Benidorm, the city that is known to many Belgians as a popular place to stay in the winter especially for people who are retired. This is anything but true. Benidorm is a vibrant and sunny place where both young and old can enjoy themselves. This city has a lot to offer, from theme parks, scuba diving, nature parks and so much more!
I would love to take you on a trip through Benidorm, lets go!
Benidorm is very easy and fast reached from Belgium. Direct flights from Zaventem to Alicante take about 2.20 hours on average and does not have to be expensive at all. There are several (low-cost) airlines like Ryanair, Tui, Brussels Airlines ,… offering direct flights to Alicante. Once arrived in Alicante, it is about 3 minutes drive to the centre of Benidorm.
As you enter Benidorm, you feel like in the ‘European Miami’ by the tall buildings and various skyscrapers that define the city skyline. The special thing about this is that you do not have this feeling when you walk through the city. Spatial planning gives you an “open feeling”. At last, the whole city of Benidorm is build in function of tourism (we didn’t knew this!).
The cosy old part of Benidorm
First of all, we went to explore the old part of Benidorm. Here you will find all kinds of cosy, local restaurants and shops. Our first introduction to the typical Spanish food was in “La Senoria”, which is a small restaurant that serves various traditional dishes. Immediately we realised that Spanish cuisine consists of a lot of different dishes and this was also seen, by the Spanish people, as an important activity of the day.
Everyone that thinks of Spain will automatically link the country to the famous ‘tapas’. Of course we did an extensive tapas tour, testing out as many different dishes as possible. From patatas bravas to picho, every time combined with a glass of wine or sangria. Life can be good!
In the Tapas Alli, we started our ‘tapas tour’ and pulled through the old part of the city. It is a very nice thing to do, everyone is really enjoying the food and the cosy Spanish atmosphere. I would certainly recommend you guys to do this! Not only for culinary lovers, but also to mix yourself into the Spanish culture.
Our personal favourite spot is Balcón del Mediterráneo at Placa del Castell, also known as THE ‘instagram hotspot’. It’s actually a cape that separates Benidorm’s 2 major beaches and gives breath-taking views over the city. For the die-hards among us, go and watch the sunrise or sunset. I can assure you that you will like it. Instagram aproved!
Tip: We stayed at the 4-star Sol Casablanca Benidorm, which is centrally located right on the beach.