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Buzzing Benidorm Holidays 2017 / 2018

Sitting on the gorgeous east coast of Spain, in the Costa Blanca, Benidorm offers endless excitement and indulgence to those holidaying amid the sparkling waters and soft sands of Poniente and Levante Beach. Flights to Benidorm are cheap for 2017 / 2018, the all inclusive accommodation for 7 nights stays is top notch, and the weather in summer easily rivals the Canaries, Tenerife and Lanzarote.

Blue seas, sizzling Mediterranean weather and pulsating nightlife go a long way to characterising the resort of Benidorm, hugging the seaside of the beautiful Costa Blanca in Spain and ensuring a plethora of activities for holidaying families to engage with, while others will find relaxation on a Benidorm holiday just as accessible.

If you've looked into Majorca and were tempted by its beaches, Benidorm's five kilometres of sandy beaches may be enough to tempt visitors to this corner of the Costa Blanca, while water parks, delicious tapas, and intriguing cultural features make holidays to Benidorm as diverse as they are fulfilling.

Benidorm is located close by to various other highlights of this region of Spain, including the colourful resort of Alicante, crammed with culture and history, as well as plenty of action and indulgence. Benidorm also makes a great choice for all inclusive holidays with Benidorm's hotels perfectly adapted to meeting a holidaymakers every need.

Most popular hotels in Benidorm

Gran Hotel Bali
Gran Hotel Bali
Gran Hotel Bali

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £219 pp
Gala Placidia Hotel
Gala Placidia Hotel
Gala Placidia Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £199 pp
Dynastic Hotel
Dynastic Hotel
Dynastic Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £251 pp
Don Jorge Apartments
Don Jorge Apartments
Don Jorge Apartments

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £171 pp
Flash Hotel Benidorm
Flash Hotel Benidorm
Flash Hotel Benidorm

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £240 pp
Paraiso 10 Apartments
Paraiso 10 Apartments
Paraiso 10 Apartments

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £146 pp
El Faro
El Faro
El Faro

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £114 pp
Marina Hotel
Marina Hotel
Marina Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from £182 pp

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  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 2h 30m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

Sunny skies and sparkling blue seas await visitors to Benidorm, a popular Spanish beach resort in the beautiful Costa Blanca. The Old Town is well worth a wander, with its "Walking Street" packed with clothing boutiques, outdoor cafes, restaurants, and bars. View the old church and indulge in some people watching in this charming part of town. Most things to do in Benidorm revolve around its beaches, and you'll find over four kilometres of clean sand and warm water to explore.

Two of the most popular Blue Flag beaches include the bustling Levante and tranquil Poniente, which has recently been upgraded with a new Promenade. Both Levante and Poniente are enormous, so even during the busiest season there'll be a spot to lay down your towel.

Another benefit of staying in Benidorm (all inclusive or no) is the location in regards to other attractions on the Costa Blanca, including the bustling Alicante. Cheaper than Lanzarote or Tenerife, and something different than Majorca or the Algarve, the Costa Blanca is a top cheap holidays destination.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

With so many travellers and expats from northern Europe spending time in Benidorm, you'll find a high prevalence of English cafés, bars and pubs in Benidorm and up and down the Costa Blanca. Those seeking a more typical Spanish cuisine will find no shortage of quaint Tapas bars in the Old Town, along with French, Algerian, and Dutch cuisine.

There is a sizeable Chinese community in Benidorm is well, ensuring that Chinese food is also a popular choice, even in Spain! The area around the main strip is also packed with high quality restaurants, where you can sample the local specialty jamon and a selection of regional wines from the Jalon Valley.

There are plenty more eateries in Alicante, and Javea just up the coast is well known for its seafood and fantastic restaurants.

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For Families

For Families

There's no shortage of things to do in Benidorm for children to enjoy. Walk on the wild side with a trip to Mundomar, a marine and wildlife park featuring dolphins, sea lions, playful lemurs, and exotic birds. Terra Natura is another wildlife park, split into five areas of adventure including a petting zoo and a poisonous animal area.

One of these areas is a massive water park called Aqua Natura with a Greek Islands theme, featuring zigzag water slides and a wave pool. Aqualandia is another popular water park in Benidorm that's ideal for whiling away a hot afternoon.

