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Probably the most famous feature of Benidorm are its fantastic beaches. The busiest is the Levante beach where the sun rises and is just over 2km in length. There isn’t really a gay beach, but if you know differently, please tell me, cos no one here seems to know.
Park Elche (parc d’elx) is not as busy as it used to be since it got a revamp and brighter lighting.
Mal Pas Beach
This is a small cove often missed by many visitors and is found at the end of the harbour road on the Poniente side of the Old Town. You can also reach it by steps from the top of the Old Town square known as La Señoria. This beach is popular with gay visitors especially in Winter when it is a sun trap.
La Cala Beach, Finestrat.
Over the hill (Mont Benidorm) at the far end of the Poniente beach you will find La Cala Beach, reached by the number 5 bus from park Elche. This is a small cove which is mostly enjoyed by residents and ex-pats who are wintering in Spain. The area is well known for safe swimming and offers some great bars and restaurants right on the beach. It is popular with gay visitors and local gay residents. It is possible to walk over the hill to the nudist beach at Raco Conil, but you need to be fit. Walk to the top of the road to the left as you face inland from the beach. You will see a derelict villa. Follow the path to the villa – cruising area.
Benidorm Coves – Ti Ximo & Almadraba.
The approach road has been closed to traffic, as lager louts were frequently up there making a mess and getting shit faced, so you now have a long walk to get to the beach. Not really used anymore, except by the few old-timers who have used it for years. Better go to Raco Conil…
Racó del Conill Nudist Beach – 4 km from Benidorm.
You need a car/scooter to get to this beach. Take the old Villajoyosa road (N-332a) toward the casino. Take an immediate left at the casino and follow the narrow, winding road all the way down to the car park at the end, where you will find a small rocky cove. The area both by the beach and at the top of the hill where you see a derelict cottage is very cruisy until sun down. Not busy after sun down due to snakes but safe in the daytime. Its always very busy, even in the winter, if the weather is agreeable.
Note. I noticed it mentioned on some web site that you can take a bus to the casino, then walk to the beach, but I don’t recommend it, it is a very long, very steep walk from the main road (N-332a).
Parque de Elche – Night.
Playa Poniente – Night.
Raco Conil – Day & Night – Take the road beside the Casino Costa Blanca to the top. Lots of action in the derelict buildings around.
Occupying a magnificent location, in the middle of the Benidorm’s centre, the hotel is situated just a few metres away from both Levante beach & Poniente beach. Nestling among countless pedestrian streets, attractive shops, bars and restaurants, the hotel is found on the Playa de Levante beachfront, set on the emblematic San Jaime church square in the heart of Benidorm.