Benidorm, the city on the Mediterranean coast that is becoming Europe and Spain’s biggest holiday resort. With five million tourists arriving every year, Benidorm is responsible for a large chunk of Spain’s tourist industry. The climate is highly agreeable with temperatures ranging from 15 to 20 °C in the summer and 30 – 35 °C in the summer. And apparently it only rains approximately ten days a year. Now that sounds pretty good to my Dutch ears.
I was invited – along with a group of fellow travel and food bloggers – to discover some of Benidorm’s hidden treasures. This is the first part of my Benidorm series (a second part will be up later this week). We had an immense schedule full of activities. This series will focus more on my favorites of the trip – enjoy!
With all the modern high-rise buildings on the coastline, it’s easy to forget that Benidorm has a lot of history and culture. Skip the modern parts of Benidorm for a day and visit the Old Town, the city centre, where you’re surprised by cobbled streets and old Spanish houses with antique wrought iron balcony railings. One of my favorite parts of Old Town, is Mirador del Castillo. It’s an old fortress located between two beaches, built to defend the people from pirates. The fortress offers a viewpoint, also known as The Balcony of the Mediterranean.
Golf may not be the first thing you think about when you visit Benidorm, but it is one of the current popular attractions in Benidorm. We hit the golf course at Villaitana Golf, a golf course with a beautiful view on the Mediterranean sea. Turns out, I’m not the golf champion I thought I could be (hey, who knows, hidden talents), but it was loads of fun to do!
Without a doubt, the boulevards are the most popular sites in Benidorm. Waters are a clear light blue and the beaches stretch all over the Benidorm coastline, from Levante to Poniente beach. It’s a stark contrast between the two beaches. Go to Levante if you fancy partying from early in the morning until late; visit Poniente if you’re looking for more peace and quiet on the beach.
Spanish wines flow in Benidorm and there are plenty vineyards where you can taste the best of Benidorm wines. We visited Bodega Mendoza and Bodega Bocopa, the latter of which resulted in me taking home a suitcase of wines (I couldn’t help myself – forever the wine addict).
When it comes to food, Benidorm has a lot to offer. Look for the Spanish restaurants in the old town serving traditional Benidorm cuisine. We visited La Señoria where the hostess introduced us to the finest of cured meats and fish (we sampled a local cured tuna) and local dishes such as caldero rice served with Norwegian lobster, shrimp, squid and clams (one of my favorite dishes in Benidorm).