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 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

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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!

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Benidorm Last Minute Holidays in May

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For more fantastic holidays at last minute prices and for a big choice of low deposit holidays at low prices this Summer visit our special Jet2 holidays page.

**Price quoted is very limited, staying at the Terralta Apartments Benidorm departing Manchester on May 18th or East-Midlands on May 13th based on 4 sharing. Price was correct at 5pm on April 23rd. Prices may go up without notice.

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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!

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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.


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A2B Transfers are offering all customers 7% OFF any transfer booked until the end of April.  The offer is for ANY destination not just Alicante transfers and for ANY future date and for ANY type of transfer, be it a shuttle or private car.  A great saving on your next holiday in Spain, especially if you are booking a private transfer for a group like a Stag or Hen mini-bus transfer to popular destinations like Benidorm.

To enjoy this special offer all you need to do is to enter the special code TRANSAPR7 on the results page of the booking process.  Enter the code where you see “claim discount code” and click on “update price” and see the price fall by 7%.

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Benidorm Holiday Offers

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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.

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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


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A great discount of 4% OFF All Benidorm Hotels with alpharooms using the special voucher/promo code FEBDEAL awaits you until the end of February.  The code will expire then, so book now to take advantage of this nice little earner!

The discount is on hotels only and requires a minimum stay of just 2 nights in Benidorm OR anywhere worldwide too!  That is a great saving of £40 on a £1,000 booking.  Alpharooms are one of the most trusted hotel booking sites and a great British company too.  They offer the perfect combination of affordable hotels and apartments at fantastic rates.  BOOK NOW