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Benidorm is the largest holiday resort on the Costa Blanca and one of the most popular in the region of Valencia and the province of Alicante. The 6km of sandy beaches have always been the main attraction of this resort. It hasn't always been like that though. It was once a sleepy little fishing village - before the package holiday boom of the 1970's. A little of the old town remains. Benidorm is now a mass of high rise hotels and apartments and a major centre for the package holiday industry. The skyline has been likened to Manhattan. Benidorm holidays usually start at Alicante Airport with flights from all major airports in the UK and Europe.



General impressions of Benidorm

Benidorm council have for a long time, been in the process of cleaning up the image of Benidorm and trying to rid it of the lager-lout reputation it once had. The council now provide such things as free jazz and classical concerts. Families from all over Europe flock to Benidorm in the summer and in the winter, the hotels and apartments fill with pensioners, enjoying the mild climate of the winter months. The seafront in Benidorm has a modern look and is very clean. The streets are clean, with the exception of some of the smaller back streets in the old town which were quite scruffy and dirty.


Benidorm has received renewed interest partly due to the ITV hit series 'Benidorm' which is largely filmed at the Sol Pelicanos Hotel. The hotel is open to the public and located on C/Gerona, 300m from Levante Beach. Benidorm is and will always be a busy, family resort, reasonably safe and a pleasant place, whatever time of year.


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I love benidorm

Love it or hate it, Benidorm is as popular today as it ever was and fun holidays are almost guaranteed, along with the agreeable Costa Blanca climate.


The promotion of Benidorm is an industry in itself and even the Spanish love to holiday here.



The beaches of Benidorm

Benidorm has two crescent shaped beaches with golden sand that is always well cared for and clean. The Poniente and Levante beaches are known to be the best in the area and are safe for families. This makes it an ideal family holiday resort.


Poniente beach is the largest beach in Benidorm but both are equally nice and clean.


Levante beach is equally as popular and well cared for. Both beaches have seafront apartments, cafes and restaurants. Some of the apartment blocks are looking rather tired and tatty.






The beaches in Benidorm have all been awarded the Blue Flag for their cleanliness and facilities. The paseo is long and wide and perfect for long walks, wheelchair access and jogging. Pictured right is the seafront on the Poniente side with its unusual, sculptured wall and golden sand.


The two beaches are divided by a headland and a small port where boat trips can be had.

Benidorm beach
Poniente Beach
Poniente beach
Levante beach
Levante beach
Playa del Mar Pas



There's also a third beach, the Playa del Mar Pas. It's a very tiny cove next to the port and is sheltered from winds by the rock face.


Finding your way around Benidorm

The Placa del Castell

The two main beaches are divided by the headland where the castle once stood. A fort stood here until 1812 when the British and Spanish troops blew it up whilst expelling the French. Here you will find the Placa del Castell with a beautiful balony and viewpoint. From here you can see the expanse of both sides of Benidorm. As you look out to sea, behind you is the church and a couple of monuments.



Benidorm mirador

In the Placa del Castell area there are some fine cannons that used to stand in the fort, along with a monument to those lost at sea.


There are often musicians performing in the plaza and it's quite common for people to be dancing to the music. There's a fine restaurant with all day sun on the terrace.

Benidorm church

Old Benidorm

The old town of Benidorm is a maze of narrow streets with quirky corners and little plazas. Some of the streets are quite steep. You will find lots of shops here and hundreds of places to eat and drink. Some streets are more pleasant than others.


The streets on the Levante side of Benidorm are arranged in a checkerboard style and are relatively easy to navigate. It's here that you will find the largest concentration of hotels.

Benidorm streets




Benidorm council have done a good job with the refurbishment of the main streets and many of the roundabouts and streets are decorated with unusual bronzes.



Benidorm shops

Shopping in Benidorm

The shopping areas are typical touristy shops offering all manner of goods. The biggest concentration of shops in Benidorm are located in the old town area although almost every street in Benidorm has a few shops. You don't have to walk far to find a local supermarket or gift shops. Market days are Tuesday and Sunday. On Sunday, the car boot (rastro) at la Nucia is huge.


Bargain clothing and gifts are to be found everywhere. Shop around for the best prices.




There are lots of pharmacies in Benidorm as well as private clinics. There is always at least one pharmacy open at any time as they work on a rota system. Details of the rota can be collected from the tourist office.





