Benidorm travel guide

Weather and climate

The most popular time to visit Benidorm is from May to October, when average temperatures range from around 18 to 25°C. If you're looking to make the most of the gorgeous sandy beaches, August is the hottest month, with temperatures of around 25°C, although it can often be as hot as 30°C. This is also the best time to take a dip in the sea, with sea temperatures of around 25°C.

If you'd prefer to spend more time exploring, shopping and sightseeing, book your Benidorm holidays in the spring or autumn.  April is a popular month, with daytime temperatures around the high teens or low 20s (°C). This makes it the perfect time of year for exploring the Old Town or taking off for a hike along the coast.

Winters here are relatively mild compared to the UK, and dry too, so this is the ideal time of year to come if you want to avoid the crowds. With average temperatures of around 12-13°C in January, you can enjoy a relaxing break while still getting some sunshine. Bear in mind that there's more rain here in the autumn and winter months than at other times of the year, although this is usually in the form of short showers in between long spells of sunshine.

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Benidorm is best for...

Beach lovers: there are so many gorgeous beaches to explore along the coastline. With clean, golden sands, quiet spots to unwind and bustling beachfront bars and cafés, it's easy to spend a whole day doing nothing more than relaxing at the beach. Check out Playa de Levante, Benidorm's most famous Blue Flag beach, or Poniente, which stretches for over 3km.

Families: you'll find a wide range of entertainment for all ages, from family-friendly beaches to thrilling waterparks and parks where the kids can let off some steam.

Clubbers: Benidorm's exciting nightlife has something for everyone, from live music and shows to British-themed pubs and bars, or clubs that stay open until the sun comes up.

Fast facts

Language: the language spoken here is Spanish. However, because of the resort's cosmopolitan vibe and popularity with British tourists and expats, you'll find English widely spoken in most hotels, bars and restaurants. It's a good idea to pick up a phrasebook or download a language learning app to practice your Spanish on your holiday. Using a few Spanish phrases is always appreciated by the locals, however bad your pronunciation.

Currency: the currency used here is the Euro (€).

Local time: Benidorm is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Alicante Airport is the closest airport to the resort. The transfer time to Benidorm is around 1 hour by bus or 40 minutes if you take a taxi.

Flight time from the UK: the flight time from the UK is around 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: you can find additional information and information on the best things to see and do at https://en.visitbenidorm.es/

Visa / health: for the latest visa and health recommendations for your holiday, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

Getting around

By bus: getting around Benidorm is easy, as there's 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 on 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.

Events

In Benidorm, you'll find plenty of events happening throughout the year. 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 fireworks display on the beach at the end of the week.

Come to Benidorm at Easter and you'll be here just in time for the Carnival. Celebrations start in the morning with the children's carnival and bouncy castle, while the adult carnival later hosts a party and fireworks show. This is a great time to don your fancy dress costumes as you'll be in good company among the beautiful floats at the parade. The celebrations finish with the 'burial of the sardine' on Ash Wednesday.

In August, this destination hosts Electrobeach, a two-day festival featuring big names from the world of electro. The concerts take place outdoors and attract big crowds and there’s room for dancing the night away. Previous headliners included Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Benidorm, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security