Areas Near Benidorm
For some, especially the younger party crowd and those looking for great value package holidays, the Spanish city of Benidorm is the ideal vacation destination. There are miles of golden sand beaches, exciting attractions and hundreds of bars and restaurants where, due to the fierce competition, food and drink can be found at very reasonable prices. For others though, the city is just too commercialised, and being surrounded by block after block of high rise buildings, constant crowds and raucous noise is not their idea of fun. Fortunately, just a short drive from the city there are some lovely places to enjoy a holiday without all the negatives that come with a busy city, yet within an easy commute should you wish to spend a lively day or evening in Benidorm.
The port city of Alicante is the capital of the Alicante Province and is about a 40 minute drive from Benidorm. The city lies at the foot of Benacantil Mountain that is dominated by the Santa Bárbara Castle, and due to it’s size, offers visitors a whole host of attractions and activities. One of its most striking features is the wide palm lined promenade with its beautifully designed paving stones in different colours that give the impression of waves. Here is where many residents and holidaymakers enjoy their evening, cooling off in the sea breeze, putting the world to rights and making regular stops for refreshments along the way. It is a cultural city where you can visit museums, art exhibitions, historical buildings and monuments, concerts and music festivals. There is excellent shopping opportunities as well as fantastic and varied nightlife.
L’Alfás del Pi is just a short distance from Benidorm City and a welcome change from the hustle and bustle. You can enjoy views to Peñon de Ifach from the town’s lovely beach or stroll along the pretty promenade where you will notice the names of actors etched into the walkway. These are in honour of the L’Alfás del Pi Film Festival and where the promenade’s name comes from Promenade of the Stars (Paseo de las Estrellas) There are a selection of cafés and tapas bars for refreshments and tasty bites, as well as some excellent restaurants. When relaxing in the towns bars and restaurants you may notice other patrons around you speaking a variety of languages, and this is due to the town being one of the only on the Costa Blanca where there are more foreign residents than Spanish.
Just a 15 minute drive from Benidorm, and worlds apart, is the historic town of Villajoyosa, aptly translated, it means joyful town and that it certainly is. Quaint little fishing cottages add a colourful picture to the backdrop of mountains, and look out across a wide sandy beach to the glistening Mediterranean Ocean. Here visitors can explore the walled town centre, old bridges, markets, arts & crafts shops and a great selection of bars and restaurants. Chocolate lovers can take a tour of the Valor chocolate factory, of which the town is famous for, and sample some of their sweet delights. Alternately, you can spend lazy days on the beach, soaking up the sun or liven it up with a bit of water sports.