About Real Benidorm

Work from home semi-retired lazing around Spain and her islands. Travel often and write about Benidorm where I live when not on my travels.

Benidorm Beach Hotels

Fantastic hotels right on the beach


It does not get better than this…….


If you enjoy a modern bright and totally refurbished hotel directly on the beach our first choice (if you can get a room!) is the superb hotel Brisa. Located opposite the cable-ski at the far end of the Playa Levante this smart hotel offers a quality break, yet only a short walk for all the late night cabaret venues.  Renovated in 2011 you can expect funky rooms, sea views and a hop and skip to the beach.  From 40€pp Book Now

PLAYA PONIENTE – GRAN HOTEL DELFIN 4* Vicente Llorca Alós, 19,

This was one the first purpose built hotels in Benidorm way back in 1963 before Alicante airport opened when a 7 night stay including your flight and four hour transfer from Valencia airport cost only 45€!  Now under new ownership, a hotel located at the far end of the Poniente Playa, ideal for couples who want attentive service, Spanish cuisine, enjoy dressing for dinner and want a quiet location second to none.  A very well kept hotel with an old world 1930’s feel.  Set in 7,000 sqm of mature gardens, a secluded pool and tall shady palm trees. Oh! And that huge beach, right in front of you. From 50€pp Book Now

CALA FINESTRAT – HOTEL LA CALA 2* Avenida Marina Baixa 10

This first thing to know is that this is no ordinary 2* hotel, the service and customer care is 5*.  Nothing is too much trouble in this beach B&B.  Breakfast is served until noon which you can take to your room and enjoy on your balcony.  Pay the extra for a sea view here, you can almost dip you toe in the sea!  The hotel La Cala could not be closer to the beach or better located for a beach break and is only a 15 minute Bus journey into central Benidorm running every 10 minutes. A bonus too is easy and FREE street parking even in high season.  We love this hotel, everyone does!  From 35€pp Book Now

A traditional Chiringuito near Benidorm

A traditional Chiringuito now open all Summer

Very chilled beers at the shack on the beach


The origin of these little Summer beach bars is South American, coming from a sweet coffee and sugar cane drink enjoyed by farm workers, labourers and those looking for a coffee kick to keep them going, a “Chiringo”. Added to hot water and sold by vendors from little shacks on the side of the road which became known as Chiringuitos.


The bars first appeared in Spain in the early part of the 20th century and really took off in a big way in the 1950´s as tourism bought crowds to the Costas and in the 1960´s as the Hippies arrived on Barcelona beaches, in Ibiza and the Canaries. Originally just small rustic shacks serving a few cold drinks and maybe some basic tapas, perhaps offering fresh fish lunches cooked on open fires. Today many of these bars are in reality large restaurants taking big money, not really in the spirit of the original beach shacks.

Benidorm (sadly) has never allowed, Chiringuitos (until this year) and nor will you find one in neighbouring Albir or Villajoyosa. However, for the last few seasons an original “shack” style beach bar has opened during summer months. Located few kilometres from Benidorm at Raco Conil Nudist Beach. Just off the Villajoyosa road (take a left at the old Casino past the Crematorium). This is a true Chiringuito with no mains water, no mains electricity and only offering (very) cold beers, drinks, some snacks and Ice Cream. Exactly what it should be, a chill-out bar open all day until dusk (very ate in high Summer) where you can relax for a few hours with good friends, take a dip in the sea, enjoy the sunshine and all in a lovely unspoilt location.

Chiringuito Raco Conil is enjoyed by couples (some gay some straight), families, a few singles and the odd wrinkly bottom too. It is after all a nudist beach! You will meet all sorts of people at this shady beach hut, which really is in the spirit of the “Chiringuito” from days before mass tourism and before all the planning regulations. Pop over to Benidorm one weekend this summer and enjoy the shack on the beach, it will not be around forever and must close after September, it is after all a Summer bar!

Costa Blanca Walks

Sunday calorie burn high above sea level with a hike in them hills…

Costa Blanca Walks

The mountain (or is it a big hill) above Sierra Cortina and behind Terra Mitica offers a relatively easy to moderate climb and superb walk with some of very best views of Benidorm.  The climb to the top takes about one hour on a rough well used loose stone path. A few parts are quite steep.  This is a walk for those who enjoy walking, not for those who prefer a Sunday stroll with a pub at the end of it!  But, the rewards are panoramic (take a camera) scenes that very few people ever get an opportunity to view.

To start this lovely walk, take the Finestrat road (CV767) from Benidorm until you reach the roundabout where the entrance to the Sierra Cortina resort is, turn right  (Calle Isla Gran Canaria) and park up 100m along the road where you will see a verge and a few trees on the left with a rough path heading upwards (obviously).  Start you climb here.  Do take lunch, water, first aid kit and wear decent walking footwear.

