Benidorm is the most visited tourist resort on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain.
With great beaches, the Mediterranean Sea to swim in, a busy resort packed with bars, restaurants and clubs, no wonder this is so popular.
With the fifth largest population in the Alicante province, Benidorm is located 45 kilometers northeast of the city of Alicante, and just south of Altea.
It is the central destination on the Costa Blanca with it’s dominant skyline sometimes being called the “Manhattan of Spain” due to the high-rise tower blocks. The backdrop to Benidorm is the magnificent mountain range known as Sierra Helada.
Benidorm is certainly a place you will either love or hate as it divides opinion.
Once a small fishing village it has been heavily-developed – many would claim over-developed – but then again it is good to have some resorts that have lots of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
The video below is a high-definition tourist guide of the best sights of Benidorm:
Yes Benidorm is busy and noisy but that attracts some great entertainers and lots of men and women looking for a good time. If you want a quiet, relaxing traditional Spanish tourist resort there are plenty of other alternatives to go to instead.
Benidorm is a big sprawling metropolis and although there’s no way we would think of living there, we love it!
Clearly it has something going for it as over 4 million visitors come here every year. Many of these are on organised package holidays from Britain where everything is included from flights, airport transfers, accommodation to food and drink (all-inclusive).
If you are looking for a no-frills holiday to Benidorm, a package holiday is usually your best option for finding a cheap holiday deal and is ideal for pensioners and OAP’s looking for some winter sun at a cheap and reasonable price.
If you are not on an organised package holiday you may want to read our page on where the nearest airports to Benidorm are as well as airport transfer options and prices.
With a flying time of about two hours from most Northern European airports, long weekend breaks are becoming increasingly popular. Benidorm represents great value for money compared to other destinations. The price of food and drinks are low due to the amount of competition between bars and restaurants.
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Things To Do and See in Benidorm
Benidorm is rather unique in that it attracts many different segments of holidaymakers, for example many younger people visit Benidorm for the vibrant nightlife and the huge amount of bars, clubs and pubs.
Benidorm also attracts many pensioners and retirees who enjoy the many facilities such as restaurants and shops all very close together within walking distance and all with very reasonable prices.
Benidorm also attracts young families because of the fabulous beaches lined with the promenade full of lively bars with live music, restaurants and shops, and again your hotel or apartment is likely to be within a short walk.
Young families also enjoy the many options for excursions and activities and there are lots of things to do and see if you have children.
Consider taking your children to the Benidorm Circus, held every Sunday in the Benidorm Palace car park. Adults €16, kids €8.
Benidorm has suffered from a somewhat downmarket and tacky image being linked with being cheap and cheerful, full of fish and chip shops and brimming with drunk English lager louts.
Thankfully the Benidorm tourist board are now addressing this negative image and looking to take the resort more upmarket. It also should be pointed out that a tremendous amount of Spanish people enjoy holidays in Benidorm too.
There is a superb amount of attractions, of course there are nightclubs, bars and restaurants galore but Benidorm also a number of unique attractions not found elsewhere namely the five Benidorm theme parks.
This makes Benidorm a great choice for a family holiday as it has something for everyone.
Terra Mitica is the biggest and best with many rollercoaster rides but also plenty of rides and shows for the little ones too.
Terra Natura and Aqua Natura are a zoo and water park next door to each other near Terra Mitica.
Aqualandia and Mundomar are sister parks within walking distance of the Levante area of Benidorm. Aqualandia is the water park with slides and pools and Mundomar is an aquatic sea-life marine style attraction.
The reason Benidorm has become so large and so popular is the beautiful setting with three miles of fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters with wonderful all-year round climate and hot sunny weather in the summer.
There are two wonderful long sandy beaches, Playa Poniente (sunset beach) and Playa Levante (sunrise beach), separated by a rocky promontory, the Canfali vantage point that offers great views in each direction. At the foot of this lookout point is the Mal Pas cove.
You can see the beaches live on our webcams page.
The main Benidorm beaches are long and wide although very crowded in summer. Levante (to the left) is busier than Poniete. There is also a very good beach south of Poniente at Finestrat.
There are no nudist beaches in Benidorm itself – the nearest beach for nude sunbathing would be Raco Conil – this is about 4km south of Benidorm towards Villajoyosa – take the N322 towards the casino near Villajoyosa and turn left at the casino (now closed) and follow the road down to the car park where you will find a small rocky cove. This is Raco Conil and a gathering place for naturists.
There are plenty of watersports available such as waterskiing and parasailing. For scuba-divers you can visit the Llosa reef teeming with sea-life.
Benidorm Old Town
Benidorm also has a lovely old town area inbetween the Levante and Poniente beaches. This area is very traditional, very Spanish and quite peaceful. This area is centred around the Canfali vantage point (Balcony of the Mediterranean) and the Parque de Elche.
