In Costa Blanca, Benidorm is one of the most well-known resorts in Spain, where the Blue Flag beaches are enormous and the nightlife is packed with fun.
British holiday makers have been in love with Benidorm since the tourism boom in the 1950s. There’s lots to offer visitors looking for exciting nights out and fun-packed days, and Benidorm’s all-inclusive holidays have huge appeal to families and couples looking for top-rated beaches, warm weather, welcoming kids’ clubs, and fantastic theme parks and waterparks.
Enjoy a different country, a different climate, and a different cuisine, all the while knowing that there are also familiar pubs or restaurants just around the corner.
While the promenade is purpose-built with tourists in mind, the Old Town maintains an authentically Spanish feel. The maze of cobbled streets takes you past the majestic 18th century Church of San Jaime and all the way to the spectacular ruins of Benidorm Castle. If you’re a fan of Spanish cuisine, in the Old Town you’ll find food markets selling fresh produce and restaurants serving delicious tapas and Spanish delicacies.
Levante Beach lies in the “typical” holiday area of Benidorm, where visitors gather to enjoy the atmosphere and the clean sand. You can find top-quality buffet food in Levante plus the exciting nightlife that Benidorm is famous for, with its bars, British-themed pubs, and nightclubs. There are also plenty of waterparks and shops to browse.
Playa de Poniente is the urban beach lining the more traditional side of Benidorm, and it’s the area to visit if you want to sample the “real” Spain as well as the Benidorm experience. Poniente Beach is rarely as busy as Levante Beach and exploring the promenade makes for a relaxing morning or afternoon. From Levante you can enjoy all that Benidorm has to offer, as the whole resort is close to hand.
There is plenty to do in Benidorm, so when you aren’t sunning yourself by the sea or enjoying your hotel facilities, make sure to take advantage of the nearby theme parks and entertainment. Levante Beach is the most popular, well-known beach in Benidorm, and Poniente, the beach next-door, is more family-oriented. If you’re visiting with kids in tow, there are numerous places to visit of an evening that are full of fun as well as being child-friendly, and if you are with your partner or friends, Benidorm nightclubs and adult bars are legendary!
Benidorm is a great resort for a family holiday, with kids’ clubs galore and lots of family-friendly hotels. Mums, dads, and children will love the beaches, but you should remember to check out the Festilandia Amusement Park for games and bright flashing lights, the Benidorm Circus which changes each year and is designed for an international audience, and Aqua Natura, a waterpark that’s great for all ages. For young dinosaur fans, the nearby Dino Park is a prehistoric paradise.
While Benidorm itself doesn’t tend to have too many natural attractions – apart from the sea! – you’ll be in Costa Blanca, where there are plenty! The Serra Gelada Nature Park and Benidorm Island are in Benidorm, but you only need to travel 20-50 kilometres where you’ll find the stunning Penon de Ifach Natural Park, the Caves of Canelobre, Tabarca Island, the Montgo Mountain Nature Park, and the Pego-Oliva Marshlands Nature Park. Spain is a treasure trove of wonderful, natural landmarks and features.
Most of Benidorm’s cultural aspects are found in the Old Town, Poniente, and near to the resort. The Balcon de Mediterraneo are the ruins of an abandoned 14th century fortress and tell the story of attacks from Algerian pirates, while the Church of St James holds a statue of the patron saint of Benidorm, the Virgin del Sufragio, who was said to have been found adrift in the sea in 1740. If you want to learn more about Benidorm, there is also the House Museum, the Maritime Cultural Centre, and the Agricultural Museum.
The Benidorm nightlife has something for everyone, whether they are looking for family-friendly fun on resort, or more intense parties at the superclubs and discos. The nights are a big part of the reason for Benidorm’s popularity, with the resort’s vibrant bars, shows, and pubs attracting both British tourists and locals. You’ll find renowned DJs, live comedy, and themed parties most nights, offering entertainment at all hours in the resort that rarely sleeps.