On my four visits to Benidorm I have seen very little crime. In fact, my most recent visit was the first time I had seen or experienced anything untoward.
I was on Avenida Ibiza at 3am and as I passed three women leaning against the wall they asked me if I wanted sexual relations. My response was emphatically negative.
One of them walked in front of me and grabbed me by the crotch. At the same time another one came from behind and put her hand in my pocket. Fortunately I had no money on me. I take out just as much as I think I need.
I pushed them away and was in my hotel within a few minutes. I should have reported it to the police but I had to be up early in the morning for my flight home.
However, I wanted to be sure people knew about this practice as I fear it is not uncommon and visitors need to be warned.
My journey on Benidorm, Spain was good.
What i like the most was the restaurants and views are fantastic.
The water on the beach is cold, but they have many activities on the beach for families, groups.
The nightlife was OK, with a good discos to go in and dance!
Did you know some 4 million visitors each year are testament to the resorts amazing organization and facilities here? With more restaurants, clubs, shops, pubs and bars than you could fit in a lifetime the facts are plain to see; Benidorm really does offer something for everyone.
Visit PLAZA TRIANGULAR and be at the place of commercial Benidorm. Both Dr. Perez Llorca and the wide avenida del Mediterráneo lead to this impressive centre where you can walk to all directions. Nearly everybody takes theirs taken-with's from the famous "Triangle" Circus of Benidorm to reach the old center, the crowded beach or go to the Aiguera Park..
The wide Avenida del Mediterraneo, Mediterranean Avenue, is one of the main avenues of Benidorm. Along this large avenue you can find a lot of hotels, the city-bus routes and people knocking about the streets.
From the center Plaza Triangular the avenue goes to Rincon De Loix for about 2 kilometres and, back again ... Try a bicyle tour, for Benidorm is tour-de-france for mountainbikers with hundreds of miles to cycle ... a tourist magnet in any sense of the word.
As a new visitor and linedancer to Benidorm I was looking forward to experiencing a new place, some good weather and some linedancing. I can say i was not in the least dissapointed.
We started at the Red Dog where we met Lin and Les. They were great. Lin is a fantastic teacher and lots of fun She made us feel more than welcome but ike we had known her forever. On thursday and Sunday afternoons they do a class in the Rialto with Lauren of Dustyboots. She along with Lin and Les was fantastic. So if you dance and are in Benidorm you must acquaint yourself with them. A shame though cant be said for the duo "Double Trouble" who appeared nightly at the Red Dog. Though they performed well known linedance material there was times when she was singing and he joined in possibly to harmonise and i have to say I did cringe a number of times. then there was Sticky Vicky and Vicky Leyton. An absolute must. and thats all I will say.!! Marcus appears with hus beautiful son at the Red Dog. Another must..And finally the Beach Bar does a fabulous breakfast for 1 euro. 2 toast 2 eggs 2 bacon and tomato and its beautiful.
terra mitica the theme park of Benidorm. even if you have no kids on your benidorm vacation terra mitica sure deserves a all day visit. a lots of entertainments all day long. shows of all kinds , from gladiators and pirates, to egipt life, and the ancient civilizations that the park features. plus the rides, from rollercoasters, do others, more to the family and children rides like carrousels.
once in Benidorm you should visit the island. 10 minute boat ride from the port and you can have the splendid views of Benidorm skyline. a marine reservation on the waters around, that you can visit beneath and take a look at the fishes and underwater life. note: somehow disapointing the fishes thou'... if you already did some good snorkling well, just stick to that memorie and avoid the visit they organize to visit the life underwater. seing Benidorm skyline should be suficient.
This is a new theme park in Benidorm,it was opening on May of 2.005.
This is another nice place to spend a day in family.
It is like an huge open zoo,it has four areas or zones: Pangea,Asia,Europe and America,in each area you will fine animals and flora from its continent.I liked the best the Asia area with the asians tigers and elephants and America area for the nice shows and plants and nature around,i enjoyed specially the huge place for exotic birds,they were placed like in a beautiful mexican rainforest,it was great!!!.
This is a picture taken at Asia area.
Benidorm is open to the South; this old fishermen town was located around the 18th century San Jaime Church. Easy to loose your way now in the many many narrow streets and small passages.
See the breakwater pier which still has no name and where you can go for many nice boat trips. This little old harbour is also berth to some pleasure yaughts and, try the local cuisines alongside for a typical taste of Spain included traditional paella, some tapas and local seafood.
if you are sick and tired of egg and chips and The Dog and Duck in Levante area of Benidorm then have a wander over to Benidorm old town which is full of narrow little back streets crammed with cafes and gift shops and although still full of tourists has more of a Spanish contingent here.
More laid back than Levante and Definitely more traditional.
This is a nice view of Benidorm's Island taken from Mirador del Castillo.
To go to the Island you must take a boat in the harbour,there are lots of them during all day long,and when you arrive there you can stay the time that you wants.Then you can take another one there in the small harbour that the island has to return to Benidorm.
A part of a small rock beach the only building that you'll find there is a restaurant.No one lives there,just the peacocks and other animals,well is also called Pea cocks island.
One of best things that you can do here specially during summertime is scuba diving,there are some wonderful underwater views and probably you will see lots of nice fish and other marine species.
This is the best viewpoint in all Benidorm,because you can see very nice views of both beaches,Island and the Mediterranean sea.
It is located on the old town,next to San Jaime Church.As I said in the page intro,this is one of most visited places in all the city,everyone that come to Benidorm for first time,must go to to Mirador del Castillo and see the awesome views!.
You must to go downstairs to reach the lookpoint.
This is a picture taken at Benidorm's Harbour,here you can take the ships to go to Benidorm's Island and other interesting boats and cruises,also a ship with underwater views,and also a few more excursions.The harbour is also a goo place for fishing,normally many people from Benidorm come here to fishing.
We were looking for a boat to take us to Calpe, but we ended up paying 10 euro each to go to Benidorm island. Included in the fee was a short trip once on the island in a sub aqua boat where you can see some underwater sealife. There is a cafe on the island that serves snacks and drinks and there is a path to the top of the island. Another feature of the island is that it is a bird sanctuary and home to the very rare Mediterranean Yellow legged Gull and other seabirds such as the Storm Petrel etc.
If you visit Benidorm,during November,you can see,the FIESTAS PATRONALES,or Main Festival of the city,in honour of Saint, SAN JAIME,and VIRGEN DEL SUFRAGIO.Starts the second sunday of November,during a week!.There is a lot of differents activities,as PARADES,FUN FAIR,MASCLETAS,LIVE CONCERTS,AN HUMOUR PARADE,and lots more!including ,the FIREWORKS,on Levante Beach,the last night of the Fiestas.
Picture: Nightview at Benidorm's Funfair.
Other nice festivals on the city not to be missed are:
Moors and Christians
La Fiesta de la Alcachofa