Benidorm is a popular tourist town located on the Costa Blanca. A stalwart loved by Brits for its weather and ‘good time guaranteed’ attitude, Benidorm is a modern juggernaut of the ‘sun, sea and sand’ world.
Tagged with a ‘Brits abroad’ label, Benidorm knows its audience and accommodates them with aplomb. English and Irish pubs are a firm fixture on Benidorm’s social landscape, and its nightlife is renowned for keeping the party going well after the sun goes down, with revellers enjoying some of the world’s biggest name DJs in many of its clubs.
The sprawling cityscape of hotels and skyscrapers give way to a welcome sight to us sun-starved Brits: wide swathes of golden sands banking into the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean. Three major beaches- Playa de Levante, Playa de Poniente and Playa de mal Pas- are all Blue Flag accredited and you’ll find shops, restaurants and beach-side watering holes just a few steps away.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle that comes with Benidorm’s most popular resorts, further down the coast you’ll leave behind the urban sprawl, and find yourself discovering horseshoe bays and smugglers coves lesser known to the crowds.
For a fun-filled, action-packed holiday just three hours away from the UK, Benidorm is an ideal option. Its year-round pleasant temperatures, rising to the 30° mark in the peak of summer, make it an excellent choice for a short-haul getaway.
Brits flock to Benidorm’s shores- literally!- and its beaches keep them coming back for more. Aside the urban high-rises that now characterise Benidorm’s skyline, many of the beaches fly the European Blue Flag of excellence, making them clean and safe for families.
Levante beach is renowned for its cleanliness and excellent positioning to Benidorm town. With a plethora of bars, restaurants and shops just a stroll away, sunbeds for hire and just minutes away from many hotels and apartment blocks, Levante’s 2km of sand is a hot favourite for holidaymakers.
Further down the coast is Poniente beach. Raked each night, Poniente’s sand is pristine and golden, and is favoured as much by the Spanish locals as by tourists. Closer to the Old Town than the main centre of Benidorm, Poniente has a newly-built promenade and a nearby marina with charming cafes, perfect to while away the dusky hours as the sun is setting.
For those who need a little more action on their holidays, Benidorm has a vast stock of watersports and activities that will get pulses racing. Take to the waves in a kayak or jet ski, and the warm Mediterranean waters are the perfect place to try your hand at snorkelling or scuba diving and enjoy the underwater world.
If you want to get out of Benidorm for the day, Valencia and Alicante are both nearby options. Around 40 minutes’ drive away, Alicante boasts a stylish seaport, pretty parks, a handful of museums and galleries, and even a castle perched atop of Mount Benacantil which affords spectacular views over the city. A little further afield, Valencia is a lovely day trip option, only around one and a half hours away by car. Spain’s ‘third city’, after Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is a thriving cosmopolitan city of beautiful, modern architecture, culture and verve.
Karaoke nights, DJs, cabaret, tribute bands, comedians, theme nights, bars and nightclubs all feature on Benidorm’s legendary entertainment roster, and continue to bring in people of all ages looking for some fun when the sun goes down.
With hundreds of restaurants to choose from you will be spoilt for choice as Benidorm serves up a formidable array of international cuisine. From romantic Italian eateries and Spanish tavernas to a little slice of home where you’ll find the traditional full English breakfast on the menu, even the pickiest of palates will be satisfied.
Alcohol prices are relatively inexpensive compared to what you would expect to pay at home, with a beer generally costing between €1-3 and up to €6 for spirits. Many bars offer offers such as ‘buy one get one free’ and happy ‘hours’ are known to last way past 60 minutes!
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