The Most Instagrammable Locations in Benidorm

If you’re heading out to Benidorm and holiday and want to make your Instagram pop with beautiful colours and breathtaking scenery, here are some of the best places to snap a gorgeous photo for Instagram!

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It seems like everybody is out to grab a photo for ‘the gram’ these days. Whether that’s the perfect cocktail shot, a blissful beach or a stunning waterfall, if it looks good, we want to capture the photo.

With the world at our fingertips, thanks to social media and with that, more and more people are going out of their way just to get that picture perfect photo to upload. Whether you agree with it or not, they make for beautiful photos in the album, gorgeous canvases for the wall and usually hold a trove of memories. Take the photo, but enjoy it too.

The stigma of Benidorm is still so strong, whether that’s somebody turning their nose up at you heading to the sunny resort or the scoff at the response that Benidorm isn’t as you see it on the tv. People still want to talk down about Benidorm just because it has one trashy area. I’d like to challenge anybody to find a city that doesn’t have a trash area inside of it, it’s near enough impossible. The irony is, those who talk down about Benidorm are those who have never visited.

Who are the ones who look stupid now? Those who drop a verdict on something they know nothing about or those who choose to holiday in a place where there is an endless summer, sandy white beaches and views that are nothing short of beautiful?

Benidorm isn’t all about stag and hen parties, it’s not all about boozy Brits partying until late at night on the strip. There are plenty of beautiful spots in and around Benidorm that are perfect for photos, you just need to know where to go!

People are always asking us where we took our photos, so I thought it would be a good idea to share where the best places are to grab a few photos. If you’re not doing it for the beautiful views, do it for the gram.

If you’re heading out to Benidorm on holiday and want to make your Instagram pop with beautiful colours and breathtaking scenery, here are some of the best places to snap a gorgeous photo for Instagram!

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Algar Falls

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Algar Falls might just be one of the most beautiful places to capture the serene natural beauty of the Costa Blanca. Situated just 15km away from the major bustle of Benidorm is the calming and tranquil waterfalls where natural clear water flows down from the mountains and creates an oasis of Meditteranean plants and a perfect spot to take a dip and grab a photo.

Guadalest

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My Instagram seems to be shifting into a Guadalest fan account and it seems that nobody seems to mind when the views there are this beautiful. Nestled away in the mountains, just a short drive from Benidorm, you’ll find the stunning location that looks like it’s burst straight out of a storybook, or at least an episode of Game of Thrones! To grab the best shots, you’ll want to enter the castle and explore its grounds.

The Guadalest Reservoir

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Not just beautiful from afar, the Guadalest reservoir is just as stunning up close too. The reservoir is a gorgeous sparkling backdrop which will brighten up any Instagram feed. The reservoir is much quieter than the village which means you’re guaranteed to get photos without people in the background either.

Villajoyosa Beach

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Much quieter than the beaches of Benidorm, the quiet beach of Villajoyosa located a short drive away from Benidorm is perfect for snapping a beach photo, without having to wade your way through dozens of tourists. The best part is, you’ll have the burst from the coloured houses as a backdrop one way or the crystal blue sea the other way. The beach is away from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm so once you’ve snapped your picture, you can set up for the day with snacks and drinks and enjoy the calming scenery.

Campomanes Port

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Looking to add a touch of class and luxury to the feed? Of course you are, who isn’t? With yachts as the background surrounded by the twinkling Mediterranean Sea, it’s one of my most loved locations on the Costa Blanca. Located a short drive away from Benidorm in the Altea region, it’s worth heading there to enjoy the scenery and a cocktail in one of the bars.

Gran Hotel Bali

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The best place I’ve ever seen a sunset or sunrise in Benidorm is hands down the Suite at the Gran Hotel Bali. With the panoramic windows and the two balconies, sunset and sunrise are worth waiting for. The tallest hotel in Europe boasts gorgeous views of Benidorm, Calpe, Puig Campana, Finestrat and Alicante.

Orcheta

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There are so many villages in the mountains that make for perfect Instagram photos, but I’ve chosen Orcheta, purely for the fact it has a beautiful reservoir located just outside of the village. For a typical Spanish feel with the narrow streets and Spanish style home, it’s sure to add that Mediterranean style to your feed!

