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Holidays in Benidorm
Benidorm is a buzzing beach resort with a big reputation. Situated in sunny Costa Blanca, the town is one of the original Spanish beach resorts. A top choice of beachfront 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 means it’s a great holiday spot for families.
Benidorm enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters.
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: Benidorm’s diverse, exciting nightlife scene has a little something for everyone, with big dance clubs, plus pubs, bars and shows.
Beach lovers: The two award-winning beaches on Benidorm’s coast feature spotless golden sand, bustling cafes and quieter spots for chilling out.
Families: By day, Benidorm is popular for its water park, aquarium and family-friendly beaches, and the nightlife caters to everyone.
Language: The language spoken in Benidorm is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Benidorm is the Euro (€)
Local time: Benidorm is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Alicante Airport (ALC).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours
Tourist Information: Further Benidorm tourist information can be found at http://en.visitbenidorm.es/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Benidorm.
Temperature: 12-25 (°C)
Make the most of Benidorm’s gorgeous sandy beaches in the summer, when you can enjoy highs of 30 (°C) and the sea temperatures are warm enough for a swim. Or if you’ve come to explore, book your holiday for the spring or autumn, when temperatures in the mid-teens provide the perfect conditions for exploring the old town. The winters are mild and relatively dry in Benidorm, so it’s a great time to come if you want to avoid the crowds.
By bus: Benidorm 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: Taxis are plentiful in Benidorm, with a number of taxi ranks located throughout the resort and at the airport. Taxis can also be flagged down and are a good option for short journeys.
Fiesta week: The beginning of November marks Benidorm’s fiesta week, in honour of 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.
Summer electro festival: In August, Benidorm 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.