Benidorm is one of the favorite Spanish beaches amidst the Portuguese, and I was no exception, having been there several times.
The first one was just driving along the coast, passing also in Elche, Alicante and Cullera, before skipping Valencia to return to the coastal road that passes near Sagunto and Castellon, to another stop in Peñiscola.
Several years later I returned with the kids, driving southbound, after a bad experience in Valencia (my car was assaulted), stopping in Gandia, Denia and Peñon de Ifach, before a reaching Altea, where we stayed a week.
The boys enjoyed Benidorm, and we had to return for a week a few years later.
Time enough to travel around, seeing Alfaz de Pi, Fuentes del Algar (where, recently, I returned with my larger family - grandsons), and Guadalest.
The kids grew (and went alone to the adventure of Bunol festivities), and added a third generation to the touristy team.
It was the three generations that spent together in 2017 more ten days in Benidorm.
Well, I think that it's enough, but... who knows?
A small town with character, very... very quiet (as I needed) close to Benidorm, and more.
We walked a little at sea level, with the idea that the steep hill, topped by the cathedral would be nice, but, with two small kids, we preferred to stay by the sea, or to travel around by car, so, we saw not much in Altea
Yes, I know that Benidorm is a confusion, exactly the opposed of what urban people seeks - a calm, empty beach under the palm trees.
We live in the country, and for us, changing is exactly the opposite of those needs of townspeople.
Benidorm was the choice in a few occasions, always meeting expectations.
I've been just once in Cullera, but the impressions were great.
I remember the hottest sea water that I found in Europe, in a wide and cam beach.
I remember the good views from the roads leading to the lighthouse, but, above it all, I remember a hotel with the sea gently stretching at its feet, and my immediate decision that, one day, I would spend some time there.
Well, it didn't happen... yet!
Fuentes de El Algar was, in the nineties, a nice spot where s few group of people, including my two sons, could enjoy a small fall of fresh water.
Fuentes de El Algar was, in 2017, a nice wider spot, where hundreds of people, including my two grandsons, disputed the access to the chilled waters in a broad area around the old falls.
Still a good alternative to the routines in the beach.
A brief stop in Safari park with the kids, was all that I saw in Elche.
Well it's not true - My guide said that Elche has the larger palm forest in Europe, and we saw it, but it was all.
Next time I will see the city.
PS - A prague is killing thousands of palm trees in Portugal. What happens in Elche?
Elche, in the summer, is heat... heat... heat, and palm trees.
In winter it is far and... what?
I've been there in summer, and, with the kids dreaming with the beach, we only had time to a trip in Rio Safari. A common zoo, with the originality of being visited by boat.
Safe, calm, and... different.
Website: Rio Safari
Even for a Portuguese, the dramatic history of Sagunto comes to our mind, when, travelling in the area, the name appears by the roads, and the famous castle dominates the horizon.
I know that Sagunto has a Roman theater, and we may visit the castle, but they are not top destinations and we had to skip them.
No! Valencia never existed!
No! I never have been there!.
PS - I'm kidding! My car was assaulted upon arrival, and my new and expensive camera, just bought in Andorra was stolen.
I really was not disposed to appreciate the city, before leaving to Mallorca, and, after returning the available time was spent replacing the broken window of the car.