Top 5 Beaches – Costa Blanca


Recently we looked at Benidorm, and the top 10 FREE activities there – great ways to save a few cents, especially if you’re travelling with a family – every little helps as they say. One of those things to do was to visit the great beaches of the area. it’s not called the white coast for nothing. We looked at two beaches close to Benidorm itself, but there are of course lots more to choose from. Let’s look at the top tanning spots – the top 5 beaches of the Costa Blanca.

Beach, Costa Blanca

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Wonderful as it is to explore a new destination, sometimes all you need from a holiday is a total wind down. A well stocked Kindle or that paperback you keep meaning to start, a decent sun cream, and a soft towel. A week of horizontal healing, as you top up the tan and feel the rays of Spanish sun melt away your worries and stress. Sound like a good plan?

Before you reach for your hand luggage, let’s see where’s the best place to go. Spain has miles and miles of coastline to choose from – but millions of visitors every year can’t all be wrong. Flock with them to the white coast, soak up some sun, relax and discover some, or all, of the top 5 beaches on the Costa Blanca.

Beach, Costa Blanca

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1. El Paradis – Villajoyosa

What’s in a name? Well, El Paradis says it all then! Choose your spot on the 1km of fine golden sand. Well equipped too with facilities such as lifeguards, loos, play areas, beach-side bars and restaurants if you’re feeling peckish. A great beach for families – it has the coveted Blue Flag – this is one to visit with the kids.

Where is it? Villajoyosa lies just 32 kilometres from Alicante. You can get off the plane and be there in an hour – what a great first day to your holiday. Worth mentioning also is Playa La Caleta in the same area. Clean and clear waters, and plenty of opportunity for trying out some water-sports here too – it’s the home of the local Club Nautico. Villajoyosa is famous for the manufacture of chocolate, no wonder the name translates as ‘Joyful Village’!

An apartment to rent in Villajoyosa.

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2. La Granadella – Jávea

This one comes up in the nominations time and time again. Jávea itself is a popular spot with holiday makers, and it’s really not surprising at all. La Granadella is a perfectly shaped horseshoe of pebble, but don’t let that put you off. It’s very fine, and behind the beach sits a forest of Aleppo Pine trees, so you can sleep surrounded by the twin scents of salted sea air, and fresh pine….add to this dreamlike scene the gentle lapping of the waves, and you’re hooked like a baited fish.

Where is it? Jávea has superb road connections to both Alicante and Valencia and is quite charming, made up of the Old Town, the port and of course the stunning sandy beaches – an ideal holiday spot.

Holiday rentals in Jávea.


3. Les Rotes Dénia Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
3. Les Rotes, Dénia

Picture rocks and golden sand, an afternoon peering into rock pools with the kids, excellent scuba diving, and private coves. Want it all in the same place? No problem, just get down to Dénia on the Costa Blanca, and head for Les Rotes where it all awaits. Forgotten your bikini or even your mankini (er, probably best)? There’s even a nudist area too, so again, no problem.

Where is it? Right between Alicante and Valencia, Dénia is well situated. There’s a castle amongst other areas to explore when you get tired of bucket and spade life. You can even venture further afield and take a trip to Ibiza, if you fancy island life for a day.

Lovely places to stay in Dénia.


4. San Juan de Alicante Alicante Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
4. San Juan de Alicante, Alicante

Situated to the North of Alicante, you can even take the tram to the beach of San Juan, where you’ll find 8 kms of golden, fine, soft sand. Disabled access, lifeguards, toilet facilities, bars, restaurants and even a Blue Flag too. Like beach life but he gets bored? Pack him off to the nearby 18 hole golf course – sometimes being a golf widow can be really rewarding! Pass me that sun cream….

Where is it? To the north of the city, drive, take the tram, you could even catch the bus. A beach accessible to all. Like a party with an atmosphere? Then pitch up here for San Juan, the beach celebrations at midsummer, where you can join in with bonfire jumping and ritual cleansing – if you want!

Holiday rentals in San Juan.

