Quick Guide to Benidorm
A holiday in Benidorm is a real favourite with Brits - so much that there's even a sitcom based on British holidaymakers here. The striking high rises set Benidorm apart from the other popular resorts of Spain's Costa Blanca. This is an urban retreat, with lots of lively nightlife, cabaret shows and restaurants. However the beaches remain the main focal point to the city. There are three, all excellent blue flag standard; Playa de Levante, Playa de Poniente and Platja del Mal Pas.
Fab holidays for:
Partying on the beach, Sunseekers, Bargain holiday
Did you know?
In the 1950s mayor Pedro Zaragoza wanted to transform Benidorm into a busy tourist town. Once he authorised women to wear bikinis on the beach, people began flocking to the area and is still a popular destination today.
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Top 5 Amusement Parks in Benidorm
While Benidorm is a paradise for sunbathers, take a break from the sandy shores for an exhilarating trip to its many amusement parks.
- Translated as the World of the Sea, hang with dolphins, sea lions, and exotic birds. The list of animals to see is endless - seals, lemurs, turtles, squirrel monkeys, you name it, they've got 'em! With shows and the opportunity to feed some of them, it's a great day out.
- Terri Mitica
- Terri Mitica is divided into three themed sections, inspired by Greece, Rome and Egypt. Get your heart pumping as you zig and zag on impossibly fast roller coasters and make sure to keep an eye out for the imaginative street shows.
- Get wet 'n wild at the crazy water slides in Aqualandia. Chutes, steep drops, and wave pools ensure this park will be a hit with adults and children alike.
- Terra Natura Park
- A zoo like you've never seen it, Terra Natura has designed the habitats to seem like there are no barriers between you and the animals. Divided into fours sections - Pangea, America, Europe, and Asia - you'll have your hands full seeing all the animals.
- Aqua Natura
- Within Terra Natura is Aqua Natura - the perfect wet and wild treat to cool off in the summer sun. While it's closed until May 2015, not only are there plenty of high-speed slides to experience, you can go to animal shows where you can learn about, and observe, plenty of cute creatures.
Beach Holidays in Benidorm
Benidorm has remained a firm favourite with British holiday-makers. It's not much of a surprise really - we were always the target audience for a place where the sun always shines and the beer always flows.
Beach holidays in Benidorm mostly come down to one main component: the sun. Luckily hotels in Benidorm are the norm. Soak it all up on sandy bays, in towering water parks and even in the evening, before the sun sets and the party begins.
Grab a map and find your way to Levante and Poniente - Benidorm beach holidays tend to revolve around these sun-drenched shores.
Not one to balk at a challenge, Levante beach actually has more than 5,000 sun beds to deal with the demand (and there is a demand). People mill around bustling sports bars and cafes when they're not people-watching with sand between their toes. Fun doesn't stop while you're swimming through the calm lapping of the waves. With swinging bridges, diving boards, rafts and slides out to sea, there's always an activity to tempt you off your towel on cheap holidays to Benidorm.
Poniente, on the other hand, is where people retreat to escape the mill of people and activity. Families and couples tend to gravitate to the laidback atmosphere. Follow the curve of the coastline along to La Cala, which is quieter still. Rest assured, even when it's quiet you still have plenty of shops, cafes and bars to serve as a respite from the sunshine (if you want one, that is) on beach holidays in Benidorm.
How to get to Benidorm
Being such a popular resort, there are plenty of cheap flights to Benidorm from the UK. Budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair offer direct flights to Alicante Airport - the gateway to a holiday in Benidorm - from most major airports in the UK including London, Glasgow and Birmingham with a journey time of under three hours. Alicante Airport is located 58 kilometres from Benidorm.
There are a number of options for reaching your Benidorm hotel from Alicante Airport. The cheapest option is to take the public bus. Buses depart to Benidorm from Monday to Sunday offering an hourly service from 7am to 11pm. The fare is around £8 per person and the journey takes around 50 minutes. Shuttle bus transfers are also an affordable option if booked in advance. Taxis are more expensive costing around £70 for the same trip and can be found outside the terminal building. Alternatively you can hire a car and pick it up upon arrival at the airport, especially if you're planning on travelling around. For the best deals on car hire in Alicante it's best to book in advance.
What to do in Benidorm
For many holidaymakers to Benidorm the resort's appeal lies in the fact that you can get a holiday in the sun without having to miss any of your home comforts. When you're on holiday here, chances are you'll be focused on the beach during the day and enjoying the nightlife come sundown. Playa Levante is the lively end of the resort - the sea here is a playground for pedloes and adventurous holidaymakers whooping on the banana boat rides. Poniente beach is quieter space to paddle and relax on the sand.
When to go to Benidorm
It's hardest to get a great deal on your holidays during the summer months, especially if you're looking to go all inclusive. The prices and temperatures rise for June, July and August. Our advice is to book as early as you can and check out our Real Deals newsletter for special offers, or to hold your nerve and pick up a last-minute bargain.
If you prefer slightly cooler temperatures you could try September, or go early in the season in April or May. You could even visit in the winter and explore the area - there are some amazing holiday offers to be had in the off season, but don't expect to sunbathe that much!
Where to stay in Benidorm
There are hotels to suit every budget in Benidorm from basic guesthouses to plush, five-star resorts hotels. If you're on a budget and looking for a cheap hotels in Benidorm you need to book in advance, especially if you're travelling in the busiest months of July and August as accommodation gets booked up quickly. For the best deals consider travelling in June or September, there will still be plenty of sun but you'll avoid all the crowds and find accommodation prices are cheaper.
Eating out during your holiday in Benidorm won't break the bank as there are hundreds of restaurants offering cheap meals and bars always seem to have happy hour promotions on drinks on. If you're looking for authentic Spanish tapas, avoid the beachside restaurants offering cheap all-day breakfasts and English grub and head to the Old Town where you'll find cheap, tasty local cuisine and wine as well as Western favourites.
Benidorm for Families
Despite its reputation for a raging nightlife, Benidorm makes for a top-notch family holiday destination. The amusement parks mentioned above are only the beginning of the family friendly perks of a holiday to Benidorm.
There are three blue-flag beaches in Benidorm, and they're perfectly safe for children - so long as they apply sunscreen before hitting the sand! The fussiest of eaters will be catered for here, with plenty of British food alongside Spanish classics. Most restaurants and even bars in Benidorm are kid-friendly as well, so you don't have to forgo aperitifs at the end of a day in the sun! Kids will also love boat trips to nearby islands. A range of all inclusive holiday options will also take the pain of finding places to eat and drink that will make everyone happy!
When to go to Benidorm for Events
No matter what time of year you visit Benidorm, you're bound to find an exciting event to attend - it's home to more than 55 fiestas a year! Benidorm Carnival is thrown in the lead-up to Lent. There's parades with extravagant floats, parties and dances (bring a costume!). In April it's time for the Benidorm April Fair - while there is dancing and Spanish cultural celebrations, the main focus here is Andalusian food. May sees the Benidorm Pink Weekend hit town - a couple of days of parties, languid hours at the beach and live music aimed at the gay community.
November is the Benidorm Fiesta - a huge party with music, parades, fireworks and re-enactments in honour of Our Lady of Suffrage. Go at any time of year - except August - and you're bound to find some sort of party or celebration. August has the fewest fiestas, so perhaps postpone if your main aim is attending a cultural event, not relaxing on the beach!