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Benidorm is a buzzing resort with a big reputation for beach holidays. Situated in sunny Costa Blanca, the town is one of the original Spanish beach resorts. Beach-front hotels line the gorgeous golden sand; a stone’s throw from shops, restaurants and bars. Its lively nightlife makes it popular with groups of friends, while nearby water park Aqualandia and other theme parks makes Benidorm holidays great for families.
For years, it has been a favourite holiday destination for British people, as well as a popular for ex-pats. You'll notice many of the bars here take on a decidedly British theme, with lots of English-language signs, Union Jacks, and even fish and chip shops! If you prefer to experience something more authentically Spanish during your Benidorm holidays, however, you'll find more traditional Spanish bars and restaurants further away from the seafront. Experience Costa Blanca’s buzzing nightlife scene, white sand beaches and non-stop days full of water parks, sports, and shopping.
Enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters.
2 hours 30 minutes
Typically about 2 hours and 30 minutes from UK airports to Alicante Airport (ALC).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Benidorm to experience Costa Blanca’s buzzing nightlife scene, white sand beaches and non-stop days full of water parks, sports and shopping.
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Spend the day in the sunshine at Playa de Levante enjoying some water sports, lounging on a sun bed or wandering along the bustling promenade to find somewhere for lunch or drinks. Benidorm has superb attractions within easy reach, including its own water park, theme parks and interesting markets where you can indulge in some retail therapy. Make sure you save some energy, because the nights out in Benidorm are legendary. If you’re away with kids, take them to an exciting dinner show or disco, and if you’re here for the clubbing, hit the Square for the best choice of bars and clubs.
Benidorm’s beaches are twin arcs of golden sand, framed by rocky headlands and backed by a busy, colourful waterfront promenade. Both have Blue Flag status for their upkeep and water quality. The largest and liveliest beach is Playa de Levante, which has a central location right next to the promenade. Close to all the bars and cafes, Levante has loungers, showers and umbrellas and is well equipped for families. If you’re after somewhere a little quieter, the place to go in Benidorm is Playa Poniente, located a little further along the coast and loved for its easy-going atmosphere and beautiful sunsets.
Away from the beaches, Benidorm has a pretty old town that is a good place to eat and shop. The twice-weekly markets are the best place in Benidorm for picking up souvenirs and jewellery. When you fancy a break from the beach, Benidorm’s fantastic water park Aqualandia is a must-visit, with a top choice of water slides, swimming pools, and rapids. Families can hang out in Adventureland, with water playgrounds and smaller slides, or have a splash around in the wave pool. Not just for kids, Aqualandia has some seriously high-level water slides for the thrill seekers among you.
Benidorm is the nightlife capital of Costa Blanca, with a vibrant array of clubs and venues coming alive after dark. The town has a thriving cabaret scene with plenty of shows suitable for families, plus a good variety of pubs and discos for a laid-back night. Join in with the hoedown at the country and western bars or watch a game at one of the Irish pubs. If clubbing is your thing, the best place in Benidorm is the Square, the hub of Benidorm’s party scene. For an extra-special night out, visit the glittering Benidorm Palace, a Las Vegas-style venue with glitzy dinner shows.
Club-hoppers: Its diverse, exciting nightlife scene has a little something for everyone, with big dance clubs, plus pubs, bars and shows.
Beach lovers: Poniente and Playa de Levante are award-winning beaches you’ll love to visit along the Benidorm coastline. Enjoy clean golden sand, bustling cafes and quieter spots to unwind.
Families: By day, it’s a popular for its waterpark, aquarium and family-friendly beaches, and the nightlife caters to everyone.
Language: The language spoken here is Spanish. However, because of the resort's highly cosmopolitan mix and popularity with British tourists, you'll find English is widely spoken in most hotels and bars here. If you'd like to practice your Spanish on your Benidorm holidays and give the locals a good laugh at your pronunciation, pick up a phrasebook or download an app.
Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).
Local time: This holiday hotspot is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: You’ll fly into Alicante Airport (ALC).
Flight time from UK: It’s approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from London airports.
Tourist information: You can find additional tourist information can be found at http://en.visitbenidorm.es/.
Visa & health: For the latest visa and health recommendations for holidays visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.
Temperature: 12-31 (°C)
Make the most of the gorgeous sandy beaches from around mid-June to mid-September, when you can enjoy highs of around 30 ( °C). During this time, the sea temperature is warm enough for a comfortable dip or swim, with water temperatures often peaking in the mid-20s (°C) by August.
If you’d prefer to spend more time exploring, look at booking your Benidorm holidays in the spring or autumn. In April, for example, daytime temperatures are generally in the high teens (°C) or low 20s (°C), which is perfect for exploring the old town or hiking along the coast or the nearby mountains. The winters are mild and relatively dry, so it’s a great time to come if you want to avoid the crowds. Bear in mind, that there’s more rain in the autumn and winter, although this is usually in between long spells of sunshine.
By bus: This city has an excellent bus service, with bus stops located throughout the resort. The buses are regular and cheap, with colour-coded routes for easy navigation.
By tram: The affordable tram service is handy for day trips, running to neighbouring Alicante, the airport and larger attractions like theme parks. The trams run approximately every 30 minutes.
By taxi: With a number of taxi ranks located throughout the resort and at the airport, you’ll be able to grab a lift easily. Taxis can also be flagged down and are a good option for short journeys. Just remember to agree the fare before you set off.
By car: If you'd like more flexibility and independence during your stay, you may prefer to hire a car. You'll find various rental firms at the airport or in the city itself, although it's often cheaper to book in advance. It's worth bearing in mind that parking near beaches can be limited in the summer, especially during the British school summer holidays.
The beginning of November marks the Benidorm Fiestas, a week that honours the town’s patron saint, St James. The festivities span six days, and include traditional events and religious processions in addition to parties, competitions and a huge firework display on the beach at the end of the week.
In August, this destination hosts Electrobeach, a two-day festival featuring big names from the world of electro. The concerts take place outdoors for the biggest crowds and room for dancing the hot nights away. Headliners have included Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox.