I went on holiday to benidorm in august 2012, just a casual holiday.It is not as bad as everybody makes out to be. The weather is beautiful. The beaches were tidy and had soft sands and clear sea. Sun loungers and umbrellas on the beach are Euro4. I could easily recognise where people get the 'tacky' and 'blackpool' part from. There is the old town and the new town. My hotel was in the middle of the two towns. You know where you reach the new town where you shop by shop selling the same things and cheap cafes. In the old town there are lots of friendly bars and decent shops with different merchanise. The hotel I stayed in was just what I needed, all inclusive with 2 resturants, clean and air con rooms, a pool, jaccuzi, sauna. Overall, great holiday and will be returning!!
**THIS IS NOT A REVIEW OF SPAIN, IT'S A REVIEW OF BENIDORM IT'S MY PERSONAL OPINION BASED ON MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND I'M ENTITLED TO THAT OPINION**
I travelled to Benidorm only last month with my mother for a quick 4 day break. If you regularly read my reviews, you will probably know that I often travel to Marmais so this was a one-off and the first time I have been somewhere other than Marmaris for 10 years. This was an interesting, and in my opinion, and awful experience that I hope I never have to endure ever again.
We decided to chose somewhere to go for a quick break whilst the kids went to Butlins with their other Aunty. We would have taken them to Benidorm but my oldest has medical problems and it's a huge hassle to take them away out of the UK. We found a cheap set of flights with Ryan air (review has been written) flying from our local airport and we thought why not try Benidorm after watching the hilarious TV show. We didn't think it gave Beniform a bad image because the show didn't show you much of Benidorm, it showed you a family of people having fun on holiday.
We arrived in Alicante airport, which I won't write a review of as I only spent two hours in it, but we passed through and there were no passport control checks. Very well done guys, just let any Tom, Dick or Harry in why don't you? We didn't have any luggage to collect, and amazingly we got lost. We walked outside the airport to find no coaches waiting for us, and after a half an hour trek around the airport, we finally got downstairs and spoke to the English guy who was sorting out the transfers. I was absolutely amazed at the fact there was an English guy working there, I thought "wow, won't everything get sorted quickly and easily?". Although I was very wrong. We had waited over an hour for our transfer to come and get us, apparently the coach driver was in bed and had forgotten about us.
Finally, he arrived and we got no hello, no help with our cases, nothing. We expected to put our cases under the coach, only to find he attached some metal trailer to the back of the coach and expected us to stick our cases in that. Yeah, right! I sat with mind on my lap! We were then very shocked to him moaning at me in Spanish for taking a sip of coke on the bus, he shouted "no, it's no possible, no it's not possible". I very slowly screwed the top back on and sat saying nothing. In Mamaris, we would usually have got an unbelievably warm welcome, a hand shake, an introduction, and would have been offered free coffee and drinks by the driver, although I found him very rude and I didn't let him change my attitude of the Spanish people, one person can not represent a whole country of people.
It was a 40 minute drive into the resort which wasn't too awful as we are used to a 90 minute drive. We noticed an awful lot of Graffiti in the area, we would never have found this in other places we've tried but considering we come from the UK we can't really complain.
We then made our way into Benidorm and I was quite unimpressed to see a load of skyscraper buildings. I hate heights, I don't mind it on planes although heights just aren't my thing. Don't think it really helped staying in the Grand Bali, the tallest hotel in Benidorm (suggestion pending). When we arrived there, we were greeted by some very non-English speaking staff - although we are in their country so no bad judgement we should have learnt some spanish before we went :)
They told us block A number 105-300 something like that. We asked him if the long number was our room number, he was very shy and said "sorry I don't speak English". He walked away and let us find our own way to our hotel. Again, sorry to keep comparing Benidorm to Marmaris, but usually we would have our bags taken up, and friendly welcome, asked if we had a nice flight etc, etc. I then again didn't think this was any reflection on the Spanish people as again one indivual can not represent a whole nation and blamed the hotel for this level of ignorance.
I won't speak very much more about the hotel as I will put that in a separate review.
We went out to see what the nightlife was like and was very annoyed to see it was £10 for a taxi to the main area. There was a regular bus service which we decided to try and that really did the trick for us. It was a lot cheaper although it was such a long journey into the town. We were very shocked to see a lot of English school children walking on the bus, showing their bus pass etc. This was very off-putting because it didn't feel as if I was on holiday, it felt as if I was in Blackpool which really irritated me, I was wanting to see a little bit of culture but everywhere I turned it was all British people.
We went out to see a bit of the "night-life". We were expecting to see some shows and what not but really it was all British Pubs. Everywhere you turn. We went into a really nice British pub, it was gorgeous, but if was just full of British people who lived there, having a beer as if they were in England again. We decided to walk a bit further down, most things were shut as it was early season, but we found an Irish bar. It was a lot better atmosphere, but the guys were all a little too drunk (as Irish get) and I don't think they quite got the idea that I don't like to be touched and fondled with by strangers. We decided to pay the £10 in a taxi back home and go back to the hotel. The entertainment in the hotel was very 'Butlins', so we just went to bed and hoped the next day would be better.
The temperature was warm but it was unbelievably windy. This is obviously due to the very high buildings surrounding the area. Of course as I cover up I do like the idea of a bit of coolness, but it wasn't very fun for my mum who wanted a little bit of sun. She did, however, get a good tan despite all the bad weather.
We decided to go the beach, and this I can not fault at all. The sands were clear, the sea was azure, and it was very peaceful and relaxing as we watched the kids play in the sea and with the sand. It then made me realise that Benidorm really could be a place for kids! We noticed there was an awful lot of old people in Benidorm, and that it really isn't suited for those in their early teens onwards.
I hated the fact that when you walked down the street, you didn't get any warm welcomes and it was really all English people calling you in. This is what really made me miss Marmaris.
We went to go and see "Benidorm Palace", where the show is apparently set. We were disappointed to see it was only a large, silver dome and that you had to pay £25 to get in and you had to watch a show and eat a meal, we were all inclusive at the hotel so we decided not to go in. As well as that there's no point in me paying all that money to eat a veggie meal that they probably won't even have!
We took the "tour bus", and sat on the bus for an hour to see absolutely nothing. What a waste of £7.
During the day we tried to get out and into a nice bar for a drink, again, it was full of British Karioke pubs and it was all starting to get a little too boring. I just wanted to go home!
Some of the Spanish people are absolutely lovely and I would never generalise a whole country of people, but a lot of the Benidorm locals were so ignorant and rude, they pushed me In the streets and when I was carrying plates of hot soup. I thought at first maybe they we're just a bit against Muslims (I mean, the older generation aren't used to us so I can see where they are coming from), but no everyone else was thinking the same thing. All the Spanish staff in the hotel only really catered for the Spanish and made us feel a bit left out.
All in all, the holiday was horrible, boring, just like blackpool and I would not return if I was given a free holiday. But the beach was nice and we did get the weather, so I do think this would be a great holiday for families with kids and old people.
And just to top off my holiday, when I was walking through security at the airport, I stood and waited to be called through (as you are usually instucted to do), but the man looked me up and down and shouted at me "come on, hurry up!!!". This really upset meas I don't think there was any need to be rude. Although the girl who was boarding us on to the flight was really nice, so not all Spanish people are like this and it was just unfotunate that we met a handleful of very rude people on our trip.
AMALIA APARTMENTS BENIDORM
Do not under any circumstances consider staying at these apartments
I was one of a party of 18 we booked 5 apartments staying for a week
The guy who runs the bar John "a bit of a chameleon, nice to your face, stab you in the back, type of character" and a couple of Spanish shady characters run the place for the owners
No security whatsoever no reception area just a battered desk and filing cabnet
Front door left open all night
When we were there three of our apartments were entered using a key whilst we were asleep in the apartments during the early hours of the morning , all our mobile phones watches and cameras were taken
Our trousers were found in the kitchen area the safe key was in one of the trouser pockets
All our money was taken from the safe
total loss over £2,000
(draw your own Conclusions where the keys were obtained from to enter the apartments)
and not very nice having thieves creeping around your apartment while your asleep robbing you
alarm bells rung on the first day as most of the doors in the apartments have new wood strips around the lock areas it appears these apartments are broken into on a regular basis
Conclusion an absolute Filthy dangerous place to stay
I was fortunate enough to first visit Benidorm as a child in 1969, returning a few times on family holidays until having my first holiday away with friends aged 17, now aged 48, i must have visited Benidorm 50-70 times at a guess, if not more, Benidorm either bites you or it doesnt !
Read what it says on the tin, thats what you will get, plenty of review sites, but you cant please everyone, ( ive read reviews and one family said there was no HP sauce in the hotel, ye but no but ! you get my drift !
Ive stayed in some of the best and worst hotels in Benidorm, ( you get what you pay for ) De loix aqua hotel, a good 20 minute walk from the beach, price range, 20 -30 GBP per night half board, depending on time of year, worth a stay.
