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Things to do on a rainy day in Benidorm - Unfortunately even here in Benidorm we do get some wet days but there is always something to do to keep you and the family entertained.
DAY TIME ENTERTAINMENT
With 1000´s of bars in and around Benidorm there is always something going on even if you just sit and people watch or why not try your hand at some Karaoke or housey housey, and of course some of the bars have daytime entertainment. To find out who is on when and where use our On-Line Whats On Guide.
Things to do on a Rainy Day in Benidorm
What about trying your luck in the casino? Quite a popular evening activity but it is also open during the day. located in the nerve center of the city of Benidorm, on Avenida del Mediterráneo.
The biggest gambling activity is concentrated on the ground floor, with slot machines, American Roulette, Blackjack tables, Point and Bank, Poker and Texas Hold'Em. It also highlights its "Juegging (play) Zone" with sports betting terminals and large television screens.
A wide range of entertainment, in addition to its first floor a "Tournament Room", a space shared with magnificent exhibitions to delight the many visitors who spend every day for it.
The setting is sophisticated and the facilities top-notch, smart clothes are required, No sports/beach clothes, flip flops, shorts above the knee or sleeveless t-shirts. Also take your passport with you for ID (in order to prove legal age, it is strictly forbidden for minors to enter). There is a €3.00 joining fee.
Opening hours - January, Feb, March, April, Nov and December
Sunday to Thursday - 10.00 to 03.00am, Friday, sat and fiesta days 10.00am to 04.00.
May, June, July, September and October
Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 04.00
August From 1 to 31st - 10: 00 to 05:00 a.m
Things to do on a Rainy Day in Benidorm
Why not try your hand at one of the Spanish Bingo Halls, the most popular is Bingo Plaza, next to McDonalds in the old town, on the Plaza Hispanidad, known locally as The Triangle. Like the casino you have to be over the age of 18 to enter and show photographic ID, so take your passport.
Bingo Plaza has a seating capacity for 600, spread across 100 tables. Each table has 6 chairs and set into the middle of the table is an led monitor so that you can follow the numbers as they are called, marker pens are provided.
Numbers are obviously called in Spanish so if you are not familiar with the language just watch the screen. If you get a complete line shout "linea" or "line" and hold up your hand. Someone will come to you and leave a marker on your table then the game continues until full house is called, prize money is given in cash at the end of the game.
Drinks and food can be ordered at the table and are very cheap.
Winter: from 13:00h (1 p.m.) to 01:00h (1 a.m.) from Sunday to Thursday
from 13:00h (1 p.m.) to 02:00h (2 a.m.) Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays
Summer: from 14:00h (2 p.m.) to 03:00h (3 a.m.) every day
Bingo Plaza also has its own car park with direct access to the gaming room.
Next to the bingo hall is a gambling arcade, which is also perfect for a rainy day.
Other Bingo Hall also in the old town are - Bingos Benidorm S.A Plaza del Doctor Fleming, s/n, (open 12.00 - 02.00, Bingo Puerto Av. de los Almendros, 3, 03501 (open 24 hours) and Bingo L'Aiguera
For more things to do on a wet day in Benidorm, we suggest
VISIT A SPA HOTEL
Many hotels have Spa facilities that are open to non-residents for a small fee, so enjoy a lovely relaxing Spa Day, feel refreshed and hide from the rain at the same time. You will find a list of Spa Hotels HERE
OZONE BOWLING CENTRE
There is a nice bowling alley located on AVENIDA MEDITERRÁNEO, Nº 22, EDIFICIO MIRAMAR PLAYA, (one block from Playa Levante). It also has recreation rooms and restaurants. The bowling is designed for all ages and abilities incorporating bumpers for younger and inexperienced players.
There are also various slot machines, pool and football tables available.
RINCON DEL LOIX CINEMA
Mundomar Theme Park Benidorm - Mundomar is a theme park inhabited by aquatic animals such as dolphins, penguins and sea lions as well as tropical birds. As much as possible each species lives within an area closely resembling its natural habitat. A great day out for the children.
The dolphin show is the highlight of the day. There are two shows per day and each lasts for 30 minutes. There is a large amphitheater to watch the show from or alternatively it’s great to watch it from one of the underwater viewing points which provide a unique sight of these lovable creatures in action. Every show two children are selected to go in the boat that the dolphin pulls.
