A little paradise for the Brits and Dutch, a Blackpool retreat for the Spanish, oh yes! Benidorm holidays literally have it all...something for everybody!
Benidorm has pretty much always been a popular destination for many European tourists. It has an old town, a new town and a quiet end towards the west. It is known to some as a 'little Las Vegas' and to others a quiet haven for relaxation.
Benidorm is a town located on the Costa Blanca stretch of Spain, in the Alicante province. The town's nearest airport is Alicante which is 58.1 km away.
The taxi ride from the airport to Benidorm is straight motorway yet scenic nevertheless; with shrubby hillsides close up appearing almost mountain like in the distance.
About 30 minutes into the taxi ride, in the distance, the skyscrapers of Benidorm appear - just like Vegas - from desert and free way to neon lights and money.
Main Benidorm or 'down town' Benidorm covers about 60% of the entire town...spanning right across Levante beach at its front and stretching back 1000+ metres with its modern infrastructure of roads and buildings.
Levante beach from start to finish has skyscrapers along the seafront lined up like dominoes; consisting of hotels, holiday apartments and private residencies, usually accommodating shops and bars on the ground floors.
Heading north from the beach and into town, an abundance of noise and neon lights grab the senses. Bars, bars and more bars with lap dancing clubs, supermarkets, fast food takeaways, restaurants, shops and more hotels! A lot of action condensed into a small space which gives an electric and energetic ambience.
If lively night life is not your scene, then don't fret...a 15 minute walk into the west and soon the old town of Benidorm will appear. A popular but downbeat atmosphere...quieter and slower in motion than the new town.
During the 15 minute walk, buildings gradually change from modern to historic and the civil volume goes from loud to medium. The old town is a joy with its narrow streets and vast selection of bars, restaurants and shops. The old town area covers about 30% of the entire town and starts at the west end of Levante beach.
Going even quieter...keep heading west past the old town and Poniente beach emerges. This area covers about 10% of the entire town and is perfect for the eldery or families with children looking for the tranquil Benidorm.
Poniente beach is nowhere near as busy as Levante beach and its seafront has a few hotels and a sequence of buildings housing numerous shopfront units of bars, restaurants, convenience stores, hairdressers, beauty salons, etc.
Avenida Armada Española is a modernised street which is immaculately clean with a pristine, white funky-shaped promenade opposite. Many private residencies are situated in this area.
Benidorm holidays overall have a fantastic vibe and everybody, be natives or tourists, are very friendly and family orientated. Practically anything desired is available in short walks. Many British bars and restaurants dominate the new town area so all kinds of British food and beer is available. Dutch bars also occupy this area in town.
The Spanish tapas bars usually have Mahou, Estrella Damn, Cruzcampo and San Miguel on draught or in the bottle. All kinds of shopping is available in the new town area from designer clothing to tobacco products and entertainment... from children's play activities to gaming arcades.
Weather in Benidorm
Benidorm weather is warm all year round. Temperatures are at their hottest in June, July and August...in the late 20s up to early 30s.
The coldest month January is generally a comfortable 16 degrees C. It doesn't get much colder.
Benidorm holidays monthly temperatures
Benidorm holidays - Key Facts
Here are some key facts about Benidorm:
- Approximate flight time from the UK - 2 hours, 50 minutes
- Destination Airport - Alicante International Airport
- Currencies - Euro EUR
- Official Language - Spanish
Benidorm holidays have a variety of activities and things to do for all the family.
Placa del Castell. A beautiful coastal point in the old town, next to the church: Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana. Placa del Castell is a public walking area offering wonderful sea views and a full scope of Levante and Poniente beaches and coastline. Painted in white and equipped with telescopes to zoom in on Benidorm activity.
Shopping, restaurants, tapas bars and old architecture to admire.
Pubs, bars, nightclubs, strip bars, British bars, hotels, shopping. The most vibrant and colourful part of Benidorm.
Water parks. Aqualandia, Terra Mítica and Mundomar are fantastic water parks for kids and adults to have a whale of a time!
A life size toy train takes the family for a tour through the streets of Benidorm, ringing the bell occasionally and chuffing along the road with the local traffic.
Levante and Poniente beaches offer a contrast of busy and idle atmospheres. Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire - generally 8 Euros for all day hire.
There are many, many, more activities to discover in the great town of Benidorm.
This concludes our Benidorm holidays guide.