About Sarah F
Lives in Alicante, Spain
Since Oct 2008
I am a journalist and have been living in Spain for the past 10 years. I live in the Alicante region, which includes the Costa Blanca. As well as its gorgeous beaches, the region has many vibrant fiestas, great gastronomy including paella and the Denia red prawn, sports, mountains, waterfalls, natural parks, traditions and culture.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Other Food & Drink
Performances, Concerts, Dinner Theaters, Cabarets
Bars & Clubs
Benidorm is famous for its wide sandy beaches. Levante beach is best for catching the morning sun, while Poniente beach is better at sunset. Both beaches have pedestrian promenades with plenty of bars and cafes.
Separating the Levante and Poniente beaches is the pretty Balcon del Mediterraneo, with gorgeous views over the bay and Benidorm’s skyscrapers. It’s a pretty square with cafes, restaurants, and the picturesque St. Jaime Church with its traditional blue-tiled dome.
Behind the Balcon del Mediterraneo is Benidorm’s traditional old town, with little cobbled streets filled with great shops, an indoor market selling fresh fish and produce, and bars and restaurants. This is the place to go for gay bars, cabaret shows, and traditional Spanish cuisine.
Tapas Alley in and around the Calle Santo Domingo in the old town is a great place to try the delicious Spanish snacks called 'tapas' or 'pinchos.' You can share small plates of fish, meat, sausage, or cheese, and pair these nicely with a glass of local wine.
Benidorm is well known for its amazing theme parks. Mundomar is a world filled with exotic animals and birds, where you can watch dolphin, parrot, and sea lion shows.
Next door to Mundomar is Aqualandia water park, where you can have a splashing good time keeping cool in the pools and enjoying wave rides, slides, rapids, and the highest chute in Europe. One of the largest water parks in the world, with some of the best attractions, too.
Hopping on the Benidorm Turistic Bus is a great way to see the main sights during a relaxing guided tour. You will visit the beaches, bullring, Balcon del Mediterraneo, yacht club, and the Sierra Helada mountain.
Take a look back at Benidorm’s impressive landmark skyscrapers sheltered by mountains on the 30-minute boat trip to Benidorm Island (also known as Peacock Island). While there’s not much to do on the island itself, the boat trip is really enjoyable.
Let the entertainers razzle-dazzle you at one of the top nightspots in Europe. Benidorm Palace has fabulous cabaret performers as well as special gala nights, offering you the chance to enjoy top entertainment as you dine. Great for a glamorous night out.
Fans of the comedy series Benidorm will recognize the English Square, with its dozens of bars and restaurants, many selling British beer and food. It’s great for a fun night out with live music, bargain booze, and plenty of action. Among its many offerings, Morgan’s Tavern is a top spot for its live shows (you may recognize it as Neptune’s in the Benidorm TV comedy).