Holidays in BenidormOnce at the summit you can choose to simply enjoy the view or continue along the path for a further 5kms or so along the top and back again.  The path across the summit is easy to follow and an easy to moderate walk.  From here you can look down on Benidorm, Terra Mitica and take in the views as far as Alicante and Calpe.

You do not need to be very fit, 20kg overweight, an ex-smoker (50 a day) and 52 years of age still allowed me to get to the top of this little mountain.  You will likely not be alone along the way.  I met among others, three muscled cage fighters, three Hungarians with scary shotguns, various dog walkers, serious hiking folk and assorted tourists in various states of advanced sunburn!  Perhaps not for everyone, but the calorie burn must exceed 1,000 and the idea of doing something different rather than the usual tourist stuff does appeal and is well worth the effort on a Sunday to finish of your Benidorm weekender. Come see us soon, why not book the hotel La Cala in Finestrat beach near Benidorm for a long relaxing weekend today!


Benidorm Entertainment


Calle Gerona Benidorm For Entertainment & Cabaret Bars

Calle Gerona ALL day ALL night –  The street that never sleeps

Running parallel to the Playa Levante from the long established (quality) Spanish restaurant “El Meson – Cruz Blanca” in the south of the street not far from the old town, all the way to Morgan´s Tavern the famous cabaret bar, made yet more famous by that ITV comedy series and located at the far north end of the street in the Rincon de Loix.

Calle Gerona is without any doubt the street that never sleeps. For the weekender intent on eating big breakfasts, English lunches and drinking more than you know is good for you, then the street that cuts right through the centre of Benidorm´s Levante is where you will find it all, both day and night.

One half (North) offers a guaranteed lively break with show bars, sports bars and disco bars favoured by the British visitor looking for great value drinks plus home from home cooking all of which is available in abundance from 10am until 5am 365 days of the year. A pint costs from 1.25€ to 2.50€ depending on where you are and what is on offer, such as the superb and free entertainment. A belly busting plate of fish chips and mushy peas or an everyday Sunday roast will set you back little more than 5€.

For a quieter option where a big choice of dining options are available then the other half (South) of Calle Gerona will be your best choice. Here you will find superb long established Italian Pizzerias, fine Indian cuisine, quality Spanish restaurants and speciality grills for lovers of steaks. A world of food awaits you.

Staying on Calle Gerona to make the most of your weekend in Benidorm could not be easier with every type of hotel right on the street. Prefer to be hop from the lively bars, book into the very busy 3* Ambassador Playa or opposite the start of the street the new 4* Hotel Flash. Prefer to be nearer to restaurants, closer to the old town and away from the “package” holiday hotels? The traditional little 3* Los Alamos is ideal as a base and will not break the bank or for a 4* try the Diplomatic, quality from servigroup.

Holidays in Benidorm

When time is short and you only have a few days break then staying in the hub of Benidorm either on or near to Calle Gerona will ensure that you enjoy what Benidorm is famous for. Fantastic value, plenty of choice, late nights and of course those stunning beaches to sleep of the night before!


Benidorm Cross

 That famous Benidorm Cross on the hill

Benidorm Cross









Why is the Benidorm Cross on the hill?

Everyone who visits Benidorm will, already know of the famous cross on the hill overlooking the Playa Levante, or will soon notice it as it lights up at dusk.  One of those Benidorm myths with many a story told of how it got there, none of which are usually based on fact!

The first cross appeared on top of the Sierra Helada in 1962 and was the culmination of a mission by local Catholic monks to prove that the village had not lost it´s “soul” from the terrible “frivolous” Bikini wearing tourists.  Deemed to be committing a terrible sin by wearing such clothes, or lack or clothes!  Indeed, at the time despite having permission direct from Franco to allow the Bikini on beaches, Benidorm was not as frivolous as it is today.  Just two years earlier the Bishop of Orihuela, Alicante threatened the then Mayor, Pedro Zaragoza that he would place signs on roads into the village stating that the Mayor and residents would likely go to hell for allowing the wearing of these “garments of sin”.

Today, visitors will see a large metal Cross erected in 1975 from parts of railway tracks.  The original cross made of wood erected in January 1962, carried on the shoulders of the entire village from the famous blue domed church of San Jaime located in the old town.  The day became known as the “day of forgiveness” for the villagers, whom, by their very participation had proved that they were indeed spiritual and religious, unlike the tourists flocking in every increasing numbers for the sins of fun, sun and other such fleshy pastimes.

The cross is a must visit and is now popular as a spiritual icon and place of remembrance to scatter ashes or loved ones and those who loved Benidorm.  It is a romantic place, or simply a superb place to see Benidorm from high above the highest buildings with a nice bottle of chilled wine. We recommend you take a one way Taxi to the cross, sit a while and enjoy the views then take the easy walk downhill all the way back to the Rincon de Loix, Levante beach and enjoy all that frivolous fun that Benidorm offers you.  Come see us for a few days we are only a short bus or car journey along coast, the perfect low cost weekender!


