Benidorm is a city located on the Costa Blanca, Spain and is comprised of three main areas.
Sheltered from the North & East by mountain ranges providing a micro climate with golden sandy beaches washed by the clear blue Mediterranean sea.
To the East lies the ‘New’ town with high rise hotels and apartment buildings. A very lively nightlife with discos, comedy clubs, cabaret shows and karaoke, very much aimed at the British visitors. At this end is the Levante beach, lined with cafes and themed bars. English food and drink is cheap and available everywhere. The streets are wide and full of shops.
Midway between the two main beaches is the Peninsular which is ‘Old’ town or the Spanish quarter. With it’s quaint narrow streets, beautiful church and a square ‘Plaza del Castell’ with amazing views.The harbour where fishing boats are moored and pleasure boats leave for the island or along the coast is in this part of Benidorm as is a small beach mostly used by the locals. The ‘Old’ town is famous for it’s tapas bars and also a very lively Gay scene. In the ‘Old’ town the Spanish maintain their traditional way of life with many religious processions, fiestas, fireworks, tapas parties for all the family and a siesta!
To the West lies the Poniente beach. Noticeably quieter and lined with little cafes and apartment blocks with a few hotels. it has a delightful new promenade designed to represent waves. Near to the harbour there is a very pleasant park with palm trees, fountain, doves and a children’s playground. This is the area frequented by the Spanish more, especially the older generation. The far end of Poniente is called La Cala.
Here beaches are rarely crowded and there are some upmarket villas. Summers can be very hot – up to 40 degrees! The beaches get crowded and many people stay by the hotel pool until the cool of the evening. In the winter months the temperature is a pleasant 15-20 degrees, usually sunny and although the sea is not warm enough to bathe in, Benidorm’s other attractions are still available.A walk along the empty beach, wearing a short sleeved top and no shoes in January and knowing it is cold at home is a pleasure in itself.
The Three Main Beaches Of Benidorm
Benidorm By Day
Depending on the time of the year that you visit this wonderful City By The Sea, you will find much to do to fill your daytime hours. You will be spoilt for choice for what to do while you are in Benidorm!
If lying on the gorgeous beaches, developing a golden tan and swimming in the warm Mediterranean sea, shopping or strolling around the boulevards and parks, sitting on cafe terraces and soaking up the sun aren’t enough, then you could try an adventure that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to do at home, like riding a jetski, or paragliding.
There are activities for thrill seekers and laid back adventurers. Some involve the whole family. So why not make it a holiday to remember and let the adrenaline take over! If you like to sit back on a comfortable coach and have a guided tour to local places of interest, then take a look at our sports and adventures page.
You may prefer to be independent and explore this scenic area by car – you can pre-book a hire car or scooter perhaps you could treat yourself to a top of the range vehicle.
Exploring the area on buses and trams is fun, cheap and there is lots to see – take a look at our local area guide page.
If you are sporty, then as well as the adventures or swimming in the sea, you could hire a bike or hike up the mountains – or walk to the cross or even further along the Serra Helada to the lighthouse at Albir.
We mustn’t forget a trip to the island by boat – there is not a lot there apart from a nice little cafe, but the views back to Benidorm are stunning and a trip in a yellow submarine to view the sealife around the island is included in your ticket. In summer there are trips to Calpe and Tarbaca – all depart from the harbour or a platform at the Rincon end of Levante beach.
We mustn’t forget the fabulous theme parks.Terra Mitica – a world-themed park with thrilling rides
Aqualandia – water park with amazing waterslides. Mundomar – where you can swim with dolphins and Terra Natura – animal park.
We sometimes have special offers on day & season tickets to these parks which we will promote on our Facebook Page
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Benidorm By Night
One of the main reasons people go on holiday is to de-stress. What better way is there than a good old ‘night on the tiles’? If you are looking for a place to party, Benidorm will not disappoint!
If Comedy and Live Music is your thing, then you really are in the right place. Situated all around the New and Old Towns are a variety of Venues where you can view a different Act every night. Nowhere else on the Costa Blanca can offer such a variety of venues. Around the Rincon, especially along Calle Ibiza and Calle Gerona the area transforms itself into something resembling Las Vegas. It really is all here, from a man with a naughty monkey to a Girl’s Aloud Tribute Act, from funny guys in drag to stunning Soul music. You will find something different every time you go out. There are many great tribute bands in the area. You can see impressions of the Blues Brothers, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Adele, and many other famous celebrities and singers.
“Morgans Tavern”, in a building shaped like an old ship is better known as “Neptunes Bar”, from the ITV show ‘Benidorm’. It is a great place to see some really good tribute bands. Free entrance and the drinks are not overpriced, considering the quality of entertainment. Makes for a great evening out. A must when in town!
Also in the shape of a ship, in fact the famous Titanic, is the “White Star Pub”.
It is part of the Marina Hotel complex and has some unique features – even life size figures of the Beatles outside!
In the ‘English square’ are several discotheques or for serious ‘clubbers’ there are some out of town disco’s, for example Penelope’s.
The Levante seafront is also a night time venue with several bars that offer live music and dancing, including the famous rock pubs Daytona and Heartbreak.
Perhaps you prefer singing yourself rather than listening to other people – you will find lots of Karaoke pubs.
Many people ask about children in pubs, but in fact by law they are not allowed. Most hotels offer children’s entertainment in the early evening, or a walk around the old town with it’s craft market, caricature artists and tapas bars where the Spanish families go.