Those feeling bold can brave the thrilling roller coasters at Terra Mitica, which boasts over 30 rides to get the heart racing. If your children have a sweet tooth, try taking a day trip to the charming coastal village of Villajoyosa. Known for its chocolate industry, you can take a tour of the chocolate museum and walk away with some tasty souvenirs.

Obviously, Benidorm's large beaches Levante and Poniente are perfect for kids because of their shallow seas and fine sand.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

With clean beaches and a pleasant climate throughout the year, water sports are some of the most popular things to do during Benidorm holidays. Take the Benidorm Island and Underwater Boat Tour off the coast of the Costa Blanca, which takes daily trips around the island with an underwater viewing lounge. Sailing, yachting, and jet skiing are all ways to pass the time, or you can take a ride in a rickety banana boat from Playa Levante. Pay a visit to Karting de Finestrat, a Go-Karting track featuring karts with a top speed of 130kph, or venture into the countryside of the picturesque Costa Blanca around Benidorm on a 4x4 Jeep Safari.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Many holidaymakers embark on holidays to Benidorm to experience the sought after beach lifestyle, and in Benidorm, Costa Blanca, you’ll find it in abundance. This vibrant area of Spain enjoys almost year-round sunshine, supplying you with plenty of sand and sea during your stay, whether you're here for some summer heat or winter sun.

Benidorm boasts two glorious Blue Flag beaches – Playa de Levante and Playa de Poniente, with each offering something different. Levante is where the heart of the action is, with a myriad of water sports and a diverse crowd of holidaymakers enjoying the beach. Poniente is more sedate, offering up a great spot to relax and unwind.

If you’d rather explore these stunningly clear waters on your Benidorm holidays, take a trip to the old fishing town of Moraira. Here, you’ll be welcomed with the opportunity to dive beneath the sea and catch a glimpse of the marine life that can be found.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Although the beaches of Levante and Poniente, and their water sports, are popular Benidorm attractions in the daytime, many visitors travel here solely for its legendary nightlife. You'll never run out of options with over 800 bars to choose from, and competition is fierce to lure in visitors. Theme bars, British pubs, and Spanish cafeteria bars abound and you'll find no shortage of sports bars to sit back and enjoy a game of football.

Many of these are concentrated around the Playa Levante area as well as the main drag in the Old Town. If you're looking for a lively evening that's suitable for all ages, try visiting the famous Benidorm Palace. You can enjoy an evening of cabaret performances with dinner included.

Visiting show bars is also a popular pastime in Benidorm, including Champions and Buddies or The Cavern in the Ricon Loix area. These feature drink specials along with live music, celebrity impersonations, and karaoke.

 

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For Couples

For Couples

If you can drag yourself away from the beach, you’ll find many more attractions to embrace, both in and around Benidorm. One of the best ways to explore Benidorm’s highlights is by donning your sturdiest pair of shoes for a stroll of its spectacular landscape. Discover the mountain ranges of Puig Campana or stroll around the traditional villages of Finestrast and Albir. A picturesque area easily accessible by foot, you’d be wise to take your camera to capture a fleeting moment of your Benidorm holidays. 

If you’d rather spend your holidays doing something more relaxing, take yourself away to a spot of serenity by the sea. The picturesque resort of Calpe is only a 20-minute drive from Benidorm and offers a gloriously sandy beach to relax in on hot afternoons, while the calm water provides a great place to cool down.

Of course, holidays in Benidorm are incomplete without partaking in its exuberant nightlife. Whether you fancy lingering over drinks in a nearby beach bar or meandering your way through this resort’s buzzing nightclubs, you’ll find plenty of places to keep you entertained until sunrise. If you fancy a night out on the town with a different setting, head to nearby Denia. One of the best areas for fiestas, you’re sure to find a celebration in this enchanting old town.

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Culture

Culture

Although every night is a party in Benidorm, the town also hosts a number of events and festivals throughout the year. Fiesta Week in November is celebrated in Benidorm to honour St. James and the Virgin of Suffering, patron saints of Benidorm. During this week, the town comes alive with football competitions, religious processions, fireworks and dancing. Carnival is another festive time in Benidorm, celebrated just before Lent in the month of February. Fancy dress competitions, colourful parades, and feasting take place during this time, along with the local tradition of burying sardines. Finally, you can ring in the New Year in Benidorm at the Plaza Triangular to enjoy the truly electric atmosphere.

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