Benidorm is a seaside resort on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. It has a large Spanish population as well as a large retired British population.
Benidorm has been offering value holidays to over 5 million visitors every year since the 1970's. Benidorm was built compact thanks to the foresight of the towns mayor who in the 1960´s saw a vision of a resort which grew upwards.
Now it is slowly spreading westwards. Today Benidorm is famous for tall hotels and holiday apartment blocks some of which are over 25 floors high.
There are over 41,000 hotel beds and modern tourist apartments. The biggest assets are the 4kms of Blue Flag** safe sandy beaches which draw people from all over Spain in Summer months and from all over Europe 365 days of the year. Benidorm is an ideal sun destination both in Summer and Winter due to the mild climate where day time temperatures rarely fall below 18c.
There are daily flights to Alicante Airport from most major European cities serviced by over 30 low cost and scheduled airlines.
The station is at the far west of town. Benidorm is served by fast trams from Alicante (journey time 1 hour 9 mins) which connects to the rest of Spain through the national rail network.
BUSES / COACHES:
Benidorm has a good local bus service which connects to local towns such as Altea, Alicante and Calpe.
From Alicante airport Licensed taxis operate from the terminal building with a journey time of 45 minutes to Benidorm. As taxi drivers have to pay a heavy fee to get a taxi licence, this is reflected in the fares charged.
Benidorm is well connected to the rest of Spain via the national motorway network. Madrid and Barcelona are under 5 hours drive. Benidorm is close to the Autopista 7. Parking in Benidorm can be difficult as most streets have cars parked day and night on both sides of the road (some are pay spaces). A few hotels will have their own parking areas.
Discovering central Benidorm is easy on foot as that area is very compact especially the Levante Playa area which is chosen by most visitors as the area to stay. It is easy to walk a few miles and still remain in town. There are a few companies opposite the Wednesday/Sunday market which hire or sell motability scooters for the disabled and sometimes just plain lazy who want to get around town. There is an excellent local bus service which runs until midnight. Walking time from one end of the resort to the other is over an hour's walk. The Alicante to Denia railway station is nearly a mile in a slowly uphill walk from the Old Town with the bus station not far north of it.
Benidorm's beaches are very popular most of the year around, the preferred Levante and more sedate Poniente which is preferred by locals and families.
The surrounding towns and villages which are all within 20 minutes drive by car or 30 minutes by bus are well worth exploring for anyone looking for "Real Spain". In Benidorm the old town does still retain some of the quaint past when the town was a small village. Head for the old town Church where you will find the most interesting part of the town.
- Aqualandia: Family water park.
- Mundomar : Animal and sealife park.
- Benidorm Palace: Las Vegas style cabaret and dinner show seating over 2,000
- Altea : Stunning old town just 12kms by bus from Benidorm
- Terra Mitica : Huge theme park with thrill rides a must visit place.
- Terra Natura : Wildlife and water park.
- Blanket trips: These are free tours to nearby resorts, towns and markets. Unlike timeshare sales, there is no hard sell and if you do not want to buy anything, that is fine. The downside is that by time you have sat through two demos and had something to eat, you arrive at a place at 12:30 or later as the shops are shutting and leave 2 hours later as they are opening again. Or get there when a market is mostly over.
- Walking: For those who enjoy walking there are many interesting place to walk if you take a local bus to the outlying villages such as Finestrast, Villa Joyosa and Albir or Calpe.
- Boat Trips: There are boat trips to the Isla de Benidorm wildlife sanctuary and Calpe. In Summer you can take a trip to Tabarca a small island off Alicante.
Benidorm has something for all ages, and all budgets.