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The Other Side of Benidorm

benidormBenidorm of the notorious Sticky Vicky show, the greasy fry up, the jam-packed beaches with roasted-red bodies, the predictably messed-up stag and hen groups looking to cop off with each other...You what, you what...Brits abroad.

So I was surprised to visit Benidorm and see the other side. It has to be more handlable in winter when you can promenade leisurely and hear plenty of Spanish voices as you wander to the old town, perched on a hill between Levante and Poniente beach. Authentic tapas restaurants, boutique shops, bars with tables in the sunshine and stunning views to the left and right. A classy hotel stay there could set you back a euro or few...Hotel Villa Venecia. If you have to visit Benidorm this is the way to do it.

Our night-time entertainment was at Benidorm Palace. After repeated recommendations we decided to give this most-unlike-us evening a try with friends. An excuse to dress up, have dinner and a few drinks served by speedy waiters while watching dancers throw themselves into flamenco, an irish gig, feather boas flicking and long-legs kicking... even some veiled glimpses of flesh. All this interspersed with impressive football juggling-on-feet and the like. Our hands were numbed by over-zealous applauding.

We were the last ones to leave, reluctant for our night to end. The only option for another drink locally was The Triangle - a very British karoake night was in full swing. We grabbed last orders and had a little fling around the dancefloor, hugging the stag (as he swigged on 2 beers at the same time) and wishing him all the best. I'm not so above all that afterall.


Click here for Benidorm Palace tickets. The Gran Palace Plus menu means seats nearer the stage. The show changes every 6 months.