The Old Town

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The Old Town has so many beautiful spots perfect for Instagram, but one of the most photographed is the stunning plaza with its iconic eye-catching blue-domed church. The aesthetic white with the burst of the blue is a match made in heaven for the Instagram feed.

Now all that’s left to do is choose that perfect Instagram filter…

Hasta luego,

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Ways to improve engagement on Instagram, Twitter and other Social Media

Tips to reach your audience on social media.

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If you’re here, you’re probably wondering how exactly you can improve engagement on social media. I can’t offer you a quick fix. It doesn’t work like that. But, I can give you some tips to reach your audience on social media.

Have you ever felt so disheartened with your social media that it brings you down? You’re creating content, putting your heart and soul into trying to reach your audience and beyond and nothing seems to work?

I know I felt like it.

We start to blame the social media channel for our woes. We blame algorithms, we blame timings, we blame ourselves. Don’t bring yourself down yet, because it doesn’t have to be like that. There are ways you can boost and improve your engagement. Let’s explore.

It’s annoying, isn’t it? Instagram wants you to pay to reach your own audience. How is that fair? It segregates who has certain features, like the swipe up for 10k+ only, it’s easy to want to quick fix your way up there.

Don’t look for quick fixes

The first thing you need to make sure you don’t do is look for a quick fix. Spending £30 for 5,000 followers might seem tempting, after all, that would get you nearly there! But, here’s why you shouldn’t.

  • They will not interact. They are bots. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less. They’ll be driven to your site and do nothing else than sit there adding a number. A nobody. So, you might reach that swipe up feature, but who are swiping up? They won’t like, they won’t comment. You’ll be busted pretty quickly when you’re at 10k followers and 20 likes. Very professional. Not.
  • They hinder your current engagement. Social media recognises who has ‘relevant content’. Who they think wants to see your post. If you have thousands of followers and no engagement, they’ll assume if those people didn’t want to see it, then nobody else will either. You’ll drop down.

Check your current engagement. It might be higher than average!

You’re probably thinking your engagement isn’t great. But, here’s a fun part. It might be better than what you think.  A good level of engagement is currently set at around 3% [Sourceinfluencer marketing hub] for Instagram. If you have 100 followers, anything over 3 likes is considered good engagement. I currently have 7,000 followers so a good engagement would be around 210 likes. I currently reach around 750, which automatically makes me feel better. Take a look at your stats, you might surprise yourself.

Twitter is a fun one because I guarantee you’re above the game already. A high engagement rate on Twitter sits at 0.33% [source: itpliveme]. Let’s check that with my Twitter. I currently have 3,709 followers, a high engagement rate would be 12 reactions, whether that be likes, replies or retweets. My most recent tweet is on 86 likes, 9 replies and 6 retweets. That means I’m sitting on a 3% engagement rate. That maths is looking pretty good.

Remove ghost followers

I know a lot of you have already started doing this, which is great. Not only does it create better fluidity in the business, but it’s helping brands and businesses recognise that follower count isn’t important. 

For some context, on Twitter, I have had 1.9 million impressions these past 28 days and 79.9k profile views. Imagine how many people would have seen a product I was pushing. Not bad for someone with 3k followers. This only works if the followers are real and engaging. 

It’s the same with Instagram, the fewer people who view your stuff, the fewer people it will show it to. If all 4,000 of your followers didn’t want to see it, why would anybody else? That’s the way social media is designed. Designed to show you what it thinks you want to see, instead of what you might actually want to see. Following somebody should be enough, but it’s not.

You can remove ghost followers on Instagram by using the app I have been recommending on Twitter, called Cleaner for IG. You can download it on iOS here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cleaner-for-ig/ [not affiliate]. Use advanced settings to automatically highlight everyone it thinks you should clear out. Check before you schedule them to go. Sometimes, there will be the odd normal people, who haven’t seen your stuff. Engage with them, encourage them to engage back and all will be resumed to normal.

