BEACHES IN BENIDORM
Did you know Benidorm actually has 5 beaches? Levante, Poniente, Mal Pas, Almadrava (Almadraba) and Tio Ximo
Due to the reduction of users on the beaches and the arrival of winter there will no longer be beach control staff on Benidorm´s 3 main beaches (Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas) The social distancing rules, ie the blue squares/plots will main in place as will the lifeguards and police surveillance will also continue to insure users continue to comply with health standards.
Timetables were amended on 15 September. Occupation of the plots is permitted between 9.00 and 20.30 hours.
Beach walks are allowed between 7 and 8.45 hours, whilst walking along the shore line please keep the minimum safety distance of 1'5 meters, remember the mandatory the use of the mask if you cannot maintain the physical distance. You are also NOT permitted to sit, lie or stand still, except for children under 10 in this walking area/transsit zone.
Sports practice is authorized in areas enabled on a permanent basis (beach volleyball and beach football) taking into account at all times the safety and hygienic-health measures established by the Government of Spain for sports practice. It is prohibited to perform all kinds of games outside the established areas, such as ball games, shovels, etc.
Permitted schedules and activities
With this measure, for now the stay and access to the beaches of Benidorm will continue to be regulated with the schedules that until now were in force and that were modified on September 15th. On the one hand, beach walks are allowed between 7 and 8.45 hours, while for the occupation of plots the current schedule is between 9 and 20.30 hours.
The distinction of three types of delimited spaces in the beaches of Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas is also maintained according to the plot agreed in front of the coronavirus pandemic: the space of hammocks, according to concession rules; the space of people over 60 years of age or vulnerable of any age (spaces delimited with green colour) and the general public space for the rest of the population and people over 60 or vulnerable of any age who, according to their will, so desire (spaces delimited with blue colour).
Also in force is the possibility of walking along the shore of the beach, in any case keeping the minimum safety distance of 1.5 meters, being mandatory the use of the mask, according to RDL 21/2020 of June 9, of urgent measures of prevention, containment and coordination to deal with the health crisis caused by covid-19, if the established physical distance cannot be maintained. A 6-metre walking area from the shore to a stay area where you cannot sit, lie or stand still, except for children under 10, remains enabled. For the rest of the population, it's just a transit zone.
Finally, sports practice is also authorized in areas enabled on a permanent basis (beach volleyball and beach football) taking into account at all times the safety and hygienic-health measures established by the Government of Spain for sports practice. In any case, it is prohibited to perform all kinds of games outside the established areas, such as ball games, shovels, etc..
New Beach Rules From 15th June 2020
The Levante and Poniente beaches have been divided into twenty sectors, of which twelve are freely accessible (The free sectors occupy 5,122 4 x 4 meter plots) and eight are managed by the concession company with sunbeds and parasols.
The beaches are divided into 16 square meter plots, these are formed by ropes placed on the sand and joined by wooden posts, there will be areas for young people and families (Blue Network) and areas for people over 60 years old (Green network), people over 70* will not be prohibited from deciding to occupy a blue plot with relatives of other ages.
To ensure that bathers maintain the safety distance at all times each of the plots can be occupied by a maximum of 4 people from the same group, family unit or friends. (it may be 5 in the case of children under 6 years).
Beaches in Benidorm - the new rules
Day at the beach .... make sure you know the new rules .... the fines are very high
Beach standards published in the Boletin Oficial de Estado = B.O.E. (Spanish State Gazette) May 11, 2020
- be healthy, otherwise stay at home
- children under 14 should not be alone on the beach
- 2.5 meters distance between umbrellas, towels or people at least six meters from the sea
- maximum 2 umbrellas / family, equal to 5m x2.5m = 12.2m²
- leave waste in rubbish bin (beach) or waste container (street)
- use toilet with compulsory footwear (flip flops, etc)
PROHIBITED: fines depending on autonomous area, but at least 200.00 euros to 750.00 euros
- itinerant trade is prohibited (you may not buy drinks, boules de Berlin, textiles, etc on the beach)
- no rusted beach chairs or umbrellas allowed
- no beach bars allowed
- do not place a parasol by the sea or without being on the beach: fines from 750.00 euros to 3,000.00 euros
- no nude sun bathing
- music that is too loud is prohibited
- do not share balls or toys
- no mattresses or objects for water recreation
- do not build beach castles
- no group sports (volley, football), nor games (tag or beach paddle or beach tennis)
- no beach BBQ, nor nightly gatherings or parties
- forbidden to pee in the sea
- no animals allowed
- some regions also prohibit bicycles on the promenade
- fishing ban for both divers and from a boat in a swimming area
- beach showers without using shampoo
- no smoking on the beach (in many areas especially northern Spain)
- prohibition to walk bare-chested on the street, or to drive a car / motorcycle or to drive a car with flip-flops (fixed foot-enclosed shoe, or gym)
- shower at home before and after a visit to the beach
- observe hygienic regulations
- planning a beach visit
- avoid gathering with others
- do not stay on the beach for more than 4 hours
Beaches in Benidorm
June 2020 - Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas beaches have renewed their Blue Flag, 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.
In addition to the Blue Flag for Levante, Mal Pas and Poniente beaches, the FEE has awarded Benidorm a Thematic Distinction for being "an example of excellence" in the field of Environmental Information and Education.
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 childrens 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 - 2019
• 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