San Juan, Alicante

5. This list is too short El Carabassí near Santa Pola Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
5. This list is too short! El Carabassí near Santa Pola

Gently sloping, safe, clear waters – a parent’s dream. Your little ones will be safe and sound here, with soft golden sand thrown into the bargain. Popular with Spanish families too, take a picnic and spend all day here, bring plenty of parasols for shade. Lots of shacks selling ice cream and treats – keep up that bottled water intake – and bars for a coffee or a plate of food if you haven’t brought the kitchen sink. Bring your binoculars too – not for the design ated nudist area, but for spotted birds of the feathered variety, this beach is surrounded by salt pans and wetlands, great territory for waders.Where is it? Santa Pola is between El Altet and La Marina, south of Alicante. In fact 15 kilometres of beaches dot the coastline hereabouts, you’ll be totally spoilt for choice – explore them all!A place to stay in Santa Pola? Plenty of rentals here to choose from.Just 5? No, way more await – that’s just a small sample of some of the best beaches long the Costa Blanca – hey, what’s your favourite?

Walking in Benidorm

Benidorm continues to attract holidaymakers in their millions with many returning to the top Costa Blanca resort time after time. Its gorgeous sandy beaches, balmy weather throughout the year, great entertainment, bargain nights out and theme parks being among its many attractions.

It’s also a great resort to wander around with each area having its own distinct charm. You can stroll along the beaches and gaze up at some of the highest skyscrapers in Europe of various colours glistening in the bright Benidorm sunshine.

The two best-known beaches in Benidorm are Playa Poniente and Playa Levante.

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Levante beach, Benidorm

You can walk from one to the other with ease, stopping off at the iconic Balcon del Mediterraneo which separates the beaches and head into the old town for a bite to eat or for shopping.

Your walk could end with an invigorating trip up to the Benidorm Cross to see the sunset or a lively night out in the famous British Quarter with its fabulous bars, discoes, karaoke and tribute bands.

Serious sunseekers may like to start at Levante beach, which is the best beach for the morning sun, and finish at Poniente to enjoy the afternoon rays and the sunset.

Benidorm’s iconic skyscrapers

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Stepping out from Poniente beach

Both Poniente and Levante beaches offer long stretches of golden sand with sunbeds to make the most of the beautiful Benidorm weather whatever the season.

At Poniente, you can stroll by the seafront for some or all of its five kilometres along the Avenida Vicente Llorca Alos towards the iconic Balcon del Mediterraneo.

You’ll notice many Spanish couples and families also enjoying a walk along Poniente beach as it’s a popular spot for a slow stroll and a coffee. Despite many people’s impression of Benidorm as being no more than Blackpool with sunshine, it’s very popular with holidaymakers from across Europe including many Spanish tourists..

You will also find many Spanish restaurants and bars alongside Poniente beach.

Relaxing on Benidorm beach

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Keep fit on Benidorm’s beaches

In the mornings, don’t be surprised to find groups of people joining exercise classes on the sand.
The seaside promenade gets even more crowded as you reach the pretty Parque de Elche which is home to many pigeons and white doves.

It’s a popular place for having a few minutes’ peace and quiet or letting the children play on the slides and swings. The palm trees provide much-needed shade during the long, summer months too.

If you aren’t brave enough to join the groups keeping fit on the beach, there is outdoor exercise equipment in the Parque de Elche for you to keep toned if you feel energetic enough.
Be elevated by Europe’s highest hotel

Be elevated by Europe’s highest hotel Walking in Benidorm

Gran Hotel Bali, Benidorm

Half way along the promenade, it is worth taking a detour to visit the Gran Hotel Bali in Calle Luis Prendes, which dominates the Benidorm skyline and is the highest hotel in Europe at 186 metres tall.

You can grab the lift taking you up the outside of the building to the 45th floor where you can get out to enjoy the panoramic views of Benidorm’s beaches and the mountains in the background.
Step up to Benidorm’s Balcon del Mediterraneo

The emblematic Balcon del Mediterraneo is a former fortress between the Poniente and Levante beaches which is a favourite spot to enjoy views over both beaches and to view Benidorm’s fabulous skyscrapers in all their glory.

