Many backpackers wouldn’t usually contemplate a holiday in Benidorm, Spain. The fact that this is one of the world’s most popular and largest resorts can be off-putting for the independently minded traveler who likes to do things differently. Going somewhere that the masses choose to go on holiday doesn’t always sit well with someone who believes they are a true traveler!
However, if you’re used to doing lots of independent travel, then you’ll know that being on the move and on the go all the time can be mentally tiring. It can sometimes feel a lot of work when you’re supposed to be having fun.
Also, it’s not always possible to get away for long periods of time and you may only have a week or so to spend away somewhere. In this case, Benidorm can offer a great escape from whatever job you’re currently in, for a week of sun, fun and relaxation. You can book all inclusive holidays in Benidorm at great prices from March through to October, and if you go slightly out of the main season, you won’t feel crowded by other visitors.
Of course, you could also just book the flights and arrange accommodation separately, choosing the kind that suits your holiday style best – whether it’s self-catering, B&B or full or half board. As there’s such competition for business, you’ll find many of the hotels offer really great facilities at low prices.
There’s certainly plenty to keep the visitor entertained in this resort on the Costa Blanca. For a start there are the great beaches, which stretch for six kilometers from Levante beach at the eastern end through to Poniente beach in the west. These beaches are the reason most people come to Benidorm, so you can be assured of a clean beach with blue flag bathing and plenty of lifeguards on hand.
Levante is where you’ll find the most action – with plenty of bars and restaurants behind, but also lots of watersports on offer. It’s also known as the sunrise beach.
If you enjoy plenty of sand on your beach, then head to Poniente which you’ll find beyond the old town of Benidorm. This beach curves in a huge bay, so it’s a great place for people watching. The beach with the most interesting backdrop is Malpas, which is near to the harbour and the castle cliffs.
Of course, there’s more to Benidorm and the Costa Blanca than the beach. There are all the usual attractions you find in tourist areas like water parks, marine life centres and shopping. You can find some great climbing locations nearby and many of the routes have amazing sea views as you climb. You’ll also find some smaller villages along the way that still have a traditional Spanish feel to them and that haven’t been totally turned over to the tourists.
A week in Benidorm doesn’t have to be one that’s just about sun and sangria; you can make of it what you will, and if you haven’t been there before, you shouldn’t dismiss it as not being interesting enough to visit!