Discovering Benidorm (part 2)

Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Benidorm, Spain

Discovering Benidorm

travel | 12 July 2016

If the previous Benidorm post hasn’t made you fall in love with the Spanish coast city, this post most certainly will. Looking back at these photos, I realize how much a cliche reputation can mean to a place. Sure, there are a lot of seniors in Benidorm and British tourists who party all day on the beaches (I’ve seen people drinking beer as early as 10am!) like the city is known for. But to that same logic, Amsterdam might as well be a city of weed and hookers. There’s more beyond the surface to every place and I’m sure this is only a little of what Benidorm has to offer.

To start with Asia Gardens, our little ‘home’ (or paradise) during our stay. The five star hotel is located a little off the coast and features as much as six swimming pools. Imagine standing in your bathrobe every afternoon, trying to decide which pool you’re going to be plunging in next. Ah, the hardships of blogger life.

I’m not going to go too much into detail here – why don’t I just show you instead.

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Miu Miu glasses, Tibi top, Ralph Lauren shorts

Moroccannoil mask, Estee Lauder lip tint, Isadora bronzing powder

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Discovering Benidorm

Calvin Klein bikini

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

Bally Heels

Beauty Essentials Beach Summer

Jo Malone Summer

Beauty Essentials Highlighter No7 Bronzer

Bally heels, Jo Malone grapefruit scent, No 7 highlighter powder, MAC lipstick, Moroccanoil mask, MAC blush

6. Sleeping Lion

One of my favorite things of the whole trip was definitely the jeep tour. We took an off-the-beaten-track ride to the mountainside and discovered some of the best nature scenery in Benidorm. From copper shades in a mountain named ‘the sleeping lion of the Costa Blanca’ to picking rosemary and fennel herbs off the road. The jeep tour took us away from the concrete jungle of Benidorm into the beautiful nature of the city. Beware of snakes though – we witnessed one scary black snake slide back into the bushes as we entered the valley.

Benidorm Mountain Jeep Tour

Benidorm Mountain Jeep Tour

Benidorm Mountain Jeep Tour

Benidorm Mountain Jeep Tour

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Benidorm Mountain Jeep Tour

7. Beach food, seafood

From the mountainside, we’re traveling back to the beaches again. And how could you not with the coastline stretching from West to East. Head over to Punto del Sal Gastrobar for the best food in town (imo). From the softest and crispiest calamari to a delicious wild salmon trio. Another favorite was Restaurante Ulia, where we couldn’t wait to dig into the shrimp platter served with aioli. After a viewing in the kitchen, we were ready to dig into a ginormous plate of seafood paella. Scrumptious!

Benidorm Poniente Beach

Discovering Benidorm Restaurante Ulia

Discovering Benidorm Restaurante Ulia

Benidorm Poniente Beach

8. Riding land and sea

I’m not exactly the most active person in the world. I don’t do sports. If I’m not behind the computer working (or watching movies – hey, it’s.. kind of for work), I am somewhere lying on my back with at least one screen in my hands. Which is why I wasn’t too keen on the active afternoon we had planned. But when you’re biking the hills and coastline of Benidorm, you almost forget you don’t do sports. Because the views are breathtaking. If you do decide to do this, rent an e-bike at Taobike. Not only is an e-bike so much more relaxing, the owner is incredibly humble and helpful in putting together a bike tour in the area.

And if you really dislike moving your muscles, there’s always the option to take a boat ride. We took a little trip to Peacock Island and dove into the water for a swim. Well, I only managed to stay in the water for 2 minutes. Honestly, it was freezing!

Benidorm Poniente Beach

Benidorm Tao Ebike

Benidorm Tao Ebike

Benidorm Tao Ebike

Benidorm Peacock Island Boat

Discovering Benidorm Beach

9. Sunset views

At the Madeira Centro Hotel, head up to the sky lounge and enjoy the stunning view. On one side you see the beachside; on the other side it’s a concrete jungle. We went up right before sunset and were treated to an array of colors filling up the sky.

Discovering Benidorm Rooftop Cocktail

Discovering Benidorm Rooftop Cocktail

Discovering Benidorm Rooftop Cocktail

Miu Miu Glitter Glasses

Miu Miu glasses

Discovering Benidorm Asia Gardens Barcelo Hotel

10. Relax

Which may sound like a no-brainer but try to find the time when you have a busy itinerary!

This photo was taken at six in the morning. Not because I practice yoga that early in the morning (or at all), but just for photography purposes. Whoever said blogging is hard is obviously wrong. So wrong.

And with this, I end my Benidorm series. I want to thank the Tourism Board of Benidorm for inviting us and for putting together an amazing trip. This is definitely one for the books.