The steps are pretty heavy going from Poniente beach or you can skirt around the Balcon to approach it from Levante beach.

Step up to Benidorm’s Balcon del Mediterraneo Walking in Benidorm

Balcon del Mediterraneo, Benidorm

This is a pretty square lined with cafes for a coffee or meal or to have your photo taken by the cannons guarding the square or to visit the charming St Jaime church with its traditional blue tiled dome.

Make sure you have your camera or smartphone with you to take pictures as the iconic viewpoint has been voted one of the most picturesque in all of Spain.
Heading for Benidorm Old Town

Behind the Balcon del Mediterraneo is Benidorm’s old town, famous for its nightlife, shops and tapas bars.

Heading for Benidorm Old Town Walking in Benidorm

If you’re looking for a taste of traditional Spain in Benidorm, you are most likely to find it in this district with its cobbled, narrow streets and traditional squares.

The old town is great for tapas at lunchtime or to enjoy fabulous nightlife, including first-class drag acts, cabaret shows and gay bars.

Benidorm old town

In and around Calle Santo Domingo, you’ll find several traditional tapas bars where you can sample tasty Spanish snacks such as meatballs, sardines, garlic prawns, Spanish ham or omelettes.

If you are new to Benidorm, either eat at or take a peek inside Cerveceria Gambrinus. As well as offering a long list of tapas dishes and paellas, the walls inside are lined with photos of old Benidorm when it was a sleepy fishing village.

In the nearby indoor market, you can stock up with tasty ham, cheese, oven-baked bread and fruit to make your own beach picnic. At the fish stalls, you will find a tremendous variety of fish and shellfish, the likes of which are rarely seen in the typical supermarket in Britain.
Afternoon delight at Benidorm’s Levante beach

Whatever the season, you’ll find plenty going on at Levante beach. Even in winter, you’ll find it’s possible to sunbathe or play beach games on the golden sand – some hardy holidaymakers will even be brave enough to take to the waters!

Afternoon delight at Benidorm’s Levante beach Walking in Benidorm

Levante beach, Benidorm

Alongside the beach is a lovely promenade lined with bars, cafes and restaurants so you can have a rest or soak up the sea views.

Heading towards the English Square at the far end of the beach, you’ll find many bars serving English beers and food. This is also a good place to pick up bargain drinks and to enjoy entertainment such as karaoke or live acts in the afternoons as well as the evenings.
Going up in Benidorm

Before heading for the famous Benidorm nightlife, you may want a short detour up to the Benidorm Cross – another icon of this top holiday resort.

It will take about 45 minutes to climb up the Sierra Helada mountain to the Cross so make sure you’re well prepared with sun cream, water and sensible shoes.

The original wooden cross was put in the Sierra Helada natural park about 55 years ago by Catholic friars. Many people take the walk up to the replacement cross to reflect on loved ones or simply to enjoy the majestic views over Benidorm.

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Morgan Tavern, Benidorm
It’s hip to be in Benidorm’s English Square

Fans of the Benidorm TV comedy will find the English Square looks very familiar. In and around Calle Gerona, Ibiza and Avenida de Mallorca, just off Levante beach, are many bars and restaurants, plenty of which offer British beer and food as well as live music including fabulous tribute bands, cabaret acts, karaoke and plenty of action.

Morgan Tavern is a top place to go for live shows and it features heavily in the Benidorm TV comedy.




Budget Busting Benidorm: 10 Free Things to Do

Have a look out of the window. What’s it doing? Really? Raining again? Who’d have thought it…hardly like spring, is it?

If your budget is a bit tight this year – and your mood matches the weather outside, perhaps you think you can’t afford a holiday…well, think again. Bag a cheap flight from thousands on offer and browse some budget rentals in Benidorm. Once you land under the Spanish sun, there are still lots of ways to save cash – a quick guide to print out and keep –10 free things to do in Benidorm.

