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Sierra Helada Natural Park In Benidorm – A Complete Guide

If you’re feeling adventurous on holiday, the Sierra Helada Natural Park trail from Benidorm to Albir is amazing. Here’s everything you need to know.

How To Get To Sierra Helada Natural Park

The starting point for the Sierra Helada Trail is at The Cross Monument, which is between a 3-4 km distance from the city, depending on where you are based.

On Foot

Allow 45 minutes to an hour to reach The Cross if walking with some of it up-hill. So be prepared for a bit of a work-out before you even start your hike!

The route is marked with white and yellow signs from Rincon de Loix Information Point at the intersection of Gerona Street and Derramador Avenue.

Taxi

If your fitness levels are not so good, a taxi up to The Cross is a good option. Especially if there are a few of you. This will cost about €8 and is roughly a 15 minute drive.

The taxi will take you to the base of the mountain, with The Cross being situated at the top and accessed via some steep steps.

Tour

We used Marco Polo Expeditions and our guide was fantastic!

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

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Our target in the distance!

Sierra Helada Natural Park Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Sierra Helada Natural Park.

You can trek on your own at no cost, but I would recommend booking a guided tour.

Sierra Helada Natural Park Opening Times

Sierra Helada Natural Park is open all day, every day.

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Charlie watching his steps at the edge of the Sierra Helada Natural Park trail

Best Time To Visit Sierra Helada Natural Park

If you are in Benidorm in the popular and hottest months of July and August then starting this trek early in the day, when it is cooler, is advisable.

Be sure to take plenty of water and snacks and dress appropriately as this trail is no joke and the peak heat can burn you out in no time!

Don’t forget your camera as you’ll cross some of the best viewpoints in Benidorm and there are plenty of great photo opportunities.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

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A pause for breath and to take a look back at the city

What To Expect On The Benidorm To Albir Trek

Sierra Helada Natural Park is a mountain and marine conservation area spanning across 13,750 acres in total.

It’s best explored by boat or hiking trails, and is also one of the top adventurous things to do in Benidorm.

With 300 metre cliffs, and epic views out across the Mediterranean Sea, we spent a whole morning crossing the 8km Sierra Helada Natural Park trail, from Benidorm to Albir.

The starting point is from The Cross Monument looking out over Benidorm town. And the trail takes around 4 hours to cross at a steady pace.

It is a pretty straight forward trail to follow if you stick to the cliff edges. Although we recommend taking a guide as these guys have done the trek hundreds of times.

The Views

If you are prepared to follow the cliff all the way to Alt Del Governador, up and over 4 or 5 cliff points, with the astonishing height, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views of Benidorm.

Not only that, but you can explore its famous national park and enjoy the walk along the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

Keep aiming towards the antennas until you make it to the end of the trail and then follow signs down to Albir. The sign says 438m which took around 30 minutes to descend.

Once at the bottom if you have a guide you will be transported back to town. Where you can enjoy some of the best water sports in Benidorm.

Otherwise you can hang around the beaches of Albir before catching the number 10 bus back to Benidorm!

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Not a bad place to stop for lunch
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We made it! Our Benidorm crew had completed the Sierra Helada Natural Park Benidorm to Albir trek
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Now just for the hike down to Albir
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An easy and steady 30 minute descent

Where To Stay In Benidorm

Luxury

Hotel Boutique Villa Venecia

Situated next to Levante Beach in Benidorm Old Town, Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique has a terrace with a hot tub and spectacular sea views.

Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, hydromassage bath and free Wi-Fi. Each elegant room at Villa Venecia Benidorm offers panoramic views of the sea and town.

Rooms include designer furniture, a Nespresso coffee machine and a choice of pillows and mattresses.

The Villa Venecia’s Llum del Mar restaurant serves creative Mediterranean cuisine from local produce and fine wines from around the country.

The hotel also has a stylish bar with terrace.

Mid-Budget

Sol Costablanca

The adults-only Sol Costablanca Hotel is right on Levante Beach, in central Benidorm.

It offers an outdoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and a private balcony, some with Mediterranean views.

The modern rooms are carpeted and come with a private bathroom with a hairdryer. There is a minibar, work desk and free WiFi. A safe is available for an extra charge.

The hotel has a buffet-style restaurant featuring show cooking. Guests can enjoy a drink in the lounge bar, which has a TV and offers live evening entertainment.

There are also bars and discos within a 5-minute walk.

Budget

Apartment Mirador Benidorm

Situated in Benidorm, 550 yards from Levante Beach and 650 yards from Cala Tio Ximo, Apartment Mirador offers a garden and air conditioning.

The apartment has 2 bedrooms, a TV, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a bath.

This apartment is 4.3 miles from Mal Pas Beach and 6.2 miles from Terra Natura.

For more places to stay in Benidorm, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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