At the end of October, I spent 4 days in Spain’s Blackpool on sea. We were celebrating my Dad’s birthday with the small itinerary of, ‘have a few drinks and have a laugh’.
I made the concious effort not to bring my camera. It had been a long time since I’d been away where I haven’t had the pressure of blog content or creating sponsored content, or having to do something for an Instagram post or take over. There was an overwhelming feeling of just wanting to be in the moment. I made the decision that if I really needed to take a photo, I’d have my iPhone which was more than good enough.
Long story short, I regret that I didn’t pick up my camera.
Benidorm has two very distinct part. The ‘New Town’ part is how you imagine Benidorm to be; the skyscrapper hotels overlooking the blue sea, Sticky Vicky being advertised in a near by bar, the strip covered swarming in early 20 year olds reminding you of Freshers 2009. In the day, it’s exactly how like stepping out into the ITV programme.
Then there’s the Old Town. The complete opposite of how you imagine Benidorm to be. We were staying in Old Town and very quickly ended up just sticking there. It’s a maze of cobbled streets; full of lovely little restaurants and bars, as well as delis and shops. The old town is home to the famous, Tapas Alley, where you can find the real taste of Spain. Surrounded by such charm, the Old Town really keeps the vibe of what Benidorm once was.
You can be spoilt for choice for bars, but one bar we really enjoyed was Buddha Bar; a fresh cocktail bar in the Old Town. It was the only cocktail bar we found that used fresh ingredients. It had an extensive menu of over 100 cocktails and most of them were the owners creation. It’s well worth spending a few hours trying them out.
As well as bars galore, the Old Town has that gorgeous charm of Spain. With it’s white buildings and terracotta roofs, it has that classic Spanish vibe. You can walk around the church and have views of the sea for miles. It’s such a lovely way to spend an afternoon; sat in a bar watching the world go by and listening to the sea.
Benidorm truly surprised me and I had a wonderful few days out there. We barely scratched the surface with our visit, so it’s back on the list to go back too!