Benidorm Hotels No Booking Fees

Hotels Fee FREE with Debit Cards

Alpharooms one of the most popular UK based hotel booking sites are now offering even more savings on their already discounted hotel offers when you book hotels in Benidorm.  Enjoy ZERO booking fees when you use a debit card to pay for your next Benidorm hotel. Plus save up to 35% on ALL Inclusive stays!


This together with their tiny £10 deposits for advance hotel reservations makes them a good first point of call when looking for cheap hotels in Benidorm and across Spain too.  There are some fantastic savings this year with huge competition on the Spanish Costas making holidays in Spain even cheaper in 2013 than ion 2012 by as much as 15%.  Despite the poor exchange rate as hotel owners battle it out to fill rooms for this Summer and Autumn the huge buying power and popularity of Alpharooms with Spanish hotel companies give you the customer more great choice and more great deals on hotels and transfers too.



Benidorm Holiday Offers


For more fantastic last minute and bargain holidays see our special Jet2 holidays page.










Benidorm holiday offers for Summer 2013 and Winter 2013/2014 and late deals with Jet2 holidays MUST end on Monday March 11th.  The hugley popular annual holiday offer of £100 OFF every holiday booking or city break booking is sadly coming to an end!  Singles, couples and families in their 1000,s have been able to book this great offer with only a  £60 per person deposit and pay off as an when they wish.  The balance on all holiday deals is due just 10 weeks prior to travel.

Benidorm Holidays

The great news also is that ALL the superb offers and deals with Jet2 holidays are ATOL protected, come with transfers included and a whopping 23kg of lugggage PLUS 10kg of hand luggage.  Book your next Benidorm holiday at one of the most popular hotels and apartments in the sunshine resort, but do ti by Monday 11th for the big saving!  Of course don´t panic if you miss the deadline as there are always plenty of great late escape offers departing from Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast to Benidorm (Alicante ALC).jet2holidays_logo

British Airways London Alicante Flights Resume


British Airways are once again flying direct to the Costa Blanca from London.  Flights are cheap too when you book well in advance.  Choose great deals on flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick (LGW and LHR) to Alicante (ALC) starting from only £98 return including all fees and taxes.  With 23kg baggage included per passenger, free seat selection plus free onboard food and drinks.  Enjoy comfort with up to 31″ Seat legroom too.  Get more value when you fly with British Airways!  Easy check-in with free Airport, online or mobile check-in.

London to Alicante with BA

British Airways fly from London Heathrow LHR to Alicante ALC on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Winter months and daily in Summer from either London Heathrow or Gatwick depending on your day of travel. There are early departures and afternoon departures to choose from on certain days.  For flight times and departure airport for your chosen travel dates please check the Timetables here.


Benidorm Holidays Sale

One of the most popular airlines who fly into Alicante Jet2 and the sister company Jet2holidays, the experts for Benidorm and Costa Blanca Package Holidays are offering one of the best sales online with fantastic savings on Alicante and Murcia flights , Costa Blanca holidays and Alicante city breaks when you book during their offer period.

Jet2holidays sun holidays to Spain and city breaks booked before the 11th March 2013 will be reduced by £100 per booking and Jet2.com is offering 10% off ALL return flights until 4th February 2013.  This includes 10% OFF pre-booked seats, luggage and check-in fees.

Benidorm Holidays

 Jet2holidays also offers thousands of free child places in Summer 2013, making a family holiday cost very little, especially in the number one holidays resort of Benidorm.  As if this was not already a great holiday sale ALL holidays can be booked with just a £60 per person deposit AND paid off as and when you like, with final payment due 12 weeks before you travel.

Steve Heapy boss of Jet2holidays said: “We know that the period after the festive season can be an anti-climax for some and is the time when people turn their attention to planning their next holiday, so we wanted to offer something that would cheer our customers up and give them something to look forward to.”

To browse Spanish holidays on offer including Benidorm, please visit Jet2holidays.com or, for just a flight take a look at Jet2.com


Benidorm Holiday Deal of the Week with easyJet holidays

Enjoy a fantastic ALL Inclusive holiday staying at the 4* Hotel Gran Bali in Benidorm this January from only £290 including flights from London Gatwick (LGW), allocated seating, luggage and Alicante airport transfers only with easyJet holidaysOther departure airports, dates and other hotel choices avialable.

With the great sheltered and quiet beach of Cala Finestrat only 450m away and the center of Benidorm only a regular 15 minute Bus ride away, this classic Benidorm holiday will suit couples looking to escape the British weather and enjoy a cheap post Christmas break.  As all your food and drink is included you will not need to spend any more hard earned cash unless you want too!  You will be staying in the biggest resort hotel on the Costa Blanca and tallest hotel building in Europe!  A fantasic last minute holiday in Benidorm.