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Member Name: wonderwoman
Date: 03/09/00, updated on 03/09/00 (495 review reads)
Advantages: close by, all year round resort, something for everyone
Disadvantages: can be a bit rowdy with lager louts in the more built up areas
Its a couple of years since I last visited Benidorm but I'm sure it has changed little. I have been there in the first week in January for the festival of the kings, which was excellent and the weather between the hours of 11am and about 3pm made it good enough to go in the pool-but did get a bit chilly on a night. March I found a bit windy. May was good, August and September boiling hot and November quite iffy at times, but that's the beauty of Benidorm -it's a good all-round resort that there will be a month to suit everyone's tastes.
Loads to do and see. You can stroll what I think must be one of the nicest promenades ever. Never too busy with too many cars going past-and that beautiful curved Levante beach- what more can you ask but to sit with a cool glass of something at the restaurant at the end of the bay in the new part and survey all that is going on. Paragliding, sand sculpting, people bathing and so much more.
Or take a stroll along the equally elegant Avenida de Mediterraneo into the old part and do some serious window shopping at some of the lovely goods for sale. Then take a rest in the shade of the Dove Garden in the middle of the old part before exploring the little windey streets with the spanish tapas bars, restaurants, curio shops and stray cats. Benidorm must be the safest town for women to walk around at night on their own- because the streets are never deserted as the Spanish people rejuvenated by a daily siesta parade the streets at all hours with their families. In the streets of the old town, the air is heavy with the wonderful spanish perfumes and aftershaves and with all the chattering it is like some noisy street party.
From Benidorm you can take the train to Alicante the area capital with more elegant shops, however the siesta hours do play havoc with serious shopping. Or you go north to Calpe, which is also worth a visit through the mountains on the little rickety train.
I would reccommend Benidorm to a
nyone and like Blackpool it isn't!