The Poniente Beach is separated from the Levante beach by old Benidorm which is simply referred to as ‘the old town’. The old town is split by what is known locally as ‘the walking street’. This is the heart of Benidorm. This is where many of Benidorm’s Spanish residents actually live and work. This area has managed to retain its unique identity. The old town inland is a shopper’s paradise and the resorts main shopping area. Here you will find such famous names as Zara and The Body Shop. There are many jewellery stores and clothes shops. Shopping is a delight as the whole area is a pedestrian’s paradise! Please don’t forget that these shops generally close between 14:00 and 17:00 for siesta. Calle Ruzafa is a busy street with a lot of traffic and is a frenetic Spanish shopping experience, lined with many shops and bars this is not to be missed.
If shopping in the old town just isn’t enough to quench your retail therapy thirst and you like to be immersed in a jungle of your favourite brands and Top high street names, then situated just 5 minutes from Benidorm town centre is the Mecca of all shopping centres, La Marina. Easily accessible from the Mediterranean motorway the A-7 and the Alicante-Valencian road the N332, this shopping centre or centro commercial is 30,000 square metres of heaven. It literally has everything to cater for all nationalities. If you like to go home and strut a new look that no-one will have back at home, Spanish fashion is renowned for being some of the world’s best. Approach some of the top named stores such as Zara, Bershka & Stradivarious to purchase a bit of elegance and class at a very reasonable price. If you like your home comforts then C&A, H&M, Springfield, Mango and Woman Secret are some of the 104 retail shops that La Marina has to offer.
Another fantastic reason for choosing La Marina, is that you don’t have to leave the premises when you are feeling peckish or want to relax for a breather and have a coffee or a vino. Unless you wanted a McDonalds or a Wok buffet of course, which are situated opposite the shopping centre. La Marina harbours on its upper floor many wonderful restaurants of all genres, whether you want something quick and easy, cheap and cheerful, with kids playing facilities, a spot of bowling perhaps or a bit more up market and classy like a delicious Italian. The choice is yours. There is so much to offer here, you may even decide to go the whole hog and have breakfast, lunch & dinner depending on how much of a professional shopper you are!