Separated from Levante Beach by the headland of Benidorm’s Old Town, Poniente Beach is the larger, although quieter of the city’s beaches. It offers bathers a long and wide curve of golden sand, and excellent facilities backed by a picturesque new promenade which seems to have given a welcome boost to the area, with shops and bars that were previously closed now being given a face lift and re-opening. The Old Town end of Poniente Beach is where most of the action is as it’s still close to the city centre and beachfront bus stops.
The Old Town
This lively area is where the Old Town’s popular ”Walking Street” ends at Parc D’ Elx or Paloma Park. There are a number of bars and restaurants here with large terraces offering excellent views over the park, marina and out to sea. Parc D’ Elx forms the beginning of the promenade and provides welcome shade, popular for people watching and picnics. Visitors to this end of Poniente Beach can take a short uphill walk to the Balcón del Mediterráneo (Balcony of the Mediterranean) where there are further fantastic views out to sea and Benidorm Island. Here you will also find the Church of San Jaime and a steep staircase leading down to the sea that has hundreds of padlocks attached to it’s hand rails, put there by sweethearts as a sign of their love for each other.
Poniente Beach, although frequented by all ages, is popular with families who have young children as there are no rocks and the beach shelves gently into the sea, making for safe paddling. There is wheelchair access, lifeguards, sun loungers and parasols, beach sports facilities and ablutions. In the marina area there are a selection of exciting water sports and adventure tour operators. The beach is kept in pristine condition and cleaned daily, so please do your bit and use the bins provided.