Benidorm Sunday and Wednesday Market

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From yummy CUPCAKES to Adidas FAKES

Benidorm Sunday & Wednesday Market has it all and more.

Benidorm Market

The vast market located on the edge of Benidorm in the Rincon de Loix and it is vast, offers everything you could want in a bargain basement sort of way!  Even the most demanding deal conscious shopper should find plenty of happy stall holders willing to exchange your Euros for some look-a-like designer gear or a cheap handbag or two!

There is more to the infamous Benidorm market than meets the eye.  This is no ordinary market place, here you can enjoy a good few hours putting to rest those animal hunting instincts we all have and forage for treats to eat, clothes to wear and sneak up on some bargain booty hidden among row after row of stalls.

Benidorm Market

Of course there are the staple stalls found in every market such as long established fruit and veg businesses and sellers of pic-n-mix nuts, dried fruits and olives galore.  If cheap leather is your thing and brown is your colour!  You will find a dozen stalls retailing 50 shades of brown coats, bags, shoes, belts of course and even leather hats just like the traveller community wear.

Holidays in BenidormAt the back of the market are the cafeteria bars, which you will need after seemingly endless miles of walking up and down the market in the search of those special offers.  Enjoy burgers, beers and even Cupcakes or just a coffee then sit and watch the world go by.

Benidorm Sunday Market

Benidorm market is like Woolworth used to be, pile it high and sell it cheap.  They certainly do and despite a number of stalls arguably selling mainly tatty stuff, if you are keen eyed and enjoy a good routing there are many genuine bargains to be found.  Even the fake Adidas appear quite well made and would probably fool Adidas!  And those Cupcakes are quite delicious.

Bunches Flowers by PostWhatever your impression, Benidorm market has been around almost as long as Benidorm and is a must visit place either on Wednesday or Sunday.  There is a great atmosphere, it is busy and almost everyone seems to leave with arms full of carrier bags.  Get there early and remember it is all over by 2pm.  Keep a keen eye on your valuables as there are always a few Artful Dodger types willing to pick a pocket or two!

Benidorm Market

 


Hotel Pueblo Benidorm

Our mystery man on the street enjoys sneaky look the very pleasant PUEBLO HOTEL a popular 3* from SERVIGROUP.

In the top 30 hotels in Benidorm according to tripadvisor a fantastically well maintained hotel with great facilities and located away from the noise of the late bars, yet only a five minute hop to the beach and a stone throw from the famous Benidorm market.

Pueblo Hotel in Benidorm

THE HOTEL

A modern refurbished hotel offering 539 room spread over 15 floors in a traditional high-rise with views and unique to the Pueblo, 5 annexe buildings overlooking the pool and gardens with just 4 floors including ground floor rooms.  There are several guest areas each with a very different atmosphere including a large terrace to the front of the hotel, a café bar with pool terrace and a comfy lounge bar.

THE ROOMS

Hotel Pueblo Twin Room

Every room is bright, very well kept and exceptionally clean.  Light coloured beech wood and pale green colours create a very pleasant atmosphere.  Rooms enjoy a balcony or terrace with chairs and a table.  Bathrooms have great walk-in showers, attractive glass wash basin and of course a hairdryer.  Room facilities include FREE WiFi, flat screen TV with up to 60 channels including BBC and ITV also a room safe, telephone and air-conditioning or heating depending on the season.  All you need for a comfy holiday with a tip-top daily maid service.

THE FOOD

Served buffet style in a modern restaurant with funky chairs!  Unless you are really fussy everyone will find the food excellent, indeed servigroup are big on food!  The salads offer a big choice, every night there are stews, a Paella of the day, Pizzas and Pastas plus show cooking too.  Breakfast is vast with English favourites too.  We could not find anything to moan about, it was all good.  Dinner is served until 9pm, lunch until 3pm and a civilised breakfast until 10am.

