BEACHES IN BENIDORM
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