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View of Benidorm
Broaden Your Horizons

The first thing to do when looking for a bargain break is to choose somewhere where there really is lots on offer, competition means lower prices. The same rule applies to flights and accommodation. Exclusivity can be more expensive, but the best option is to place your drawing pin somewhere populated, and popular!

On a budget, Benidorm makes for a smart choice, especially if you want to treat the whole family, it’s aimed at activities and family fun – you can’t go too far wrong. Flights are a-plenty, with lots of choice regarding flight times too – you needn’t necessarily land in the middle of the night, just to get a cheaper deal.
What About Accommodation?

Forget the TV show – you don’t have to be landed with Johnny Vegas or his mum by the pool, a Benidorm bargain break can still be found. Begin by browsing in this area and I guarantee you will find somewhere to call your own for a week or more, it just might have it’s own pool too. The prices are from low to high, so get searching…

If there’s no pool, then panic not, water-sports and water-parks are synonymous with the Costa Blanca, what are you still sitting there for? Pack your flippers and scuba mask – we’re off to Benidorm – and looking for 10 free things to do!
1. A Picnic:

Not just any old picnic. And certainly not with a Thermos of tea and two deck chairs next to the motorway – why do people do that?!

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Pack up a couple of crusty barras de pan, some thinly cut jamón, and a selection of cold drinks and head for the Algar Waterfalls – just up the road from bustling Benidorm. What will you find? An oasis of peace. A tumbling waterfall, with designated picnic areas, and a river to splash and swim in. Just right for cooling off on a hot day. There are plenty of marked walks and trails here too – a perfect family day out.

Algar Waterfalls, Benidorm
2. The Old Town:

Okay, so you might want to spend some money when you get there. But the Old Town of Benidorm makes for a great stroll after dinner, made in your accommodation of course. Allow the kids to let off some steam as you explore the winding streets and cobbles of the Old Town, a stop for a cold drink won’t break the bank, and a bit of window shopping in the artisan outlets there costs nothing. Soak up the ambience of the Old Town and admire the buildings and architecture – and remember the camera.
3. The Day Trip:

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A day out called for? Guadalest is your day out destination. Hewn right from the rocks that surround the place – there’s a Moorish castle to explore, and an ancient bell tower. Just 25 kilometres inland from your holiday rental home in Benidorm, picturesque Guadalest will be a day out to remember.

Just 200 residents inhabit this lovely place, but worth remembering is Guadalest is the most visited place in Spain – after the Prado museum in Madrid – so an early Spring visit might be preferable to one on a hot Saturday in August! Just saying…!

Guadalest, Benidorm
5. The Beaches:

Ah, the beaches. Probably one of the top reasons to visit the Costa Blanca, after all, it’s all in the name – the White Coast.

Miles and miles of white sand, shelving waters – warm as a bath in Summer – and family friendly Blue Flag beaches to explore. There really is no better way to amuse kids than a few hours playing on the beach. Poniente is perfect, the requisite Blue flag, and a family orientated atmosphere await.

Levante is another good one, but more suited to a younger, singles crowd – teens and singles, enjoying a day out and mucking about near the water. Poniente would be for me – there’s only so long that I can breathe in for….5. The Beaches 300x200 Budget Busting Benidorm: 10 Free Things to Do




Benidorm Beach, Costa Blanca


6. The Rock:

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The Rock? Yes, not Gibraltar but the Peñon de Ifach – I always think that sounds oddly Welsh – makes a great day out. Resembling the other, more famous rock, it juts up from the sea at nearby Calpe. You can really get back to nature here too – as the surrounding area has been designated a wildlife reserve. Calpe itself is not bad either.

Penon de Ifach, Benidorm
7. The Castle:

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A 13th century military castle – Castillo de Biar – is also a national monument. it overlooks the town of the same name. A pretty dramatic day out, the castle stands in a lofty position, the views are amazing. A stomach lurching tall tower, the Tower of Homage, fortified walls and an enviable position, a trip to Castillo de Biar will make a great day of make believe for any child in your family!