THE POOL

Pueblo Hotel Pool and Gardens

Surrounded by the brightly coloured annexes and mature gardens and trees the pools offer an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm.  Lots of sunbeds and lots of space.  Enjoy two big pools and a Kiddies pool plus in winter a heated indoor pool.  The café bar terrace also overlooks the pool.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

pueblo-hotel

Three things really stand out at the Pueblo, lovely guest areas, very friendly and helpful staff (knowledgeable guest service desk in main lobby) and well above average food which was more 4* than 3*.  This is a good choice for couples and ideal for a low-season or mid-season holiday as less people are about.  The hotel is obviously well run and regular re-investment is high on the list of priorities in servigroup hotels, therefore you know that you are getting just what you have paid for.  Approved by many big tour operators including the likes of Jet2 holidays. We liked the Hotel Pueblo, very pleasant indeed. Great premium Gin & Tonic menu too!

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Riviera Hotel Benidorm A Best Seller

Our mystery man on the street takes a sneaky look at one of the top rated hotels in town RIVIERA BEACHOTEL 4*

 

Currently the number two hotel in Benidorm according to 700 trip advisor reviewers, our man on the street decided to check out the facilities and see if the hotel lives up to all those glowing reports putting it in the number two spot.

THE HOTEL

The hotel is located only a very short hop from the heart of the entertainment hub of Benidorm in the Rincon de Loix and only five minutes from the Levante beach making it in a perfect location.  Following a complete refurbishment from the ground up the Riviera Beachotel re-opened the doors just two years ago.  This is a modern and rather funky hotel with impressive architecture and some of the most stunning lighting effects which create a quite unique atmosphere once the sun goes down.

THE ROOMS

Everything is new with exactly what you would expect from a newly refurbished 4* hotel of this class.  Really comfy beds for a good sleep plus of course facilities such as a mini-bar, big flat screen TV, electronic safes, Wifi and nicely designed bathrooms and Ladies, yes there is a hair dryer.  Most rooms offer superb big walk-in showers.  Rooms are not massive but are very adequate and bright with soft lighting that creates a relaxing mood.  The room we saw offered a lovely feature round window too with excellent views of Benidorm from the terrace.  Overall very deserving of the 4* rating with little extras such as better quality fluffy towels and a decent selection of toiletries. Oh! And you really could eat of the floor, the cleaning was impeccable, a credit to those often forgotten housekeeping staff.

THE FOOD

This is where the Riviera really does come up trumps.  Friendly and happy staff (makes a change!).  Meals are served buffet style, but, with a superior choice to that served in some hotels!  Replenished often (keeping food fresh) with a great choice of salads, hot dishes and very much geared toward the high numbers of British guests who stay here this time of year.  This is reiterated time and again in many online reviews.  Breakfast will fill you up for the day!

THE POOL

Perhaps the only drawback is the hotel pool which is a tad small and tends to get little sunshine until the afternoon.  However, it is a really pleasant area to sit and the pool bar offers very cheap drink (the hotel do not charge 4* prices) and a snack menu that offers excellent value too, just in case you are still hungry after the massive breakfast.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

When compared to other hotels in Benidorm the Riviera Beachotel is small with just 99 rooms and is therefore not going to be overly crowded at meal times, around the pool or in the bar during the daytime.  The terrace bar is open to the public and is a popular place at night due to the low prices (Bucket of 5 bottles of beer from only 4.50€) and entertainment so grab a seat early!  This is now a top selling hotel in Benidorm and should be booked as early as possible to ensure you get a room.  Guests staying here get up to 25% off at the Western Saloon, Morgan Tavern and the UK Comedy Club.

A typical 1970´s building lovingly refurbished, we liked very much. Book this and over 400 Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotels by visiting realbenidorm.net

 


Benidorm weekend hotels for golden oldies

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Are you one of those university of the third age folks who live along the coast from Benidorm?  Do you fancy a long weekend in the 24/7 fun city?  Do you prefer to stay away from the stag and hen hotels?  Here is our choice of top hotels preferred by more mature guests who want quality AND a relaxing sleep too! Of course we cannot ever guarantee that the next room to you will have polite neighbours, but, choose one of these hotels should ensure a better chance of a chilled weekend!

