The Best of Benidorm
A Holiday to Remember on the Costa Del Sol
Scratch the surface of Benidorm and you’ll find a seaside town full of beautiful beaches, rich culture, and lively entertainment.
Benidorm sometimes gets a bad rap. There is a popular perception that it is a somewhat tacky town with few indications of authentic Spanish culture – a ‘Blackpool with sun’. But this seaside town on the Costa del Sol didn’t become one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations for nothing. Scratch the surface and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Benidorm than just booze, Brits and English breakfasts.
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 micro-climate 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 – a slightly quieter option with 6km of sand and the opportunity to hire wind surfing boards. Last but not least is the 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.
For a taste of the ‘real Spain’, take a break from the numerous 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, it offers a great opportunity to practice your Spanish, mingle with the locals and try some traditional Spanish cuisine. At around 4 euros a dish, it’s easy on the wallet too.
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, enabling you to observe 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
Speaking of the mountain, a trip to Puig Campana is a must-do if you’re interested in hiking or mountaineering. Standing at an imposing 1410 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. Just 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. Visit the San Jaime church with its famous blue tiled roof, or simply wander the shady streets, taking in the atmosphere and exploring the quaint restaurants, characterful bars and traditional shops that call this district home.
It’s no accident that Benidorm is famed for its nightlife, and if you’re looking for a lively holiday with plenty of entertainment, you won’t be disappointed. From bustling tapas bars in the Old Town, to the karaoke bars, live music and cabaret shows of Levante, Benidorm is certainly a town that knows how to have fun!
Rich marine life, lively nightlife, authentic culture and imposing mountains – Benidorm is full of surprises and has a unique charm that keeps people coming back year after year. So why not leave behind the gloomy British weather and enjoy everything that this vibrant and exciting town has to offer.