The Benidorm Beach Guide

There are beaches in Benidorm where you can be one of the only ones there, even in the height of summer. It’s all about knowing where to go.

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Benidorm is one of the most famous and most popular resorts on the Costa Blanca. Though your idea of it might be different, there is definitely “another side to Benidorm” to the one that is notoriously talked about.

There’s no saying that this side doesn’t exist. But, the more it’s encouraged, the more it happens.

The city of Benidorm actually offers comfortable, clean white beaches that you don’t need to fight for space like you see on the news. In fact, there are beaches in Benidorm where you can be one of the only ones there, even in the height of summer. It’s all about knowing where to go.

Levante Beach

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Possibly the one we all know and hear about. It’s the one that’s plastered over the news. The small beach that gets overpopulated in the height of summer. Good luck finding a spot! If you do, you might be a little too close for comfort to the person next to you.

Levante is known as one of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca, purely for its long stretch and golden sandy bay. It is visited by thousands of tourists each year. Playa Levante stretches for over 2000 metres and is around 50 metres wide. Due to the shape and position, it receives sunlight from sunrise until sunset so it is a favourite amongst sun worshippers.

You’ll find plenty of watersports, such as jetski, paragliding and the flying fish. You can also get the ferry from Rincon to the Benidorm Island.

Poniente Beach

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The lesser talked about of the two famous beaches. Poniente beach is just past the Old Town and stretches to near the Hotel Bali. Poniente beach is much quieter than Levante and doesn’t offer a complete range of beach bar services like you’ll find in Levante, however, you will find lots of restaurants and cuisine dinners.

The marina of Benidorm is adjacent to Poniente beach, located in the Nautical Club. It is also the place where you get the ferry service to the Benidorm Island. It also offers kayaking, jet skis, motorboats and parasailing. It is also the place where you can get the ferry to the stunning Tabarca Island in Alicante.

Playa de Poniente is actually the largest beach in Benidorm. It’s over 100 metres wide and 3000 metres long, so you’re sure to find a spot on the sandy, white shores. This beach is the favourite amongst the locals, being less crowded and awarded with the Blue Flag of excellence.

Cala Mal Pas

Situated in between Levante and Benidorm, Cala Mal Pas is a quaint and secluded beach that offers a different pace and atmosphere to what you’ll find on Levante or Poniente.

The water is much shallower and quite sheltered so there are very delicate waves. It is a fantastic spot for snorkelling and taking a closer look at some of the marine life.

It is also where the swimming event to the Island takes place.

Cala Mal Pas is another Blue Flag beach. It’s around 20 metres wide and 120 metres long, but it’s generally not very busy.

Cala Almadrava

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If isolated coves are more your scene, then head north from Levante and climb towards the Punta de la Llisera. This cove is part of the Sierra Gelada Natural Park.

Although it’s only a few metres away from buildings and streets, it gives the impression that it is miles away from civilisation. You’ll have to access the cove by foot.

Be aware, this beach is open to naturists so clothes are optional.  It’s just 100 metres long and around 15 metres wide. You’ll find a lifeguard during the summer months, but not a lot else. Ensure you pack everything with you.

The water is incredibly clean and clear and the seabed is filled with fish and marine life. It’s a favourite for snorkelling and diving.

Cala Tio Ximo

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A little further North is the Cala Tio Ximo. This is another quaint cove with not a lot happening. You won’t find any services, so be sure to pack chairs, towels and clean water. There is a lifeguard during the summer months.

Again, clothes are optional at Cala Tio Ximo, so keep this in mind if you are travelling with children.

This small cove takes some narrow and winding roads to drive on but there is a small car park just above. The bay is a mere 60 metres long and is a mix of rocks and sand. It is very isolated and a very quiet cove.

La Cala de Finestrat

Although not strictly in the city of Benidorm, I couldn’t talk about the Benidorm beaches without mentioning La Cala.

La Cala de Finestrat is one of the beaches near to the Hotel Bali. It is further south than Benidorm by just a mere three kilometres. It has a wide range of amenities and facilities packed with bars, restaurants and shops. You’ll also find a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Bus number 2 and 3 will take you to La Cala from Benidorm.

It is a beautiful, relaxed beach suitable for families and couples with plenty of water sports available. You can hire pedalos, jet skis and stand up paddle boards. It’s 300 metres long and 50 metres wide so there is usually plenty of space available.

