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.

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!



Hotel Orange Benidorm A Popular Levante Hotel

hotel-orange-benidormDeciding where to stay in Benidorm can be an uphill climb, what is perfect for one person could be holiday hell for another!  Of course Benidorm is rarely a place for peace and tranquillity, BUT, finding the right mix of fun, sun and a little bit of chill time is crucial if you are to return home relaxed with a feeling of time and money well spent.

In the first of a series from our mystery man on the street we attempt to offer you the “real” hotels behind the brochures.  This week the amazingly popular HOTEL ORANGE.

THE HOTEL

The first thing that strikes you about the hotel Orange as you walk through the entrance is the incredibly well kept lobby and lounge area.  This is a typical hotel from servigroup, the obvious investment in furnishings that will last, are easy to maintain and tip-top housekeeping are evident here.  Although an older style (1970´s) hotel the modernising in recent years has kept the building up to date including soundproofed doors to balconies, a real plus for a stay in the heart (Café Benidorm disco pub is opposite!) of the Playa Levante. A couple of guests mentioned to me that they were staying overlooking the late bars and could barely notice any noise after a few Vodkas and once the terrace doors were closed!

THE ROOMS

Refurbished only a couple of years ago, rooms are modern and bright with wooden floors, flat screen TV including plenty of UK Channels, not just the news.  WiFi is free and does work in rooms too.  There is a mini-fridge for chilling your drinks.  Guests also mentioned that the showers are really powerful and the cleaning is 100%.  All you could need then!

THE FOOD

Probably one of the main reasons that so many British guests love this hotel is the food.  The dining options are very much geared toward foreign visitors with just the right mix of local cuisine and dishes we northern Europeans like!  Breakfast is vast and will fill you up all day.  With 16 hotels and over 8,000 beds servigroup has a central food supply which enables them to offer well above average catering.  Worth the few extra Euros to go Full Board here.

THE POOL

At first it appears perhaps a bit on the small side, but when you add up the fact the hotel only has a maximum 500 guests most of whom head for the beach (3 minute walk) it is never a problem finding a sunbed from the many provided, on my visit this week there was plenty of room to spare around the pool or on the sun deck above.  Drinks are just a hop away from the poolside bar too.  No sign of any rowdy groups either, seemed to be mostly couples.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The location is right in the very centre of the resort and opposite many of the late night venues.  Therefore some noise should be expected at night when staying in this area. The hotel is popular with couples who like to party and some groups too, but the soundproofed terrace doors really do make a difference.  The hotel management are good at sorting out any rowdy folks, so a quick call to reception quickly sorts out any issues.  Like every hotel in Benidorm, fellow guests can never be anticipated, so do not let the location put you off booking.  We loved the hotel Orange, it is ideal for a few nights away if good food, great nights out and a very clean place to stay is on your list.  Enjoy, YOUR weekender in Benidorm.

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Benidorm Beach Hotels

Fantastic hotels right on the beach

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It does not get better than this…….

PLAYA LEVANTE – HOTEL BRISA 4* Avenida Madrid 1

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.

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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!