Did you know Benidorm actually has 5 beaches? Levante, Poniente, Mal Pas, Almadrava (Almadraba) and Tio Ximo.
Beaches in Benidorm
5th March 2023 - Benidorm town hall has announced that they will receive 432,000€ this year, in payments from the various companies that are offering services/attractions from the towns beaches. The season for the companies runs from March 5th, until November 5th, with the exception of the "paid for" floating platforms, which can only operate July 1st to September 30th
Opening hours - Summer 2023, The opening hours of the beaches and coves last year were from 07:00 to 22:30. We estimate that this season will be the same, although the official notice has not yet been published.
No sitting on the first 6 meters near the sea is permitted, this rule was made due to Covid, but proved a great success so will continue, this allows bathers easy access to the sea and a place where walkers can enjoy the area without tripping over towels etc This also allows easy access for emergency services.
FREE wifi is available at Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas Beaches.
Did you know - Benidorm town hall collects water samples to be analysed, at the towns own private laboratory. Samples are collected at nine different points from the different coves and beaches, to be analysed for any harmful substances. Tests are carried out at 15 day intervals in the winter and daily in the peak summer months.
Sand samples from the beaches, and also swabs from the bases of the beach showers and foot washers are also taken for analysis.
Benidorm is the only town in the entire province of Alicante that has a private lab, testing to maintain standards in this way.
Which ever beach you are using, please DO NOT use the unlicenced beach vendors, find out why HERE
LEVANTE BEACH also know as Sunrise Beach LIVE WEBCAM
The price of sunbeds and umbrellas on the beaches of Benidorm are 6 euros, (maximum allowed by the City Council).
Levante Beach in Benidorm runs for almost 2km from Punta Pinet to Punta Canfali, Levante Beach is one of the best known beaches in Europe, the beach is south facing, so enjoys the sun all day.
This is the busiest beach in Benidorm. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants along the promenade offering everything from just ice creams to live music and everything in-between.
Length - 2,084 metres, average width - 55 metres, sand area - 125,785m square.
Life surveillance positions - 5
Sun loungers (11 months): 4,600 in 10 areas
Parasols (11 months): 1,400 in 10 areas
Foot showers, 19 modules of 10 pipes/taps
Boarded walkway access - 19
Beach library - The Library on Levante Beach is located where the Avenida's Madrid and Europa meet - This beach library is operational all year except from January 15th to February 15th. (the dates when ALL beach furniture is removed to allow the sand to be turned over which aids natural disinfection). Open open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00.
The Levante beach library, a point where most international users are concentrated, offers items in several languages.
Litter bins - 115 (beach), Promenade 49
Floating Platforms (July - Sept)
Cable-Ski (Easter - October) - 1
First Aid Stations (Easter - Oct)
Play Grounds - 3
Area of sports and recreational activities - 2
Security Flags - 6
Ecological Toilets - 2
Disabled accessible points - 1
PONIENTE BEACH, Sunset Beach
At more than 3km long Poniente Beach is the longest beach in Benidorm, making it an ideal place to stroll along during the day or evening, it is usually much quieter and features a new modern promenade designed by the architect Carlos Ferrater, there are a wide selection of restaurants, bars and clubs. Poniente has a full range of services and leisure facilities including floating platforms, a beach library, children's playgrounds, recreational games, sports and shaded areas and is an accessible beach for the disabled.
Length - 3.100 metres, average width - 74 metres, Sand Area - 146,239m square
Boarded walkway access: 49
Foot showers: 89 modules of 2 pipes/taps
Litter Bins on beach: 145
Litter Bins on Promenade: 54
Parasols (11 months): 440 in 10 areas.
Sun Loungers (11 months): 1,700 in 10 areas.
Floating platforms (July-September): 1
First aid stations: 2 (Easter to October)
Life Guard surveillance positions (Summer) points: 5 and 2 in other periods.
Area of sports and recreational activities: 12
Security flags: 5
Ecological toilet cabins: 5
Beach-Library: 2 Beach Libraries one situated next to Paseo de Colón and the 2nd on Avenida Vicente Llorca Alós, very close to the intersection with Calle Aigües. Open from 1st June to October 31st. Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00.