Which is your favourite beach?

Hasta luego,

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Manners, Photoshoots and a Spanish Sunset

Manners…for something that is free, they hold so much value. 

“Gracias por todo”

Before speaking Spanish, the first sentence I ever learnt was “gracias por todo”.

Manners are important and when they say they cost nothing, they’re right. But, for something that is free, they hold so much value.

I’ve been fortunate to stay with friends in Madrid, Valencia, Alicante and Albacete. I have made such amazing friends in Spain and they are all friends that I keep in contact with.

Without speaking Spanish, I knew that my basics would get me by, but I wasn’t great. I didn’t really understand a word.

But, when a family opens their home to you, a simple thank you goes a long way.

More and more, I’m seeing “please” and “thank you” disappearing. People asking for information, without a manner in sight. People in the street. People hiding on their phone.

Then, I think about the Spanish language. How “please” is more of an order than a courtesy.  It’s funny when you think about cultures and how they differ. I definitely still haven’t learnt to not over-use “gracias” yet. 

This weekend, I finally had the chance to meet up with another one of my friends here in Spain, Gohar. Gohar is a photographer who lives in Alicante, so if you’re a business or somebody looking for some professional photos, hit her up! 

We finally arranged to meet in Benidorm, with her travelling by tram.

After an awful nights sleep, did anybody else get woken up at 4:00am by the worst crack of thunder on Saturday?! But, as they say, the show must go on!

We started by going for a drink to our local favourite bar, Fuxion, where the Instagram content is pretty strong. Ruben and Diego create a wonderful atmosphere in Fuxion and Ruben really works hard front of house to create the best experience for their customers.

Gohar is from Armenia and all that I have to compare to Armenia is the Kardashian’s, close enough, right?! 

Sunday was hot, about time, so we were able to head back to the pool, even though the water was freezing.

Now, for another slice of culture, or should I say a mouthful? Gohar came stocked up with some Armenian cuisine, Bulgur wheat. 

If you’ve ever heard of Bulgur wheat then I 100% salute you. This whole-wheat grain delicacy is high-fibre, low-fat and vegan-friendly. Strange is my only adjective. I mean, it’s okay. But, it definitely tastes healthy.

So, if you’re looking to spruce up your summer bod meal plans, why not incorporate some Armenian goodness?

Anyway, June 3rd, the first dip of 2018. Normally, it’s so much earlier in the year, where has summer been hiding this year?!

Rio had a little cameo before he was banished by somebody moaning. This is something I’m struggling to get to terms with. There is only a sense of community when it suits.

Everybody says hello to everybody. But, nobody looks out for each other. So far, we’ve been moaned at for having our curtains open in the day and our dog for being held in the garden. My friend says she has the police called for her baby crying briefly in the night?

At what point does this over-excessive moaning just become exasperating?

Next, we wanted to introduce Gohar to La Cala, she had never been to Benidorm!

The rocks make for a great photo spot. Getting Alex to take photos can be near enough impossible. But, Gohar managed it?!

Is it okay for me to say that we look cute? Alex has been growing his hair recently, obviously trying to fit in with the surfers around here. I’m not sure if he needs a guitar to turn into Cody Simpson or a skateboard (thanks for the inspiration, Mum).

La Cala has always been one of my favourite places in the area. Quiet, calm and tranquil. It’s that piece of paradise away from Benidorm.

We had planned to go to the fair at Villajoyosa, if you have children, it’s a great place to go, however, the rides were definitely targeted for younger children, so it wasn’t exactly the best photo opportunities, oops.

Instead, we made use of the Instagram’able’ locations of La Vila.

Further down from the beach, ten minutes walk from Creueta tram stop, there is a beautiful promenade that juts out.

From there, looking towards the sea, you can see Benidorm to your left and Alicante to your right. It’s also a perfect sunset spot.

I guess you could call this a pretty good Sunday! Gohar is going to be visiting a lot more often and taking the majority of the photos for my blog now, which is super exciting because she takes gorgeous photos. She just seems to capture moments so well. 

“Isn’t that what life is about? Capturing the moments. Not counting down for the big stuff, but appreciating the little things that happen too. They’re just as important.”

There are some pretty big changes coming soon, and I’m excited to share them with you all.

So, from me to you, the reader. Gracias for being part of my journey and making this possible.

To Alex, looks like you’re going to have to be in a lot more photos now!

Hasta luego,

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