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Travel: A what’s on 2013 guide to Benidorm

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  1. GingerlyColors 21 Jan 2013, 10:32am

    As seen on ITV!

  2. martyn notman 21 Jan 2013, 10:50am

    What isnt stated here is that to get from the old town to the rincon area you have to brave the stag/hen parties in between in the new town! I would personally recommend taking a baseball bat or pepper spray if you are walking it!

  3. That There Other David 21 Jan 2013, 11:43am

    Let me see now. Spanish holiday. Benidorm….or Sitges? Benidorm…or Sitges?

    Ooh, that’s a difficult one…..

    1. Well the beers are certainly cheaper in Benidorm, and the hotels and there’s a better selection of restaurants, much better.
      There are also plenty of bars open earlier with outdoor seating; something pretty rare in Sitges.
      The beaches in Benidorm are better and well kept as well.
      Again there are more flights to Barcelona which makes it more accessible; about 30 a day from the UK or thereabouts, and it does have a slightly more classy edge (though big problems with crime recently).
      I’d say both places are level pegging but for different reasons and I certainly wouldn’t discount Benidorm for a good holiday at a reasonable price – it does what it says on the box.

      1. That There Other David 21 Jan 2013, 2:52pm

        Sitges has plenty of bars and restaurants for open-air lunching these days. The Ajuntament has reworked the Passeig (and San Sebastian on the other side of the church) into a largely pedestrianised area, so there’s much more room for outside tables and chairs than there was a couple of years ago. The restaurants and bars along the front have responded. It’s a massive improvement.

        Not dissing Benidorm, but personally the high-rise resort thing is for people younger than me. Besides, I live on Carrer Bonaire so I’m probably a bit biased anyway ;-)

  4. Sarah Farrell 21 Jan 2013, 12:48pm

    Benidorm is brilliant. It DOES have its own microclimate. It’s T-shirt weather in Benidorm at the moment but hat and coat weather up the road in Denia. I love the tribute bands.

  5. Doesn’t Benidorm celebrate the sick sport of bullfighting.

  6. G Benidorm 21 Jan 2013, 4:36pm

    ALL the gay bars are located in the center of the old town. Benidorm does not pretend to be a Sitges and to be honest the season here opens when Sitges closes in September. Benidorm as a gay holiday destination tends to be a late summer and winter resort and attracts mainly 40+ gay visitors. What it does very well is to offer a very cheap holiday low season with 20+ small (mostly) friendly bars close to each other. Not for everyone but there is a huge regular following who come here several times a year.

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