The sea lions and the seals also put on a humorous show that the kids love. The parrots on roller skates provide no end of entertainment though the person conducting the show is speaking Spanish so you won’t understand everything that’s going on. (The sea lions and tropical bird show has an educational theme to raise awareness about the environment. The person conducting the show translates some parts in English so you will understand what’s going on)
There is also a show of exotic birds flying which is a very colourful display. All of these shows are on twice daily but times tend to vary from year to year so you should find out the times as soon as you get there.
As a lovely souvenir of the day you can have your photo taken with the dolphins, sea lions and parrots Again there are set times for this which you will find when you get there.
An amazing option is to swim with either the dolphins or the sea lions and this is something which you will not forget in a hurry. You get to spend 30 minutes with the dolphins or 40 minutes with the sea lions. While both experiences are wonderful I would highly recommend the dolphin encounter as we enjoyed it immensely. You should book this at least two days before you want to do it as it gets very booked up especially in the high season.
In summer the park can be very hot but there are usually men walking around with fine sprays of water to help you keep cool and you will often be sprayed during the shows which you will probably greatly appreciate.
Mundomar Theme Park Benidorm
Away from the birds and animals there’s a children’s park with plenty slides and other amusements and a selection of cafés and restaurants should provide a welcome break to the adult contingent. There are also plenty of open areas where you can sit and relax and even enjoy a picnic if you choose to bring one.
Many people do spend the whole day in Mundomar but this will probably depend on how many of the shows you watch and how old your children are. It is a good idea to get there quite early as the first of each of the two shows are often a bit better than the later ones. If you prefer to only spend a half day in the park then you may want to combine this with a visit to the Aqualandia water park which is just next door.
How To Get to Mundomar Benidorm
Mundomar is in the Rincón de Loix area behind the northern end of Playa Levante. There are buses the No 1 and No 11, but they tend to be packed with people going to the nearby Aqualandia so jump in a taxi to get there.
C/ Sierra Helada, s/n, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Alicante, Spain
+34 965 86 91 01 C/ Sierra Helada, s/n, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Alicante, Spain
Mundomar Ticket Prices, Information & Opening Hours
May 10.00 - 18.00
June 10.00 - 18.00
July 10.00 - 19.00
August 10.00 19.00
September 1st - 4th 10.00 - 17-00, 5th - 30th 10.00 - 18.00
October - Open from 10.00 - 18.00, 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31st, OPEN for dolphin and sea lion experiences. 3rd - 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th 14th, 17th - 21st. 24th - 28th
November - Open from 10.00 - 18-00 1st, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th 26th, 27th ALL other dates only open for OPEN for dolphin and sea lion experiences.
December - Open from 10.00 - 18.00 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th 17th 18th ALL other dates only open for dolphin and sealion experiences
Popular Tapas Dishes, but What is tapas?
Tapas are a variety of small savoury Spanish dishes, often served as a snack with drinks, or with other tapas as a meal. To “tapear”, going from bar to bar for drinks and tapas, is an essential part of the social culture of Spain, and is something that every visitor to Spain should experience.
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. In most tapas bars you will see traditional cured hams hanging from the rafters. The more rubbish on the floor the more popular the bar.
History of tapas
There are a number of theories of the origin of the custom of eating small snacks with drinks. Legend has it that because of illness the thirteenth century Castilian king Alfonso X (the Wise) had to eat small snacks with his wine between meals to maintain his strength, and after recovering passed a law that wine or beer served in taverns had to be accompanied by food. More probably the origins were practical, with bread or a small plate of ham or olives being used to keep dust or insects out of the drink (the literal meaning of “tapa” is “lid”). It was also the custom for agricultural and other manual workers to eat small snacks so that they could continue working until the main meal of the day.
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. 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 drink is 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.
Tapas, Pinchos and Montaditos - Whats the difference
Tapas has evolved over the years and varies depending on region and 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 tapas, 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.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE MORE POPULAR TAPAS DISHES, BUT THERE ARE 100´s AVAILABLE.
