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Benidorm On a Budget

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Benidorm is the perfect place to have a holiday without breaking the bank. There's free live music in many bars, cheap lunchtime set menus, massive markets with plenty of bargains, and beautiful beaches to enjoy in one of the top resorts in Europe. Plus, the nightlife is well-known for quality tribute bands, shows and cabaret acts too.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveler

9 Places

8 City Tips

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9 Places

Playa de Levante

Beaches

Benidorm Old Town

Neighborhoods

Cerveceria Gambrinus

Bars & Clubs

Parque de Elche

Parks

Festilandia

Other Fun & Games

Balcon del Mediterraneo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Alicante Tram

Tramways

La Cruz de Benidorm

Sacred & Religious Sites

Morgan's Tavern

Bars & Clubs

Sarah F's City Tips

  • Look out for set menus, which offer great value for money.
  • The Chinese restaurants are usually a great bargain, particularly the set menus, or all-you-can-eat buffets.
  • You could snap up a bargain shopping at the outdoor markets — try to haggle and you might be pleasantly surprised.
  • Book theme park tickets online and look out for combined tickets, which save you money.
  • Benidorm holds free street fiestas throughout the year, such as the carnival just before Lent, Fallas Fiesta in March, and a fancy dress parade in November.
  • Campsites can work out cheaper than the hotels, particularly in high season.
  • Off season, the all-inclusive deals can be a real bargain.
  • Nightlife starts late. Often the entertainment does not get going until midnight.
  • Playa de Levante
    Beaches
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    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You can join in the free exercise classes, which are held on the beach.
    • The beaches get busy but you can always find a spot.
    • Levante beach has a pedestrianized walkway lined with bars and restaurants covering all price ranges.
    • It's a Blue Flag beach, meaning it's clean and safe with a lifeguard on duty in high season.
    • Dogs are not allowed on the beach but can walk along the promenade.
    • The British Quarter is just off Levante beach, with plenty of cheap bars and places to eat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place, nice beach 11/17/2018
    • Fantastic Beach 11/13/2018
    • Playa de Levante
    Address:
    Av. Madrid
    Benidorm
    Spain
  • Benidorm Old Town
    Neighborhoods
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    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There's a good selection of gay bars, some have free entertainment and drag shows.
    • Visit the Balcon de Mediterraneo area with great views across the beaches and to the high-rise buildings.
    • You can hire a mobility scooter, if walking is a problem.
    • Great tapas bars and Spanish restaurants can be found here in the old town.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • love this place 11/18/2018
    • Must see for culture. Great markets. Also plenty of Designer shopping if thats what you like. Spanish parades most even 11/17/2018
    • Benidorm Old Town
    Phone:
    +34 902 10 05 81
  • Cerveceria Gambrinus
    Bars & Clubs
    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Sit outside for good people-watching in the old town.
    • Tapas are great for sharing or for trying new dishes.
    • Be careful as tapas can work out more expensive than a set menu if you order a lot of dishes — it is very tempting to get carried away!
    • It is usual to eat dinner late in Spain and tapas are a way of filling the gap between lunch and dinner.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 171 Nightlife in Benidorm
    • Great pub 10/30/2018
    • Great BBQ for dinner! 08/24/2018
    • Cerveceria Gambrinus
    Address:
    Calle Tomas Ortuno 10
    03501 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 965 85 06 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Parque de Elche
    Parks
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    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • There are plenty of bars and restaurants next to the park, but bring your own picnic to keep costs down.
    • Try the free exercise equipment and keep fit in the sun.
    • It’s a popular spot, particularly with older people, so can get busy.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visitor 11/07/2018
    • beware the doves 10/21/2018
    • Parque de Elche
    Address:
    Playa del Poniente
    Benidorm
    Spain
  • Festilandia
    Other Fun & Games
    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • It’s cheap but only really suitable for younger children.
    • Older children will prefer the more expensive but more exciting rides at Terra Mitica theme park.
    • It’s in the center of Benidorm so you don’t need to worry about transport costs.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 22 Fun & Games in Benidorm
    • Great fun for little kids 05/04/2018
    • Staff should be more trained and aware! Beware taking your children here! 08/11/2017
    • Festilandia
    Address:
    Avenida Mediterraneo 20
    03503 Benidorm
    Spain
    Other:
  • Balcon del Mediterraneo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can enjoy a meal or snack at one of Balcon’s bars and restaurants.
    • Benidorm's old town is next to the Balcon so you can visit both attractions at the same time.
    • It’s a bit of a climb, especially up the steps on the Poniente beach side.
    • It’s lovely to take a stroll here to see the sunset.
    • In the summer, you may be entertained by the street artists.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Views 11/18/2018
    • Lovely Sky Bar, Beautiful Scenery and Views, Great Ambience, Classy !!! 10/24/2018
    • Balcon del Mediterraneo
    Address:
    Plaza Castelar 1
    03501 Benidorm
    Spain
  • Alicante Tram
    Tramways
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    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You’ll save money by buying a day return ticket.
    • Although only 50kms away, the train journey to Denia does take about 70 minutes, and more than 70 minutes to Alicante.
    • Take water and snacks on board with you.
    • Sit on the right side of the train up to Denia for the best views.
    • You can buy a book of 10 tickets, which makes it even cheaper.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 112 things to do in Alicante
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good public transport 11/16/2018
    • Took tram to Benidorm 11/16/2018
    • Alicante Tram
    Phone:
    +34 900 720 472
    Other:
  • La Cruz de Benidorm
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Sarah F Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It’s quite a climb and takes about 45 minutes each way so wear sensible shoes and take plenty of water.
    • Don’t forget your camera — the views are spectacular.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth it 11/17/2018
    • Away from the madness 11/14/2018
    • La Cruz de Benidorm
    Address:
    Calle de Taywan
    Benidorm
    Spain
  • Morgan's Tavern
    Bars & Clubs
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    Sarah F Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The British Quarter is full of restaurants selling a large beer and an English breakfast combo for a reasonable price.
    • You'll find a great value night out in the British Quarter with special offers on drinks and happy hours.
    • This area of Benidorm has many bars offering excellent free live entertainment.
    • There are plenty of budget hotels in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 171 Nightlife in Benidorm
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Watch out for the Bouncer 11/15/2018
    • Great entertainment venue 11/13/2018
    • Morgan's Tavern
    Address:
    Calle Gerona 41
    03503 Benidorm
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 966 83 18 22
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