Castillo de Biar, Benidorm

8. The Traditional Village:

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The bustle of Benidorm is fabulous, but you might find that after a week you also want to experience somewhere more local, traditional, quieter. No problem. Right outside Benidorm lies Altea, the antidote to Benidorm, an oasis of calm and a perfect spot for a day of unwinding and seeing the other side of Costa Blanca life.

A super destination for couples, it’s quiet, romantic, flower filled and as pretty as the picture it paints. You may find that you don’t want to leave, if so, stay another few days and try a two centre holiday – here are some choice places to anchor down in Altea.

9. The Party:

Of course, the best way to experience a FREE party – come to Benidorm when one of the fiestas is taking place. When is the best time?

You’ll find various fiesta days, festivals and Saint’s days all year round – but November is when you’ll find Benidorm in full party mode. This is traditionally when fiesta week takes place, from the Friday of the second week. If you want to experience Spanish party overload, then pack the paracetamol for that week.

Processions, paella, and the biggest – and loudest – firework display to top it all off with a discernible bang. Yes, the Spanish ‘do’ loud very well indeed.
10. The Water:

Not just the fabulous Mediterranean Sea – although that’s good too, and also free – but some curative waters, a another great day out without flashing the cash.

The Fonts at Lion Mountain to be precise. What are they? Head for the base of Puig Camapana mountain – it resembles a sleeping lion, thus the nickname. You’ll find the wonderfully named village of Polop waiting for you, it’s all just half an hour from Benidorm. There 200 natural springs, and folk come from far and wide to drink the sulphuric curative waters, known to heal all ails – well, worth a try anyway! Back in the village square you can visit the former house of the artist Miro too – so one for the arty types with a health kick thrown in. One for me too – there’s a show factory outlet in town, with leather shoes at factory prices – now that’s what I call instant healing – or should I say heeling…? Of course, you’ll have to pay for those.

10 ways to enjoy beautiful Benidorm for FREE – what more could you possibly want? Just think, you’ll have saved so much money there’ll be enough left over for your next spanish holiday in the sun!

Five amazing places to visit on the Costa Blanca

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581 Fill 670 0 300x225 Five amazing places to visit on the Costa BlancaThe Costa Blanca, the jewel in the crown of Eastern Spain, is extremely popular with the British, in fact a staggering 2 million people from the UK visit the area every year, most of whom head to the areas most popular “magnet” for British holiday makers, Benidorm.


….but to suggest that there is far more to this part of Spain than just Benidorm, would be somewhat of an under statement. However the city of Benidorm is still well worth a visit, although those wanting a quiet, relaxed and cultured holiday, may be disappointed as this is well known across Spain as “party central”!
Discover the real Spain on the Costa Blanca

For those wanting a slice of the “real” Spain, being based in the city for a holiday need not be a nightmare, and due to the sheer availability of accommodation here, there are many bargain breaks to be had.

Not only that, with the glut of car rental companies in the city wanting the tourist Euro, why not hire a car, get a map and go an explore some different places around the Costa blanca, to make your holiday an unforgettable one.

As the city is served by a fast (toll) motorway (AP-7) this gives quick and easy access, on congestion free roads, to a multitude of towns, villages, monuments, and places of special interest, all waiting to be discovered.

Sitges – Vintage Car Rally

Day tripper! Five places to see on the Costa Blanca

Not just a popular Beatles song, but a concept that is emerging amongst British holidaymakers. It is now so easy to take advantage of cheap flights from the UK (to either Valencia or Alicante airports), cheap hotels or budget villa rentals in Benidorm and head further out to explore this amazing area.

There are various places along the Costa Blanca to whet anyone’s appetite for virtually anything so here is a selected list of five places you really must see.
Things to see outside of Benidorm

If you are staying in the city during your trip, or not, it is well worth a good look around Benidorm at the sights, smells and sounds of a fascinating, awe inspiring and very quirky place, so much loved by the hordes of British tourists who come here each year, especially fans of the TV show “Benidorm”.

Here is Mateo’s bar, which is at the Sol Pelicanos hotel, near to Levante beach.

