Benidorm Area Guide
Benidorm. Where to start? This former tiny fishing village is sometimes referred to as the birthplace of package tourism, mainly due to its massive growth from the 1960s onwards. Now, it is a large resort north of Alicante, with thousands of property opportunities available for aspiring overseas homeowners.
Mainly because this is now an established market area due to the growth in the late 20th century, the economic downturn has not affected prices here as significantly as further south. As a result, properties for sale in Benidorm are generally quite high, with one-bedroom apartments starting around the £100,000 mark. Villas, meanwhile, can start from around €250,000, with more luxury options on offer for upwards of €500,000.
The twin beaches of Playa de Levante and Playa de Poniente are lined with bars and promenades, with this 5km stretch of sand home to water sports and other activities. There is also a selection of water and theme parks on the outskirts of the city; making it an ideal location for families. Although many Brits arrive in the summer, and as such the permanent population here is two-thirds Spanish, there are still 5,000 Brits, which means the general culture is fairly diverse.
Of course, however, Benidorm is almost certainly most famous for its thriving nightlife scene. There are many famous bars and nightclubs in the area, and in particular, the resort is renowned for its cabaret shows, not least at Benidorm Palace in the centre of the resort. Furthermore, the large range of shops, including many designer names, makes Benidorm a prime shopping location. The famed Tapas Alley is typical of the range of cuisine readily available and is located in Benidorm’s old town, where the narrow streets and more tranquil nature allow for some respite from life in the newer area.
Benidorm is served generally by Alicante airport, a drive of around 45 minutes, although Valencia, at around twice the distance, is also an option. The climate is generally favourable, with temperatures exceeding 29°C on occasion in summer, although in winter they may drop to less than 7-8°C. Benidorm, in terms of an area to live, would certainly suit some more than others. It is far from remote, and despite the real elements of Spanish culture, can feel very tourist-orientated in many places. The nightlife is also a danger, as many newcomers see the facilities as an invitation to enjoy one long holiday. Despite this, it is an area with plenty to do, with a very exciting lifestyle on offer.
Benidorm, in terms of an area to live, would certainly suit some more than others. It is far from remote, and despite the real elements of Spanish culture, can feel very tourist-orientated in many places. Despite this, it is an area with plenty to do, with a very exciting lifestyle on offer for overseas property buyers.
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