What to do in Benidorm and Finestrat over Christmas 2019

Now we’re on our 7th bit of advent, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do when you spend your Christmas holidays on the Costa Blanca.

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Now we’re on our 7th bit of advent, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do when you spend your Christmas holidays on the Costa Blanca. It’s true that a white Christmas will be not only a miracle but also probably not what you’re actually after, but you will get a Christmas with blue skies and white stretches of sandy beaches – as long as this rain clears up!

This is why I’ve been searching every inch of the internet and reading every little advertisement on a lamppost for the past couple of weeks to try and find the best activities and things to do over the Christmas period in Benidorm, Alicante, and Finestrat.

Christmas is a super magical time on the Costa Blanca and although it’s not as cold as Britain, it’s still rather cold at night.  So without further ado, let’s get planning your Christmas 2019!

What to do in Benidorm at Christmas

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I thought I’d start with the most popular and the most likely to be of interest, and that, of course, is the sunny beach resort of Benidorm. If you’re a Christmas veteran to Benidorm, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Town Hall will be celebrating, as they do every year. There are also an abundance of music festivals, theatre and other bits and pieces going on.

Music:

  • Concert in Honour of Saint Cecilia. S.M. La Nova. Saturday 14/12/19 18:30 Hotel Bali
  • Concert Juvenil Band and Orchestra de Cuerda. Unión Musical. Saturday 14/12/19 20:30 Room of actos. Town Hall
  • Concert in Honour of Saint Cecilia. L´Illa Musical Society. Sunday 15/12/19 12:00 Room de actos. Town Hall
  • Beneficiary charity supporting AFEM. Camerata Ars Cántica. Sunday 15/12/19 18:00 Chapel de Sanz
  • Concert in Honour of Santa Cecilia. Symphony Band. Sunday 21/12/19 19:30 Glass Palace Hotel Bali.
  • VII International Organ Festival. Josep Vicent Giner and Coral Group. Saturday 21/12/19 20:30 Church of San Jaime
  • Musical Society Christmas Concert Saturday 21/12/19 20:30 La Nova Church de Ntra. Sra. de la Almudena
  • Christmas Concert. Camerata Ars Cántica Sunday 22/12/19 11:45 Iglesia del Buen Pastor.

Christmas Theatre:

  • Tachán. Magia Kekoperfil. Saga Productions Saturday 14/12/19 18:30 Plaza SS. Los Reyes de España. (Town Hall)
  • Geronimo Stilton. Enigma in the Prado. Saga Producciones. Saturday 21/12/19 18:30 Plaza SS. Los Reyes de España. (Town Hall)
  • Chef Natura. Markeliñe. Saturday 28/12/19 18:30 Plaza SS. Los Reyes de España. (Town Hall)
  • Puppets, storytelling, and workshops. Cooler than an Eight. 21,22,26,27,28 y 29/12/19 17:30 Hort de Colón (History museum on Calle de Tomás Ortuño)

Exhibitions:

  • 11th Annual Contest of Christmas Postcards Students of Benidorm Schools. 13/12/19–07/01/19 Espai d´art. Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)

Gala Dinners:

Showboat Benidorm: Whether you go for the Christmas Gala menu, the New Year’s Eve Menu or just a regular meal, you’re guaranteed to enjoy it! Great value, wonderful service, and tasty food, every time! (And we go nearly every Sunday!).

Hotels: Many hotels will be offering Gala menus on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It’s worth checking with your hotel before trying to find one as the best ones are usually held by the hotels! Please note, they are usually an extra, even if you booked half/full-board and all-inclusive due to the nature of the food.

Benidorm Palace: For a night filled with glitz and glam, a night at the cabaret is one that you won’t forget! Definitely upgrade to the dinner and show to really feel like you’re living the cabaret scene. They do amazing, extravagant gala menus which is sure to be unforgettable for all the family. This year, the boxing day performance is ABBA direct from London’s West End.

