Waterfront, the best area to stay in Benidorm
As soon as you arrive in this gorgeous coastal town resort, you will want to go straight down to the sea and see crystal clear blue waters and the glorious golden sands. There are two beaches in Benidorm and they are Levante and Poniente, which as said previously have both been awarded the ‘Blue Flag’ status. Levante beach is popular with the younger generations and therefore pretty lively and Poniente is more commonly used by families and locals. The promenade along the waterfront is excellent as you can take lovely romantic walks at sunset and take some brilliant pictures too. There are also little stalls and shops along the waterfront that sell all types of things for the beach, from suntan lotion to sunglasses, they have it covered. There are also many vendors who bring their goods to you on the beach and sell things like water, beer and various types of food. You can also partake in a wide range of water activities with many companies dotted along the beach that offer jet-skiing, banana-boar riding, windsurfing, diving and snorkelling.
Water and wildlife parks are found all over Benidorm and the Terra Natura is one of the most popular due to its extensive range of animal species to see and is home to a massive and fun water park that has various lengths and gradients of slides. At the same place, you also have the chance to swim with sea lions as well as other types of mammals. Another huge theme park is Terra Mitica, which has no less than thirty rides that range from water rapids to ultra fast roller coasters at scary heights. There are also many boat and yacht trips that go from the bay, which take you along the coast as well as to the islands just off Benidorm, with some having wildlife sanctuaries and parks. In the streets close to the waterfront, there are street markets in midweek as well as at weekends that sell cheap goodies like shoes, watches, clothes, jewellery and there are food stalls.
Benidorm is alive in the day but is well known for its exceptionally lively presence at night with many things happening along the promenade with various street performers like musicians, comedians, characterchures, magicians and others entertaining the crowds. The nightlife here is world famous with over a thousand places to eat and drink at and the majority of them host live music and other forms of entertainment like karaoke and comedy nights. Make sure one night that you try and get to the Benidorm Palace, which is home to a Las Vegas-style cabaret and dinner show and there are a variety of performances and shows to watch and experience.
The waterfront area is covered in restaurants with many of them offering traditional delicious tapas as well as Italian, French, Chinese, Dutch, African and English cuisines. What better than to end your day with a drink by the beach and watch the sunset go down after a day of sunbathing in the sun and there are many pubs and bars to pick from with most being themed like Irish bars and sport bars, which also sell standard pub food. The best places to stay are found along the beach front and with so many hotels to choose from, the prices are competitive and therefore can be some of the cheapest in the country. The hotels here offer the most beautiful views over the sea and most of them are incredibly tall, which offer amazing panoramic views. This area has the most amounts of five-star hotels in the town, which means you receive excellent customer service, huge rooms, swimming pools and top quality food.
The old town is definitely worth a visit even if you decide not to stay there, as this area is very popular and is usually buzzing in the day and at night. The old town is situated on a stunning headland area and people come here to get the best sights and pictures over Benidorm as well as its surroundings. The oldest church is found in this part of the town, which is San Jamie and has a uniquely blue dome on top of it and has wonderful interior and exterior. The streets that surround it have the oldest architecture and your camera is certainly needed when visiting this part of the town.
The old town is where you will find the main shopping area and is usually busy as there are many stores, malls and markets that sell lots of products like jewellery, clothes, electronics, food and much more. Restaurants, pubs and bars are everywhere with the main square being one of the best places to start at and the old town is part of the ‘gay village’ and there are many eccentric and fun drinking establishments to visit.