13 July 2018

Things to Do In Benidorm

Benidorm has a really bad reputation and it's really hard to try and feel positive about a place which is known for boozed up Brits abroad, I was honestly so hesitant when the girls brought up this holiday destination, in my head I was kinda wishing we we're going to Greece or something as I knew that this type of holiday just wasn't going to be for me, however, I have to say that I honestly had one of the best holidays I've ever had and we're already planning to go back next year.

Now if you're into your luxury, 4* hotels, quiet strip and beautiful old Spanish streets, then maybe you should skip this one out, but if you measure your holiday in how much of a good time you've had then I can guarantee that no matter what, you will have such a good time out here.

We stayed in Benidorm for a week and actually stayed in the Sol Pelicanos, where the show Benidorm is actually filmed, I would recommend staying here as this hotel is one of the nicer in the area and offers all-inclusive, it also has two pools, a daily entertainment programme, pool bar and lots of other amenities you'd expect. In terms of location, it was a short walk from the main strip and a straight road down to the beach.

The nightlife in Benidorm can be a little hectic, having usually opted for quieter holidays in the past, I was so intrigued to get a taste of the legendary Benidorm strip, it has to be said, it's utter madness. But in the best way, the drinks are so cheap and the music is always good, the atmosphere, especially in high summer, really gets you into the mood, our pick of the many many clubs to choose was The Red Lion, it was definitely one of the most popular bars and always played really good music however there are so many bars to choose from and you usually always get a free shot in each.

The thing I would say about Benidorm is that there are literally no rules, you could be dancing in the middle of The Red Lion when a segway sex show just suddenly appears, yes I said it, a segway sex show. If you're not into that stuff then leave as soon as you see the Minnie Mouse ears... but it's all part of the Benidorm fun, right?!

And in case you're wondering, yes, we did see Sticky Vicky. If you aren't aware of her, then I'll put it simply for you... This is a 'sex' show which involves a middle-aged woman pushing and pulling things from her, erm, lady parts. Again, not everyone's cup of tea but it's a novelty of Benidorm and you know, when in Rome and all that...

On the less sexual side, there are family friendly things to enjoy too, including the Aqualandia Waterpark, which has a variety of thrill rides and slides to suit everyone, probably better booking in advance as ticket prices on the door cost us around €30.

There's the Old Town, which represents the Spanish charm of cute narrow streets and is a good place to escape the madness of the strip, Benidorm also has a really big gay scene, so there are a lot of gay bars which do really amazing cocktails, if you're there, I'd recommend visiting Bar 69.

The beach is first-class and if you're a beach lover, you won't be disappointed, it's a large, well looked after beach with a selection of bars along the front, if you're looking for a day drink, head to Tiki Beach, the famous beach bar which is known for it's lively parties. You can also sit on the beach just outside and they deliver Sex on The Beach and other cocktails to your sunbed, it's usually 2 for €10.

So, in a nutshell, Benidorm is a crazy place but offers the best of both worlds. The thing I loved about this place is there was a mixture of ages, from seniors salsa dancing in the sea-front bars, hen and stags and 18-25 year olds, Benidorm really does have something for everyone. To put it simply, the weather is amazing, the beers cheap, the fun never stops and I honestly can't wait to go back.


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