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.
Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Performances, Concerts, Dinner Theaters, Cabarets
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 a pedestrianized promenade with bars and cafes.
For fabulous views over Benidorm, take a 45-minute walk up the Sierra Helada mountain to the iconic Benidorm Cross (La Cruz de Benidorm). From here you'll enjoy far-reaching views of the skyscrapers and bay. Don’t forget your camera!
The pretty Balcon del Mediterraneo is a former fortress separating Levante and Poniente beaches, which also offers gorgeous views over the bay and Benidorm’s skyscrapers. It’s a pretty square filled with cafes, restaurants, and the picturesque St Jaime Church with its traditional blue tiled dome.
For a different perspective, take a look back at Benidorm’s impressive landmark skyscrapers sheltered by mountains on a 30-minute boat trip to Benidorm Island (also known as Peacock island).
If you love going out at night or are a fan of the UK Benidorm TV comedy, a trip to the English Square is a must. It’s full of bars and restaurants (many offering British beer and food), live music, bargain booze, and plenty of action. Among these, Morgan’s Tavern is a top spot for its live shows.
Defy gravity on some of the best white-knuckle rides in Europe as you turn upside-down at 100 miles per hour! Terra Mitica theme park is fabulous for adrenaline junkies, plus there are plenty of gentler rides to suit all ages.
The Alicante region is home to paella, a tasty rice dish including fish, shellfish, meat or vegetables. One of the best places in Benidorm to order paella is at Restaurant Aitona by the old town.
After lunch, have a stroll or a snooze in the nearby Parque de Elche by Poniente beach. You can gaze out to sea while the children play on the slides and swings.
Hopping on the Benidorm tourist 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.
Let the entertainers razzle-dazzle you at this incredible nightspot. Benidorm Palace has fabulous cabaret, singers, and dancers — as well as special gala nights — so you can enjoy top entertainment as you dine. It's great for a glamorous night out!
High-pitched screeching monkeys, majestic elephants, tigers, sea lions, and snakes form some of the 1,500 animals — including endangered species — at Terra Natura park. It’s split into continents with themed restaurants to complement each region.
Experience what zero gravity feels like on La Cresta water ride at Aqua Natura. As well as chutes and slides for all ages, you also have the chance to swim with sea lions here.
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, fruit and vegetables; as well as many bars and restaurants. This is the place to go to visit gay bars, see cabaret shows and to try traditional Spanish cuisine. Tapas Alley in and around the Calle Santo Domingo in the old town is a great place in particular to try delicious Spanish snacks called tapas or pinchos. Order a few small plates of fish, meat, sausage, or cheese to share, and wash them down with a nice glass of local wine.
The Rich Bitch Show Bar — featuring female impersonator Jordon Rivers — is great for a giggle! This is Benidorm’s top drag show, as featured on TV.