Benidorm tv show pool

The city is by far the premier destination along this section of coast and boast the highest hotel in Europe (the gran hotel Bali) and also has the largest concentration of skyscrapers in Europe. Not satisfied with that accolade, Benidorm also has the largest concentration of skyscrapers per square metre outside of New York, which adds to the feel of a very cosmopolitan city.
Venture out of Benidorm and discover another world

1. Become closer to nature.

A short drive from Benidorm is the natural park of Serra Gelada (ice mountain) which is a rugged area on the coast, which rises more than 300 metres over Benidorm, Alfàs del Pì and Altea. This is an amazing place for many reasons: Tranquillity, nature, fresh air and the most amazing view that could be had anywhere in the whole of eastern Spain.

The mountain can be climbed on foot and takes around 2 hours but it is for very fit people!

The more “Normal” of us can take various journeys up the mountain by various means, and there is a even a service where a 4X4 Jeep takes visitors to the top and then they cycle back down, which has to be said, does not involve a great deal of pedal power!

2. Scare the hell out of the children.

No, not take them to a dungeon and leave them for the duration, however tempting, but a reference to the areas theme parks which are quite amazing, as good as anything you will find in the USA, and they cater for most tastes, although the thrill seekers get the golden egg on this occasion.

The main theme parks in the area are Terra Mitica, a sort of “around the world” themed park, Aqualandia, a crazy water slide themed park, Mundomar (which is basically a small version of Sea World), and Terra Natura, a wildlife themed park, all of which have been seen at some point in the Benidorm TV show.

Benidorm – Terra Mitica

3. Visit Calpe.

Calpe is a delightful seaside town which is dominated by a large rocky outcrop called the “penon de lfach” and is often likened to the rock of Gibraltar, although smaller in size.

The town is full of sleepy side streets, lazy tapas bars and 2 lovely churches which are well worth a visit for some quiet contemplation, or even just to escape the scorching summer sun! These lovely old Spanish churches are worth a visit and are quite close to each other too. They are the Iglesia Antigua and the Iglesia de la Senora de las Nieves.

A visit to Calpe, a small, beautiful, quaint and traditional place steeped in History will be very much a highlight on anyone’s holiday and visitors come back time and time again to soak up the real atmosphere.

4. Visit the city of Valencia!

The city of arts and sciences in 2007

If car hire and driving is not a problem whilst on holiday here, then venturing a bit further afield, the regional capital city of Valencia is about an hour and 40 minutes drive north from Benidorm and is a must see. There are many attractions too, and something for all the family, such as the quite astounding city of arts and sciences which encompasses a museum, opera house, 3d cinema and a massive aquarium.

5. Algar Waterfalls.

Lastly, a visit to the Costa Blanca could not really be marked as complete without a visit to the unspoilt beauty spot of the waterfalls of Algar, 10km from Albir and situated near the small inland town of Callosa d’en Sarria.

The weather during the summer time around the Costa Blanca can be quite a shock for many people and to escape the heat, there is nothing better than to swim in the crystal clear waters of the algar, which whatever the weather, always stays very cool and is a great way to recharge the batteries whilst on holiday.

The site includes a refreshments area, toilets, a picnic area and a small camp site.

A family holiday to the Costa Blanca does not need to be just sun, sea and sand. There is so much to do and see, and the list above is a tiny fraction of the things to do and places to go whilst visiting eastern Spain.


skyscrapers BenidormLevante – the high energy area of Benidorm!
If you like a bit of bustle and hustle on your holiday then you’ll enjoy the energy of the Levante area of Benidorm. Beach, hotel and theme park pleasures by day and the highest concentration of entertainment and clubbing venues in Europe by night. You can just feel the happy atmosphere.

The smiling guests of the iconic sky scraper hotels ensure the bar and beach life is always lively and varied. Or, if you just want to relax with family and friends, there are plenty of opportunities for that, including taking in the sun by the pool with a cooling drink in hand.
Fabulous Beach!

Rated as one the best beaches in Europe. Long and safe, Playa Levante stretches for more than two kilometres of luxuriant sand butting up against the area known as Rincon de Loix. There are plenty of beds and parasols for hire, lifeguard patrols and a wealth of water sports. You can also read the daily papers on Levante Beach, at the Biblioplaya (beach library). Run by the local Council it’s free but usually closed in February and March.

