Accessible beaches backed by an award-winning promenade
Benidorm's two beaches, Levante and Poniente, are dotted with sunbathers all year round. Both beaches are really scenic – as long as there's not an elderly bloke in tight swim shorts nearby that is – and they are immaculately clean, which makes them great for families. Their sweeping golden sands stretch for a whopping 5 kilometres, so even amongst the sea of beach towels, buckets and spades you'll always find a spot to soak up the sun. Just don't forget to slap on the sun cream, or you'll end up looking like one of the TV series stereotypes.
Thanks to Madge, mobility scooters are back in fashion and they're a really popular mode of transport for getting around. Because of this, most hotels have ramp access and beaches have raised platforms, making Benidorm one of the only holiday destinations in the world that the elderly and disabled can enjoy dipping their toes in the warm waves. Take a break from topping up your tan and admire the ever-impressive sand sculptures, splash through the waves on a banana boat or take a stroll along the award-winning West Beach Promenade.
Where Old and New sit side by side
The New Town, which sits behind Levante Beach, is lively, loud, and if you're looking for an authentic Spanish experience, it's not for you. However, if you're looking for bundles of fun in the sun then this round-the-clock entertainment hub is the place to be. The hundreds of bars here serve up great value pub grub during the day whilst major sporting matches play out on the big screen. Shopping-wise, supermarkets here are stocked with familiar brands, and it's the place to go if your faithful old inflatable pops or you fancy some new flip flops.
After the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea and the neon lights of Benidorm's evening entertainment flicker to life, set out to explore what this vibrant resort has to offer. Whether you're a bingo fanatic or a karaoke queen, there is something for everyone in Benidorm. And we mean it. Quizzes, cabaret, live bands and comedians, Benidorm has the lot. Even the King himself can be seen shaking his hips on a few select stages.
Away from the bright lights of Benidorm's New Town is the equally-imaginatively-named Old Town. Dating back to year 1325, it's about as Spanish as you can get. It's a typically Spanish village, and many argue that the Old Town is the "real Benidorm". Wander the winding cobbled alleyways, lined by quaint boutiques and romantic restaurants and you'll soon see this place stands in stark contrast to its boisterous neighbour. Admire the beautiful Baroque domed church before walking Place del Castell's tiled walkway down to the balcony, which has stunning views over the sea and neighbouring Poniente beach. The many old-style cafés and bars are a great place to drop your shopping bags and watch the world go by, and when you're feeling peckish, meander your way over to Tapas Alley. Here they serve the most authentic of Spanish dishes at just a fraction of the price of other popular resorts.
From rollercoasters to rolling hills
In fact, food everywhere in Benidorm is pleasantly affordable. And whether you fancy a Full English or a Chinese, or maybe fast food on the promenade, there's something for everyone too, from the fussiest eaters to the finest diners. Kids are really well catered for, and plenty of places offer three course meals for under €12 – perfect for larger families or anyone on a budget and the portions are generally huge, too.
If you're bored of sunbathing or busy beaches just aren't your thing, there are plenty of activities to keep all the family entertained. Jeep safaris, paintballing, guided tours, diving, water parks…the list goes on. The dolphin shows at Mundomar are always a hit with the kids, whereas adrenaline junkies will love Terra Mitica, Spain's largest theme park. Walkers will enjoy the climb up through the Cerro Canfali hills, and the view from the top will take your breath away – if you have any left, that is.
Just a ten minute bus ride away, traditional Spanish towns are just waiting to be explored. They're a million miles away – figuratively of course – from the high-rise skyline of Benidorm, and make for a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday world's New York. Popular coach excursions regularly head to the mountain fortress at Guadalest and the medieval town of Altea. Stop in at the magnificent Virgin del Consuelo, a blue-domed church decorated with white-glazed ceramic tiles, and if you can, pay a visit on a Tuesday when the town's charming outdoor market is held. The city of Alicante is just 40 minutes away, and offers chic shopping and something a little more sophisticated.
With so much choice in Benidorm, you can tailor your holiday to anything you want it to be. For a quiet, romantic break, book to stay in the historic Old Town, but if you're looking for fun in the sun, then Benidorm's lively New Town is right up your street, so to speak. Even if you decide you're not a fan, it's still a great base from which to explore the beautiful Costa Blanca.
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