Enjoying penthouse views will mean climbing a lot of stairs in the new InTempo Tower in Benidorm – with 47 floors the latest luxury apartments will certainly dominate the skyline, but the final 27 floors are not served by a lift, meaning purchasers of the flats higher up this building will need to be fit unless this problem is solved before the development opens next year.
However, you don’t need to own or stay in a top-floor apartment to see amazing panoramas on your holiday in Spain. Here are just a few of the climbs we would recommend.
Placa del Castell, Benidorm
OK, so you’re on your holidays in Benidorm, happily staying in a hotel that offers both stairs and a lift but you fancy a different view of this exciting resort. Head up to Placa del Castell in the old town of Benidorm and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of both of the main beaches, Levante and Poniente. You’ll also see a little more of authentic Spain, with whitewashed, blue-domed buildings and plenty of quaint restaurants and boutiques, all housed in mazy, cobbled streets.
Calvary steps, Pollensa, Majorca
The Majorcan resort of Puerto Pollensa is that bit quieter than Benidorm, with a great range of hotels, a beautiful tree-lined promenade and plenty of space on the beach. However, if you fancy a short day trip, head slightly inland to the old town of Pollensa, just 20 minutes away by local bus. A beautiful medieval town, there is a street that consists of a 365-step climb from the town centre to the chapel of Calvary at the top.
Best to avoid attempting this if you’re elderly, have small children or in the heat of the midday sun, but if you can manage up, you’ll be rewarded with great views of the surrounding area and you can also pop into the rather intricately decorative chapel. Thankfully, there is a small cafe selling much-needed refreshments as well so that you can rehydrate before starting the climb back down!
If you saw any of the recent World Diving Championships from Barcelona, or remember the 1992 Olympic Games, you’ll have noticed the stunning backdrop to the competition. This is because they were held in the Piscina Municipal Montjuïc.
The swimming centre there was built for the 1992 Olympics and sits in the Olympic park alongside the main stadium in the south-west of the city, on top of the hill called Montjuïc. There are hiking trails around the hill and you can opt to climb it on foot but the easiest way up is by funicular railway followed by a gondola ride. As well as the sporting arenas, you will also find the Fundació Joan Miró, a museum devoted to the artist, and the botanical gardens. See if you can spot the Sagrada Familia in the distance as you gaze across the skyline.
While you may not want to carry your shopping up 27 floors every day, sometimes a little bit of effort on holiday can be rewarding. What are your favourite views in Spain? Tell us!
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