OLD TOWN – HOTEL AVENIDA 4* Calle Gambó

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hotel is a favourite with lots of regulars to Benidorm, it is close to the Levante beach and right in the heart of the old town.  An older style hotel, perhaps a little dated compared to newly built hotels, but the staff understand what good old fashioned service is all about.  Room rates offer good value half board and all inclusive deals low season.  A good choice if you like to eat out at local restaurants and do a bit of shopping, they are on your doorstep. (NO hills) B&B from 35€pp low season

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LEVANTE – HOTEL BELROY 4* Avenida Mediterraneo

This is a stylish hotel offering modern (minimalist) rooms often overlooked by many British visitors.  The location is about as good as it gets, more or less half way down the Levante with the beach across the road and entertainment venues a ten minute stroll away as is the old town.  Great if want a little of the Benidorm hustle and bustle! And quality service with friendly staff.  B&B from 33€pp low season

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PONIENTE – HOTEL CORONA DEL MAR 4* Avenida Jaime

This hotel is an excellent choice where you will get a high standard of rooms all with balconies, a wide choice of food, friendly staff and the fantastic Poniente beach across the road.  The Corona del Mar guest areas are light and spacious with sea views from the restaurant.  One of the better hotels in Benidorm where British guests are very few! Perhaps because of the location away from the more brash side of town, but for those who want to simply relax, enjoy an evening stroll along the promenade and sip few wines at night.  This is the one for this golden oldie! B&B from 32€ low season

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A lazy afternoon on the Playa Levante in the Rincon de Loix

Sand Castles, Sunbeds, Skiing

and a bit of a stroll along the prom

Holidays in Benidorm

Despite a reputation as a rowdy place frequented by beer belly heavy drinking groups of lads, there is more to this most famous part of the Levante beach in Benidorm than you might think!

Summer on the Levante Beach in Benidorm.

Summer on the Levante Beach in Benidorm.

Even on the final Sunday afternoon in August there were plenty of empty sunbeds and still lots of space to enjoy the sun without having a strangers toe in your face!  With a price tag of 4€ for a sunbed and 4€ for a big parasol relaxing in comfort is affordable.

EAT AND DRINK

You will not be short of dining and drinking options, this part of the beach offers every type of low cost dining option from all day big bad greasy English breakfasts to the obligatory Paella.  And big terrace bars offer all the favourite British beers, local lagers, Guinness and all the days sporting fixtures you could want in bars such as the “Bar Sol”,  “Lazy Cow” or the British “Terrace Bar” which oddly does not actually have a terrace!

WATER SPORTS

For those who demand an adrenaline rush in between applications of factor 20 sun protection the famous cable-ski has powered folks along a 1,000 metre circuit without the need for a fast boat for 47 years!  26€ buys you an hour including a wakeboard.  If you prefer the traditional beach water activities 80€ buys you a 3 for the price of 2 adventure on the “flyfish” big yellow “banana ride” plus the thrill ride with a view, a circuit “parasailing”.  If you prefer bobbing along without the rush take the boat to Benidorm Island for just 14€ and see what all the fuss is about on the tiny island out in the bay.

Cable Ski Benidorm Playa Levante since 1966.

Cable Ski Benidorm Playa Levante since 1966.

TAKE A STROLL

Before lunch or perhaps Aprés-ski the perfect day on the Levante would not be complete without a stroll along the promenade.  With a round trip of over 3kms if you walk the entire beach this is a great way to work off the big bad greasy breakfast or simply to people watch and stop off for a coffee, glass of wine or choose from over 200 different ice creams at the many “heladeria” dotted along the beach.

The famous promenade along the Playa Levante in Benidorm.  Great for a stroll in the Summer.

The famous promenade along the Playa Levante in Benidorm. Great for a stroll in the Summer.

Playa Levante, Rincon de Loix by day is what Benidorm is all about.  Yes it is a bit tacky in places and may not be everyone´s cup of tea, but one thing is for sure, you can get a nice cup of tea, fish and chips, pint of the black stuff and build a sand castle on a day trip to the Benidorm sands!

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Hotel Deloix Aqua Center in Benidorm

A sneaky look at the very fabulous HOTEL DELOIX  4*

Hotel Deloix Benidorm

THE HOTEL  location - Avenida  Doctor Severo Ochoa, 34  03503 Benidorm

Often overlooked by many visitors due to the location on the edge of town, however the Hotel De Loix is clearly one of the better choices and is simply perfect for a weekend break where you just want to chill by the pool all day and venture out at night.

