Beaches in Benidorm


Did you know Benidorm actually has 5 beaches? Levante, Poniente, Mal Pas, Almadrava (Almadraba) and Tio Ximo

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24th February -  Benidorm starts to prepare its main beaches from 1st March, by repeating the model of "Benidorm Beach Safety" used during the summer of 2020, with the subdivision of the beaches in spaces of 16 square meters (4x4 meters) to insure social distancing of all beach users.

There will be reinforcements in the lifeguard and cleaning service, but no sun loungers or umbrellas available to hire at present, (this services is planned to be returned on 30th April).

Manual cleaning services will be used at the foot of beaches and coves in morning and afternoon shifts this will complement the usual "night service ”.  manual cleaning will be increased during busy periods such as the Easter holiday period.

The use of the MASK on the BEACH and for SPORTS in urban areas is also be MANDATORY more information HERE. 

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

The use of face masks on beaches has been clarified; it is mandatory except while bathing.
- 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.

Beaches in Benidorm, Map

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.

Beach Facilities

Life Guards,

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


Beaches in Benidorm Poniente

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

Beach Facilities

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

Beaches in Benidorm 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.  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

Beach Facilities 

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


Beaches in Benidorm 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

Beach Facilities

Parasols - 16

Sun Loungers - 47

Life Guard (summer only)

Security Flags - 1

CALA ALMADRAVA (Cala Almadraba)

Beaches in Benidorm, Almadrava

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

Beach Facilities

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

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Poniente Beach by Des Gardner

Poniente Beach by Margaret Edwards

Poniente Beach by Petra Spanjaard

Photo by Caroline Moffat, Christmas 2019

Nudist Beaches in the area.

Jellyfish safety

Protecting Your Valuables on the Beach

Other beaches to check out in the area.

Stay safe in the Sun

Dog Friendly beaches in the area


0 # Astrid 2020-12-24 17:44
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0 # Wilton 2020-11-25 04:12
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0 # Tracy Ann 2019-08-16 15:52
The City of Benidorm has launched a campaign to prevent the presence of cigarette butts on beaches and distribute 20,000 reusable ashtrays and 'flyers' to raise awareness about the environmental damage of this waste and to "try to keep beaches free of cigarette butts." This was announced yesterday by the Councilor for Beaches and Environment, Monica Gomez,. The campaign "The beach is not an ashtray" 20,000 reusable ashtrays will be distributed so that smokers deposit their cigarette butts during their stay at the beach and subsequently dispose of them in wastebaskets. These ashtrays will be available at points such as biblioplayas, aid stations, hammock areas, free zones and the tourist office.
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0 # Tracy Ann 2019-06-23 14:34
Cleaner than ever for 2019 - 40% more resources in high season Tourists, tourists and more tourists ... The beaches of Benidorm, when the high season arrives (from June 1 to September 31), are overflowing. So that the sand, the shore, as well as the facilities or services are in the best possible state, the City Council, logically, has reinforced the cleaning, specifically, 40%. A brigade of 16 people deals daily with the collection of waste by hand from 6 to 12 hours, while from 13 to 19 the emptying of wastebaskets is carried out. In addition, from 9 to 14 hours, cleaning is done with 4 tractors and ten people. At night, and until three in the morning, the cleaning is resumed with machinery to remove and sanitize the sand. All this so that the beaches look perfect on the big days of summer.
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0 # Alexandra Guilfoyle 2019-03-02 16:02
Poniente beach is fabulous - more room than on the crowded Levante and lots of little bars on the promenade road, both English and Spanish. Much more diverse than in new town. You could even imagine you are in Spain!
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