Benidorm is located on Spain’s east coast and is part of the popular Costa Blanca. Part of the Valencia region, it is famous for it’s great weather and gorgeous beaches.
Once a small fishing village, the industry started to decline around the 1950s. It was during this time that the town council decided to reinvent Benidorm as a tourist hot spot. Permission was granted for multiple hotels and resorts and the past fifty years have seen Benidorm transform into a mecca for tourists looking to enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle both day and night.
In fact, Benidorm is now the biggest resort in not only Spain, but Europe too. Part of its success may be down to its appeal to all ages. Once suffering under the reputation for encouraging bad behaviour and drinking to excess, Benidorm is a much mellower city these days and many ex-pats have chosen to make it their permanent residence.
The area of Benidorm is divided into five main neighbourhoods. Poniente (which roughly translates as ‘sun setting’) and Levante (translating as ‘sun rising’) are two of these and are both next to beaches of the same name. The Old Town of Benidorm is called El Caste and then to the west of Poniente is the area of La Cala and to Levante’s east side is the fifth and final area, El Rincon de Loix (sometimes also known as El Raco de l’Oix).
Although there has been a lot of redevelopment over recent years, there are strict rules by the local council to ensure all areas of construction also keep free land space, preventing the city from becoming overdeveloped and crowded, helping to retain its traditional charm.
What’s the best area to experience the city for families, for swimming & beaches, or where to stay for nightlife or shopping ? Read on below to find out more best neighbourhoods to stay in Benidorm Spain.
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