A Local’s Guide to the Areas of Benidorm
IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME IN BENIDORM, YOU’RE PROBABLY FEELING OVERWHELMED WITH THE AREAS. STEPPING INTO SOMEWHERE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, THE OLD TOWN, THE NEW TOWN, THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD? IT’S A COMPLETELY NEW LANGUAGE, AND THAT’S BEFORE YOU EVEN GET STARTED WITH SPANISH! YOU’VE HEARD THE BEST OF BENIDORM AND YOU’VE HEARD OF THE WORST. BUT WHERE EXACTLY ARE THEY? WE PRESENT TO YOU THE LOCALS’ GUIDE TO THE AREAS OF BENIDORM:
Did somebody say party time? The New Town, or Levante, provides a nightlife behind belief. Every day is summer and we’re going to celebrate like it’s your birthday every day. Yes, that includes Monday. There’s no such thing as midweek blues here!
The city never sleeps and neither will you. So, if you’re looking for a quiet, tranquil hotel, the new town isn’t where you’re going to find one, easily.
Food and Drink
In Benidorm’s New Town, expect to experience foods from around the world. Full cooked breakfast? Chinese cuisine? Indian takeaway? Even a good chippy. They’re all on offer here. Of course, you can find some of the local dishes too, paella anybody?
Stuck for ideas in the day? Not if you find yourself at one of these!
Lockdown Escape Room Benidorm: Looking for something to get you out of the midday sun? Why not test your wits and put that brain power into action and solve a mystery or two.
Aqualandia: Aqualandia is the local water park and if you’re looking to make a splash out of the summer heat then make sure you get yourself a ticket and experience the fun for yourself.
Mundomar: Benidorm has it all. Want to swim with dolphins? Then you’re going to be in luck. Mundomar offers dolphin experiences, sea lion experiences and even be a keeper for the day. Mundomar will have the kids in amazement.
La Creu: Set up in the mountains is the cross, standing tall and shining over Benidorm. Visitors love to walk up this mountain and marvel at the views to be had from the top of Sierra Helada. Just be aware, there isn’t a bar or coffee shop at the top, so make sure you take water with you!
You can’t come to Benidorm without visiting the Old Town. Dip your toes in the authentic Spanish culture and find yourself experiencing a whole new viewpoint of Benidorm! Winding cobbled streets, the famous blue-domed church, and white houses. It truly retains its Spanish character fighting against the New Towns push. Wander the streets with the sounds of Spanish singing and soft strums of the guitar, it’s a spot you don’t want to miss.
Food and Drink:
Having a more typically Spanish influenced cuisine, you can find some of the best paella spots, or really indulge like a local and try Arroz Alicantino (Alicante rice!)
Find yourself indulged in culture and serenity at the church of San Jaume. Enjoy the views from Mirador. Take a browse through some of the beautiful boutique stores. Or, simply people watch in one of the fantastic sea view bars. Just don’t forget to keep topping up that sun cream! Carry on towards the Hotel Bali from the old town and you’ll find yourself in Poniente.
If you love the beach but Levante is a little too much, then Poniente is where you should lay your towel. Lifeguards are on guard all day and there are play parks aplenty to keep the kids entertained.
LA CALA DE FINESTRAT
Just a short walk from the Hotel Bali on the Poniente end of Benidorm is the beautiful picturesque sandy beach area of La Cala de Finestrat. If you’re looking for a place to sit and watch the world go by. This is for you.
La Cala de Finestrat is a small cove, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the New Town. You can also visit the La Cala de Finestrat market every Tuesday near the SuperCor supermarket, up the hill. There are plenty of quaint cafes and sea view restaurants for you to indulge in. If a more active lifestyle is your scene, you can try jet skiing or kayaking. Is hiking more your cup of tea? Then why not bask in the marvelous views of Benidorm and climb up La Tossal de la Cala?
The number 2, 3 and 8 buses will all get you to La Cala de Finestrat and it really is an unmissable area.
Do not confuse La Cala de Finestrat with the village of Finestrat. Finestrat is a small village up in the mountains near to Orxeta and to get there with ease, you’ll need a car!
THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
If you’re a regular visitor to Benidorm, you will know exactly which pathway this is. If you’re not, you’re probably wondering what on earth the Yellow Brick Road is and how it got its name. Though not yellow at all, Calle Murcia has been named by tourists as the Yellow Brick Road for its uncanny likeness to the Yellow Brick Road in the Wizard of Oz.
The Yellow Brick Road, unfortunately, has become an infamous spot in Benidorm. Though, with wits and a sense of wariness, you will enjoy this beautiful green space with no problems at all. The Yellow Brick Road, just off Calle Gerona, close to the square has, unfortunately, became a hotspot for crime, usually in the hours of the morning, prying and targeting on the vulnerable, those under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or the elderly are those that are most vulnerable. The Yellow Brick Road has caused a sense of uncertainty and uneasiness amongst tourists to Benidorm, however, keep in mind that there are so many people who enjoy Benidorm day in day out and do not encounter any problems.
There are some fantastic bars and businesses on and close to the Yellow Brick Road, do not deprive yourself of this in fear. Keep your wits about you!