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Benidorm is a seaside resort on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante province, Valencia, Spain. It has a large Spanish population as well as a large retired British population. Benidorm was built compact thanks to the foresight of the town's mayor who in the 1960s saw a vision of a resort which grew upwards. Now it is slowly spreading westwards. Today Benidorm is famous for tall hotels and holiday apartment blocks, some of which are over 25 floors high. Since 2006 Benidorm has also seen a huge increase in the quality of accommodation and now attracts not just package holiday visitors but tourists who demand 5-star hotel and spa complexes. Due to the July-August crowd of young people, many apartments will insist on a refundable deposit for certain times of the year. Tree lined wide avenues give a feeling of space where there are over 1,000 places to eat and drink and watch the town in full swing. The streets offer a very vibrant atmosphere day and night with something to offer visitors of any age group. There are over 41,000 hotel beds and modern tourist apartments. The biggest assets are the 4kms of Blue Flag** safe sandy beaches which draw people from all over Spain in Summer months and from all over Europe 365 days of the year. Benidorm is an ideal sun destination both in Summer and Winter due to the mild climate where day time temperatures rarely fall below 18c. ** Note Benidorm lost its Blue Flag Beach status for the Levante Playa in 2009 this is expected to be reinstated in 2010 following an issue with one spot check water test. The Poniente Playa still retains Blue Flag status. The Levante Playa was awarded Blue flag status again in 2010. (less...) (more...)
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Points of Interest in Benidorm
Benidorm has two spectacular Blue Flag beaches - Levante and the more sedate Poniente, which is preferred by locals and families. The Poniente Playa has just seen the opening of (August 2009) a new 13 million Euro promenade including a boardwalk at beach level and easier access for wheelchair users. In total there are 4kms of safe, sandy beach in Benidorm.
As a purpose built beach resort everything is geared toward fun and enjoyment there is therefore not much to see for those looking for culture. The surrounding towns and villages which are less than 20 minutes drive by car or 30 minutes by bus are well worth exploring for anyone looking for "Real Spain". In Benidorm the old town does still retain some of the quaint past when the town was a small village. Head for the old town Church where you will find the most interesting part of the town.
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- 4kwatro: Familypark with children's playground 
- Aqualandia: Family water park.
- Mundomar : Animal and sealife park.
- Benidorm Palace: Las Vegas style cabaret and dinner show seating over 2,000
- Altea: Stunning old town just 12kms by bus from Benidorm
- Terra Mitica : Huge theme park with thrill rides a must visit place.
- Terra Natura : Wildlife and water park.
- Blanket trips: These are free tours to nearby resorts, towns and markets. Unlike timeshare sales, there is no hard sell and if you do not want to buy anything, that is fine. The downside is that by time you have sat through two demos and had something to eat, you arrive at a place at 12:30 or later as the shops are shutting and leave 2 hours later as they are opening again. Or get there when a market is mostly over.
Walking: For those who enjoy walking there are many interesting places to walk if you take a local bus to the outlying villages such as Finestrast, Villa Joyosa and Albir or Calpe.
Boat Trips: There are boat trips to the Isla de Benidorm wildlife sanctuary and Calpe. You can also take a trip to Tabarca, a small but inhabited island off Alicante.
There are a number of internet cafes, some coin fed. Free wifi can be obtained at several pubs and restaurants.
- Walking in the mountains, Parelles 16 (Benidorm/), ☎ 34 626 835 259, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free GPS routes for walks in the mountains behind Benidorm
There are over 1,000 places to eat. The best area for restaurants and Tapas bars are found in the old town where you will find of course Spanish cuisine and also English, French, Algerian and Dutch food. On the Levante area food is typical tourist fare with many English cafe bars offering home style food to the English visitors. It is best to search the old town if you want some real quality local food such as the famous Jamon and excellent local wines from the Jalon valley. There are also many Chinese restaurants from a fairly large Chinese community who also have shops which sell items from China. Breakfast is a favourite of many with an ample fried breakfast starting from two euros.
- La Traviata, Avenida de Madrid, 4 (Playa Levante). Great Italian food. Three-course meal for around € 15. Large servings. Staff speaks Spanish, English.
There are 800 bars selling alcohol and as such competition is huge, with happy hours, two for one, etc. There are many small bars offering bottled beer at 1€ and themed bars are in abundance. You will find British pubs, Dutch bars and Irish bars plus the many Spanish cafeteria bars which offer local Spanish favourites. Basically whatever your tipple you will find it in Benidorm. Football is shown on large TV screens at many of them. There are a number of live acts and entertainment, karaoke, and of course, Sticky Vicki, now joined by her daughter Demaria Leyton.
An abundance of cheap leather and shoes are on offer all year. Also look out for artisans markets which take place throughout the year during Fiesta times and in July August. At these you can buy local cheeses and produce plus jewelery, pottery and paintings. Most visitors from outside of Spain also take advantage of the cheap Alcohol and Cigarettes. Note Tobacco prices are set by the government in Spain so buy at any of the Tobacco shops no need to shop around. There are a number of Bazaars around who sell products from 80 cents and have a wide selection of essentials, knicknacks, food and other things at that price.
There is a large market Sundays and Wednesdays which mostly has things you can buy elsewhere. There is also a Sunday bootsale market (El Cisne) to the NW of town on the Altea Valencia road (N-332). Car, taxi or number 10 bus.
Easy walks are ,The EL Faro lighthouse at Albir.The Number 10 bus takes you there.The walk is about 3kms in length and you do not have to be super fit.You also pass Ochre mines on the way.
Another good walk is from the beach at La cala use the number 2 bus from Benidorm which goes to the out or town shopping malls.Here you can take an uphill walk to an old watchtower.Used as a look out post for Pirates and smugglers.There is a picnic site at the top .A good footpath .With benches every now and then to sit and rest.You can continue walking along the coast,through an old olive grove for a few miles to Villajoyosa and return to Benidorm by tram.
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