|BEACHES AND COVES OF BENIDORM
LEVANTE PLAYA - BEACH (BLUE FLAG STATUS AWARDED AGAIN IN JUNE 2010)
Probably the most famous feature of Benidorm are its fantastic beaches. The busiest is
the Blue Flag Levante beach where the sun rises and is just over 2km in length. This is
where you will find many different nationalities enjoying the sand and safe sea or just
strolling along the Italian marble promenade. The beach is lined by a huge choice of
restaurants, bars and terraces from where you can enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine and
international food including British, from the many English owned businesses which are
found at the far end of the beach near the cable ski site. Facilities on the beach are
second to none with over 2,000 sun loungers and sun shades available for hire at 4€ per
day. In summer you will find every type of water sport and a great pontoon in the center of
the Levante offering the chance to swim out to sea and really get to enjoy the water. Sea
temperatures are always great in Summer months due to the sheltered position of the
beach when temperatures reach 28c dipping to just 14c in winter. The beach is kept by a
team of cleaners who work through the night 365 days a year to cleanse the beaches.
To stay on the beach we recommend the Apartments Torre Levante or
Apartments Veracruz which are right in the center of the Levante Playa right on
the beach. See more information about the Levante Playa Resort
PONIENTE PLAYA - BEACH
Beyond the Old Town starting at park Elche by the harbour and running for over 3km to
La Cala Finestrat is the more sedate Poniente beach which is a favourite with local
residents and Spanish families. The facilities are as good as the Levante but offer a less
crowded space where you will often sea entire families enjoying a day of late evening
swimming, relaxing and eating on the beach. It is not uncommon to see everything but the
kitchen sink taken to the beach by family groups of 25 or more who will still be enjoying the
outdoor life until the early hours in the peak summer months. The promenade is packed
from sun down with hundreds of people enjoying the walk through park Elche, which is a
great place to sit for hours and enjoy the great Spanish custom of after dinner strolling.
The Poniente beach is also swept and cleansed 365 days a year by a dedicated team who
ensure safe sand for all to enjoy. If you enjoy great Spanish food the Poniente is the
place to go for lunch where you will find a good selection of long established restaurants
offering menu of the day for under 15€. This includes three course, desert, bread and
wine or beer. If you prefer to see the beach without walking you can take the tourist train
from the end of park Elche in the old town which will take you to the far end of the beach
and back. Our recommended bar on the Poniente is Café Refuel above the park.
To stay on the Poniente we recommend the Apartments Paraiso Florida just 50
meters from the beach in a quiet area.
See more information about the Poniente Playa Resort
MAL PAS PLAYA - BEACH
This is a small cove often missed by many visitors and is found at the end of the harbour
road on the Poniente side of the Old Town. Now the location for Benidorm Gay Pride, you
can also reach it by steps from the top of the Old Town square known as La Señoria. In
winter when temperatures a much cooler this is a great place to sunbath as it is sheltered
from the winds and becomes a sun trap to enjoy the great Benidorm Weather
SAFETY & BENIDORM BEACHES DISABLED FACILITIES
The beaches are watched over by qualified life savers, who also have access to medical
teams at first aid points. There are also sea patrols which are backed up by local police
who patrol by sea and on quad bikes along the beach to ensure your safety at all times
whilst enjoying the best beaches in Europe.
For those with a disability there are NEW access points on the Poniente which now has a
fantastic decking the entire length at sea level accessed by new slopes. Wheelchair users
can easily go to the shoreline where you can enjoy a swim using amphibious chairs
assisted by trained staff. There are also disabled toilets on the Levante and Poniente at
Park Elche. More toilet facilities are being built across the resort in 2010.
WARNING flags that indicate sea safety information.
A green flag indicates safe swimming
A yellow flag indicates care is needed
A red flag indicates swimming is unsafe due to rough sea (Do Not Enter Sea)
A white flag indicates Jellyfish (July August only)
NOTE The yellow markers you see indicated the maximum distance life savers are able to
swim out to rescue you. Boats are also not allowed past these points. You should never
swim out to sea further than these markers.
There are also beach libraries where you can enjoy local and international newspapers
free of charge under covered quiet areas as well as free to use outdoor gym facilities in
Park Elche (Poniente / Harbour) and well marked meeting points.
LA CALA FINESTRAT
Over the hill (Mont Benidorm) at the far end of the Poniente beach you will find La Cala
Beach, reached by the bus number 2 or bus 3 from park Elche. This is a small cove which
is mostly enjoyed by residents and ex-pats who are wintering in Spain. The area is well
known for safe swimming and offers some great bars and restaurants right on the beach.
In the evenings this is a lively but quieter place to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.
In summer months there are markets at weekends until 1am. Night buses operate in
summer months all night to and from Benidorm to La Cala beach. For a great pub and
good food give Molly Malones a visit right on the beach.
To stay near the beach we recommend the Gemelos 24 Apartments which are just
60 meters from the beach. See more information about La Cala Finestrat.
BENIDORM COVES - TI XIMO & ALMADRABA PROTECTED AREA
These are small sandy coves reached by road at the far end of the Levante beyond the
cable ski. If you prefer to more secluded these are recommended for the more
adventurous as it is quite a steep walk. Once there however you can still hire a sun
lounger to relax in comfort. There are no facilities so take plenty to drink and food if you
are to spend an entire day there.
RACO CONIL ( PLAYA NUDISTA ) 4km FROM BENIDORM
The nudist beach is best reached by car, the very fit can walk there form La Cala bay. To
drive take the old Villa Joyosa road toward the casino. Take an immediate left at the
casino and follow the road down to the car park where you will find a small rocky cove.
This is a real sun trap and is enjoyed by Naturists of all nationalities. The micro climate
here can make the weather extremely hot even in winter months so take plenty to drink.
This is also protected land so please keep to the paths and leave the beach as you found
it. Swimming is safe here but it is advised not to swim out to far where the tides can be
very strong. See Satellite Image to get an idea of where it is and how to best get there -
Zoom out of the image to see the surrounding areas.
TAKE A TRIP TO ALBIR ALTEA & CALPE BEACHES TOO!
Just 20/30 minutes drive along the coast north of Benidorm you will find the beaches at
Albir, Altea and Calpe which have fine beaches and promenades with great cafés and
restaurants to enjoy a lunch or snack. You can drive along the coast or take the boat
which leaves Benidorm every morning and only takes an hour to Altea and Calpe. A very
pleasant trip to a very pleasant port and beach. We recommend you do lunch on the
harbour in Calpe.
We hope you enjoy all the beaches Benidorm has to offer and get a chance to explore
the coast south toward Alicante and north toward Denia. You will find other fantastic
beaches, coves and small fishing villages to enjoy during your Benidorm holiday.
Benidorm and the Costa Blanca where you will always find the perfect place to relax, rest
and play in the Sun in Spain. Other readers also find these pages of interest Albir Guide
& Altea Guide
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