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Patatas bravas are served across Spain, though how they are served can vary depending on the region. Potatoes are cut and fried in oil before being served with either a spicy tomato-based sauce
Croquetas are fried balls of deliciousness that are served across bars and restaurants in Spain. They can come with a variety of meat, fish, and vegetable fillings with some of the most popular including ham and cod.
Gambas al ajillo fresh prawns that are cooked in sizzling olive oil with garlic and chili peppers, packing a flavorful punch.
Montaditos Small sandwiches that are often served toasted with a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian fillings.
Ensaladilla Rusa Potato salad mixed with tuna, mayonnaise, and vegetables like carrots and peas, may have its roots in Russia, but the dish is popular across eateries in Spain.
Pimientos de Padrón Small peppers that come from Galicia, in the northern part of Spain. They’re fried in oil and salted, and every so often a few of them will have an extremely spicy flavor.
Gazpacho A cold soup originally from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Vegetables like garlic, onions, peppers, and cucumbers will be chopped and mixed with oil and vinegar to create a refreshing soup that's especially great in the hot summer months.
Popular Tapas Dishes
Revuelto scrambled eggs with various fillings
Gildas are a simple assembly of anchovy, olives, and chili peppers, The name means Lollypop Make your own 3 1/2 oz marinated anchovies in olive oil, 10 oz guindilla chillies, cut into 3/4-inch pieces, 8 oz pitted green olives. Curl up each anchovy and thread it onto a cocktail stick, along with two or three guindilla chillies and an olive. Stack the gilda onto a plate and serve immediately.
Gambas a la plancha are whole, unpeeled shrimps that are salted and cooked on a flat iron grill. The heads are left on for extra flavour.
Popular Tapas Dishes
Papas arrugadas are very small potatoes that are boiled in salt water, drained, and slightly roasted before being served with mojo, a sauce consisting of garlic, paprika, red pepper, olive oil, and sometimes cumin.
Chipirones are small squids that are usually fried or grilled whole to offer a healthy and delicious snack.
Albondigas Spanish meatballs that come with a wide range of dishes at tapas bars. Pick up the saucy meatballs — made with pork, beef, or a mixture of both — and pop them into your mouth with toothpicks for a succulent bite.
Zamburiñas Galician scallops that are cooked in a tomato sauce and elaborated with olive oil. The scallops themselves are firm and take on the flavour of the tomato broth.
Morro Frito - If you like pork scratchings then you’ll like this dish. It is essentially pieces of fried pork snout covered with a liberal coating of salt and a very popular tapas in Spain to snack on whilst enjoying a drink. When it’s perfectly crunchy, it’s a delight to eat.
Magro con Tomate - Chunks of lean pork served covered with a thick tomato sauce.
Queso con membrillo is a sweet and savoury tapa made using manchego cheese layered with a paste of quince, vanilla, lemon, and sugar.
Pulpo a la gallega consists of octopus cooked in boiling water, seasoned in paprika, and served hot in olive oil. Find out how to cook an octopus HERE
Chorizo al vino is made by slowly cooking smoky chorizo sausage in red wine.
Calamares a la romana are battered and fried squid rings.
Ham Jamon. And if it is Iberian, even better. This is one of the Spanish products most-liked by visitors and as a tapa is usually served with bread or picos and colines (small dish of crunchy bread typical in Spain).
Cheese In Spain there are many varieties and you will most typically be offered a local cheese. Some of the most well-known are Manchego (typical of Castilla – La Mancha), Idiazábal (Basque Country), Roncal (Navarre), Mahón (Balearic Isalnds) and Majorero (Canary Islands). More information on Spanish Cheese HERE
Tortilla de patatas, or tortilla española, is an omelette made with potatoes bound with egg and is usually flavoured with onions. As tapas, they are commonly served in small wedges.
Arroz del Día rice of the day, with meat and/or seafood, served at lunchtime
Huevos rotos - Also known as huevos estrellados, these are fried eggs with a runny yolk served over a bed of ham and fried potatoes. The yolk is broken up and runs over the other ingredients. It is usually served with bread to dip into the egg yolk. There are other popular versions which substitute the ham for baby eels, prawns or other cured pork products.
Cuttlefish - Served grilled with mayonnaise or alioli sauce In many places, fried chopitos (similar to cuttlefish but smaller in size) are popular, which in Andalusia are known as puntilliutas.
