Benidorm: Sometimes Brash, Often Beautiful
July 24th, 2017 by Tom Kerswill

The most visited resort on the Costa Blanca is big and bold, packed with restaurants, bars and clubs. But the size of this sprawling resort means more choice, so you can tailor your holiday to fit, making it a great destination for a family holiday.

In other words, don’t be put off by Benidorm’s somewhat larger than life reputation. Choose a self-catering holiday villa in the area, and take what Benidorm has to offer at your own, relaxed pace.

Beaches in Benidorm

Luxuriant and long, Benidorm’s beaches are epic stretches of golden sand, so while they’re popular, there’s plenty to explore to find your ideal spot in the sun.

On the east side of the resort is Levante Beach, known as the sunrise beach. It’s lively and has some 5,000 sun beds. The sandy beach slopes gently into the sea, making it relatively safe for all swimmers, whatever their level of confidence and ability

In the sea itself are rafts, slides and diving boards, while lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer season. There’s also disabled access onto the beach via ramps.

For parents seeking relaxation, children are well catered for with all-day entertainment at the beach, and the conspicuously colourful meeting points make it easy to find them at the end of the day.

To the west is Poniente Beach. While also huge, it tends to get less crowded than Levante. It’s rock-free with a relaxed atmosphere and a recently revitalised promenade provides food and drink, and shopping – for when you want a break from the sun.

Further along the coastline from Poniente is the area of La Cala, a quieter part of the coast. This is a little way out from Benidorm, but when you tire of the quiet life, you can easy get a taxi or bus back to the hustle and bustle of the main town.

Closer to the harbour, beneath the port, is the smaller Malpas Beach. In contrast to the two main beaches this is altogether quieter, but with a character of its own.

The Old Town

Benidorm’s glitz, glamour, nightlife and beaches are, naturally, a big holiday draw, but away from the bustling city, the old town retains its natural Spanish charm.

Here you can experience the taste of Spain at a range of authentic eateries, and explore the town’s cobbled roads and twisting streets. Tapas Alley is so named because it’s packed with tapas bars and restaurants.

There’s a weekend flea market, and local market produce available mid-week – ideal for stocking up your villa supplies.

You can easily explore the shoreline from the Old Town, and key vantage points provide beautiful views of the beach and the coast.

Balcon del Mediterraneo – the Castle Viewpoint

On top of the rock that separates the two main beaches, overlooking the port, is Balcon del Mediterraneo, originally the fortress built to defend Benidorm town from incursions of Algerian pirates between the 14th and 16th centuries.

With its large balcony, you can enjoy splendid views of both the beaches, beautiful architecture and places of interest in Benidorm, such as the Church of San Jaime.

There are steep steps to climb, but the view is more than worth it as your reward.

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