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A walk to La Cruz de Benidorm

You can have one of the most breathtaking views of Benidorm from the top of the Sierra Helada, meaning "Ice Mountain" or often referred to as "The Hill" or "La Cruz de Benidorm". La Cruz de Benidorm is a monument in honor of the Sierra Helada. It was placed on top of the hill in 1961, on a Catholic mission to purify the city of its reputation as a sin city because people were allowed to wear bikinis at the beach.

Picture by Harry Fabel

With the passage of time, it has changed from an evangelistic symbol to a tourist icon. In 1975 a storm caused that the cross needed to be replaced by a new one. A trip to the cross is highly recommended.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The road to the cross is fairly steep, but with a little condition, you can be up in an hour. Once there, you have a beautiful view, not only of Benidorm but also of the hinterland, the mountains, orange groves and the so-called "white villages".

Picture by Harry Fabel

Here is how you can get there on foot as fast as possible: At the far east end of Playa de Levante, take the last street on the left, or a little further up the stairs next to Hotel Nadal. At the top, turn right onto Calle Alcalde Manuel Catalán Chana. You will pass Hotel Benikaktus and the brand new Gemelos 28. You will see the little beach La Cala de Llusera on the right.

Continue until the triple jump at the foot of the La Marina apartment complex. Turn left, you will have the sea behind you. At the top you turn right, La Marina is on your right. You continue to follow this road, Avenida de Tokyo, which later becomes Avenida de Taiwan. Where the road ends, a path starts that leads to the top.

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