It might be known as the sunrise beach, but there’s even more going on at sunset and into the night in the broad promenade that runs parallel to it.

More about Benidorm’s beautiful beaches
Levante Hotels & Apartments

The Levante has the highest proportion of hotels in Benidorm, 11 of them are 4* which lend the area an air of polished chic. There are many more with 3* and 2* star and also a good selection of apartments of varying price and quality. In general the standards of food & service in the hotels are very good with meals served buffet style, most have entertainment in the day and in the evening some form of live entertainment – dancing is very popular. You can find a wealth of information on our Levante hotel guide at Benidorm Hotel Guide for detailed information on specific apartments and hotels in the Levante Area. All easily bookable online.
Eating out

There are a few good restaurants and if you like pub grub, you’ll love eating out here; every possible permutation is explored, there’s oodles of noodle joints, Indian, Chinese and fast food restaurants. The stiff competition has resulted in amazingly low prices, even on the waterfront.

Yet for those special occasions there are also modern restaurants offering high class food in contemporary surroundings.

See our guide to Benidorm’s Restaurants for the complete lowdown on eating out in Benidorm
Holiday Shopping

Certainly there are some good quality boutiques but don’t expect too much from the rest of the shops, mainly souvenirs or low-priced clothing, supermarkets are small and the off licenses very cheap- hooray! English newspapers and mags are easy to find.
Daytime Fun

Two of the best theme parks in Europe are to be found in Levante – a visit to Mundomar and Aqualandia guarantees a great day out. The former features a Dolphinarium and a bat cave and the latter is a very large complex of water slides and other fun features for the whole family.

If you prefer sitting to walking then just relax by the pool with a cocktail or imbibe a reasonably priced beer or two at one of the music bars by the beach. The ones nearer the old town are particularly good.

The best Theme Parks in Europe
Night-time Entertainment

The cluster of disco’s and cabaret venues around the Av. De Mallorca offer popular and amusing nights out. There are comedians, tribute acts and much more. There are no admission charges and the drinks are very reasonably priced with many specials in the early part of the evening. Some very stylish bars are also there to be discovered. Admission to the big clubs further inland is much lower than at other famous destinations.

Dressing For Your Body Shape


dress upgrade 32 Dressing For Your Body ShapeWomen’s fashion is often dictated by designers who place their clothes on rail-thin models. Because they are so incredibly slender, the clothing isn’t so much worn as it simply hangs there. In reality, women come in all shapes and sizes. Dressing to flatter your shape will not only make you look better, you will also feel better in clothes that accentuate the positive and play down the negative.

The Athletic Body Type

Female athletes who run or practise martial arts may be lean,yoga goddess latest1 300x94 Dressing For Your Body Shape while ladies who enjoy lifting weights or wrestling may be more muscular. If you are embarrassed by a small bosom or larger-than-average biceps, you should instead focus on attributes you are proud of and wish to showcase. Toned, sculpted legs can be shown off by wearing pencil skirts or form-fitting trousers. A flat midsection can carry low-rise waistlines and straight-seamed blouses. If you want your chest to appear larger, consider a modest padded brassiere and keep an eye on your posture.

Many athletic ladies make the mistake of buying clothes to fit the largest areas of the body. While you will need to purchase larger clothing, you will want to take the item to a tailor to have the rest taken in. For example, if you biceps are large, the torso and bust of your blouses should be taken in to fit. The larger sleeves, while necessary, don’t mean that the size you bought is appropriate for the rest of your body.

The Hourglass Figure

While the hourglass shape is often said to be the most desirable, it can be tricky if either the upper or lower portion of your figure is larger. For wider hips, draw the eye upward with a sweetheart neckline or eye-catching earrings. If you are a little top-heavy, try a playful belt. Accentuate whichever feature is smallest. If you are lucky enough to have an hourglass figure where your hips and bust are equal, highlight your narrow waistline.