Activities

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Ice Skating: The Ice Rink is inaugurated at the Town Hall every year and it’s one activity that I really look forward to. The Ice Rink is open from 30th November until 6th January 2020. The rink is open in the mornings until 2pm and then again from 5pm until late. It’s quiet in the mornings, however, the nighttime is my favourite time of day there. You’ll see the glistening lights of the Christmas trees and the lights over Benidorm. Skate Hire is included in the price, but you’ll be required to wear long trousers, leggings or tights AND gloves, otherwise, you’ll be denied access.

Nativity Scene: A favourite amongst many is the Nativity Scene that you can visit at Casa- Museo Hort de Colón (the museum), from December 6th 2019 until January 6th 2020.

Hogueras: Just like the Summer Solstice in June, many will light bonfires again on Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. On December 21st, many will be jumping over fires that are said to protect themselves from illness in 2020.

Benidorm Christmas Run: December 29th, 2019. The 10th San Silvestre Christmas Run will take place from 10:00am.

Bars and Restaurants: Bars and Restaurants will have their own small get-togethers and many will remain open for the entire Christmas period before closing late January. Usually, there will be little celebrations like live music, Karaoke, fancy dress and more.

Day Trips

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Guadalest: Guadalest looks absolutely beautiful over Christmas. The streets will be adorned with wreaths and Christmas Trees and all of the quaint shops will have little fairy lights twinkling. It is a beautiful place any time of the year.

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Alcoy: Known as Christmas Town, if there’s anywhere that you ought to head to over Christmas, it’s here. They’ll have a huge Christmas Tree in the centre and it’s the first place in Spain to ever have the King’s Day Parade. It was absolutely spectacular last year and the firework show was unbelievable. It’s also really cool to see the people dressed up climbing the ladders to give the children their presents. (They climb up ladders into apartment blocks!).

What to do in Finestrat at Christmas

Finestrat and La Cala de Finestrat are much quieter than Benidorm so if you’re staying in either of these, you’ll be better off travelling either into Alicante or into Benidorm (direct bus takes around 25 minutes). Though, if you are in Finestrat on 14th or 15th of December 2019 then you should head up to the VERY FIRST Christmas Market in Finestrat. There will be Food and Craft stalls, entertainment for all ages, visits to Santa’s Grotto and many more surprises.

The Christmas Market will be in Carrer Nou of the Historic Center of Finestrat on December 14 and 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Merry Christmas,

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Fuxion Gastro Bar, Benidorm

With a relaxing and chilled out atmosphere, it is the perfect place to spend an hour or two basking in the endless summer sun or seeking shade in the stunning interior.

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A tranquil and relaxing bar in Benidorm

Exquisite crowd-pleasing food and drink – this is a place you don’t want to miss if you’re on holiday in Benidorm.

Whatever food or drink your heart and taste buds desire, you’re sure to find it in Fuxion Gastro Bar. Chicken nuggets, Nachos, Paella, Pizza and Fajitas are just some of the gorgeous pieces on the menu.

Say hello to Fuxion Gastro Bar.

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Fuxion Gastro Bar is located on Calle Alfaz del Pi 2, Benidorm, Spain close to El Faro apartments and Hotel Delfin. It’s a short walk away from Gran Hotel Bali. Conveniently, it is placed just off the Poniente beach line, making it easy access from both La Cala, Finestrat and Poniente.

Friendly bartenders, great food and beautiful decor are just a few of the reasons why we and customers love it so much.

With a relaxing and chilled out atmosphere, it is the perfect place to spend an hour or two basking in the endless summer sun or seeking shade in the stunning interior.

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Attention to detail is evident, where the staff have maintained not only a high standard of friendliness, attentiveness and cleanliness, but also the finishing touches of decoration are beautiful and are a true representation of the level of pride the staff take in their business.

The Service

The staff are always friendly and welcoming opening their arms and hearts to customers. You’re guaranteed to be welcomed with a smile and a warm manner. Nothing is ever too much.

Whether you need a food recommendation, a drink creation, or just a chat, Ruben will sort you out. Meanwhile, Diego is whizzing up something in the kitchen that will make your mouth water and please your taste buds.

Decor

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With a chilled out decor, the surroundings definitely make you feel at ease. There are plants aplenty and a rustic feel. Meanwhile, gentle sounds of jazz and acoustic music will fill the air. It’s the perfect place to start the day with a warming Latte Macchiato or end the night on a quality cocktail. No matter what the time of day, you’re sure to be pleased with your visit.