The Rincon de loix area is steep inclines, so again do your groundwork, dont book a hotel in that area if your aged 86, in a wheelchair with your 59 yearold son pushing you around.
If your a social club fanatic at home, you will love Benidorm, i see groups of people in the same bars, in the same seats for the whole 2 weeks of there holiday. ( Not that i am )
What they call the square, isnt a square, its a street, with about 6 disco bars, at the top is champions, opposite cafe benidorm, suits anyone 18-70 who wants to party until 7am, yes, i will be doing it again on my next visit.
Benidorm isnt Blackpool, its warmer, its 5 times bigger, its got more bars, its got more shops, its even got a bit of class around the old town area, and if you want to get away from it all, the real Spain is only 30 minutes away by bus/car, lovely little costal places like Altea, well worth a a steep walk up to its little chapel at the top.
To summ Benidorm up, nowhere in Europe gets more visitors per year than Benidorm, not just British holidaymakers, its got somthing for everyone, if you want to be entertained, go to Benidorm,
Benidorm doesnt siut everyone, but where does ? if you book a last minute holiday all in for 189 quid, what do you expect, 2 weeks in the Seychelles !
My next visit october 9th for a week (2010 )
A few weeks ago, a couple of mates and I booked an exceptionally last minute deal - the day before - to go to the Valencian coastal town of Benidorm for four nights. It cost us just shy of £300 each for flights, transfers, accommodation and all-inclusive food, drink and facilities at the Flamingo Hotel.
While we didnt actually stay at the Flamingo, rather in a large block of appartments five minutes walk away, which were exceptionally comfortable and well-furnished, the arrangement was fine. The food, drink and facilities at the Flamingo were all to a decent standard, with a wide choice, buffet-style for food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Despite going out every night we actually made it to breakfast every day!
Benidorm itself was actually far better than I expected or than the stereotypes of it being 'chavy' would suggest. The town itself although looking a little bit like Birmingham-on-Sea, was actually very pleasant, with lots of shops and restaurants, not that I can comment on the restaurants due to the all-inclusive nature of our package!
The beach was gorgeous and very clean, with an attractive promenade behind. Although Benidorm is infamous for its multiplicity of tower blocks, this did not deter from our enjoyment of the holiday - overall it added to the vibrancy! Going out to bars and clubs which were mainly situated along one long main strip was also very enjoyable, although if this is not for you then it is certainly very avoidable because it makes up only a tiny part of the town over on one side.
The people were generally very friendly and we got chatting to quite a few locals, mainly young people like ourselves and mainly through the international language of football - even arranging a game of beach football with some Spanish lads!
There is alot to do in Benidorm and you can see why it is so popular with British tourists, especially as everything is fairly cheap. Although it is a bit too Anglocised for my liking, we had a great time and I would recommend it to anyone, from people like ourselves looking to party through to families. It seems the majority of the hotels are equipped with decent swimming pools and entertainment facilities so there is alot of fun to be had!
Overall Benidorm is great for a short break for a week or so and is situated roughly an hour's drive from Alicante airport
Benidorm Medieval nights.
This is a fantastic trip, some hotels offer it free when you book a package holiday. We stayed in the tropicana gardens (magic monkia now) hotel and got the trip included. We stayed all inclusive for two weeks. The hotel hires a taxi to take you to the 'Castle', it is quite grand there is a moat around the entrance and as you enter you get your picture taken with the queen.
You are shown to your seats and are served food and wine or beer all night. The food is a medieval banquet so you have soup and bread to start followed by chicken legs for a main. The food is edible but it isn't by any means top quality but you get what you pay for.
The audience is split into two sides red and black and there is a show of jousting, jesters, jugglers etc all to win the queens heart. You soon find out that one is cheating but I won't give it away. Every time a knight wins a joust the queen gives them a flower and the score is updated.
The whole show lasts a couple of hours and the kids really enjoy it. It is good to go and see but I'm not sure I would think it was worth the money if I had to pay.
Benidorm is so popular with the brits that you can barely hear spanish being spokken! Benidorm has a long row of skyscrapers the tallest being the grand bali hotel which is the tallest in europe.
the tourist industry in benidorm continues year round, due to the warm climate and varied night-life which happens in over 200 bars and clubs. There is a large number of free (and brilliant) cabaret acts that start around 2100 hours and continue into the early hours. this sets Benidorm apart from other similar resorts. take that, the beatles and meat loaf are particually good. a great comedian is tony scott at the stardust.