Disabled accessible point: 2
Beaches in Benidorm - CALA MAL PAS
Photo by Benidorm Seriously member Des Gardner
This is the name given to the small cove that separates the two main beaches in Benidorm it is situated between Punta Canfali and the port, and at only 120 metres long with fine golden sand offers a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere. Opposite Cala Mal pas is the "I´lla de Benidorm" or Benidorm Island, which houses a submerged platform know as La Llosa, which is an important marine reserve and treat for scuba divers.
Length - 120 metres, Average Width - 20 metres, Sand area - 2,400m square
Foot showers - 4
Litter Bins - 5
Parasols - one area
Sun Loungers - 1 area
First Aid Station (Easter to Oct) - 1
Security Flags - 1
Boarded Walkway access - 1
CALA TIO XIMO
Cala Tio Ximo is situated at the base of steep cliffs off the Sierra Helada, to the North of Benidorm. The road goes down to this beach with road side parking. This is a small cove where visitors can escape from the hustle and bustle of the busier beaches and is used by locals as a nudist beach out of season. Combining fine sand and rock, this cove is ideal for snorkelling, as it has crystal clear waters, where you can view the beautiful rocky seabed.
Did You Know? This beach is actually named in honour of a well known Benidorm resident - Tio Ximo, you may have noticed the old abandoned house on the road down to the beach, this house was owned by Tio Ximo who loved Benidorm and its people so much that when young couples were married he let them use his house for their honeymoons. This gesture was appreciated by many over the years and upon his death this cove was named after him.
Length - 60 metres
Parasols - 16
Sun Loungers - 47
Life Guard (summer only)
Security Flags - 1
CALA ALMADRAVA (Cala Almadraba)
Cala Almadrava again lies at the foot of the Sierra Helada mountains, where its calm, clear waters, along with its rock seabed and abundant marine life have made it a popular place for snorkelling and swimming. This beach is not accessible by road, there are quite steep steps down the cliff face. This again is used as a nudist beach out of the main season.
Length - 100 metres
Sun Loungers - 47
Security Flags - 1
Beach Fines - average prices
Entering beach between midnight and 7am – FINE: 750 - 1,200 euros
Sleeping or camping on the beach - FINE 1,200 euros
Placing parasols and towels to reserve space – FINE: 150 euros
Playing ball games outside designated areas – FINE: 120 euros
Swimming when the red flag is flying – FINE: 1,000 euros
Stripping off on an Non Nudist Beach - FINE 650 euros
Urinating in the sea – FINE: 150 euros
Using soap and shampoos etc at the beach showers - FINE up to 650 euros
Building Sand Sculptures – FINE: 150 euros (not children´s sandcastles, but any that are large enough to impede the nightly cleaning of the beach)
Fishing with a rod or net – FINE: 750 euros. Fishing with a harpoon – FINE: 1,100 euros
Drinking alcohol on the beach – FINE: 750 euros - DO NOT use the beach vendors, they are all illegal.
Smoking on the Beach - Fines of up to 2,000 euros
Sex on the beach – FINE: 750 euros
When leaving the beach and hitting the streets please cover up, men put your shirts on, ladies cover up your bikinis or you could be fined up to 300€
NO fires or BBQs are permitted on any of Benidorm´s Beaches.
PHOTOS BY BENIDORM SERIOUSLY GROUP MEMBERS
Poniente Beach by Des Gardner
Poniente Beach by Margaret Edwards
Poniente Beach by Petra Spanjaard
Photo by Caroline Moffat, Christmas 2019
Terra Natura Benidorm is a new-generation wildlife park where you can discover the “Zooimmersion” experience – a new concept in habitat design which will enable you to come into contact with the animals as if there were no barriers between you – at least, no visible ones! The 320,000 square metres of the Benidorm park are divided into four themed areas: Pangea, the entrance to the park, America, Europe and Asia.