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There are sofas and rocking chairs for chilling out or tables and chairs for an eating-in dining experience.

Fuxion Gastro Bar is intimate without the feeling of being cramped, cool without being hipster, and niche without being pretentious. Perfect for a casual date night, or a catch-up with friends; Alex and I very quickly became regulars. Quality drinks, delicious food, and gorgeous decor. Exactly what Benidorm was missing.

 

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Many a time, I’ve sat in Fuxion and either got on with some blog writing, caught up on some university work or did some bullet journaling. It’s a great place to relax and get in “the zone”.

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  • Fuxion is dog-friendly
  • Fuxion now serves English breakfast on top of their extensive breakfast menu
  • Their themed nights, such as New Year’s Eve are fabulous
  • For more info visit the Fuxion Gastro Bar’s Facebook page

Hasta luego,

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Get Halloween Ready with Escape Benidorm and Hotel Sol Pelicanos Ocas

Halloween is getting closer and closer and if the idea of having no plans scares you way more than the screams of being held hostage – then get yourself down to the Pop-up Escape Room at Hotel Sol Pelicanos Ocas on Calle Gerona in Benidorm.

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Halloween is getting closer and closer and if the idea of having no plans scares you way more than the screams of being held hostage – then get yourself down to the Pop-up Escape Room at Hotel Sol Pelicanos Ocas on Calle Gerona in Benidorm.

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Guests at the Hotel Sol Pelicanos Ocas: there may be a few tricks along the way, but you’re in for a treat this Halloween. 

Using only your brain power, you have to solve puzzles, cryptic clues and padlocks to get yourself out of there before the whole thing explodes – in just thirty minutes.

Want to test your relationship? Want to put your family to the limits? Escape rooms are the way to go. Teamwork is key. Work together, maximise your own strengths and listen to one another to maximise your chances of breaking free.

Aren’t the last minute plans always the best plans? 

On a spur of the moment thing – we were given the opportunity to head down to the Sol Pelicanos Ocas and give the Escape Benidorm room a try. I have to say – it was one of the best yet. If you’re a guest at the Sol Pelicanos, you’re in for a definite Halloween Treat.

The Sol Pelicanos Ocas have really gone to town with their Halloween Decor. No part of the hotel main area has been forgotten. Every area is filled with a sprinkle of Halloween fear.

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Outside at the children’s hut is where the spooky fun happens. We were greeted by a member of staff from Benidorm Escape Room and given a rundown of the ground rules, the length of time and a little background story. We’d meet again in thirty minutes. If we escaped – that is.

Well decorated and with so much equipment inside – it’s hard to believe that it was a children’s play hut just the week before.

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There are a few jumps and bumps part way through so expect it to get a little scary and a lot jumpy. The special effects and characters contribute to building a fantastic Halloween experience and one that is totally different to something we’ve done to celebrate Halloween before.

It was great to be able to get into the Halloween spirit. I don’t want to share any spoilers because you’ve got to try it to live it. 

When you’re in an Escape Room, all sense of reality is somehow forgotten. You’re focusing on getting out. You want to succeed. You want to be able to say you’ve completed it. But, when the pressure is added, the clock is ticking and outside distractions are doing all they can to ensure you don’t complete it. You have to push yourself and your team. 

Alex and I were actually good at working together. Alex took on the role of any mathematics and the actual doing. Whereas, I did critical thinking. Thinking outside of the box. Coming up with things a little bit different to try out. I also did a lot of hiding behind curtains, but you know… There was also a bit where you had to work together and we did well at that!

The Escape Room Benidorm was functioning yesterday (27.10.2018) and will be open again on Wednesday for Halloween (31.10.2018).

Will you get out? 

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We escaped with four minutes left on the device. Can you beat us?

To top off your Wicked Wednesday – why not head to the bar area and enjoy their Halloween themed cocktail? There was entertainment going on and football was being shown on the big screen – which Alex appreciated.

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Want to find out more about the different rooms at the Escape Benidorm? You can read my posts here: The OrphanageZombies, and Cold War or head to the Escape Benidorm website to find out more.

