I had in Benidorm an exclusive sensation: trying to reach the sea, I couldn't find how. The reclining chairs were to tight that it really worked as a wall.
I had to walk to a rocky area in the northern tip of Levante beach to find a passage, walking back in the water to the desired bathing area, with the wall of chairs allowing the occupants to have the feet in the water.
August in Benidorm is a nightmare!
A positive point - the way back was also so long, that I could dispense the towel.
This is a special expierience. The authentic pit of the terror in the Castle Conde de Alfaz. Its not really dangourous, but its made very well and the actors are great. You feel like beeing in a horror movie. It opens at midnight and that makes it even more scary.
Please watch out for the exchange places, especially the one near the Sol Pelicanos hotel
(Where programme Benidorm is filmed.)
It's down the road from there
They show a huge sign on the main street with the best rate you will see in Benidorm
but when you exchange your money the amount they give you is diabolical!
The small print they show you afterwards shows you have to spend over £1000 to get the good rate. That scam will be making somebody very rich! ....It needs to be stopped.
So please ensure you check before exchanging money.
There are some genuine places but you need to shop round, some require passports but i also try and avoid them too.
As i dont see why you would need a passport to exchange money!...
Also beware of the scratch card scams! I always try to avoid anything like that, but they are very good at their jobs, saying it was for a party on the beach front, prizes and free drinks.
Saying dont worry it's no time share scams etc. But then jumping up and down saying you've won one of three top prizes.
You are taken to a presentation for over 2 hours and they try and get you to pay a lot of money and sign up to a fake internet company offering cheaper holidays!
Holidays up to 50% cheaper than in a normal travel agency, because there's is internet based.
But there is no such company, they ask for £1800 joining fee and then £6,000 afterwards which they would set up a broker for you! what a con!!!
the company and holidays dont even exist, the company cannot even show you there website.
There are no logos anywhere with the companies name, the place is set up like a travel agency but it's all just a front.
They all act so pleased for you that you've got three stars on a scratch card like it's so rare! and the prize is usually for a free holiday and to come to the presentation.
And the free holiday is just accomodation in a appartment and its so you will come to yet another presentation during the stay. The other prizes are 1000 euros and camcorder which nobody would ever win.
There was around 6 people working for that agency and i feel sorry for them that the only career they can get is to rob genuine people
of their money offering a non existant service, they are worse than any pick pockets
or thieves in Benidorm because they steal even more money and what they do is also Fraud.
Please be aware of these people!
I have just returned from Benidorm, start of March 2010. I spoke to a couple from my home town who were accosted, near the Marina Hotel, on the Calle Gerona. Two men on each side of the road, beside the pedestrianised, grassed and paved pathway, think it was formerly called "yellow brick road" or "Apachee Pass". Tried to engage them by stopping them and playing "pretend football" putting his foot round the gentleman concerned legs in an effort to stop him. Tried to get them to go up the the pathway and they could not cross the road as the other two accomplices were blocking their way. Sounds very much like a previous poster with the African leg ticklers. I normally do not heed too much to these warnings as you never know if they are true, but having spoken to the couple involved in person, travellers need to be aware of this danger when returning in the early hours to their hotel. Fortunately, this couple were able to hail a passing taxi. But the police must be aware of this scam.
the new thing now in benidorm is four lads in a group play keep up with a ball while the girls they are with pick your pockets just like the potato men. be warned keep walking or lose your wallet or purse
Hotel Marina: A lovely posh modern glamourous hotel with bedrooms overlooking the pool, sea, streets and the action and an excellent restaurant with brilliant food for dinner and breakfast. Full of Spanish guests which adds to the atmosphere and is a good sign that the Spanish know it and like it. Excellently located near the nightlife, beach and old town. Bitterly dissappointingly, at least in my experience, that has resulted in the north African muggers watching, while hidden, residents entering and leaving the hotel, memorising the residents' looks, assuming how rich the residents must be to afford to stay there, assuming the residents must have a lot of money, an expensive digital camera, an expensive mobile phone or expensive sunglasses on them and subsequently, in late evenings and early hours, standing on guard on Calle Gerona, the street that connects the hotel with the nightlife square which the hotel backs onto and ensuring that the residents returning from the nightlife square do not make it safely up Avenida Cuenca and safely into the hotel front door without the muggers using all their strength to clutch the residents leg up in front of them and tickling the residents' leg to conceal a pickpocketting. Only 4 days into my 2 weeks there, I lost my mobile phone that way. Just like at all hotels, the staff said they can not accept liability for incidents off their premises. I dispute that because the muggers take advantage of it and mug residents as close to where the line is drawn as possible. It just spoilt my holiday. Despite the glamour of the Hotel Marina, it was the worst holiday to anywhere in Spain that I have ever had in the whole of my life. The missing acceptance of liability for incidents off the premises of hotels is a criticism I would like to make against the Hotel Marina management and hotels and holiday companies in general. I am sorry but it is. As long as nothing is done about it, the Hotel Marina is in far too dangerous a location at night to recommend anyone to stay there.
dont pay for transfers from the airport in advance, i book with www.alicanteairporttransfers.com and paid £144 for a return transfer from the airport to benidorm. they failed to turn up for the return trip from our hotel to the airport, i rang them for three quarters of an hour and then their phone was turned off, we had to pay another 85 euros to get us back to the airport. i emailed them when i got home with no response.
