Located in Valencia, Spain, Benidorm is a beautiful seaside resort on the Costa Blanca in Alicante province. Benidorm’s compact layout was a visionary foresight of the 1960’s town mayor who wanted to build a resort which grew upwards. Now famed for its sky-high apartment blocks and hotels, Benidorm’s quality of accommodation has been improving over the past decade as well, attracting both tourists and package holiday visitors to its 5-star hotels and spas. Benidorm holidays are perfect for vacationers who want to rest or engage in adventurous activities.
Being so compact, Benidorm is easy to navigate on foot, and you’ll certainly want to take a stroll down the lovely tree-lined avenues or sit and have a latte in one of Benidorm’s many cafes. If you stay in the Levante Playa area, you will be able to go just about anywhere on foot, and yet remain within the town centre. Some companies even hire or sell motability scooters to get around. There are over a thousand restaurants, bars and cafes, where you have a drink outside and watch the street action. The streets of Benidorm set the scene, day or night, with very vibrant entertainment for all ages.
Though the city, in and of itself, is lovely, Benidorm is most famous for its stunning Blue Flag beaches – 4 beautiful kms of spectacular sand, to be exact. Levante Playa beach is always full of energy, while Poniente beach is more family-friendly. Within the past few years, the Poniente Playa opened a new 13 million Euro promenade, which includes a beach level boardwalk, offering easy access for wheelchair users.
As Benidorm was built with the purpose of being a beach resort, the fun and adventure – or the rest and relaxation, whatever is your preference – are to be had on the beachfront. There are not many cultural tourist hotspots in or near the city, though surrounding villages are no more than a 20 minute drive, if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the “real” Spain. In the city as well, some of the village’s history is preserved in old town, where you’ll find the old town Church, as well as gorgeous Spanish architecture.
Area attractions include Aqualandia, a family water park; Mundomar, an animal and sealife park; Altea, a spectacular old town, only 12 kms away; Benidorm Palace, a Vegas-style cabaret and dinner show; and Terra Mitica, a giant theme park, organized into seven different cultures, including Iberia and Greece, and with rides ranging from water rapids to a 92km/hr rollercoaster.