After using Cleaner for IG, my Instagram stories average views went up by over triple. Even though I had removed 4,000 followers. It’s better if you can remove ghost followers, as soon as they appear. It’s much easier for me to keep control of now the originals have gone. For someone who has had the same Instagram for 8 years, I had a lot of second accounts that friends had created, bots, spam and people who had just deleted the app. I now check every follower, it helps to see who I want to follow back or block!

It’s also important to check your actual followers’ list. Similar to Twitter, Instagram doesn’t show you every notification. I sometimes find spam and bots in my recent followers, but Instagram doesn’t show me the notification because it sees it as a pointless notification. Every so often, I go through or check the app to make sure there isn’t an account that has slipped through the notification net.

Switch between Business and Personal

The most annoying thing about business is Instagram sees you as somebody willing to pay. You’re a business, you don’t have time to engage, you just want your content pushed and shown, so you’re willing to pay the price.

Well, for bloggers and influencers, that’s not always the case.

If you’ve had a business account for a long time, it’s worth switching to personal for a while. With personal, there is no option to pay to promote. You can then switch back to business later on for the analytics and Instagram will recognise you as a new business as opposed to a fully-established one.

Engage with audience

This one should go without saying. If you see somebody’s post you like, like it. If you see a tweet that you want to engage with, reply.

The same goes for when people reply to you. Always engage with a reply. Whether it’s a reply or a like. It’s not only common courtesy, but it means your content stays higher. If you reply to somebody, your tweet jumps to the top. If your Instagram post has a lot of comments, it jumps to the top of somebody opening their app.

There is a new craze of people replying to spam accounts with something rude or sarcastic. Here’s why you shouldn’t do it. Not all of your audience will recognise that it’s a spam comment, so what impression does that give of you? Not a very good one. You might get a few likes on Twitter when you screenshot, but I guarantee you, you’ll lose some respect.

So, what should you do instead? I delete them. If it’s a photo of a cafe and the reply says “Love your clothes” then I can guarantee it’s a spam comment. Everybody else knows it’s a spam comment. So, I delete. It doesn’t clog my photo with irrelevant comments and I don’t reply and look mean to others. Some people do comment on photos that aren’t matching to my photo, I get it on Facebook, a lot. So, if it’s an unwanted comment, just remove it. To people who do comment to talk to you, it looks rude to tear somebody down. Not everybody understands spam and bot comments. Be aware of the image you’re setting for yourself.

Create engaging content

This is something I’m sure we’re all doing. But, if we’re not completing the other stuff around it, it’s something that gets lost. How can the engaging content be engaging if it isn’t shown?

Ask questions, create polls, create posts people want to see, share photos. They’re all ways people will engage.

Keep your content relevant. Depending on how much you want to be seen, depends on if you want to take this one on board. After all, it’s your own social media. If you want it done seriously, then take it on board. I’m not massively bothered, so I stray away from this one myself.

Social media should give your audience an idea of you. Why they want to follow you. Why they should engage with you and support you. If you’re dragging somebody down and subtweeting about somebody you know, is that relevant? Is that the impression you want to give? If you’re a mental health blogger and you’re tweeting about how annoying somebody is for showing mental health traits, is that appropriate?

Try to keep the content relevant to your audience. If they followed you because you’re a travel blogger, try to keep tweets surrounding that. Whether it’s your travel plans, places you recommend, travel photos. If you’re a movie blogger, post about movie reviews, upcoming movies announcements, news surrounding Hollywood. If you’re a Disney blogger, keep it to Disney.

I’m not one for doing that myself, but, it’s a known way to boost your engagement.

These are tips. In no way do you have to follow them. No way does it determine who is a better blogger. At the end of the day, if you have a blog, you’re a blogger. But, sometimes, when you’re creating amazing content and it’s just not being seen, it can be disheartening.

I see people leaving blogging because their content isn’t being seen. Don’t let that be the case. Don’t bring yourself down. I guarantee you’re doing better than you think you are. Recognise your successes. Make friends in the blogging community, be kind and be approachable. Other bloggers are not your competition. There are enough opportunities for everybody. I promise you, brands would rather work with approachable and kind bloggers than bloggers who belittle others.

