Benidorm is a beach resort in the south of Spain, and part of what is known as the Costa Blanca. Benidorm is an excellent choice for an entertaining holiday with your family. This beach resort is a favourite destination for many sun and beach abiders. Here you can enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate and water temperatures going up to 26 degrees in summer.
Benidorm is a place to relax and have fun. Change your office clothes for a pair of shorts and flip-flops, put on your sun glasses and head straight for the beach. Benidorm has nearly six kilometres of beaches. The beaches are safe and clean, and the water is crystal clear. The most popular beach in Benidorm is the Levante beach. This beach is busy and vibrant with many bars and restaurants along its boulevard. If you prefer a quieter beach for your family try Playa Poniente. People wanting to take a break of Benidorm’s busy life and dynamics can visit the more isolated beaches of Playa del Mal Pas and Playa Cala Ti Ximo. For anyone who likes a good nightlife Benidorm is the place to be. There are at least 150 discotheques and even more bars and restaurants. Benidorm is also full with cabarets, show bars, and karaoke bars. You will easily find a favourite spot.
Things to do and see in Benidorm
Try watersports and other activities
If somehow you get tired of parties and drinking cocktails on the beach there is more to discover in Benidorm both on land and in the sea. Have you ever been diving, or paragliding? These are just two of the many activities that you can try on your holiday in Benidorm. There are opportunities to go sailing, mountain biking, take a jeep safari, or go snorkelling. And there are daily boat trips to nearby islands.
Visit entertainment parks
Benidorm is not just a great place for young people and adults. There are also numerous possibilities for kids and families to have fun. There are many attractions and entertainment parks: the aquarium ‘Mundomar’; Terra Mítica: the old world themes park with many rollercoasters; the water park Aqualandia; the karting park; Benidorm’s zoo: Terra Natura; and many more.
Explore Old Town
Although most people come to Benidorm for the beach and entertainment Benidorm has some very interesting historical and cultural sight as well. In the old town of Benidorm you will find enchanting white buildings with blue-tiled roofs which give the town its particular Mediterranean feeling. In between the old town and the new part there is the L'Aiguera Park designed in neo-classical style. And around the town you can find the remains of bygone civilisations.
Visit National Parks
If you like nature there are several natural parks nearby. You can visit them independently or go on an organised tour. Some of the nicest places to visit are: Benidorm Island, Serra Gelada Nature Park, Penon de Ifach Natural Park, and the Caves of Canelobre. Also worth visiting is the Cactus Garden ‘Cactuslandia’, in Altea just outside Benidorm. Or, go on a trip to the Palm Forrest. The Palm Grove of Elche is unique in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Best time to visit
Tourists visit Benidorm from May to September
As in most of Spain you will find that Benidorm gets very crowded in summer, if you want to avoid the crowds it’s better to go in Spring or autumn. The south can get very warm, don’t forget your sunscreen and keep hydrated!
There are numerous flights per day leaving from all the main European and Spanish cities. The main airport is Alicante International Airport (ALC). This is the nearest airport; at 60 kilometres from Benidorm and 10 kilometres from Alicante. From the airport Benidorm is easy to get to. Benidorm also has good connections by road or train to other main cities in Spain. And the city can be reached by ferry with several Mediterranean cruise liners.
A good time to visit Benidorm, if you like to party, is New Year’s Eve. During each calendar year there are also many dance festivals and events organised. A famous dance festival taking place each summer is the Electric Beach Festival. Have a look at an event calendar and see if your favourite DJ is visiting Benidorm this year.
As anywhere else in Spain there are many festivals taking place in Benidorm. Going to local festivals is a nice way to integrate some Spanish culture into your Benidorm beach holiday. In July there are several fiestas taking place. On the 7th of July there is the San Fermín festival. During this festival there will be a lot of dances and food in the streets. The Virgen del Carmen festival takes place on the 16th of July. During this fiesta the city is filled with seafaring processions; sea fare was historically always important for the inhabitants of Benidorm. On the 25th of July there is the San Jaime festival. San Jaime is the patron saint of Benidorm. This festival is celebrated with fireworks and parties. Each month there are several local fiestas taking place. You will be able to find more information on local festivals at the tourist information points.