BEACHES IN BENIDORM
Did you know Benidorm actually has 5 beaches? Levante, Poniente, Mal Pas, Almadrava (Almadraba) and Tio Ximo
Official opening times of Levante beach, Poniente beach and Cala Mal Pas is currently from 07.00 to 22.30 hours, until further notice.
25th June - Goodbye to the plots on the beaches of Benidorm. As from 26th June, Poniente, Levante and Çala Mal Pas will no longer use individual pitches on the beaches. Benidorm Mayor Toni Pérez. explained “It is a necessary move towards the new normal and we will be able to make better use of the space”.
Face masks are mandatory "in any outdoor space in which due to the agglomeration of people, it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between them, except groups of cohabitants".
In compliance with hygienic-sanitary measures, make sure you keep a distance of 1.5 meters from others on the beach
Access should still be be made using the authorized places
The 6-metre walking area from the shore is maintained, in which only children under 10 years of age may remain seated, lying or immobile.
Sports is authorized in the areas permanently designated for beach volleyball and beach soccer;
The use of foot washers is limited to leaving the beach.
23rd June - July will see the return of sun loungers and parasols to Poniente, Levante and Mal Pas beaches. A meeting will be held on Monday 28th June to finalise plans but it is expected that there will be a maximum of 3,500 available, compared to 6,315. This is to make sure that there is adequate space available for social distancing and plenty of free space on the beaches.
Beaches in Benidorm
June 2021 - Levante, Poniente 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.
The Valencian Community is the Autonomy with the greatest number of blue flags, with 148 blue flags, 134 on beaches and 14 in marinas. The province of Alicante itself holds 86 awards.
LEVANTE BEACH also know as Sunrise Beach LIVE WEBCAM
The price of sunbeds and umbrellas on the beaches of Benidorm rises to 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 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
• Urinating in the sea – FINE: 150 euros
• Building sandcastles – FINE: 150 euros
• 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.
• Sex on the beach – FINE: 750 euros
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