benicassim2017_l1Where: Benicassim (near Valencia), Spain

When: 13th – 16th July 2017

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd & Kasabian

Benicassim 2014 (Festival Internacional de Benicàssim) is one of the most popular festivals on the calendar each summer. Located on the east cost of Spain between Barcelona and Valencia, thousands of music fans flock to the beach destination for 4 days of sea, sun and sound.

 

Benicassim 2014 campsite is open for a whopping 8 days allowing festival goers time to get a tan before the opening act! There are a lot of different ticket combinations with weekend tickets costing £120 incl camping.

Benicassim 2013 Highlights

 

Weather/Beach One of the biggest selling points of this festival is the sunshine and proximity to the beach. The first act doesn’t start at Benicassim until quite late in the day (6-7pm) so this gives people the opportunity to recover from the night before on the local beach. The beach can be quite busy but not over packed so enough room to throw own a towel and enjoy some rays! There is also a busfrom the campsite to the town/beach area or its a 20 – 25 min walk to the beach from the campsite. Might sound like a lot but definitely worth it for a dip in the clear blue sea.

Water Park If the beach is not your thing the Aquarama water park is not too far from the festival. This is not affiliated with the festival so does cost extra but again definitely worth it. Lots of slides and fun in the sun. Admission is about €20 with a 15% discount available if you book online in advance

Accommodation If camping doesn’t appeal to you there are accommodation options in the form of hotels and apartments/villas for Benicassim 2013. In the nearby town of Orpesa there are a number of apartments for rent although you do have to rent them for an entire week so might be worth extending your trip before and after the festival and make a holiday out of it. If you want to stay closer and dont mind spending a little extra cash the Hotel Intur Orange is the place for you. This hotel is located near the beach in Benicassim and is about a 20 minute walk to the festival. It has a nice swimming pool and restaurant and the big Hotel Orange sign above the hotel can be seen in the distance when looking at the main stage of the festival.

Benicassim 2013 Lowlights

 

Camping in the heat A festival in the sunshine sounds like a good idea right? Well it does have its drawbacks. If you are enjoying the festival to its fullest then you might not get back to your tent until the early hours of the morning! So when the sun begins to sunshine your tent can become a bit of a sauna at 7am giving you only a couple of hours sleep. Best thing to do is to camp in the shade or go for a nap in the afternoon on a shaded part of the beach/waterpark

No gigs during the day If you are like us here at FestivalTips you might like to stroll around the festival site during the day and take in the atmosphere and see some acts that you may never have heard of. However, as mentioned before, Benicassim does not start until about 6/7pm. The Main acts tend to be on a little later than some other festivals. Something to keep in mind if deciding to go.

Foreign visitors This might be a bit of a contradiction as we are not Spanish and have gone to Benicassim a few times but over the years the festival has been inundated with festival goers form all over Europe especially England and Ireland. If you are looking to get a feel of a local festival, Benicassim 2013 might not be the one for you.


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