Benidorm has 2 great blue flag beaches: Llevante and Poniente. the Llevante is the most popular and nearest to the 'square' (where the pubs and clubs are).
the old town is beautiful and has its own harbour where you can catch a glass bottom boat to peacock island (just a rock in the sea but worth going once!)
I wouldn't rate Benidorm as one of my favourite places to go! Maybe it has got better recently, with any luck but I was there a few years ago and it was pretty nasty! If you're about 18 and don't really care where you are it's maybe ok. There's plenty of tacky 'restaurants' where you are guaranteed an all day fry and endless repeats of only fools and horses on the television day and night if that's what you want to come on holiday for! Its hard to see the sun with all the high rised apartment blocks blocking it out so my advice is go to the beach which is probably the nicest part of Benidorm! As for the hotel we stayed in, the security guard broke in a robbed us during the night as I caught him red handed so be careful with your belongings at all times! The nightlife is good enough but there are quite a few scumbags about! Of course you will have to see Sticky Vicky perform if you are there as she is part of Benidorm culture! I believe the old town is meant to be nice! I'd maybe give it a go instead!
I went to Benidorm in February 08 and was really quite surprised! I before I went people had told me that it was like Blackpool but with sun but it is so much nicer than Blackpool! The week we arrived Benidorm had had lovely weather for a couple of weeks but this changed when we got there, it wasnt cold but it was very windy and grey. Despite this we did manage to get a few days on the gorgeous Levante beach which has play areas on for children and is very close to a MacDonalds amongst other restaurants and the beach goes on for miles! We stayed in the Levante Club hotel and the rooms there are fantastic and the view over the mountains is amazing! The only thing about this hotel was that the food selection was not fantastic so despite being full board we did eat out a lot of the time. We also had a night out at the Benidorm Palace to watch a show and this was good but if we went back we would not go again. All in all the holiday was good it was just a shame about the weather! (then again thats what you get for going in February!)
Benidorm? Blackpool in the sun yes or no?
Well for me the first time I went to Benidorm was in November 2008.
We have always put it off because off what as been said about it and what we have heard. But money was tight and we wanted somewhere cheap and cheerful and Benidorm fitted the bill.
We stayed in apartments called Edimar on the main road through Benidorm new town linking old town to new town.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Benidorm it is not as bad as people say it is. It's lively with lots to do.
I went with my partner, 2 year old daughter, partner's parents and sister and sister's friend. So we had a group of all age ranges and I have to say we were never bored.
The weather was great for the first few days but we did have a bit of bad weather towards the end of the holiday but what do you expect with mainland Spain in November?
One thing to watch out for is the locals who stop in the street playing a game with shells. They hook tourists in then other members of their gang pick pocket so please beware.
There were many clubs with a variety of entertainment on each evening so you have a choice of anything you want including the world famous Sticky Vicky and yes I did watch it well you have to if you go to Benidorm don't you?
Anyway to answer my own question at the start of the review is Benidorm like blackpool YES but better for me and anyway whats wrong with Blackpool?
Its that time of year, when kids are soon to be off school and thousands of Brits are going to escape for their Summer holidays, with a very popular destination for those that like a bustling and lively holiday, Benidorm will be on the agenda.
Benidorm is a Valencian coastal town in Alicante, Spain and has been a favourite for years for families to take their annual break. I don't want to put anyone off, however Benidorm in my opinion is the Blackpool of Spain, and is more suited to the working class and young parties who are looking for a boozy and action packed holiday.
Benidorm is broken into two main area's, the old town which is a little more sophisticated and if you were looking to do a little bit of shopping and pick some nice bits and bobs, rather than holiday souvenirs, then the old town is the place to go.
Having stayed in Benidorm twice before, I have tended to stay a little bit out of the direct town of Benidorm. By doing this you don't have the nightlife noise to irritate you and also you find that the nicer, more expensive hotels are slightly out of the main town of Benidorm, therefore guaranteeing you a pleasant hotel and not a dive.
There is plenty to do for all the family in Benidorm and the travel reps like to cash in on the trips that they have available for the likes of Terra Mitica, Benidorm's Theme Parks and Aqualandia, Benidorm's Aqua Park and two of the biggest attractions that Benidorm has to offer. In my opinion and on my recommendation if travelling to Benidorm this year and venturing off to these kind of attractions its more cost effective to make your own way. It doesn't cost any more as they are relatively close to the main town and you can plan your day accordingly instead of having to go and leave when the bus is going to pick you up.
