Fun Fiestas in the Benidorm Winter Sun

If you’re keen on holidaying abroad during the winter months, you don’t have to limit yourself to ski chalets or long-haul journeys to southern hemispheric sunshine. It may not be the obvious choice, but taking a holiday to the Costa Blanca at this time of year is rather inspired. In particular, the town of Benidorm makes a fantastic winter destination – this coastal hot spot never sleeps, even after the summer tourists have long gone.

With its Manhattan-esque skyline sheltering the golden stretch of beach, you really can get the best of both sea and city in Benidorm. Even in November the weather is still warm enough for spending time on the beach, plus you’ll find bargain deals on Costa Blanca hotels and flights. And, while high season sees tourists flock to the coast and pack out the beaches and restaurants, later in the year you can experience freedom from the busy crowds. You will be able to get a better feel for the Spanish culture, and see a more relaxed side to Benidorm.

This is the time to mix with locals and feast on fresh seafood tapas, spend evenings watching local cabaret shows and live entertainment, and get your retail therapy fix at the many great shopping outlets in town. With far fewer tourists around the pace of life is slower, and more relaxed, allowing winter visitors to really enjoy the best of the area.

However, it’s not always quiet – the pace soon picks up again when the Benidorm Fiesta comes to town! Held each November (this year starting on November 11th) this lively week-long celebration honours the respected patron saints of Benidorm. This is a highly regarded cultural event, so there will be grand religious processions, as well as offerings made to the patron Saints throughout the week. In addition there is a whole host of fun things taking place, such as fishing events, football matches, and plenty of live entertainment. Children are catered for too, with puppet shows, games, and plenty of family-friendly concerts.

The town itself will be transformed during the fiesta as the streets are adorned with floral displays, and local bands play in the streets. Visitors can even attend music concerts after midnight in Aigüera Park, and the whole festival finishes with a giant fireworks display. This really is the town that doesn’t sleep! Should you want to dance the night away and be amongst the action, book one of the central Benidorm hotels, such as the Avenida hotel. Or, if you really would like to get some sleep in the evenings, the Villa del Mar Hotel is conveniently located, yet set back from the majority of fiesta activities.

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