At Terra Natura Benidorm you can see more than 1,500 animals from 200 different species, 50 of which are in serious danger of extinction, and over 2,500 examples of more than 160 species of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants from these regions. As well as the hugely varied collection of wildlife, our educational information (through placards with biological details and information points), the architectural theming and the range of shows, entertainment and adventure activities make Terra Natura the venue of choice for families looking to spend an interesting and entertaining day in a natural setting.
With its zoological collection, fantastic shows, landscaping and architecture, Terra Natura is one of the absolute musts for anyone visiting Benidorm and the Costa Blanca.
Venomous Creatures: Tarantulas, reptiles, scorpions, insects, plants, mushrooms, minerals… a hugely varied range of species that have one thing in common: poison.
Mascots: Watch out, wild animals might pounce on you… to have their photo taken with you, from March to October.
Feeding Elephants: You’ll be amazed to watch our keepers working with these, while the elephants put on a show that demonstrates their strength, intelligence and versatility.
The Flight of the Birds of Prey: The beauty and dexterity of these wonderful birds will captivate you. You can marvel at the majestic flight of two peregrine falcons, a triple cross-breed falcon, a female eagle owl, a common kestrel and two Harris hawks. The exhibition features fascinating explanations of the birds’ characteristics, such as their acute vision and the tremendous speeds they can reach in flight.
Feeding the animals: This is a fascinating experience which allows you to witness the voracity of wild animals when they feed on their prey.
Up close with the animals: Learn about a whole variety of creatures and meet their keepers through friendly, personalized talks throughout the park. And always keep your eyes peeled, because you never know which wild beast might surprise you on your journey (or fly over your head!).
Donkey rides: The perfect occasion for the little ones to take a ride out into the countryside by the Greek ruins on a gentle donkey. Weekends only.
How to get here
Terra Natura is in Benidorm, one minute from the AP7 motorway and the N-332 highway. It lies right along side the Terra Mitica theme park. The address is Foia del Verdader, 1 (03502) Benidorm, Alicante province..
On the AP-7 motorway, take exit 65 if approaching from Valencia or exit 65A if coming from Alicante. Yu can also get here int he N-332. Access to the Park is very well signposted. Put on your GPS: Avda. Alcalde Eduardo Zaplana, cross with CV-70
By bus - Línea E. Autobuses - Europa - Triangular - [Aigüera/ Rufaza] - Jaime I - Pº Poniente - Bali - Calas - [Carrefour - T. Mítica / T. Natura]
Línea Finestrat Pueblo - [Balcón de Finestrat - Golf Bahía] / [Tapiada Umbria - Terra Natura] - Centros Comerciales - Calas Finestrat y Villajoyosa - Bali
Bus timetables HERE
The railway network of the Generalitat Valenciana (FGV): trains stop at Benidorm station from where there are buses going to the park. (Avda. Benidarda).
There are taxi ranks in both Benidorm and the park itself providing services to and from the park.
TAPAS ALLEY BENIDORM - If you are fed up with pie & chips and fancy a taste of real Spain then head to Tapas Alley – so called because the entire street is made up of tapas bars, where you can sample some top-quality Spanish Tapas.
Situated in the Old town officially runs from Plaza. de la Constitutio, and along Santo Domingo, If getting a taxi, or you need to ask for directions ask for the Royal Queens Hotel which is situated right opposite the entrance to Tapas Alley or La Cava Aragonesa (click here for interactive map).
Tapas, Pinchos and Montaditos - Whats the difference
Tapas has evolved over the years and varies depending on region. In Tapas Alley the selection is vast to say the least and most are so beautifully presented that they look like little works of art. The British normally associate the word tapas with all the little snacks, but officially they are categorized as either tapa, pinchos and montaditos. Traditionally Tapas come in little terracotta dishes, which can be hot or cold but need to be eaten with a folk. Pinchos or Pintxos are more from the North of Spain and are served on a toothpick, pintxo" in Basque language or "pincho" in Spanish means thorn or spike. Montaditos more from the south of Spain are slices of bread with things on top and generally served cold, just to confuse things these can also be found with toothpick in them to stop toppings falling off the bread. Basically, they are all tapas ie small portions of food.