Paella - The most popular dish in the Valencia region. Its main ingredient is rice and it is made with vegetables and, depending on the type, with meat or seafood.
Pescaíto frito - Fresh breaded fish and fried in olive oil. This is found mostly in Andalusia where it is often served in a paper cone, prepared with a flavourful spice mix. There it is also known as bienmesabe.
Pinchitos moruños (Moorish kebabs): Little meat cubes (usually pork) marinated in oil, garlic, and spices--cumin, coriander, sometimes turmeric and chili--threaded on skewers and grilled.
And to drink?
The most popular drinks are beer and wine. Also common are cider, vermouth and sangria.Beer is often served in a caña (20 cl. glass) but can also be a doble (double the quantity), quinto or botellin (20 cl. bottle), or jarra (half litre). Lager is the most popular beer. As for wine, the most well-known is Rioja.
FIND LOTS MORE SPANISH RECIPES HERE We offer a terrific selection of Spanish Recipes to help bring a little bit of your holiday in Benidorm home to your dining room. Follow the link to find more favourites
What are your favourite Tapas Dishes? comment below, we want to hear from YOU.
Benidorm is a city of two parts, the New Town area which is where most of the entertainment takes place and incorporates Levante Beach, but there is another very Spanish side to Benidorm the Old Town area.
In the Old Town of Benidorm you will find traditional white-washed houses, wonderful churches and the famous El Mirador de la Punta del Canfali, (The castle look out point), beaches Mal Pas and Poniente and of course Benidorm Port, lovely parks (Parque de Elche and Parque de L´Aiguera) and a maze of cobbled streets with some fantastic shops, boutiques, dozens of quaint restaurants and 100´s of bars all bursting with character and of course for traditional Tapas a visit to Tapas Alley is a must. The Old Town is a complete contrast to the New Town.
THE WALKING STREET is Passeig de la Carretera this is the pedestrian street that runs through the old town more or less parallel to the sea. Here is the main shopping area, with loads of bars and restaurants from the streets that run off here.
To get there walk down Av. Mediterraneo to the very end. Go down the road between Bankinter and El Italiano restaurant. Walk underneath the bridge. Turn left at Hotel Bristol Park. Keep going straight and you will come to a pedestrian street. This is 'walking street'.
Another way is, at the end of Av. Mediterraneo take the street to the left of Bankinter. You will see Specsavers optician on your left. Turn right just passed Specsavers then left at Ale Hop. This is 'walking street'.
If you continue along 'walking street' you will come to Dove Park. You cannot miss it.
At one point you will come to a fork in the road by Pinocchio. The right fork is 'walking street’ but if you take the left fork and keep walking straight ahead and up the hill you will come to the blue domed church of San Jaime y Santa Ana and the famous Balcon del Mediterraneo (the mirador)
The city of Benidorm has been gay-friendly since late 19th century and is amongst the oldest gay-friendly towns in Spain. With a friendly gay scene, Nightlife is also famous among the gay visitors. Read more HERE
The Old Town area is also where nearly all the Fiesta Parades take place.
Benidorm the Old Town - NIGHTLIFE
The Old Town's evening and late night entertainment can only be described as diversified. There's karaoke, cabaret and even transvestite bars, all of which guarantee a night of top class entertainment.
Cala Mal Pas
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. More information HERE
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. More information HERE
SAN JAIME CHURCH (St James)
The church of “Saint James is dedicated to the patron saint of the town, is set at the very top of the Old Town on Canfali hill. It is a Neoclassical building, built in the 18th Century with the typical blue Mediterranean tiled dome.
Inside you´ll find a statue of the Virgen del Sufragio, the well-loved patron saint of Benidorm. The Virgin has her own small chapel containing the little wood sculpture which, as the story goes, was found on a boat adrift on the high seas.
The legend of the Virgin says that in 1740 the residents of Benidorm were surprised by the arrival of a ship who had sailed there without crew. It was thought that perhaps the cause of the disappearance of the crew was the plague and this instilled dread in the local villagers. The authorities decided to burn the boat to keep people safe. It was burned without removing anything. When the flames were extinguished, the children searched amongst the remains and found “intact and shining” an image of the Virgin with the Child Jesus in her arms. The Fiesta day of the Virgen del Sufragio is always held on the second Sunday of November.