The Pear-Shaped Figure

If your bottom, hips, and thighs are disproportionately large for your frame, you are pear-shaped. To make yourself appear more balanced, you want to detract attention by wearing dark trousers or skirts. Bright tops, eye-catching jewellery, and a head full of healthy, squeaky-clean hair will draw the eye upward and make you appear more balanced. If you are pear-shaped and also short, be wary of skirts that fall below your knees. Wearing a skirt that is too long can make your legs appear shorter and your thighs wider. This optical illusion is one of the most common and easily-avoided fashion faux pas for pear-shaped ladies.

brights whites glastonbury 24 116x300 Dressing For Your Body ShapeNo matter what your body shape, there are fashions that you can exploit to make yourself appear more balanced and proportionate. Accentuating your more flattering features will naturally draw people to look at them, while ignoring your problem areas. Women’s fashion has no absolute rules, so have fun and be creative with your clothes. Finding the right look for your own body shape will help you look and feel your best.



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Fashionable, Functional Bathing Suits For Your Body Type

4ca1ecb476ddd 150x150 Fashionable, Functional Bathing Suits For Your Body TypeThe most important thing is to be comfortable in your bathing suit. The second most important thing it to look good wearing it. Without a doubt there are swimwear lines dedicated to dressing a model. However, if you are not a mosel but want to look like one, the secret is in choosing the right color for your skin tone and the right kind for your body type.

1. To keep it simple, the first step is identifying your frame. Women can be divided into four basic body types: The apple shape is heavier in the middle, smaller on the bottom. The hourglass figure is curvy with a slender waist. The rectangle shape is a long, strait figure. The pear shape is skinny in the middle and heavier on the bottom. Now that you have identified your frame you need to accentuate the good and eliminate the bad.

2. The second step in choosing the right swim wear is to eliminate the negative. If you have lots of middle- you’ll want to choose a bathing suit that hides that. You can wear a tank style top with loose stomach and boy shorts underneath. This is most certainly comfortable for a little extra belly fat. You can make short, stubby legs appear longer by wearing a higher cut suit. Make your breasts appear bigger with a ruffle top or a padded cup. Large breasted women should avoid triangle cut bikini tops, in favor of a halter with under-wire.

4ca1e4013a8c0 150x150 Fashionable, Functional Bathing Suits For Your Body Type3. If you have a long wiry body type, you don’t want to look like one long leg. Sure your legs are an asset, but there is more to you than that. Since your long legs are so, very obvious, you’ll want to down play them a bit, and guide the eye elsewhere by making some other part of your body stand out.

4. You can accentuate the hips with a sexy sarong or a belt, preferably one that ties. You’ll want to wear a bathing suit bottom that resembles a skirt. Horozontal stripes, and a cut out one piece will highlight your curves, and draw attention away from your length. If you want a one-piece swimsuit, try one of the latest, cut-out suits. It will break up your long torso, just like a bikini does.Boy shorts are just the thing for your slim hips.

4b5c99ddbb2922 150x150 Fashionable, Functional Bathing Suits For Your Body Type5. If you are dealing with a protruding stomach with belly rolls or a bulging waistline their are many tricks you can turn to feel pretty with a slimmer waistline. The stomach can flattened using one piece swim suits with elastic at the waist. Color is important- you don’t have to hide with black. You can use beautiful, bold colors with boy shorts or skirts and a sexy sarong to play down the mid section and chunky thighs.

6. The Chest- Make sure that if you are bigger in the top you choose a bathing suit with underwire or lightly padded cups to hold you up and keep from sagging. You don’t want to choose a top that is too small and has you falling out all over the place. Choose the right size and a two piece to sqaush the illusion of sagging. One pieces always make them appear flattened or lowered, and that is not attractive!

For the small chest- you want the appearance of bigger breast, so make sure to find a good push up or padded swimsuit. Ruffles are always enhancing ans are cut out one piece swim wear with ligh padding. Stay away from tri-kinis! They will make you look flatter!

I hope you have found my tips helpful and I hope you look marvelous in your bathing suit!


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