There are plenty of bars and restaurant's within Benidorm and you will find that their are many Brits that have set up home there and now earn their living by running restaurants that cater to the British taste and their are many places where you can get a full English breakfast, pie and chips and a traditional Sunday Roast, home cooked by the British, which many people like when they are not adventurous with what they eat.
Nightlife in Benidorm can be bustling, there are plenty bars surrounding the main town that will offer a drink to the older generation that do not want to venture into the square where all the main bars and clubs are that open untilearly hours of the morning and are extremely popular with the young people that are basically out to get a sun tan and to get drunk.
Shopping in Benidorm is basic unless you venture into the old town. Thereare plenty of supermarkets around if you are self catering to pick up your groceries, however, the only other shops that you will find are tacky souvenir shops selling Benidorm merchandise, suntan lotion, inflatables and the normal rubbish that you would find in the likes of Blackpool.
The place itself, considering the reputation it has is very clean. Cleaners are out throughout the night tidying up the mess that has been left by the folk of the night before.
The beach is a very clean beach and if you are looking for water sports and activities this is the place to go. Jet Ski's, Banana Boats and various other watersports are available or if you just want to laze about, sunbed are available. The sea is very clean so it is nice to go for a swim and there are plenty of bars and snack bars on the front for you to have lunch as you are soaking up the sun.
I won't be going back to Benidorm, I have been twice before and can highly recommend the hotel that I stayed in, the All Inclusive Flamingo Oasis, however I have outgrown this place and grown up a little bit but if this is the kind of holiday that you like then I would recommend it.
Benidorm is Great The first thing i noticed was the beach it was fantastic! There are loads of Spanish and English bars everywhere. You can never get bored there is always something to do! (Theme Parks Water Parks Shopping etc...)The Old Town is Great for shopping - It is Worth a visit.Poniente is very Quiet - But has a great Beach.La Cala Finestrat is the Friendliest place by far. I Would definaltly Reccomend going to the Friday market for a day out. There is also a great bar there called the BAY VIEW it has the best menu around. It is also one of the nicest beaches around.Overall Benidorm is great but it can get to busy and at night the clubs can get very loud - Other places away from benidorm are worth a visit if you need a bit more peace!
benidorm is the best holiday to go on. i have been to benidorm 6 times now in the last 4 years, i have only been back from there 5 days, we stayed in hotel perla best hotel i have stayed in fab for young ones coming in at all hours, no body moaning because everyone is doing the same, hotel perla is opposite the red dog a 2 min walk to the square. i would advise anyone to go to benidorm its fab. the beaches are clean there are lots of english places, there is plenty to do for all age groups you just cant go wrong in benidorm try it!!!!!!
i went to benidorm last year with my boyfried and his family and my two year old and had a great time. It was lively enough for adults but children were welcomed and catered for in many places, don panchos in particular provides enetertainment for children with a clown, dancing games and an arcade area. there are also plenty of night clubs and live shows including the famous sticky vicky and albi senior the comedian.
the beach is large with sun loungers available to hire and childrens play areas are also available. accomadation is there is very clean and most of the hotels are cheap but very nice.
food is varied with plenty of restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes including indian chinese and english
attractions there include a large water park called aqualandia which has plenty of massive slides for adults and seperate childrens area and adventure. there is also a large theme park and small zoo which is great for young children although adults may find it a bit boring.
benidrom is a great all round holiday which caters for all ages and tastes
I lived in Benidorm for two years of my life, and I found the place excellent. 99% of the time, the weather is hot. It isn't so much as hot that you can't breathe as soon as you go outside, but hot as in you can handle it. The shops/pubs/clubs/restuarants are all great, and there are plenty of English pubs there. Be-aware of the Timeshare people that stand on the street, giving you scratchcards. They then say you have won a holiday or something, but its all just a con! There are plenty of things to do in Benidorm... There is a newish Theme Park over there, called Terra Mitica. I never went because it was still being built while I lived there, but apparently it was good. Food shops are good, too, look out for Mercadona. A cheap but yet good supermarket. A bit like ASDA. The beaches are very nice over there, and the water is clean to swim in.
Benidorm is a Valencian coastal town and municipality located in the comarca of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. According to the 2004 census, Benidorm has a permanent population of 64,956 inhabitants, ranking as the fifth most populous town in the Alicante province, although the population exceeds half a million in the summer, since it is one of the most important holiday resorts in Spain. It has an area of 38.5 km² and a population density of 1,593.56 inhab/km².