The church is open for Mass at 10am until 13.00 and then is closed until the evening Mass is at 7pm then one at 8pm, On Sunday various Masses are celebrated throughout the day and the church is open until after the last Mass. Beautiful music is piped during the day throughout the building and it really is a stunning church well worth seeing whilst in Benidorm
THE BENIDORM VIEW POINT, EL MIRADOR de la Punta del Canfali
The castle/fortress was situated on the big rock that divides the two beaches (Levante and Poniente) and its main purpose was to guard against invasions of the Berber pirates. The castle was thought to have stood here around 1325, this is the highest point in Benidorm, with its characteristic white balustrade it is one of the symbols of the city. The viewpoint has two parts, a top with benches and rest areas, and another viewing point down quite a few quite steep steps which offers views closer to the sea.
Sadly the castle sustained significant damage during the peninsular war and was then abandoned and most of it disappeared in 1812. Today only a few remains of the walls and one arch are still visible, which you can see on the lookout rocks (Mirador), this area is also known as "Balcony of the Mediterranean." and one of Benidorm Old Towns most visited tourist spots with panoramic 360º views.
You will see in the sea a Geiser, this was in working order up to a few years ago but.It was detected that the water was eroding the structures in the area, such as the balustrade, the buildings and the rocks that make up Punta Canfali and sadly is no longer functional.
To get to the Plaza del Castell, there are many streets that converge to it, all of them with their own special charm. A nice hike is for example Alameda Street. When you get to the beginning of Calle Mayor, turn left, it is a street that leads directly to the sea and takes the first right, to climb the area of Callejón, you will see many old buildings, cobbled and narrow streets and stone arches. A small slice of what was, within what is now a modern city.
Enjoy a wander round the port, watching the boats come and go to the Benidorm Island, Tabarca and Calpe.
Maritime Cultural Centre
Situated opposite the port on Paseo de Colon, is the Maritime Museum, where you will find a permanent display of various model ships. The centre was established as a permanent reminder of the achievements of local seamen. Entrance is free of charge.
PARQUE de ELCHE
The famous Elche park is home to hundreds of beautiful white doves and know to many as Dove Park, it is also known for its spectacular palm trees.
It is located just in front of Poniente Beach,and is close to Benidorm Harbour. This is a lovely shady park and a great place to sit and people watch..
TAPAS ALLEY - Officially runs from Pl. de la Constitutio, and along Santo Domingo
Head into the little cobbled streets in the historic old town you can enjoy mouth-watering morsels of Spain from the tapas bars.
It’s known locally as Tapas Alley because it is filled with bars serving these tasty treats.
The small dishes of tapas are perfect for sharing and for trying food that you may not feel comfortable ordering as a main course in case you don’t like it.
Ordering tapas is also perfect for getting a taste of some of the more expensive dishes, such as Denia red prawns or the more expensive Spanish ham, without running up a massive bill. Find out more here.
Benidorm The Old Town Municipal Market
Glorious groceries. This indoor market is where locals stock up on fresh foodstuffs. The fruit and veg stalls dazzle in greens and reds, and the delicatessens entice passers-by with the scent of ham. Pick up some Spanish classics like “jamón ibérico” (cured ham), “churros” (fried dough sticks) and some of the region’s famous oranges.
Benidorm Old Town Market day is Wednesday.
PLAZA MAYOR SQUARE
For a main square, Benidorm’s Plaza Mayor is quite small but still worth a visit. Despite its relatively small size for a main square, the Plaza Mayor is still a fairly iconic part of Benidorm. Sip sangria inside in one of the quaint bars and restaurants as the sun sets behind the rooftops. Just outside are a series of shops too if you fancy a few impulse buys on the way home too!
THE HOUSE OF L`HORT DE COLON MUSEUM - House Museum - Casa Museo de Benidorm
The house of l'Hort de Colón which is one of the few houses of the nineteenth century that still stand in the city. The house has an area of just over 280 square meters distributed over two floors, and reflects the type of homes that were built for the well-to-do families of the town.
The house is used as a museum and for cultural activities throughout the year and is well worth a visit. Permanently on display in the museum are a variety of paintings and sculptures, along with seasonal exhibitions. You will find this museum on at 16 Calle de Tomás Ortuño.
