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!



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!