Learn more about the different tapas dishes HERE
How to order
The first thing to do is check whether you can order tapas at the tables. In some places they only serve tapas at the bar, and you have to order raciones (large plates) at tables or out on the terrace. Because tapas are informal, and the bars are often busy, they are commonly eaten standing up at the bar or at small tables or even upturned barrels, and the atmosphere is convivial and noisy.
The more rubbish on the floor the more popular the bar.
Once seated, don’t order everything at once. Many tapas are already prepared, and you could end up with 5-6 dishes arriving at once. Also, you may see something “walk by” that looks good, so best to start with just one or two tapas each and take it from there.
If they are all displayed in units, just point to what you like the look of, there is no need to worry about the Spanish names.
The barman will usually run a tab for you, which is paid after you have finished eating. Some bars, where food and drinks are taken outside, charge with each round of tapas and drinks. it is a general rule to tip 10% if you have been served at the table (and have had good service). If it´s only had a quick snack and a drink standing at the bar, then just leave the change.
History of Tapas
The word "tapas" is derived from the Spanish verb taper - meaning "to cover". According to legend, the tapas tradition began when King Alfonso X recovered from an illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, he ordered that taverns would not be allowed to serve wine unless it was accompanied by a small snack or "tapa". The original tapas were slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalucian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry. The meat used was normally ham or chorizo - which being very salty encouraged more drinking .... even back then the proprietors weren't daft - and so began the tradition of serving a variety of snacks which in turn increased alcohol sales!
THE MAIN TAPAS BARS IN TAPAS ALLEY
TIP The messier the floor, the better the tapas.
La Cava Aragonesa
Busy and buzzing! Follow the noise of chatter and laughter to find this buzzing Tapas bar! Packed full of locals; a sure sign of great food, it's a great choice for anyone not familiar with tapas as all the dishes are temptingly displayed with a handy label in both Spanish and English and for a really authentic feel - sit and eat at the bar!
The Aurerra Group of eateries are the most established name on the street and have 7 different restaurants to cater for all tastes. There is a constant stream of visitors, both locals and tourists throughout the day, but it gets particularly busy in the evenings.
Aurrera El Bodegon
Authentic atmosphere an enticing Tapas restaurant with bags of character. All dark wood, barrels of wine, and proper Spain. There's ambience by the truckload here. So, get yourself a glass of Rioja, select your tapa and drink in the atmosphere.
Very popular Bustling Tapas bar so popular you know it's going to be good.
Typical Spanish Typically Spanish eaterie with choice of basic snacks or the 'extra' - Menu del Dia. And in a starring role... bread and sardines for 2.50? And the humble sardine tastes so good in the Med... how can you resist?
Bar Gaztelutxo Small and cosy Oooh! Here the Tapas are more Spanish than sombreros. Small, cosy with an authentic Basque feel.
A hidden gem with great atmosphere This little place is a hidden gem, known mainly by the Spanish. It has a great atmosphere, cheap prices and delicious little tapas to keep you going. And the walls are dotted with photographs of old Benidorm before the tourism boom.
This bijou tapas bar has now brought a modern, trendy space to Benidorm's 'tapas alley'. Sit outside at the stylish tables and watch the world go by as you muse over the menu that's based around Argentinian dishes. Or step inside into air-conditioned splendour and be tempted by photos of the dishes flashing across Plasma screens. And if you love steak, you won't be disappointed, Argentinian meat is amongst the best in the world.
Meson Plaza Mayor
Charcoal grilled meat and lots of tapas Anyone familiar with Benidorm will know this bar/restaurant. Situated in the Plaza Major (main square) its ideally placed for stopping off for a coffee mid-shop. But don't be fooled - step inside and take a look at the fabulous tapas you might have missed out on...and the huge grill, suspended over a charcoal fire, that's used to great effect for cooking meat. They also do a selection of meals partnered with selected wines.
