2. Krista says:

    I’ve never even heard of Benidorm! But what a beautiful location. :-) I love the mountains in the background. :-)
    Krista recently posted..Winter Sunshine and A Calming Place

  3. I have quite a few friends that are in love with Benidorm. Although we have a great beach here in Valencia, there are enough Valencians going down to Benidorm for a week or so to spend some time in the sun over there. it’s also the perfect place to practice your English, as there are many tourists and immigrants from UK and Ireland over there. They call themselves expats.
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