Always brash and always buzzing – Benidorm is the original holiday resort for kiss-me-quick cheap holidays. And the blend of home comforts and Costa Blanca sun means there’s not much chance of it losing its crown as one of the best. So pull up a sun lounger and get ready for a hell of a holiday.
We love Benidorm. Especially for big groups of friends or family, the incredible value makes it a fantastic destination for an easy holiday. You’ll find everything you need is within walking distance – whether that’s the golden sands of the beach or shops and markets are only a stone’s throw from hotel complexes.
Brits have been coming to Benidorm for years. And this hotspot has an abundance of themed restaurants and bars that give you a taste of home, just with weather that’s a little bit better and a more relaxed pace of life. However, if you’ve got a hankering for a taste of a more authentic Spain, then immerse yourself into the local culture and try some tapas. As a prime destination on the Costa Blanca, you won’t be surprised to find out that there’s some top-notch seafood on offer on Benidorm’s menus.
You can’t go to Benidorm without diving into the famous nightlife of all-night bars and clubs. Dance the night away at a nightclub or sing along to your favourite songs at one of the many karaoke bars.
The Rock of Ifach rises over 300m out of the Mediterranean and the iconic rock can be seen from across the resort of Calpe. And if you’re after incredible views (and up to the challenge) we recommend taking the trip to the tip of the rock. Otherwise, Calpe is great for a day visit. Saturday’s the day to go for the busy street markets.
Literally translated as the ‘Joyful Village’, we reckon that Villajoyosa’s name might have something to do with the three chocolate factories the town is well known for. Tours are offered around each of the factories. Which involve walking. Which technically is exercise. Which means you can enjoy more chocolate. Village of Joy indeed!
If you are a culture vulture, don’t forget to stop in Altea. It’s in the town’s Moorish past. It’s the white-washed buildings and the mazey streets packed with galleries and shops – all waiting to be discovered.
All of the classic charm of old-world Spain is located a short stretch up the Costa Blanca from Benidorm. Denia may be small, but this sun-drenched resort has plenty to offer. Spend your days lazing on the 20 kilometres of pristine sandy beaches, or head for the hills to explore the city’s medieval castle. When you’re ready to be wined and dined, the marina’s the place to be. Dotted with cosmopolitan cocktail bars and rustic seafood eateries, it’s the go-to place for local families and visitors alike. Indulge in a bit of retail therapy in Denia’s designer boutiques, or simply have a wander and admire the harbour’s colourful fishing boats.
Whether you’re ready to explore ancient monuments or dance until dawn, Alicante doesn’t disappoint. This always-buzzing Costa Blanca resort features a nightlife scene to rival Benidorm. Crowds spill out of promenade bars and restaurants onto the pavement until the wee hours, while urban beaches like El Postiquet provide the ideal location for sunbathing and sport. While the nightlife is modern, the city’s architecture showcases the cultures that have called Alicante home for centuries. Explore the Old Quarter and Castle of Santa Barbara to soak in Alicante’s history, from the Roman Empire to today.
It may be just a stone’s throw from Benidorm, but the sleepy little resort of Albir feels worlds away from its heady entertainment. If you’re in search of tranquil beaches and unspoilt Mediterranean views, Albir’s brightly coloured seafront architecture is sure to inspire you. Take a load off and spend your holiday on the Blue Flag beach. With 600 metres of soft golden sands, it’s the perfect family-friendly spot for swimming and relaxation. Of course, being a Costa Blanca resort, Albir also offers plenty of entertainment. Head to the Casa de Cultura for concerts, films and the annual Jazz Festival.
Theme parks in Benidorm
If you’re after a change from the hotel pool, theme parks have to be on the to-do list for your Benidorm holiday. They’re perfect for the family.
Aqualandia packs water attractions aplenty from huge slides to lazy rivers and flumes. As Spain’s largest waterpark, there’s fun for the whole family and you can easily spend an entire day there. Aqualandia is paired with the next door marina animal park Mundomar. Animal’s such as dolphins and sea lions live in an environment designed after their natural habitat, and the underwater viewing ports give you and the kids the chance to see these majestic creatures from a unique, natural angle.
If you want to get your pulse racing, pay a visit to the amusement park of Terra Mitica that has spectacular themed areas that host huge rides and rollercoasters.
Benidorm’s beaches have plenty to boast about, with two award-winning strips of sand on offer. The Costa Blanca lives up to its name and offers pristine white sands in both directions.
If you’re had too much fun the night before, some well needed R&R can be found on the Playa del Poniente. The relaxed beach is a perfect to enjoy some peace and quiet and the clear waters are a great way to refresh yourself.
The 2 kilometre stretch of Playa de Levante beach is our choice for families as it has a livelier atmosphere and lots of water sports like jet skiing and paragliding on offer.
Delicately packaged and lying between Levante and Poniente beaches, lies the small cove of Playa del Malpas. It’s a lesser known beach so you’ll often find it’s untouched by the crowds – meaning that you can dive into some serious sunbathing. Bring a book and watch the day go by!
As you may have guessed, Benidorm’s coastal location means it has an array of wonderful freshly caught seafood. Try out some tasty Spanish food at one of the many tantalising tapas and scrumptious seafood restaurants in the town. Or share a plate of paella with a loved one, washed down with a carafe of sangria, to truly immerse yourself in Spanish cuisine.
The Old Town will let you escape the hustle and bustle of Benidorm’s centre, enveloping you into one of its quieter restaurants. We don’t always want a noisy scene – and a stroll along the Paseo Colón, a tranquil harbour, is a great way to change up the pace of a Benidorm holiday. The waterfront restaurants offer some top notch eats.
For excellent steak, you should book a table at Amigos Restaurant and Roof Terrace which is favourite with large groups due to its rooftop seating area and modern décor. It’s an ideal starting point for a memorable night out.
For exciting, fun-filled holidays, Benidorm is a welcoming beach town for both young and old. Whether you want to test out every theme park, hit every night club or just catch some Costa Blanca rays of sunshine, we will tailor your holiday to your every need.
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