Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Benidorm, Costa Blanca’s high-rise resort.
Moving to Benidorm: the fishing village that became a sitcom
Nightbirds will appreciate Benidorm’s evening entertainment. Where you’re never far from a hen party or stag night in full flow. Welcome to the bright lights of Spain’s middle east.
Lovers of a quiet life might find Benidorm a bit too in their face. Although there is another side to this famous resort. As in an Old Town where cobbled streets replace tower blocks as your immediate background.
Ins and outs
The nearest airport to Benidorm is Aeropuerto Alicante-Elche which is served by the likes of Thomsonfly.com, Ryanair, and easyJet. Reach Benidorm along the A-70 and AP-7 in under 40 minutes by car. Add an extra five minutes to your journey if you ditch the AP-7 toll road in preference to an A-70/N-332 combo.
Costa Blanca International College admits male and female pupils from three years old up to 18. A bilingual establishment, they offer both British and Spanish qualifications. There are three school buses serving the local area.
Shop until you drop…
The Plaza Mayor’s Lemonurban’s the place for stylish casuals to buy the latest clobber. Arte Vela in Passeig de la Carretera, meanwhile, is less about imported labels and more about home-made candles. Elsewhere, the Centro Comercial La Marina is Benidorm’s main shopping centre.
There’s a greater range of property than you’d imagine in Benidorm. Sure, you have the budget mobiile homes. But you have the more des-res penthouses too.
Mobiles and one-bedroom flats from just over €20.000 mark whilst villas can go for northwards of€5.000,000.
In Praise Of
“Benidorm has sunshine all year round as well as beautiful golden beaches and crystal clear Mediterranean waters. Benidorm offers loads to do whether you are an adrenaline junkie who likes to take part in extreme sports like paragliding or someone who likes to sit by the sea watching the world go by sipping a nice, refreshing cocktail.” Nichola Robinson (Round Town Travel)
“Benidorm – the place that literally accommodates everyone. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you will not be left disappointed. One love, one life, only one #Benidorm.” (Fresh Radio Spain)
“Benidorm has everything for everyone! It’s lively, traditional, quiet, family-friendly. And there’s lots and lot of sun.” (Beyond Reality Tattoo Studio)
- Are you an expat in Benidorm? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.