Christmas In Benidorm

Christmas is quite different in Spain to what it is in the UK. Being a catholic country, most people respect the religious meaning of this time of year and every town has a nativity scene. They incorporate a little village into the model, complete with washing on the line and animals as well as people going about their business in a rural community.

Christmas Eve is the important day and in the evening. Christmas Eve is called “Nochebuena” in Spanish (Goodnight). Families will gather in their homes for a big meal that takes all evening. Fish is one of the treats, especially prawns, and desserts are not Christmas puddings but creamy gateaux. Small gifts are given and children have new pajamas and hats and scarves etc. Then after the meal off to Midnight mass (Misa del gallo). Most bars and restaurants close in the evening.  (Their main toy gifts are brought by the Three kings on the night of January 5th. On this night there is a fancy dress parade and the three kings take part).

We were surprised to find so many people out and about on Christmas day. They meet up with friends and visit the cafes and restaurants and even go to Mc Donald’s! Some years it is warm enough to spend some time on the beach and we have seen Dutch people in particular, cracking open a bottle of bubbly while dressed in Santa hats and bikinis!

Boxing day is unknown of course in Spain. It originated in the United Kingdom, and is only celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.
This is replaced by a day of fun on December 28th.This is the day of “Santos Inocentes” (Holy Innocents) and is the same as the British April Fools’ Day, when people play practical jokes on one another.

You may be a bit confused with the two ways the Spanish say “Happy Christmas”.
This because of the two main languages spoken here on the Northern Costa Blanca.
True Spanish (Castilian) &  Valenciano (Native to the valencia region)
Therefore we end up with “Feliz Navidad” for Spanish & “Bon Nadal” for Valenciano.

Christmas Gallery 2018

Where to find the Chrismas Fair in Benidorm with ice rink & Santa’s Grotto

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  • December 30, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    Having recently lost loved ones to cancer, my pal and I decided we needed to escape the memories of Christmas’s past and also get away from the materialistic hype of a UK Christmas. Benidorm seemed to be the ideal choice as its always lively. Neither of us had been before though so hearing tales of very drunken Brits partying all day long, we were a little concerned that we may have made a bad decision. We need not have worried though, from start to finish we were totally impressed with the place. We had 4 nights at the Hotel la Estacion and found it to be a perfect location for us, situated on the outskirts we had amazing views of the city and the beautiful mountains, the hotel rooms were spacious, extremely comfortable cost of a cab into the old town was very reasonable. As we had such a short time there, we wanted to see as much of the city as we could, so chose to walk up to the Cross on the hill and wow! the walk to the top is so worth it! The weather was fabulous and the views are fabulous! Afterward our walk we cooled down with a large beer watching the sunset from Levante Beach, again it provided us with awesome photo opportunities. We spent our evening exploring the busstling side streets in the old town were we found the choices of food very varied. The place was busy, with a friendly and welcoming and, multicultural atmosphere. Nowhere did we see evidence of drunken Brits falling about in the streets. We enjoyed a pleasant couple of evenings in The Bodhran Irish Bar, the staff and regulars made us very welcome and the singer was great, encouraging everyone to join in. Our Christmas day was spent walking on the beautiful beach until it was time for our 5 course champagne lunch at a small family run bar called The Beach Bar. The friendly welcome and and excellent food was exceptional, we would not not even have found this place if we had not been stopped by a friendly Dutchman touting for business on the front. So listen to these guys, they know Benidorm and he took us to a real gem!
    We also managed to visit Peacock Island, the return trip across is reasonable, more photo opportunities too as Benidorm from the sea looks fabulous! There is a cafe on the island, so we stopped for a cuppa before venturing to the top of the rock ., its a steady climb, not too steep and very enjoyable. It would be a shame to miss this trip if you are in Benidorm. Sadly no peacocks to be seen anymore, but plenty of seagulls there which seem to guard the paths as you climb past! So all in all our trip to Benidorm was brilliant, its such a bustling friendly place and proved that it really does have ‘something for everyone’
    Would we return?
    In a heartbeat!

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