A LOCAL TOLD US WHILE WE WERE IN BENIDORM TO WATCH THE MAN WITH THE MONKEY, HE SAID THAT WHILE THE MAN CHATS TO YOU THE MONKEY IS TRAINED TO USE ITS TAIL TO GO INTO YOUR HANDBAG/POCKET ETC.
I WOULDN'T EVEN SPEAK TO THE CRUEL PIG & HE GOT A LOT OF ABUSE FROM OTHER BRITISH TOURISTS.......
ALSO THE GYPSY BEGGARS ARE A PAIN,THEY ALL HAVE PUPPY'S WITH THEM (they know how to work us British animal lovers) THEY SIT ON THE STREETS BEGGING THEN JUMP IN A "TAXI" HOME....
THANKFULLY THIS KIND OF THING ISN'T ACCEPTABLE TO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE.
There is a set of stairs at the square leading to benidorm old town. These stairs lead down to the beach and the harbour. This is the quickest way to the harbour these stairs a very steap and there is a lot of them. If you have walking difficulties or have young children you might find it easier to go around the long way as i seen a couple of people almost fall down these steps and there is not really anything to catch onto if you lose your footing
already told you about the huge crowdes and the huge traffic through out Benidorm on summer time. the warning is about the way they drive on those crowded streets. they don't STOP in any pedestrian jay walking. red light in Benidorm means - you can ran over people crossing at pedestrian zebra with the green light on.
an extra care when you walk those busy streets is the advice.
I know that one of the high priorities on many peoples minds is to get in the Sun as fast as they can and for as long as they can to get a tan to be proud of when they return home. But.........
BEWARE OF THE SUN !
If you are fair skinned or even if not, USE Sun protection cream or lotion BEFORE hitting the beach. Even if just walking around town you can suffer from the Suns effects.
Buy and wear a Hat or Cap to protect the top of your head.
DO NOT sunbathe on the first day for more than TEN MINUTES ! I know that does not seem a lot of time but to avoid looking like a lobster and feeling itchy and uncomfortable, ten minutes only is recommended. Then gradually lengthen the time each day.
Remember that when in the Sea or Pool, the water acts like a mirror and reflects extra Ultraviolet back at you.
Seawater having a high salt concentration, has the same effect as putting salt on Pork Crackling ! So shower off as soon as you come out of the sea or saltwater swimming pool. By the way, beware of the little showers on the beach. They are intended for removing sand and are SALT water; so a shower in your apartment / hotel is better unless you are CERTAIN that the water is not salty!
Warning! Usually found in busy tourist areas like near the market or the seafront, you'll spot a crowd of people around an upturned box, 3 hollowed out potato shells and a ball or something underneath. The game is simple, to guess which potato the ball is under by watching closely as they are shuffled. Bets are made by the crowd and they always win (as they are in on it too), then, when the crowd builds up an unsuspecting tourist will bet their money and lose. in the meantime the pick pockets will have emptied the pockets of the rest of the people in the crowd, and off they will go. Another hard days work for them, they must make a fortune!! but don't let them make it out of you. Just walk on by.
I and my father were caught by this so beware.
You walk past a Currency converters and see an excellent exchange rate published outside.
You instantly decide that you aren't going to get as good an exchange rate as that anywhere else and go in and change all your money.
A few minutes after leaving, you work things out in your head and things don't add up because you haven't got as many euros for your money.
You go back to ask the staff if theres a mistake and they tell you it's correct and point to an exchange rate board hidden at the back of the shop.
It shows a tiered system that indicates the great exchange rate you thought you were getting is only applicable for changing amounts of money over £2000 and for amounts less than this, a poor exchange rate is applicable.
They now have your money and theres nothing you can do about it!
Beware of the shell game. It will start with an upturned box and a number of men around this ,they will be guessing which of three shells the pea is under and betting money. They will get it every time just to show how easy it is.. You will then be invited to try your luck and after the first time you will loose in the meantime the other men will be picking your pockets. As this is usually held on a pavement a crowd of tourists will gather to watch this and they will also have their pockets picked. So please beware and say no.