Hasta luego,

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Our Experience at Escape Room, Benidorm. The Orphanage

What can you do when the children go silent and The Orphanage is suddenly empty? What are you going to do when the only ones who can save them are you and your team. Get your best team together and crack the code to save the children’s souls, before it’s too late…

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What can you do when the children go silent and The Orphanage is suddenly empty? What are you going to do when the only ones who can save them are you and your team? Get your best team together and crack the code to save the children’s souls, before it’s too late…

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We were lucky enough to try out The Orphanage at the Lockdown Escape Room on Calle Ibiza, near to the Yellow Brick Road and it really is an experience like no other.

If you haven’t heard of the new craze, Escape Rooms, yet then familiarise yourself, because it’s definitely a game that isn’t going away any time soon. Escape rooms are a fully-immersive real-life game, so if you’re into video games, then you’ll be into escape rooms. Small groups get together to solve a series of riddles, puzzles, codes and clues to get out of the chamber.

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Needless to say, these rooms aren’t suitable for people with claustrophobia [fear of closed in spaces]. But, The Orphanage is also not suitable for people who are achluophobic [fear of the dark] as the room begins in complete darkness and there are intermittent moments of darkness throughout. This should also be kept in mind if you were planning to bring young children. Minors between 8 and 17 years can play, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult on the same team.

Our experience was, once again, a very positive one. From start to finish it was a memorable experience.

The room raises your heart rate and makes you feel on edge. For younger children, it could be quite scary, when you hear the sounds you believe something to happen and especially when you can’t see because it’s dark it adds to the thrill.” – Oliver

I enjoyed the escape room, it was scary at parts which added to the adventure and thrill. It was fun working out the clues. It was a challenging team-building activity and a unique experience to do on holiday. It is highly recommended” – Mum

It was a good experience, I preferred it to the Cold War as it’s a more practical game as opposed to technical. We were much more switched on than before now that we’ve done an escape room before. It was rewarding solving the clues and a good game” – Dad

The introduction and briefing can make or break an escape room. At Lockdown Escape Room, the room masters definitely make it. A good introduction is the first part of the experience and the part that prepares you for the game. Let’s face it, if they don’t believe it, why should you?

The room masters aren’t reading from scripts or using a dull tone, instead, they’re in character, dressed the part and building upon the mood and atmosphere before you’re even in the room. They introduce the story behind the escape room and get you prepared to go in. They also debrief you on the important aspects of the room, like what not to touch, how long you have and some information about how to use the room safely. They really do add to make an awesome experience.

The legend says that the director offered the orphan’s souls to the demon in exchange for his immortality. Shut off the portal before midnight because those who didn’t return before midnight… never returned.”

Then, you’re in the room. It’s up to you and your team to get back out again with a bit of help from your room master, the voice that comes from above. The clock starts ticking down and it’s time to scramble around searching for clues and working out how to get out again before it hits 75 minutes. Of course, if you feel you need to quit the game, you are able to leave the room and allow the rest of the team to continue playing. 

The effects throughout were outstanding. There were sound effects, moving features and light play. It really tests your wit, your nerve and your ability to stay calm under pressure. There may be a few moments where you have to be brave, too!

We played The Orphanage as a group of 4, unlike the Zombies, you stay as a group the entire time. Working together to solve the clues and using one-use keys and objects to get yourself out of the room.

We managed to get out of the room in 72 minutes, 3 minutes spare. But, it definitely wasn’t an easy escape. We were given an awesome debriefing, highlighting what we liked and did in the room.  We then had our photo taken in The Orphanage room.

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Phones and equipment are prohibited in the room, so you are able to use the lockers that are readily available at no extra cost, which also include phone charging!

To book yourself into The Orphanage room, you can do so by going on the Lockdown Escape Benidorm official booking page here: The Orphanage Booking.

For more information about the escape rooms, FAQ and to book, you can do so by going to Lockdown Escape Benidorm official page here: Escape Benidorm.

Do you accept the mission of solving the orphanage’s mystery?

Hasta luego,

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This post was made possible thanks to the Escape Room inviting us to try out The Orphanage Room, as always the views are 100% mine.

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