Benidorm

  • The seaside town of Benidorm attracts those in search of sea and sand. This destination in the famous Costa Blanca has been enjoying a wave of popularity since the 70s. When admiring the town from afar, you can see that around a hundred hotels have invaded the promenade. Recently renovated, the promenade is extremely practical as it links the beaches of Levante and Poniente. If you are going to Benidorm, ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

The seaside town of Benidorm attracts those in search of sea and sand. This destination in the famous Costa Blanca has been enjoying a wave of popularity since the 70s. When admiring the town from afar, you can see that around a hundred hotels have invaded the promenade. Recently renovated, the promenade is extremely practical as it links the beaches of Levante and Poniente. If you are going to Benidorm, don't miss out on doing some scuba diving, swimming in the warm waters, or enjoying the old town with its picturesque streets and many shops. You'll be spoilt for choice... If you're holidaying with children, one option is a trip to one of the various theme parks in the town, such as Terra Mitica, Mundomar or Aqualandia. Alternatively, if you really like to discover wealth of the region, Benidorm has many culinary specialities to offer its visitors, including its famous rice dishes, served in the excellent restaurants along the beachfront at Poniente: not to be missed! The British tourists in Benidorm are many and there's even a neighbourhood packed with English pubs and restaurants where you'll really feel at home. This is the area that features in the TV series 'Benidorm'!

Benidorm: what to do?

Benidorm is known worldwide for its theme parks. Although they are busy and practical, they are also fun and well-organised, each with its own style and charm. Terra Mitica with its Russian mountains, and the water parks like Mundomar and aqualandia Aqualandia which put on various shows, including one with dolphins. Simply brilliant! If it's charm you're looking for, visit the temple of cabaret in Benidorm atBenidorm Palace. Here you will be able to admire dancers and actors performing classical dances mixed with contemporary dance. Not to mention that fantastic tango and cabaret shows are also put on here. If you come with family or with friends it's probably a good idea to choose a complete package that includes dinner and a show. If you're young and want to have fun, this is the perfect place for you. Benidorm is bustling with regular and karaoke bars, especially in the GIRI and English neighbourhoods, where there are also several nightclubs. What's more, Benidorm is lively both day and night, so there'll always be something to keep you entertained!

You can't visit this town and not go on an excursion to the island of Benidorm. It's only a boat ride away and you won't regret it! If you're keen on diving, you'll be interested to know that there are many multi-coloured fish to be admired in the clear waters surrounding the town. There are also various diving schools available to show you the ropes. If you prefer the land to sea, we recommend that you take a stroll through the town centre. Here, you'll also be able to discover the old town with its busy pedestrian areas, which are great if you're a fan of shopping.

Reminders

Everyone will tell you about it and you'll see it for yourself: traffic in Benidorm is terrible. Try to visit as much as possible on foot, or rent a moped or a bike. In winter, the older generations who come to Benidorm rent small cars and electric mobility scooters to enable them to get around the town independently.

To avoid

The bars on the promenade are not to be missed! After 8pm, the terraces are absolutely packed! You should really take care to protect your skin, as due to the proximity of the sea and the pleasant breeze, the sun in Alicante can be very misleading. Many people don't realise how hot it is and end up spending their holiday looking like a lobster! So be careful when sitting out in the sun.

Benidorm: what to eat?

We suggest that you try the rice dishes of Alicante to be found in Benidorm. However, you may have some difficulty choosing between the town's many restaurants specialising in rice. Benidorm also has a Basque neighbourhood located right in the middle of town. Don't miss out on the opportunity to taste the tapas and cocktail snacks in the bars in the old town.

Benidorm: what to buy?

If you enjoy retail therapy, Benidorm will have you spoilt for choice. We recommend that you wander around the streets of the old town. During the sales period the shops have really good discounts, which is a real plus at the moment when many are having to keep an eye on their spending!

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