About Benidorm – the town, the people, the skyscrapers and the Bikini!

About Benidorm – the town, the people, the skyscrapers and the Bikini!

Ask anyone who has been to Benidorm, Spain, if they enjoyed their stay and almost invariably the answer is a resounding YES.

Join me and take a look at one of the cleanest and most popular resorts in the Med… and find out WHY!

 

Benidorm Skyline

 

If you like a bit of bustle and hustle on your holiday then you’ll enjoy the energy of the Levante area of Benidorm.

Beach, hotel and theme park pleasures by day and the highest concentration of entertainment and clubbing venues in Europe by night. You can just feel the happy atmosphere.

Levante Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The smiling guests of the iconic sky scraper hotels ensure the bar and beach life is always lively and varied. Or, if you just want to relax with family and friends, there are plenty of opportunities for that, including taking in the sun by the pool with a cooling drink in hand.

Fabulous Beach !!

Promenade Levante

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rated as one the best beaches in Europe. Long and safe, Playa Levante stretches for more than two kilometres of luxuriant sand butting up against the area known as Rincon de Loix. There are plenty of beds and parasols for hire, lifeguard patrols and a wealth of water sports. You can also read the daily papers on Levante Beach, at the Biblioplaya (beach library). Run by the local Council it’s free but usually closed in February and March.

It might be known as the sunrise beach, but there’s even more going on at sunset and into the night in the broad promenade that runs parallel to it.

The Old Town and the Town Centre

A visit to Benidorm needn’t lack contact with authentic Spanish culture. The Old Town in particular is an evocative maze of cobbled streets and inviting establishments.

A visit to Benidorm needn’t lack contact with authentic Spanish culture. The Old Town in particular is an evocative maze of cobbled streets and inviting establishments to drink and shop in.

 

 

Moorish

 

With its blue-domed church and white houses, it manages to retain its character amongst the forest of tower blocks to the east and west. Do yourself a favour and time your visit to coincide with one of the more than 50 fiestas that occur in Benidorm every year.

Hotels and apartments

Most of the accommodation in the town centre is within easy reach of the beach. There are some proper little gems at very reasonably prices, and some excellent 4 and 3 star hotels in the town centre. Value-for-money apartments and studios can also be found.

Sandy Beaches

Apart from Levante there are two main sea front areas handy to the town centre – Poniente and Malpas.

If you like Levante but would prefer something quieter then Poniente is for you.

There are no beach bars and fewer hotels this side but plenty of provision is made for visitors including the opportunity to hire wind surfing boards.

Life guards are on duty each day and there are ramps for the disabled. Again, the sand is spotlessly clean each morning thanks to the hard working hoover team.

Poniente is also a great location to watch the sunset.

 

Poniente Beach

 

Malpas Beach is different again. Only a few hundred metres long it is sheltered and popular with volleyballers and other sportsmen and women.

Don’t bring your dog though, they’re not welcome here or on any Benidorm beach.

 

Malpas Beach

 

Sightseeing!!

It’s easy to feel a connection with something ancient and artistic in the winding streets of the Old Town. The white stone balcony at the historical centre of Benidorm affords lucky sightseers extensive views. It’s also a popular spot with newlyweds for photo shoots.

The church of San Jaime looks down on all those seeking company or solace. You might also notice a plaque which commemorates the rescue of a small wooden figurehead from the ashes of ship ordered to be burnt after all the crew had perished of an unknown cause.

 

Steps

 

If you prefer the company of the living and breathing, albeit underwater, then the Benidorm Aquarium on Calle Horno will provide you with hours of entertainment. The tanks include inhabitants of the Med, more tropical specimens, sharks, turtles and even eels. (Eeek!).

Shop ’til you drop!

There are options for shopping on every day of the week, but Wednesday and Sunday by Hotel Pueblo are particularly good for bargain hunters on holiday. Local products like leather goods and tablecloths are always to be found, but really there’s something for everyone.

The El Cisne flea market is held every Sunday and one Saturday each month where the bypass meets the old N-332 in the direction of Alfas del Pi. Tuesdays and Wednesdays there’s a big fruit and vegetable market. More about the excellent shopping in Benidorm

Eating out

Tapas Alley is where you want to be. Small dishes of seafood, meat and vegetable dishes are consumed with great gusto and washed down with gallons of wine and beer along the short covered street of Santo Domingo It can be very busy so be prepared to get amongst the throng.

Ordering is easy even if your Spanish is limited – just point to what you like the look of and say ‘gracias’ repeatedly. There are also a number of friendly British establishments in the streets surround Pl. de la Constitutió. Dining in Benidorm

Entertainment by night in the Old Town

One of our recommendations is a stylish show bar stuffed full of tremendous transvestites called Rich Bitch. There’s a cover charge but it’s a small price to pay for such a fruity and fresh night out.

There is also one very good karaoke bar, but if you want something livelier the Levante beach bars (they are big) with music and entertainment are just minutes away. Get to it!

 

To Book Hotels, Apartments, Flights, Transfers or Excursions  email me – Katie Dell on benidorm@hotels.tv

 

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