Benidorm shops

What to see in Benidorm

Benidorm is busy day and night. There are thousands of bars that have entertainment at any time. At night, Benidorm truly comes alive. There are nightclubs, discos, bingo halls, casinos and live shows. Some of the larger shows such as Benidorm Palace and the Benidorm Circus can be booked with your hotel or tour opperator. There are also regular concerts in the outdoor theatre in Benidorm. During the day if you don't want the beach then you have water parks, zoos, nature parks and the large Terra Mitica theme park. For more active persuits, there are boat trips along the coast and to the Island of Tabarca, water sports, go-karting, horse riding and much more.

Pictured left is the small but active port from where boat trips set off.

Sailing lessons in benidorm

The sailing club in Benidorm have sailing lessons for all ages and abilities.


There are scuba diving schools in Benidorm as the local waters are of excellent quality.



What to do and see in Benidorm
Unusual Benidorm
There is little history to see in Benidorm. Much of it has been replaced by hotels and apartments. There are however, some fine examples of modern architecture that show how tastes have changed over the decades. The apartment block (left) is most unusual, with its circular windows.
Benidorm Circus car

The streets in Benidorm are never dull..... there's always something to see and every street is different. The resort is well developed with theme parks, showbars and much more.


Theme parks in Benidorm include:

TerraNatura - A very large animal park - More info here

Aqua Natura - Water fun park

Terra Mitica - Theme park for the whole family



Terra Natura

Video of Terra Natura


Benidorm bars

Eating and drinking in Benidorm

You will find some fine examples of typical Spanish restaurants in Benidorm if you know where to look. You will also find restaurants serving an international menu. However, there's no hiding the fact that much of Benidorm is dominated by English bars and cafes.

Benidorm food
It's not everyone's cup of tea but they certainly satisfy a thriving demand and they are all great value. The €1 pint is commonplace and giant burgers can be had for as little as 2.




Fiestas in Benidorm


The 5th see the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) parade and celebrations.

March: On the 16th the Virgin of the Suffrage is marked, followed by the Fallas on the 16th-19th.

April: Holy Week, along with the rest of Spain.

May: The Cross Festival is popular on the 1st.

June: The Corpus Cristi Procession is follwed by the Hogueras de San Juan on the 24th.

July: On the 6th and 7th Saint Fermin is celebrated andCarmen is marked on the 16th. The patron saint of Benidorm, Saint James is honoured on the 25th.

August: All summer there are concerts in Aiguera Park and the Rincon de Loix is celebrated at the end of the month.

September: Asturias Days are 7th and 8th and the Wine Harvest festival follows shortly afterwards.

October: one of the largest festivals in Benidorm is the Moors and Christians on the first weekend. Valencia Day on the 9th is celebrated all over the region and the Rosary Festival is held from the 9th-12th.

Around the Benidorm area

Located just north of Benidorm is Calpe, a resort worthy of a visit. Further north is Denia which is again very much a family resort. A quiet little town that was once the centre of the region's raisin growing industry. Although tourism has taken over, raisins are still grown here and remain to be a local delicacy. The main avenue in Denia is the Plaza de la Constitucion where you can sit and watch the world go by. Here you will find a wonderful 17th century church. The area around Denia has been voted the third healthiest place to live by the World Health Organisation. Another quaint little town north of Benidorm is Altea where careful development and planning has maintained the tranquil atmosphere and character. There are no high-rise hotels here and for the energetic there are 257 steps up to the old town from which a wonderful view can be had. Villajoyosa is just a short drive away and is a superb Valencian fishing port.

Algar Waterfalls
Video of
Waterfalls of Algar
Near Benidorm
The Waterfalls of Algarare just a short drive from Benidorm. A great day out for the whole family. See full details here. 1km from the waterfalls are the Botanical Gardens. The Cactus D'Algar Jardi Botanic complex was opened in 1996 and is set in 50,000M2 of land. There are thousands of plants within beautiful walks.
Guadalest is a wonderful town that sits high in the mountains, just 25km from Benidorm. It makes an excellent day out and several companies offer coach tours there. Read about Guadalest here.
Benidorm walks
Just a short walk from Benidorm and you can climb the steep hill to get wonderful panoramic views of Benidorm and some tiny, unspoilt coves.

