Sometimes referred to as the birthplace of the package holiday, Benidorm offers families and couples the reassuring comfort of like-minded holidaymakers in a destination that combines city-side beach lazing with excellent nightlife.
Holidays in Benidorm
Around a two-and-a-half-hour fight from the UK and situated between Alicante and Valencia’s international airports, Benidorm is a super accessible destination for families and couples all year round.
By far and away the Costa Blanca’s favourite tourism hotspot, there is a tinge of Rio de Janeiro with the city’s impressive skyscrapers encircled by dramatic mountain scenery and rocky coastal protrusions. The lush microclimate found here draws in over three million visitors every year with Brits’ love affair with Benidorm spanning decades.
Containing some of the most critically acclaimed beaches in Europe, let alone in Spain, nearby communities such as Playa de Levante are fringed by an embarrassment of amenities fit for the entire family. From souvenir shops and watersports rentals by day to themed bars and discotheques come nightfall, Benidorm has it all.
Also boasting other fun-filled experiences with amusement arcades and water parks thrown in for good measure, much of Benidorm’s appeal lay in the fact that getting around this beachside paradise is incredibly easy by foot, bus, taxi and even by water.
Benidorm is blessed with its own sought-after microclimate given the natural protection offered by surrounding mountains that unmistakably includes Sierra Helada. The south-facing city enjoys average temperatures of 22-25°C between June and August.
When paddling beside Benidorm’s revered 5km coastline, visits between July and August treat holidaymakers to the warmest sea temperatures of 24-25°C, ideal for young children, Mums and Dads, and grandparents to take a refreshing dip.
Average temperatures don’t fall beneath 12°C in winter making Benidorm a perfect sun worshippers’ getaway, no matter the season. Nevertheless, avoid September which is the city’s rainiest month (76mm) although on average, Benidorm receives less than 10 days of rainfall each and every month.
Things to do on holiday in Benidorm
When it comes to things to do in Benidorm, the choice is multiple and varied. From cabaret shows and boat trips to city gazing and white-water experiences, the choice is positively endless.
Enjoy unrivalled city views
While it may prove near on impossible to tear yourself away from the pristine beaches, temporarily removing yourself allows you to sample one of Benidorm’s best treats – amazing city views.
When it comes to tremendous vantage points to capture those Instagram-worthy shots, look no further than Balcón del Mediterráneo (Balcony of the Mediterranean), a white railed staircase extending out to sea with a pentagonal viewing platform.
Stick around for as long as you like as you stare across at Benidorm’s impressive jungle of skyscrapers that create a stunning backdrop against sun-kissed souls catching rays along the beachfront.
If you thought these views were good, the views obtainable from Europe’s tallest hotel – Gran Hotel Bali – are even better. Scaling a mighty 210 metres with the hotel’s mast included, hop out on floor 43 where a viewing platform treats visitors to spectacular panoramic views across Playa de Poniente – even better at sunset.
Resorts in Benidorm
Benidorm’s most popular resort area is unquestionably Playa de Levante. Otherwise known as ‘sunrise beach’, This Blue Flag beach community is recognised not only locally but internationally given the range of facilities that include countless sunbeds, children’s entertainment, disability ramps, a wide variety of watersports and of course, unspoiled golden sand.
For families looking for quieter beachside surroundings, Playa de Poniente is an excellent choice. Sited a short distance west of Playa de Levante, this community is by no means detached but things are more relaxed here. Entire days can be spent lazing on spotless sand that is fringed by a neighbouring one-way road system. With a large variety of restaurants, souvenir shops and bars lining Avenida Armada Española, there is effortless access both to and from the beach.
Outside Benidorm’s main two beach resorts, other attractive areas to stay include nearby Albir ad La Vila Joiosa. Albir boasts one of the most attractive golf courses in the region with lush green sections of the Albir Golf complex open to the public. La Vila Joiosa, also known as Villajoyosa, has three beaches of its own with stunning coastal walks and the whitest sands in the Costa Blanca distinguishing this particular resort.
Awesome adrenaline-fuelled days out
It’s easy not to look beyond Benidorm’s beautiful beachfront when touching down in this region of Spain. However, the surrounding vicinity is jam-packed with awesome adrenaline-fuelled days out.
Just a short distance out of town sits Terra Mitica, long established as one of Spain’s most popular theme park experiences. Visit multiple countries in a single afternoon with the complex split into themed zones that include Rome, Greece and the mythical Ocionia. The former zone is home to Europe’s longest wooden rollercoaster - Magnus Colossus - while an army of circus acts, acrobats and stuntmen inform, educate and open tourists’ eyes to shows of cultural significance.
Aqualandia is another awesome family day out. Helping thrill-seekers to cool off since 1985, the complex was actually Spain’s very first water park and is located closer to town. The wave pool here is gigantic while all slides and flumes are handily given a thrill rating of infantile, moderate and radical. The most daring slide here is undoubtedly Verti-Go, a vertical drop slide where riders pick up incredible speeds of 100km/h.
Go local or international
Given Benidorm is an internationally renowned beach loungers’ holiday, it’s easy to stumble across restaurants serving inter-continental cuisine, from Italian, Chinese and Thai, to Indian, Argentine steakhouses and American grills.
Both Spice of Life and India Gate are great Indian dining options located on and around the Avenida del Doctor Orts Llorca thoroughfare in central Benidorm. If pizza and pasta-based dishes appeal, two of the city’s best Italian restaurants - Bistrò Venexia and Pizzeria L'originale are barely two minutes apart along Calle la Palma.
With so much choice for families, couples and honeymooners to consider, visitors needn’t forget that this is Spain with Benidorm home to tremendous local options too.
Familiarise yourself with the city’s best tabernas which are pretty open-plan bars that also function as restaurants. Taberna Andaluza serves up tasty tapas options, both hot and cold that include everything from homemade marinated anchovies to pork sirloin with serrano ham and chorizo.
Watch the city come alive at night
Benidorm really does boast energetic nightlife throughout the majority of the year with only December and January representing the city’s quieter months. As the tourism capital of the Costa Blanca, nightlife truly comes in all different forms and guises.
Benidorm’s renowned clubbing strip is situated along Avenida Communitat Valencia with super nightclubs such as KM Dance Club, Privilege and Penelopes located here. Attracting global DJs while concocting thumping electronic dance music with supercharged spirits, couples can join colourful multi-national party crowds in one gigantic celebration.
At the other end of spectrum, cabaret shows don’t come more magnificent than performances at Benidorm Palace. The venue’s I-Cons dinner show is great fun for the whole family, After all, where else can you witness performances from Britney Spears, Elvis and David Bowie in one single evening? Marvel at stunning costumes worn by 40 artists who illuminate modern-day pop culture in a truly memorable way.
Other noteworthy spots come nightfall include stopping for a beer at the many British-themed bars around Playa de Levante. There is also Morgan’s Tavern – made famous as Neptunes Bar in the UK TV series Benidorm – which is another popular watering hole in town.
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