Find restaurants and bars in the old town listed in our Business Directory
Benidorm LGBTQ+ Guide - Benidorm has a large and friendly Benidorm LGBTQ+ scene, the majority of the bars are located near each other in the Old Town.
Where to stay in Benidorm
Benidorm is a large, busy town, so make sure you book your hotel or apartment near walking distance of the Old Town. There you will find all gay bars, clubs and sauna all next to each other Use this page to help you find Hotels and Apartments situated in the Old Town.
Benidorm LGBTQ+ Guide
Benidorm gay bars, clubs and saunas
Benidorm has an extensive gay night life scene. Almost all places are located very close to each other, in only a few streets in the Old Town. Many guys crawl from bar to bar. The majority of guys are from all parts of the UK. Several bars are British owned. Some terrace pubs are already busy from the afternoon with UK guys, but most of gay night life in Benidorm gets started at Spanish times, so late from about 23:00. There are about 30 gay places, here we list several to give you an idea what it is like. Some places are closed or are open limited times outside the season.
Benidorm LGBTQ+ Guide - Gay bars, cafes and pubs - Far too many to mention them all.
Bar 69 in the heart of Old Town open 11.00am to 02.00 am daily.
4 Plaça de la Constitució, next to the Queens Hotel.
03501 Benidorm, Spain
Calle Santa Faz 10, Benidorm Old Town 690 23 08 48Open every day from 19.00 - 02.00
Food served all day 10am-10pm. Selection of gluten free, vegetarian & vegan food available.
XS Men only, Blue Light Bar
Refuel Cafe Bar
Royal Queens Hotel
Calle De Alicante, 03501, Old Town Benidorm
Popular gay disco in Benidorm, with a younger crowd, dance floor, dance music and a dark room.
Calle Santa Faz, 03501, Old Town Benidorm
Popular gay disco / bar, with dance floor, and upstairs a large dark room, video lounge.
Gay saunas and bath houses
Calle Tomás Ortuño, 46
In the heart of Benidorm Old Town´s gay scene. Best time is end of afternoon. Two levels of Hot Action plus Huge Spa, Sauna and Steam Room.
Benidorm LGBTQ+ beaches and parks
At the old town end in front of the Don Cesar café. Find it by heading down to the beach from the square where the Queens and Bears bar is located.
Popular Gay beach area from the end of the Elche park where you will also find the Café Bar Refuel the place to meet up after the Poniente beach
Rocky gay nude beach and cruising area, 4 km west of Poniente beach. You can walk if you take the number 2 or 3 bus to La Cala (Bus 3 from Park Elx by Benidorm harbour.
Big Benidorm LGBTQ+ events
Benidorm Pride – 4th - 10th September 2023 Find more information HERE
Benidorm Pride has quickly grown to become a week long event, focusing on the key ingredients that make Benidorm so unique and is now recognised as the European Summer Closing Pride.
With a week-long series of flamboyant events leading up to the Playa Levante big parade on which always takes place on a Saturday. Visitors can expect an exciting week in the resort that truly never sleeps.
The main attraction for visitors is the old town which is where you will find the pumping heart of the gay village still very much local and Spanish where we visitors can blend in and mix with our lovely hosts. Enjoy up to 30 hugely friendly but small and intimate gay bars and eateries all nice and each other.
If you have any questions comment below.
There are two water parks in Benidorm Aquanatura and Aqualandia
AQUA NATURA Water Park Benidorm - Open every day from April 1st to October 31st 2023
Perfect for any age and situated right next to Terra Natura.
A water park of 40.000 square meters designed so that EVERYONE enjoys themselves equally since the design offers a field of vision that allows the parents rest without worries and relax while the children can play and have fun in the water. Aqua Natura’s water promenade guides you up to the beach area where you can find changing rooms, just relax, sunbathe and get refreshments.
There are more than 1.000 meters of exciting slides and exclusive bathing zones for children Aqua Natura has five large sections: the wave pool, the water slides, the kid’s pool, the lighthouse breakwater and the Spa-Sun Deck.
