This is a post I have been meaning to write for a while now. We visit Spain a lot and while we are there it normally involves a trip to Benidorm. Up until the 1960’s Benidorm was a small fishing village and is now a very popular Mediterranean holiday destination. Benidorm is known for its nightlife, full English breakfasts and packed beaches. However there are some real hidden treasures if you know where to look. A visit to Benidorm needn’t lack contact with authentic Spanish culture.
Benidorm Old Town
Benidorm Old Town is the most traditional part of Benidorm. It is a maze of cobbled streets with some lovely bars, restaurants and shops. A lovely spot with panoramic views can be found at Balcon del Mediterraneo (The Castle Viewpoint). Situated on top of the rock separating the two beaches of Benidorm. It is a must when visiting Benidorm, especially as the sun is setting over the sea.
It is a favourite spot of ours to come for a drink while the children enjoy watching the street entertainers that are often there.
You can get a huge variety of foods in Benidorm but when in Spain I want to eat Spanish food. I will always head to Old Benidorm for some yummy tapas and pinchos (slices of bread with things on top and served cold).
Tapas Alley (Calle de Santo Domingo) is a vibrant area busy with people trying to get a seat at a bar or at one of the small tables. There are so many bars that it is possible to find a space at one of them. My advise would be to order a couple of tapas or pinchos to share and then move on to the next bar. This way you get to try lots of the bars and decide which is your favourite.
I also like to wander the streets next to Tapas Alley (Calle del Rosari for example) as you can find some great little tapas bars that can often be better value for money and less busy. We found a bar that served a bottle of wine or cava and 7 tapas for just 8 euros. Cheap as chips 🙂
Its making me hungry just thinking about it. Cant wait to go back to Spain in the summer. Benidorm Old Town and Tapas Alley will definitely be on our list of places to visit.
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