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Hidden gems and best bits of Benidorm

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Scratch the surface and you’ll find Benidorm is one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations. Here, you’ll soon discover a seaside town full of beautiful beaches, rich culture, and lively entertainment.

Blue Flag Beaches

Benidorm’s trio of blue-flag beaches are a key attraction for visitors, offering pristine golden sands, crystal clear waters and a microclimate that makes sunbathing possible all year round. The busiest of the beaches, Levante, is located in the centre of town. It boasts a lively promenade, and is extremely popular with tourists. To the south is Poniente beach is a slightly quieter option with 6km of sand. There’s a small sheltered cove of Malpas which has a relaxed feel and is especially popular with volleyball players. Benidorm’s clear blue sea is also rich with marine life, making it perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Tapas Alley

For a taste of the ‘real Spain’, take a break from the British-themed bars and restaurants and instead head for ‘Tapas Alley.’ This is a local nickname for the stretch of back-to-back tapas restaurants that runs from Placa de la Constitutio and along Santo Domingo. The area offers a great opportunity to practice your Spanish, mingle with the locals and try some traditional Spanish cuisine.

Peacock Island

The Island of Benidorm, or ‘Peacock Island’ is one of the town’s most recognisable features and forms part of the ‘Sierra Helada’ Natural Park.
The island can be reached via a 30 minute trip on a glass bottomed boat, where you can see the local sea life as you travel. Once on the island, visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Benidorm skyline framed against the imposing backdrop of the Puig Campana Mountain.

Mountain Puig Campana

A trip to Puig Campana is a must-do if you’re interested in hiking or mountaineering. Standing at an imposing 1,410 metres above sea level, those who make it to the summit are rewarded with impressive views over the town of Benidorm and the clear blue seas beyond. Pick up a map from the tourist office in town, or join one of the guided walks. Make sure you have European travel insurance that covers you for this kind of activity.

Historic Old Town

While Benidorm may best be known for its beachfront high-rise hotels, the Old Town, with its cobbled streets and traditional white houses, provides a touch of authentic Spanish culture. Explore the quaint restaurants, characterful bars and traditional shops that call this district home.

Lively Entertainment

From bustling tapas bars in the Old Town, to the karaoke bars, live music and cabaret shows of Levante, there’s something for everyone.

Benidorm is full of surprises and has a unique charm that keeps its visitors coming back year after year.

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