Located between the city’s 2 main beaches, Benidorm Old Town still manages to retain its charm among the surrounding high rise buildings and holiday apartments. With the pretty blue tiled domes of San Jaime y Santa Ana Church as it’s focal point, the town’s quaint narrow streets provide welcoming respite from the summer sun and are lined with interesting boutiques, cafés and arts & crafts shops. Although there are numerous tapas bars throughout the area, most hungry visitors can be found in Benidorm Old Town’s fantastic Tapas Alley which is lined with bars displaying a wonderful array of these tasty treats.
With literally hundreds of different tapas on offer, mainly from the Basque or Catalan regions, it’s a shame to see the vast majority of visitors only sampling the easily recognisable dishes such as cheese and serrano ham, mini kebabs, meatballs, and if they’re ”adventurous” maybe a bowl of olives !! There is so much more to Spanish tapas, and being a coastal city, the choice of seafood alone is superb. Try the deep fried baby squid (chipirones) or deliciously sweet red prawns (gambas roja) as well as the snails in a rich brown sauce (caracoles) As it attracts many tourists, most of the tapas bars here will charge for their dishes, but throughout Benidorm there are a number of traditional Spanish bars that will serve you a tapas free with your drink order, a great way to fill the tummy if you’re on a budget.
Known by the locals as Passage de la Carretera, Walking Street is a lively pedestrian only street that runs through the middle of the Old Town and is lined with shops, bars and restaurants with small lanes branching off it. The area enjoys great nightlife and has a number of cabaret shows, karaoke bars and drag queen acts to keep visitors entertained and amused. At the end of Walking Street is the pretty Dove Park where you can relax under the shady trees and enjoy a picnic while you watch life go by.