Local Police Benidorm, C/Grecia, 6 - 966 807 766 - Emergencies - 092
Guardia Civil Benidorm, C/Capitan Cortes, 2 - 965 854 030
General Emergencies - 112  
Ambulance Emergency Benidorm - 062  
Red Cross Benidorm - 966 808 934
National Police Benidorm, C/Apolo XI, 36 - 965 855 308
Fire Brigade Benidorm - 965 854 080 - Emergencies - 085
Telefonica - 1004  
British Consulate Benidorm - 965 216 022

Clinica Benidorm - 965 853 850

Hospital Comarcal, Benidorm - 966 859 800
Bus station Benidorm - 965 850 151
Train station Benidorm (RENFE), Avda Salamanca - 965 851 895
Alicante airport information - 966 919 400
Town Hall Benidorm, Plaza de SS MM reyes de Espana - 965 850 268
Post office Benidorm, Avda de L'Aiguera, 5 - 965 853 434

Tourist Information Office, Benidorm - 965 851 311

There are 4 tourist offices in Benidorm:

Plaza del Torrejo - 965 851 311

C/Gerona Conde de Ramador - 966 805 914

Avda Europa - 965 860 095

Paseo Tolls, Estacion de Autobuses - 966 831 648



Satellite services in Benidorm

Astra Beam Satellites - Tel Mike Welsh 966 866 881

Vehicle services in Benidorm

Fast Fit Tyres (mobile fitting) - Tel 663 995 393

Electricians in Benidorm

Adept Electrical SL - Dan - Tel 663 858 273

Emergency locksmiths in Benidorm

Safeguard English locksmith - Tel 965 888 681 / 626 891 453



Benidorm taxi services

Taxis to Benidorm from Alicante airport cost on average 60 euros. Most taxis work on a fixed price but this can vary depending on time of day and luggage quantities.

Benidorm tourist bus

There are open-top buses that tour Benidorm and are great value. Hop on and off at various points as many times as you like. There's also a guided tour of Benidorm on an old tram.

Local buses in Benidorm

The local bus service is excellent with regular services all over town. Bus companies include Ubesa (965 850 151), Enatcar (965 867 962) and Bilmanbus (965 861 558).

Benidorm by cycle

The town has a cycle hire system with various parks all over town. You can pay by credit card or on your mobile.

Trains in Benidorm

The train station (Estacion de tren) is located in Estacion Street. Tel 965 851 695.


Entertainment in Benidorm

In Benidorm you can entertain yourself on the beaches, sample go-karting, ten-pin bowling or take in two theme parks, the water features at Aqualand or watch a dolphin show. Whatever type of entertainment you want in Benidorm, you will find it. Below are a few of the most popular venues and activities.

Nightlife in Benidorm

Benidorm has a youthful and pulsating nightlife with many discos and nightclubs, endless bars and fine restaurants. Here you can party till dawn.

Theme parks in Benidorm

Benidorm is the location for the Terra Mitica theme park with a world of legends, Terra Natura with more than 250 animal species and Mundomar with stunning dolphin shows.


Casa del Fester (Social centre)

La Viga St, 3


966 801 601

Jose llorca Llinares

Goya St,


965 867 071

Public Library

3, SS MM Los reyes Plaza,


965 855 098


Colci Cinema

19-21 Limones St,


965 865 060

Colci Rincon Cinema

La Marina Finestrat

966 831 195




Mundomar - Animal theme park close to Levante beach - Full details here

Terra Natura - Zoo - Full details here

Benidorm Palaca - Spectacular shows with dinner - Full details here

Molino Benidorm - Spectacular dance shows

Benidorm Circus - Daily circus shows

Terra Mitica - Large theme park

Waterfalls of Algar - Beautiful bathing spot and waterfalls. Feature here

Horse riding in Benidorm - 5 minutes from Benidorm. Tel 678 983 119

Scuba Diving in Benidorm - Buceo Benidorm is open all year round and offers dives and courses. Their office is located on C/Lepanto. Tel 965 104 736.

Boat trips to Tabarca Island - Tel 965 850 052

Boat trips along the coast - (Benidorm - Calpe) - Tel 965 850 052

Fishing at sea - Saturdays at 9am. Charter Nautica - Tel 965 850 633





Whatever type or size of hotel you want in Benidorm, you will find it and the prices are unbeatable due to fierce competition. Most hotels offer discount packages that may include full board, half board or bed and breakfast. You can book discount hotels in Benidorm here



Hotels in Benidorm visited and reviewed by Idealspain

The Hotel Regente, Benidorm - Full review and video here


High rise benidorm
Benidorm has received renewed interest partly due to the ITV hit series 'Benidorm' which is largely filmed at the Sol Pelicanos Hotel. The hotel is open to the public and located on C/Gerona, 300m from Levante Beach.


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