Besides being an extremely popular holiday destination, the city of Benidorm is home to a thriving expat community, many of whom are members of various social clubs. Benidorm is certainly not short of attractions and activities, but the majority of these are geared towards the city's holidaymakers who are here to spoil themselves and spend a bit of well earned cash. For the majority of people living and working, or retired here it's a different story and expenses need to be monitored, so unfortunately jet skiing every day and weekly visits to theme and aqua parks are not an option.
There is a good selection of free or cheap activities to be enjoyed in Benidorm such as a walk or picnic in the huge Parque de L'Aiguera where during the summer months you can take in a free concert in the Julio Iglesias Auditorium. Here you can also while the day away playing checkers on the cleverly designed picnic tables that have built in checkers boards.
There are several museums in the city that have very reasonably priced or free entry, and the city's beautiful beaches and picturesque Natural Park of the Sierra Gelada provide for swimming, snorkelling and hiking. However, as pleasant as these activities can be, it's always nicer to enjoy them with like minded people and that's what makes social clubs such fun. If you are new to, or thinking of moving to Benidorm, below is a list of some local social clubs.
Benidorm Social Clubs
The Companians Club – A happy go lucky English speaking social club that arrange regular activities throughout the week as well as monthly and yearly events and outings. They endeavour to keep their events calendar busy and varied and recently included a 3 night trip to Seville and a 4 night trip to Spain's ‘White Villages'. Members are also planning a sea cruise and glamorous Grand Ball. Companians meet every Tuesday morning in Albir Gardens from 10:30. The gardens are conveniently on Benidorm's number 10 bus route. Members enjoy a few games of petanca on Mondays and they have a walking club on Fridays. There are bingo and raffle evenings, theme nights and they print a fortnightly newsletter. Membership is free for people residing in Spain for more than 6 months of the year. For more details visit the club website www.companians.org
International Bridge Club – The club welcomes players of all standards from beginners to National Masters and their existing members are of many different nationalities. The club also offers bridge lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. The club premises is located at the top of Calle Londres in the Rincon de Loix area. For more details call: 966866560 or 607311292.
International Singles Club – Members meet every Wednesday at the Camping Villasol grounds bar and terrace area from 11:00 – 13:00 and enjoy activities such as 10 pin bowling, petanca, dinner dances, parties, country walks, coach trips and Sunday lunches. For more details call: 965859646 or 654246776.
Exclusive English Club – This is an over 35's club for members from Benidorm and the surrounding areas. They enjoy a number of fun activities that include nights out, mystery tours, social events, trips and dancing. For more details call: 650320404 or 965638700.
Meetups – Meetup.com is a huge international network of social groups covering practically every city worldwide that allows members to join groups they are interested in or create their own group. Meetups social clubs in and around Benidorm include Mountain Walking/Hiking, Denia & Javea Single Parents, Outdoor Yoga Alicante, Oakywines Alicante, Denia Healthy Cuisine, Alicante Food Lovers, Alicante Language Exchange and many more. For more details visit the website: www.meetup.com
The above are just a few of the social clubs to be found in and around Benidorm, and the best way to discover further clubs is to join one or two and get to know your fellow members who will surely put you in touch with other social clubs that you may be interested in.