If you see somebody post their achievement, maybe they’ve hit a goal, or they’ve secured a collab. Congratulate them, wish them well. Do not tear them down, don’t ask them “why you, though?“. It doesn’t look good. Your time will come.

I’ll add a few more posts soon, talking about how I gained 50,000+ followers across my sites over 5 months, how to approach brands and what exactly you should be saying in a proposal. Make sure you’re following my site by leaving your email in the black box, or clicking follow if you’re a WordPress user.

Hasta luego,

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The Little Things

And isn’t that what life should be about? Celebrating all of the little moments. What better way than an app that reminds you to take your video. Take control of your life. Go outside. See the sunrise. Drink coffee with your friends. Watch that movie. Take a walk with your dog. Video it. Remember it. 

“La vida está hecha de pequeños momentos”

Life is made up of the little moments. Four years ago, on a hot summers day in Seville. After a walk around Maria Luisa Park, Alex and I stumbled across a small tapas bar, situated just outside of the Alcázar. Outside, stood a bar sign. But, this one was different. It had a quote on it.

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Milagritos Bar de Tapas, Seville

I knew back then that this was a quote that I would remember forever. 

When you look back on your year, what do you remember? Maybe the big holiday. Maybe it’s an engagement. Or a friend having their first baby. Maybe it’s starting a new job. But what about all the little things, the things that make up our lives.

How can we remember it all?

This brings me to December 2016. Inconveniently, after our engagement and after our summer travelling. I came across an app, that effectively has brought meaning to the quote that has stayed with me. Simple to use. Easy to master.

One Second Everyday. 

You only have to scroll down my Instagram to notice that I love photography. I love looking at photographs. I love taking photographs and well, let’s face it, I love being in photographs. I remember being given a Barbie camera for my 8th birthday, and by the end of the day, I had used up all of the film. But, other than the home videos, I hadn’t ever thought of videos.

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Not pictured: The Barbie camera used to take the photo

That was until 1SE came around.

This app helps you live in the moment. How often do you take a Snapchat video with your friends on a night out and then after 24 hours, you never see it again?  Or, post a boomerang to the Instagram story, and then the next day, it’s gone. What about that cute video of your dog, it starts to take up too much memory on your phone, so you move it to the computer and never see it again. We’re taking videos all of the time, so why not keep them somewhere we can actually see them?

Worried you’ll forget?

I love the daily reminder, it’s like, hey, don’t forget to do something worth watching today – you watched a new TV series? Cool! You finished your essay? Go you! You took your dog for a walk? NICE. You can scrub to the exact second of the video you want. For days when one second isn’t enough, try adding 2 seconds or 3. Or for complete flexibility, give freestyle a go. YOU’RE IN CONTROL. In a world full of craziness, isn’t it time we took back control?

It only takes one second to remind you of the bigger picture.

You probably couldn’t tell me what you were doing on February 3rd, 2017, could you? But I can. We went out for a meal with our friends. What about April 12th, 2017? We had our friend over from Madrid and we took her and Alex’s’ nieces to the farm. June 18th? It was super hot in England, so we got the pool out and had a big family BBQ. Small moments. Moments that would have been lost in the sea of a year.

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August 5th, 2017. The first visit to the water park.

Instead, they will always be remembered. 

And isn’t that what life should be about? Celebrating all of the little moments. What better way than an app that reminds you to take your video. Take control of your life. Go outside. See the sunrise. Drink coffee with your friends. Watch that movie. Take a walk with your dog. Video it. Remember it. 

Life is made up of the little moments. And we will remember them.

Imagining a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life yet? Sounds great right?

Why not have a peek at my finished product. When you watch this, watch how all the memories stitch together. Think of how much you get to know of me and my life. This video will never fade. It will never go to the back of a dusty cupboard. Now imagine it as your life.

So you see, 1SE sparks creativity!

I have seen people use 1SE for their life, their holiday, the growth of their baby, their pregnancy journey, their puppy, showcasing their creativity and monitoring their mental health to name a few. The limits are endless. The only limitations are your own imagination.

Until next time,

Lauren xo

 

 

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