This is a low-rise hotel big on style with superb hanging gardens and a lush tropical internal featured garden too.  There is a real feeling of space with modern furniture in the reception and café bar which creates an awesome atmosphere.  This is no ordinary hotel, this is somewhere very special and quite unique in Benidorm.  Staff were all friendly too.

THE ROOMS                                                                                       

You get big here!  Big rooms, big balconies and big views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.  All 188 rooms are furnished in a minimalist but functional style making that big space feel even bigger!  Every room comes with a comfy sofa which is great for couples and for families with either one or two children the sofa quickly converts into a bed for the kids.  Internet is a decent speed and cost just 5€ per week.

THE FOOD

A buffet restaurant offering a good selection for breakfast, more continental with less hot selection than us Brits prefer, but nice enough.  Evening meals include an abundant selection of fresh salad plus a choice of fish and meats from the hot buffet.  Wine by the glass comes in at under 2€ and a big bottle of water just 3€ so inexpensive for drinks with your meals.  Lots of fresh fruit and sticky deserts.  All in all always something nice to eat and perfect for a long weekend, probably get a bit dull after a week but buffets always do.

THE POOLS

A nice big pool awaits you with plenty of sunbeds plus an excellent Kids pool located in a shaded position so you don´t have to worry about the Kids roasting away in the sun!  For those who prefer their breaks child free there is an Adult only pool on the rooftop, a huge bonus to be honest.  The indoor pool is fantastic (obligatory silly hats only 2.50€) with some nice features.  Pool towels are available for a 1€ fee.  They keep the pool area closed until 10am, to stop the annoying folks putting towels out before breakfast.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The walk to the beach takes 20 minutes on the flat, regular buses stop outside the hotel to take you down to the beach and back (Taxis cost about 6€).  Benidorm Palace is across the road for a superb dinner and show experience (a must) and Aqualandia and Mundomar just a 10 minute walk behind the hotel.  The road leading into Benidorm is littered with bars and cafés including the popular Levi´s Showboat for some fun nights out.  From September onwards expect mainly couples and very few children.  This is not a hotel with lots of groups so unlikely to encounter any Hens or Stags here, hoorah!  Enjoy, we did.

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Saturday Market Benidorm in La Cala Finestrat

From freshly cooked CHICKEN to CHA CHA Heels!

Saturday Market Benidorm La Cala Finestrat

La Cala Finestrat Saturday Market near Benidorm has it all and more…..

The Saturday morning market in the bay at La Cala Finestrat just up the road by Bus from Benidorm, has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years.  What was once a tiny and rather dull little market selling the usual range of shoes and handbags has grown into a fine place to buy fresh local Spanish fruit and vegetables, plus cheese, bread, and of course hams and delicious sliced sausages of all types.

This is a happy market, there is not the overkill found in the large Benidorm market which allow too many of the same type of stall.  Here you will not find stall after stall all selling exactly the same thing.  The pitch holders do not have that look of desperation often seen in other markets.  There is a real feel of a local market frequented by people who live locally and not just a tourist trap kind of place.  This market really deserves support, it is great.

You will find real variety here with a great mix of food, clothes and of course those obligatory look like the real thing handbags!  You will not find those horrible “brown shoes only” stalls, instead you will find smart modern (mostly fake) branded shoes for men and sparkly big Cha Cha heel shoes for ladies.

There are several of each type of stall, but each seems to sell very different stock.  You will find really good handmade costume jewellery, a wonderful stall selling every type of olive you could imagine.  There are beautifully colourful vegetable stalls, date stalls, melon stalls, fresh baked bread and simple seasonal cherry stalls.  You can buy quality rugs, cheap knickers, beach beds, art and leather.  For the peckish, enjoy a couple of makeshift cafés and a couple of popular ready to go spit roasted chicken vendors who will chop it, skin it and box it ready to eat (always big queues).

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It is a real pleasure to spend a few hours here.  Easy to park or take the regular bus No.2 or No.3 from central Benidorm.  After a trip to this authentic local market there is a great beach to enjoy a dip in the sea or hop on the bus back to Benidorm old town for an authentic Spanish late lunch.  Whatever YOU do, enjoy YOUR break in La Cala and why not book one of the best hotels in town too staying right on the beach.  SEE THE FANTASTIC LA CALA BEACH HOTEL Click Now!