What is in Benidorm besides excessive drinking?

My friend turned 40 recently and as such decided to have a lads holiday in Benidorm, Spain. It has a reputation for being a mini-Britain and some see it as the homeland of smut and cheap alcohol. It had never been on my list, but it’s my friends’ birthday and we go where he says. My job is to find out if there is more to Benidorm than being a warm version of Skegness.

My YouTube video should give you an idea of how the trip went:

We stayed in the Sol Pelicanos Ocas, which is where a popular UK TV series, aptly named “Benidorm”, is filmed. It is massive, has decent facilities, a good atmosphere around all the pools and the barman pour drinks generously. However, for €68 per night you would hope so. The Hotel Helios Benidorm is a similar price and a much classier establishment for those wanting to escape the crowds.

My connection from Alicante airport was with Beniconnect, who offer various transfer options at different price levels. When agreeing a connection I was told that I should make my way to their office (it’s a makeshift stand) as soon as I land as the bus would be waiting for me and I was the last passenger. I scuttled off as soon as my flight landed and the lady at the stand informed me that I was actually the first and I should “wait nearby” for the others. I explained what I had been told and she said “I did not tell you that, you’ll have to take that up with the office”. After a 45 minute wait we eventually set off and I had some drunken middle aged couples directly behind me yawping in my ear. Misinformed, mistreated, miserable – oh and they don’t accept certain forms of payment.

If I had my time again I would use a private taxi company, pay a little bit more and be at my lodgings quickly, safely and in comfort. I know a reliable and trustworthy cabbie that can take up to 4 people at €50 each way, which is cheap as the transfers anyway (with all 4 people). If you would like the contact number for this cabbie, just drop me a message.

Eating out can be a difficult affair as 99% of people want an all day breakfast for €2 three times a day. Fear not, as there are a few options that will suit any palette. My pick of the bunch is Amigos Restaurant and Roof Terrace. Make sure you book to avoid disappointment.

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The best views and walks in this area are in the Sierra Gelada National Park and it is a mere few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Benidorm. See here for information on walking routes.

Overall, it isn’t a place I will rush back to, but if you do find yourself in the area, don’t panic. There are nice hotels, places to eat, and some lovely views, despite the reputation. You just have to look really hard! Have you ever been, would you go? Leave a comment…

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20 thoughts on “What is in Benidorm besides excessive drinking?

  1. This blog made me smile. Excessive drinking is definitely all I think of when I think of Benidorm. It sounds like that’s the majority of what is there as well… but it’s good to hear you found somewhere to escape to on a walk and some decent food whilst you were there as well!

  2. Hahaha, never heard of Benidorm before 🙂 But it’s always a good idea to look for new unspoiled places or activities. Despite its reputation 😀

  3. Benidorm… one of us being from the Netherlands it does have a bit of a reputation in our country as well. Both for excessive drinking and for elderly people escaping the horrible Dutch weather between November and February. It’s cool though, the way you approached it with an open mind to see what else it has to offer. Thanks for your honesty, I am afraid it is not going to be on my bucket list 😉

  4. Love articles like this. Too many travellers dismiss the known tourist spots but your article proves that you can find what you’re looking for as long as you look hard enough!

  5. I’ve never heard of Bernidorm! But since I haven’t been to Spain yet, I definitely won’t skip any of the must-see cities to come to this place instead haha, thanks to your article.

  6. Hey! You’re in the South of Spain, otherwise known as #winning!

    Your walk by the sea looks like an excellent start to the day, and it looks like Tiki Beach is the hangout spot!

  7. Interesting. I Love everything about spain and have been to many parts including hiking the entire Camino Frances from France. But I have never even heard of having a holiday in Benidorm, Spain. Guess I tend to pass over those places but it does sound like it could be a little fun even for us over 40. Kind of reminds me of what Americans do in Las Vegas

  8. looks like you have a blast with your friends party. I will definitely include Sierra Gelada National Park in my Spain itinerary. Will take note of your tips on getting access on foods.

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