BOCA DEL CALVARI MUSEUM
This small museum is located in the spot where until the mid-1970s the old town hall was located, the original house was completely demolished and a new building was built to serve as the museum's headquarters. The present museum has been open since 2015.
The museum hosts temporary exhibitions of different themes which change every few months, check the boards outside for what is currently on display. This museum can be found right on the corner of Calle Tomás de Ortuño
General Opening Hours - Monday: Closed. Tuesday: 5:0 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:30 - 13:30 and 17:00 - 20:30 Saturday and Sunday: 10:00h - 13:30h
THE PARQUE DE L’AIGUERA – KNOWN AS THE GREAT CENTRE OF BENIDORM
This is a long, extensive public park in the neoclassical style, designed by architect Ricardo Bofill. It´s a truely beautiful park and well worth a visit. The park separates the old city from the modern buildings and it has two amphitheatres used for cultural events in the summer months. The Benidorm song festival takes place in the Julio Iglesias auditorium in the park for two days in the month of June, and various other music festivals are held during the year. The park ends at the Bullring and an enclosure which is used for fairs during fiestas.
BENIDORM BULLRING (Plaza de Toros)
Several bullfights with top named matadors are held every year. If you’ve ever doubted the popularity of the sport, wait ’til you see how packed it gets. The bullring is also used during fiesta times for The running with the bulls and amateur bullfights.
The bullring in Benidorm was opened in 1962. Capacity of 9,971 people.
January 2021 Benidorm to turn the bullring into a library and civic center. This area stopped hosting events due to structural problems two years ago
The City Council is putting out to ender the drafting of the project, included in the EDUSI, (European development funds for sustainable growth) which will be ready in three years.
Services planned are: a central library with multiple spaces, including study rooms and an auditorium; youth and youth information center with a large exhibition hall, hotel room for associations, multipurpose, rehearsal and training, and kitchen room; and a multicultural and multifunctional center with offices and warehouses for associations. It also includes the creation of a stage in the stands of the bullring and the installation of a fixed stage and sound and lighting equipment.
The project has a global budget of 8,695,691 euros and will be ready throughout 2023
HOTELS AND APARTMENTS IN BENIDORM OLD TOWN
Hotels in the centre of Benidorm are ideal for those wanting to take advantage of the beach and also for those who are perhaps looking for something a little different from their holiday in Benidorm! Most are situated on the charming cobbled streets. All have a very good reputation and most important of all they prove very good value for money.
Did you know Benidorm actually has 5 beaches? Levante, Poniente, Mal Pas, Almadrava (Almadraba) and Tio Ximo
Beaches in Benidorm
Opening hours - Summer 2022, 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.
2022 - Levante, and Mal Pas beaches have renewed their Blue Flags, awarded by the European Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and which certifies that the three sandy areas meet the most rigorous conditions and requirements regarding water quality, information, environmental education and management, accessibility, security, services and facilities.
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.
A new entry point at the end of Poniente beach (Tamarindos promenade, La Cala), has been created by removing an old loading dock, foot baths etc have been installed
Future improvements - In Poniente, the City Council will be improving the wooden walkway that runs along the lower part of the promenade and Benidorm will invest 4.5 million in renovating all the lighting of the Paseo de Levante.
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 and is classed as a Blue Flag Beach. 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.
sun loungers (11 months): 4,600 in 10 areas
foot showers, 19
beach library and children´s playgrounds.
Litter bins - 115 (beach), Promenade 49
Parasols - (11 months): 1,400 in 10 areas
Floating Platforms (July - Sept)
First Aid Stations (Easter - Oct)
Life Guard Stations - 5
Play Grounds - 3
Sports Areas - 2
Security Flags - 6
Boarded Walkways - 19
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, childrens 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
Foot Showers - 89
Litter bins - 145
Parasols - 440
Sun Loungers - 1,700
Floating Platforms (July - Sep)
First Aid Stations - (Easter . Oct)
Playgrounds - 6
Sports Areas - 12
Security Flags - 5
Boarded Walkway Access - 45
Ecological Toilets - 15
Beach Library - 1
Disabled Accessible points - 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 sandcastles – FINE: 150 euros (not children´s sandcastles, but any that 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
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