When The Moors invaded in 718AD, they thought that the Costa Blanca was a paradise. A fragment of the next world that had fortuitously fallen into this one -
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Benidorm is a city of three parts and two seasons, sheltered from the North by a mountain range providing a microclimate with golden sandy beaches washed by the clear blue Mediterranean sea . It is easily reached from airports in the UK and the proximity to Alicante airport, along with very cheap flights make it an 'easy' foreign experience.
To the East lies the 'New' town with high rise hotels and apartment buildings, a very lively nightlife with discos, comedy clubs, cabaret shows, karoeke. At this end is the Levante beach, lined with cafes and themed bars, very much designed for the English tourists. English food and drink is cheap and available everywhere. The streets are wide and full of shops.
Everyone who has seen the TV show 'Benidorm' will have a notion of what the 'New' town is like. Great for fun lovers and families, with hotels often being 'all inclusive' thereby containing holiday spending. Yes, there are a few overweight Brits with beer bellies and some of them need to hire mobility scooters for the disabled in order to get around. It could probably be compared to Brighton, Margate or Blackpool a few years ago! It is affordable fun with guaranteed sun for that precious summer break. Holidaymakers can let their hair down, indulge and party! There are theme parks; some with thrilling rides, water slides, dolphin shows and animals. There is the opportunity to experience an adventure -
Midway between the two main beaches is the Peninsular which makes up the 'Old' town or the Spanish quarter, with it's quaint narrow streets, beautiful church and a square 'Plaza del Castell' with amazing views. The harbour where fishing boats are moored and pleasure boats leave for the island or along the coast is in this part of Benidorm as is a small beach mostly used by the locals. The 'Old' town is famous for it's tapas bars and also a very lively Gay scene, with rainbow flags a plenty! Just a little inland, on the edge of the Spanish Old town is a finger of green -
In the 'Old' town the Spanish maintain their traditional way of life with many religious processions, fiestas, fireworks, tapas parties for all the family and a siesta! It is not unusual to see children playing in the park at midnight! Shops stay open until late and promenading along the seafront in the cool of the evening is a favourite pastime.
To the West lies the Poniente beach, noticeably quieter and lined with little cafes and apartment blocks with a few hotels. Near to the harbour there is a very pleasant park with palm trees, fountain, doves and a children's playground. This is the area frequented by the Spanish more, especially the older generation. The far end of Poniente is called La Cala. Here beaches are rarely crowded and there are some upmarket villas.
Markets thrive in Benidorm and are very popular. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be bought for peanuts in the weekly Spanish quarter market, for example five kilos of oranges for 5euros! Whereas other markets cater for those searching for cheap designer fashion and handbags. There is a flea market on Sundays just a short bus ride away for collectors and treasure hunters.
In the winter months the temperature is a pleasant 15-
Many wealthier northern Europeans regularly spend months here in the winter, usually in self catering apartments. They hire cars or bikes, take coffee and brandy in a seaside cafe, promenade, shop, sit in a park, see a show or have a meal in the evening. Public transport is cheap and reliable and many beautiful places can be reached easily. Some take official coach day tours , whilst others explore using the modern tram that runs from Alicante to Denia. There are awesome mountain ranges to see, quaint villages, castles from the days of the Berber pirates, modern towns and cities and a beautiful varied coastline, that seems a 'world away' from busy Benidorm. A journey of an hour to the end of the tram line to Alicante or Denia costs less than 10euros return!
To sum up, Benidorm can be anything you want -
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