Benidorm’s best kept secrets
Over 1.5million British holidaymakers visit Benidorm in the region on the Costa Blanca, Spain each year. People go for the great beaches and abundant nightlife but Benidorm also hold some secrets that most don’t know about… yet.
1. Hidden Beaches
The two main beaches in Benidorm that sun worshippers flock to are Levante beach and Poniente beach. Although stretching for over four miles, during the peak summer months these two beaches can get extremely crowded. A great alternative that many people are yet to discover is Finestrat Beach, also known as La Cala. Located in Costa Blanca just three kilometres away from busy Benidorm, this golden sandy beach is fairly quiet, with plenty of shallow waters, ideal for children and less confident swimmers. There are also some delightful bars and restaurants set along the promenade.
2. Dove Park
Located at the eastern end of Poniente beach and the bottom of the “Paseo de la Carretera” is a beachfront park area known to the English as ‘Dove Park, which in Spanish is called Parque de Elche. This unique park has scores of white doves that nest in the palms at night along with red squirrels. There is lots of fun stuff to see and do at Dove Park with live musicians and dancers, along with a chess club playing late into the night, exercise machines and picnic areas.
3. Coastal Walks
There are many mountains around Benidorm and these are popular with hikers, but for the less strenuous walkers there are also many costal walks to choose from. A great route is west to Villajoyosa, meaning ‘Joyful Town’, with its small harbour and golden sandy beach. Follow signs for Sender de la Costa for a leisurely stroll along wide paths or Colada de la Costa for a touch more rugged terrain. These two routes merge as you enter Villajoyosa, which is approximately 5 miles from Benidorm and generally takes around an hour to walk. This quaint old fishing village has a bustling market along with good cheap restaurants and historic buildings including a delightful gothic church and a 16th century watch tower.
Benidorm is popular for shopping and has everything for the browser to the serious buyer. With hundreds of shops dotted around it is easy to pay three or four times over the odds for certain gifts, so it is best to know where to go. Markets are great for some cheap holiday gifts with 3 dotted around the resort. Foietes market, runs every Wednesday morning next to the Foietes Sports Centre, in the north of Benidorm close to the railway station. The “El Pueblo” market is located next to Servigroup Pueblo Hotel and it is held every Wednesday and Sunday morning throughout the year. For a more typical antiques/flea market that also offers some live jazz music, the “El Cisne” Flea Market takes place every Sunday and offers a variety of goods. If you are looking for leather there are dozens of quality leather shops with belts being a popular purchase for tourists, one of the best leather stores is El Castillo located in the old town with prices starting from as little as 3€.
5. Top Tapas
When in Spain you should try some traditional tapas, but with over 500 restaurants to choose from there are going to be some which are hit and miss. If you are looking to try some of the best authentic Spanish tapas then check out Lo Bueno Abunda, which is located on Avenue de la Marina Baixa, close to the iconic Gran Hotel Bali, which you won’t miss as it is the tallest building in Spain. This restaurant is popular with both British ex pats and local Spaniards, offering low prices and wonderful food.
Take a break from the Beninorm and see a bit more of what a holiday to Benidorm in the popular Costa Blanca has to offer.