BENIDORM´S 5 BEACHES
Updates 24th June
Benidorm will allow walks along the shoreline from 7.00 to 8.45 hours, that is, before the official opening time of 9.00. walkers are NOT permitted to stay/sit only to walk within the first 6 meters of shoreline, and plots can not be occupied during this time. Keeping the safety distance of 1.5 meters from others, and remember the mandatory use of masks if you can not social distance.
Access points have also been expanded from 20 to 30: one on Mal Pas beach, 13 in Levante and 16 on Poniente, the capacity will continue to be controlled and the plots assigned during the hours when the beach will remain officially open (09.00 - 21.00).
Some modifications to the measures taken just over a week ago have been made The sectors for the concessionaire's paid hammocks are maintained and those intended for families and the general public (marked in blue) but in which they were specified for over 70s (marked in green), the age is lowered to 60 years. In addition, those less than 6 years old will be allowed to remain in that six-metre frontline.
In total, the three beaches of Benidorm will admit a total of 27,852 people if they "reach the maximum occupancy" in the free areas, the mayor said. As for sunbeds of the concessionaire, they now number 5,624.
New Beach Rules From 15th June
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 70* years old (Green network), people over 70* will not be prohibited from deciding to occupy a blue plot with relatives of other ages.
*the age is now 60*
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).
Plots can be booked in person, there will be six points installed along both urban beaches where there will be staff to give directions to visitors, or electronically. (booking is not necessary at the moment, but will be once the beach becomes busier)
Book your spot on the beach online (not working at present, but should be shortly) In the meantime you will be escorted to a zone in the beach.
When the platform is running, the bather will receive a code that must be presented at the corresponding access point
The City Council will launch in a few days a prior appointment system to go to the plots and the mayor discards, for the moment, evicting the bathers at noon to clean
Once the application to reserve the beaches is available, the steps will be as follows:
- Access the Benidorm Beach Safety page www.benidormbeachsafety.es and press the "BOOK YOUR SPACE" button
- Choose a date with availability at Poniente or Levante beach.
- Enter the "queuing system" and when your turn comes, choose a time
- Choose a plot among the available ones. You can choose a maximum of 2 pitches.
- Fill in the details of the buyer and assistants and you will receive a link to download your ticket or Passbook (+ info).
- Go to the validation point and present your "entry".
- Find your place on the beach.
The maximum capacity calculated will be about 26,000 people, practically half that of other summers.
The city council has set a schedule for the use of the beaches from 9 in the morning to 9 at night. "That is the schedule that we have established for now, but it is open to modifications depending on how the summer progresses.
The councilor rules out that at the moment that the beaches have to be vacated at noon to clean up or that vacationers rotate in two shifts, since these issues "will depend on demand."
There will be six free meters at the shore line so that bathers can walk keeping the safety distance.
They have also placed some networks to separate the beach area of the promenade seafront and clearly differentiate the two spaces.
👉 Lavapies (foot wash) open
👉 Follow lifeguard guidelines
👉 Don't go barefoot
👉 Walk on your right
👉 Butts forbidden
👉 Forbidden games
👉 Respect the safety distance of 2 meters to the water
👉 Children's play area closed
👉 Closed bioshealth games
👉 Use the bins correctly
👉 Respect the safety distance of 6 meters between hammocks and sea
👉 Respect the permanency schedules
👉 Check schedule and make an appointment
👉 Follow instructions from security personnel
👉 Dispose off the mask correctly
👉 Forbidden to play in the sea
👉 Wash your hands regularly
👉 Use hydralcoholic solution
👉 Sneeze and cough on arm
👉 Mandatory wearing of masks if there is not enough distance
👉 If you have symptoms, consult your doctor
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 suns
- 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
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
Running for almost 2km from Punta Pinet to Punta Canfali, Levante Beach in Benidorm 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
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 snorkeling, as it has crystal clear waters, where you can view the beautiful rocky seabed.
Length - 60 metres
Parasols - 16
Sun Loungers - 47
Life Guard (summer only)
Security Flags - 1
Cala Almadrave 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 snorkeling 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 - 2018
• 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
Sunbed and Parasol Prices for 2019
Photo courtesy of Julie Logan, Benidorm Seriously Member
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