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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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!