The old town district has all the major shops of Benidorm as well as some good bars. The streets are narrow and winding. Be sure to see the San Jaime church with it’s landmark blue dome.
Benidorm has an area in the old town where you will find many gay bars, gay pubs, saunas and gay nightclubs. Some of these are also open to straight people – the Rich Bitch drag queen show is well-known.
Our gay Benidorm page has more detail.
Below is a video of the old town:
Boat trips to Peacock Island
From the Benidorm beaches you can see a rock known as Peacock Island (Isla de Benidorm) because of the birds that inhabit the island.
You can catch a boat there from the port or even better catch the boat along the coast to Calpe. The waters are very clear and filled with schools of fish making it an ideal location for a scuba-diving trip.
You can also catch boat trips south to Tabarca island which is near the town of Santa Pola.
The Benidorm Palace offers a Las Vegas-style show complete with dinner with with dancers, flamenco, juggling, magicians and big band/orchestra. This venue has been featured many times on the well-known ITV television comedy series called Benidorm.
Indeed many visitors to Benidorm try to find the locations used on the sets of the series. The hotel which is called the Solana is in reality the Sol Pelicanos Hotel. Neptunes Bar where many hilarious scenes have been filmed is a real bar called the Morgan’s Tavern which does have many good cabaret shows and tribute bands.
Visitors to Benidorm can enjoy a great variety of shopping, from the markets, the cheap Chinese bazaars to the designer shops such as Zara at the La Marina Mall in Benidorm.
The Carrefour supermarket in Benidorm is a huge hypermarket with many types of food from Spanish to English (British) and also popular is the Iceland supermarket.
For more information see our shopping/supermarkets page.
You can play golf in Benidorm at the Villaitana wellness golf and business sun resort. Villaitana has two 18 hole golf courses wearing the stamp of Nicklaus Design and the resort has a spa. Golf Villaitana telephone 966815000. Villaitana Spa: 966816063.
Benidorm is a very built up tourist resort and as such the capacity and rooms available for accommodation for short stays such as weekends or longer stays such as long-lets are great.
If you want to be in the heart of the action, near the English-Square with it’s many bars and nightclubs then try staying in the Playa Levante area – see our map of Benidorm.
We also have a page on camping in Benidorm.
Fiesta is the Spanish word for festival, basically it is one giant celebration and party almost always with fireworks.
Try plan a visit to Benidorm to coincide with one of the many fiestas for a glimpse into real Spanish culture. The best fiesta in Benidorm is the week-long celebration in November when Benidorm practically comes to a standstill – for dates see our dedicated fiesta page.
What To Do At Night
Needless to say Benidorm is packed with restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and nightclubs, many of them English and Irish.
Popular bars and clubs include Jokers, Chaplins, Lennons, Cafe Benidorm, Red Dog Saloon, The Western Saloon Bar, Loch Ness, Bahamas, Champions, Sinatras and The Heartbreak. Infamous acts and shows include Sticky Vicky.
There are literally thousands of bars and pubs and drink prices are very low (often €1 a pint!).
As well as this there is a lot of free entertainment such as comedians, cabaret, dancers, live bands and tribute bands such as Queen and Westlife. This makes Benidorm a fun place for a hen weekend or stag weekend.
Benidorm Tourist Offices (Oficina de Turismo)
Should you need help when you are in Benidorm you can find four official tourist information offices at these addresses:
Benidorm Tourist Information Office (Main Bus Station)
Avenida Francisco Llorca Antón, 1. Est. Autobuses, 03501, Benidorm (Alicante – Alacant).
Telephone: +34 966831648
Benidorm Tourist Information Office
Avenida Europa s/n, 03503, Benidorm (Alicante – Alacant)
Telephone: 96 586 0095
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 21:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00 h. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
Benidorm Tourist Information Office (Central Office)
Plaza Canalejas, El Torrejó (antiguo Ayuntamiento) s/n, 03501, Benidorm (Alicante – Alacant).
Telephone: +34 965851311 or +34 965853224
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 21:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 17:00 h. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
Benidorm Tourist Information Office (Rincón Loix)
Avenida Derramador s/n (esquina C/ Gerona), 03503, Benidorm (Alicante – Alacant).
Telephone: +34 966805914
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 21:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:00 h. Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
Benidorm Tourist Information Office (Cala de Finestrat)
Avenida Marina Baixa, s/n, 03509, Finestrat (Alicante – Alacant)
Telephone: +34 648653219
Opening Hours: Summer (from 30/6 to 23/9): Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00 h. Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
As well as being able to answer your questions you can pick up free maps and brochures.
Useful Phone Numbers
Benidorm Town Hall: 96 585 55 00
Benidorm Local Police: 96 680 77 66
Benidorm Red Cross: 96 680 89 34
Guardia Civil: 96 585 40 30
Fire Brigade: 96 585 40 80
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