Although it might be somewhat infamous for its expatriate population and some not-so-flattering portrayals on television, Benidorm’s reputation may be a little undeserved. In reality, there’s something for everyone in this bustling town. From long, sandy beaches to the more peaceful Old Town streets, Benidorm has a wider variety of sights and entertainment than you might expect. With a range of all-inclusive Benidorm holiday options, this might be your ideal next destination. Before you go, consider discussing your travel insurance options in Spain or read more about the cover on our page.
The tranquil heart of Benidorm
There are plenty of opportunities to disappear and enjoy a quieter holiday here, away from all of the grand Benidorm hotels that line the busy beaches. These might be the focus of the town now, but just a short walk up from the shore you can step onto the cobbled streets of Benidorm’s Old Town, an area often overlooked in light of the more recent redevelopments. This does mean that if you venture into the old Spanish town centre, you can explore freely, without all of the hustle and bustle of the seafront. Do so and you will be greatly rewarded – the Old Town is home to superb, authentic Spanish tapas restaurants and lovely little cafés, all perfect for a relaxing afternoon or evening.
A quieter Benidorm beach break
Down the hill from the Old Town is Malpas Beach, Benidorm’s smallest beach, tucked away beneath the cliffs. This is ideal for those who want to enjoy a more peaceful beach holiday in Benidorm. For a little more life, the bigger Poniente Beach is one of Benidorm’s two longer beaches, but is less crowded and hectic than the Levante Beach. Poniente is a wonderful place to meet new people or spend some time enjoying the Costa Blanca sun with friends or family.
Benidorm in the evening
Package holidays in Benidorm can offer a number of different experiences and activities when the sun goes down, from those you might expect, to some that you might not. The town hosts a wide selection of bars, including the brash bars that have come to typify the town. There are, however, plenty of bars which cater for a more sophisticated evening out, with the opportunity to make new friends in a more mature, relaxed environment. There is also the opportunity to sample the social side of Spanish café culture, as the coffee shops in the Old Town stay open until late in the evening. Here you can meet new people, or get together with old friends, without the noise of the new town centre in the Rincon de Loix.
In terms of evening entertainment, there is little that Benidorm does not offer. There are cabaret clubs,specialist karaoke bars and country and western bars. If you want somewhere to watch the football, there is no shortage of pubs and sports bars showing Premier League matches. Alternatively, a wander along the Levante promenade at night is a wonderful way to see the beach at its most peaceful, when the majority of holidaymakers have gone back to their apartments.
Find time for a fiesta
Benidorm hosts more than 50 fiestas every year, so it is often possible to arrange something around these vibrant cultural festivals, each with its own identity and peculiarities. They are a spectacle and fascinating to watch or be a part of, but they can get loud. There is normally at least one fiesta every month with the exception of August, so if you want to be sure to avoid the noise, try a warm August holiday in Benidorm.
Out and about around Benidorm
For those who are able, a stroll out into the Sierra Helada national park, located just outside of Benidorm itself, is highly recommended. Well-signposted paths lead to an unspoiled natural park and provide magnificent views over the harbour and the sea beyond. The routes are wide, well-maintained and suitable for most holidaymakers, including wheelchair users.
If something more sedate is in order, tourist boats regularly run the short trip from the marina to the Isla de Benidorm, a small island just off the coast. The island’s famed peacock population is the main draw, but there is also a small café which is a good place to spend a couple of hours in this secluded spot.
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, a Benidorm package holiday could be the perfect holiday for you. Take a look at the Benidorm hotels and holidays that Staysure Travel can offer to see what fits the bill.