NEW for this season - Aqua Natura Benidorm has expanded its facilities with the construction of a new children's interactive adventure area, which will be operational during this new season. This new space will have no height or age restrictions and will be adapted to meet all accessibility requirements.
The new adventure zone for young people of all ages and abilities. The play space will have a surface area of approximately 300 square meters, in which up to 30 interactive elements will be installed such as as water dumps, slides, waterfalls, collaborative games and various water effects. This space has been specially designed to encourage and promote the learning and development of physical and social skills.
The project has been created under strict safety standards, which comply with European standards. It has also been set up to offer a wide and open field of view, facilitating the safety, surveillance and control of children, both by the first responders and the parents themselves.
Getting to Aqua Natura
On the AP-7 motorway, take exit 65 if approaching from Valencia or exit 65A if coming from Alicante. You can also get here by the N332 highway. Access to the Park is well signposted.
From Benidorm Rincon de Loix area Line 1. Check routes and times HERE
There are taxi ranks in both Benidorm and the park itself providing services to and from the park. cost between 11€ - 14€
Aqualandia Benidorm - 2023 Re-opens 1st June to 24th September
Aqualandia Water Park in Benidorm, was the first water park built in Spain, opened in 1985, Since then it has been not only one of the largest water parks in the world, but also ranks among those which offer the most attractions and facilities as well as outstanding customer service.
Try out over 20 water rides with water sourced directly from the sea.
Aqualandia is an extensive natural area where you can enjoy a wide variety of water activities and many other amenities. It covers an area of 150,000 square metres and has 50,000 square metres of free parking.
Aqualandia also features spacious landscaped areas which have been planted with a variety of local vegetation.
Other facilities and services available at the Park are its picnic areas, souvenir shop, photography, cash dispensers, locker hire, safe deposit boxes, hire of sunbeds and swimming floats.
There are several self-service restaurants including a snack bar, barbecue, pizzeria, burger restaurant, various kiosks, ice-cream parlours, coffee shops, crêpe and kebab stalls.
The park features a variety of pools, slides and children’s games which require millions of litres of water supplied by our own wells. It is filtered and recycled with modern water treatment systems.
Aqualandia Water Park is also home to Europe’s highest standing slide and the world’s highest capsule slide so there’s plenty to explore.
There are also a lot of other water rides, splash pools and other attractions there’s something for everyone to enjoy a fun day out.
For the little ones. At Adventureland everything is designed for them; their boundless energy can be burnt off here: slides, water throwers, pools with balls, children's maze and many more activities !
Valid for: Children of any age
Adrenaline level: Medium
Is it a pool? Yes, but it's really big!. It's a pool with waves and which gradually deepens. Are you sure it is a pool? You are in Aqualandia!!
Valid for: Minimum 1.20 cm. tall and able to swim or under 1.20 cm. with an adult
Adrenaline level: Medium Big-Bang
Enjoy an attraction unique in Europe. Slide down a series of chutes to experience the ultimate freefall sensation from an incredible height. Plummet down the Big Bang!
Valid for: Know to swim and more than 1.25 cm
Adrenaline level: High
OPENING TIMES 2023
June 1st to 23rd - 10:00 - 19:00
24th June to 3rd September - 10:00 - 20:00
4th September to 24th - 10:00 - 19:00
Getting to Aqualandia Water park, Benidorm
By Car - If coming on the AP7 motorway (Valencia or Alicante), you should take the Benidorm Levante Callosa d´en Sarrià Exit. After the toll booth, pass the first roundabout and turn left at the second roundabout. Once you see a Gas Station, go straight on along the National Highway until you come to the first set of traffic lights, where you should turn right.
This brings you onto Avenida de Penetración del Rincón de Loix and then continue until you reach a set of traffic lights (leaving Benidorm Palace to your right). At said traffic lights, you should turn left and continue until you reach the Aqualandia car park.
Taxi - A taxi from the centre of the New town will be between 7-10€
Which of the two water parks in Benidorm is your favourite? comment below.