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Gay Travel Guide to Benidorm, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Benidorm BeachBenidorm, ITV Comedy Series DVDHome of the original british package holiday, images of Benidorm, home of many a cheap package holiday and drunken British jobs may send shivers through people looking for a sophisted gay friendly resort.

However in recent years millions of pounds have been spent upgrading Benidorm into a slightly smarter holiday destination. With excellent beautiful beaches and a healthy collection of small gay bars situated in the old town might tempt you to have another look. In many respects, it is still wonderfully tacky at the ITV Comedy series Benidorm though.

The Costa Blanca has one big thing in its favour - sun. If you are depressed by the lousy british summer and need to top up your gorgeous tan then you could do worse. We spent most of the week lying by the pool, soaking up the sun, flicking through the odd magazine or book and knocking back the ocasional gin and tonic. Heaven! Pack the sun cream though as temperatures were in the mid 30's all week and "queen a la lobster" can be painful if you overdo it. Not that it stopped our friend Lois and her perma tan. The weather on the Costa Blanca is good all year round making it a good alternative to the Canary Islands for a winter break as well.


Gay bars and clubs: There are numerous small gay bars and one gay club (La Terraza) in Benidorm). Most of gay bars are situated in the "old town" which is the strip of land sticking out into the sea right in the middle of Benidorm. Many of the bars are situated on San Vicente or San Faz. None of the bars really get busy until late evening or after 1am. Most of the bars are hidden away behind closed doors although there is normally an illuminated sign outside or on the wall. Peak season for Benidorm is also July and August. When we visited in early June there didn't seem to be a great deal going on. You should be able to pick on a free gay bar guide in most venues making it easy to work your way around. The bars we visited were all very clean and the bar staff friendly with english widely spoken. Bars and clubs have a habit of coming and going all too readily. We visited the People bar.

Cheap FlightsGetting there: Benidorm is just a short 2 hour flight from Gatwick. You arrive at Alicante Airport where you are either met by your coach or pick up your hire car. The drive from Alicante to Benidorm is roughly 3/4 hours and there is a fast motorway running along the coast. The are regular cheap flights throughout the year from most British airports.

 

 

 


Benidorm Gay Bars and Clubs
El Tio Loco Calle Londres 29
Chaplins San vicente 16
Company Bar Calle San Miguel
Desire San Lorenzo, 1
Eros Santa Faz, 24
Infinity
Intimate Bar Calle la Palma
Kafee Klee Calle del Pal, 9
La Diosa San Vicente
Kellys Stable Bar Calle De Palma 29
The Look Santa Faz
Bar Mediterraneo C/ Alicante,18
Minerva San Vicente 22
Terrace Bar Las Terraces
The Night Santa Faz, 10
Orpheos Plaza Constitution
People Santa Faz,29
Peppermint San Vicente,11
Rich Bitch Calle Del Pal,4
Zanzibar Santa Faz,7
42nd Street Av Uraguay,8
Mercury Bar Calle Alicante
Peters Playa Bar Levante Beach (Behind KU Cafe)


La Terraza is the main gay club. Regular gay nights throughout July and August but only Saturdays during June.

Beaches:

Benidorm is blessed with two superb beaches, Poniente which is the spanish beach and Lavante on the british half. Both have golden sand, and clean blue sea. The beaches are swept every night to ensure they are kept clean.

Shopping and Eating Out

You are obviously going to need that special little number to wear to all the clubs. There is an Andros underwear shop in the old town plus the usual selection of shops. If you are in a villa or self catering apartments there is a excellent Carrefour Hypermarket just north of the city.

Tourist Attractions.

Guadalest - Local Tourist SpotFor the big kid in you there is huge waterpark in Benidorm. Disney are about to open Disneyland Spain just north of Benidorm. Local tourist attractions include the old town of Guadalest built on a cliff top with breathtaking views, and the waterfalls at Cascada de El Algar where you swim in the invigorating but freezing pools.

 

 

 

 

Useful Links:

Benidorm Gay Guide - Trashy looking but claims to be the most up to date guide.

Summary:

Admittedly we didn't actually stay in Bendorm but in a villa just along the coast. However during the week we took quite a few visits into Benidorm and liked what we saw. You can't beat the weather and you've got a bustling local gay scene to keep you busy in the evenings. The beaches are good and there are varied selection of good value restaurants.

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Benidorm gay friendly Hotels & Guesthouses

Plaza Constitucion Old Town, Benidorm 03501, Alicante, Benidorm

Tel: +34 966 812 996
Royal Queens Hotel, Benidorm

Royal Queens Hotel, BenidormThe Queen's offers a low cost holiday and has welcomed guests since 2002 in a relaxed and informal environment with a home from home feel. Allowing guest to kick back and get on with the business of enjoying an economy Benidorm Holiday! The Queen's is not a luxury hotel but offers simple comfy rooms at a very affordable price with the emphasis on value for money.

The Queen's facilities include a public bar and a terrace which by day offers a drinks and food service from 10am until 11pm where you may select from a range of very affordable snacks and traditional "Pub Grub" plus a set menu available daily. Famous for great comedy Drag Shows with regular guest appearances and the popular "Queen´s Girls. Every night is show night from 10.30pm. Residents and non-residents may enjoy the roof top solarium terrace and which is open weather permitting. You will find us right in the center of the old town of Benidorm just seconds walk from the famous Levante Playa. We are located in Plaza Constitucion.

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Apartado De Correos 17, 03724 Moraira (Alicante), Spain

Tel: +34 966 49 03 51
Hotel Los Limoneros

Hotel Los LimonerosGay friendly hotel with 16 bedrooms, swimming pool, squash court and restaurant etc. 10 minutes from Benidorm. The hotel Los Limoneros is a small family run business that offers all the comforts of 4 star facility. The hotel itself is situated in an enviable position being only 500 meters from the town centre and Beach. We have just completed an upgrade/refurbishment program including the accomodation and facilities to 4 star standard.

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