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.
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Other Fun & Games
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites
Bars & Clubs
Benidorm’s beautiful, golden, sandy beaches are the main attractions for many. Levante beach is a great place to see the sunrise while Poniente beach is where the sun sets. Here at Levante, you can take part in water sports, swim safely, or simply relax and sunbathe while soaking up the views.
Benidorm’s old town is a typically Spanish affair with narrow cobbled streets and traditional squares. It has a cosmopolitan air and is fabulous for shopping, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. If you're on a budget, you can still enjoy some window shopping, visit the indoor market for fresh, local produce, or sit at an outdoor cafe, order a coffee and watch the world go by.
Tucked away in Benidorm's old town is an area known as tapas alley. Here, you can have a mini 'pub crawl' — going from bar to bar trying different drinks and Spanish snacks. There are 100s to choose from including meatballs, squid, spicy potatoes, cheese and prawns. Gambrinus El Jardin is a particular favorite of mine as it has a traditional feel with old photographs of Benidorm — when it was just a sleepy fishing village — on the walls.
Watch the world go by while keeping cool in the shade of a palm tree in Parque de Elche, next to Poniente beach. Pick up some snacks from the nearby shops and enjoy a picnic lunch here.
Small kids can enjoy all the thrills of the fun-fair with a merry-go-round, dodgems, a mini roller-coaster and arcade games here at budget-friendly Festilandia.
The beautiful Balcon del Mediterraneo — with its historic cannons and blue-tiled St Jaime church — separates Levante and Poniente beaches. Visitors can enjoy views across the bay and of Benidorm’s famous skyscrapers from this pretty square.
A cheap and cheerful day out for all the family is to catch the little train from Benidorm to Denia in the north, or Alicante in the south. The tracks follow the coast through some pretty northern Costa Blanca resorts before heading into the green countryside and over some gorges before arriving in Denia. Alternatively, go along the coast to the beach city of Alicante, which has fine restaurants, shops and museums.
Enjoy fabulous far-reaching views of Benidorm’s famous skyscrapers and beaches from the iconic Cross — La Cruz de Benidorm — on the Sierra Helada mountain. You can walk up to it from the far end of Levante beach.
You might recognize this venue as Neptune's if you've seen the UK TV series: Benidorm. Morgan’s Tavern has fabulous free entertainment every night, and there are plenty of other bars and restaurants nearby if you feel like exploring. The British Quarter is famous for its fabulous nightlife!