BenidormCosta Blanca in the province of Alicante. It has a large Spanish population as well as a large retired British population.
Tree-lined wide avenues give a feeling of space, and there are over a thousand places to eat and drink and watch the town in full swing. The streets offer a very vibrant atmosphere day and night with something to offer visitors of any age group. There are over 41,000 hotel beds and modern tourist apartments. The biggest assets are the 4 km of Blue Flag safe sandy beaches which draw people from all over Spain in the summer months and from all over Europe 365 days of the year. Benidorm is an ideal sun destination both in summer and winter due to the mild climate where day time temperatures rarely fall below 18°C.
phone: +34 965 851 311address: Plaza Canalejas, 1
Tourist Info Benidorm Europaphone: +34 965 860 095address: Av de Europa, s/n
By planeAlicante Airport is serviced daily by over 30 low-cost and scheduled airlines from most major European cities. The majority of incoming flights are from the UK which offer the best value seat prices due to high competition in this sector.
There are a number of online shuttle services from the airport to Benidorm for €10 or less each way. Private transfers operate from the terminal building with a journey time of 30–45 minutes to Benidorm.
By railTram Alicante (el Trenet) operates a light rail train connecting all major settlements along the coast between Dénia and Alicante, with the exception of Xàbia. L1 (line 1) connects Benidorm with Alicante (1 hr 9 min) and Villajoyosa, while the hourly L9 connects the city with Dénia and other points between. You will need your ticket's barcode to get out of the station. For travelers with smartphones, there is a helpful official app (iPhone and Android) with a route planner and timetables. Guide dogs and small pets in carriers are permitted.
phone: +34 900 720 472address: Carrer de L'Estació
phone: +34 900 720 472address: Partida de Tolls, s/n
Estació de Autobusos Benidormaddress: Carrer Francisco Llorca Antón, 6A number of companies operate international routes to many European countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and France. Within the region, Alsa operates a route connecting all major coastal settlements between Valencia and Alicante.
By carBenidorm is close to the autopista A7 and well connected to the rest of Spain via the national motorway network, with both Madrid and Barcelona less than a five-hour drive away. Parking in Benidorm can be difficult as most streets have cars parked day and night on both sides of the road (some are pay spaces). A few hotels will have their own parking areas.
By footDiscovering central Benidorm is easy on foot as that area is very compact especially the Levante Playa area which is chosen by most visitors as the area to stay. It is easy to walk a few miles and still remain in town. Walking time from one end of the resort to the other is over an hour's walk.
There are a few companies opposite the Wednesday/Sunday market which hire or sell motability scooters for the disabled and sometimes just plain lazy who want to get around town.
By busLlorente Bus is an excellent local bus service which runs until midnight, and also runs buses to the neighbouring towns of Altea, Finestrat, and Villajoyosa. Buses run between 06:00-24:00, and there are night buses between midnight and 06:00; schedules and route maps are available online. Individual fares are €1.50/€1.65 (day/night), payable directly to the bus driver.
Visitors who plan to use the bus a lot may want to consider purchasing a Tourist Card, valid for 24 hours (€11), 3 days (€20), or 7 days (€38), and which cannot be topped up. For those staying for a longer period the Eco Card is valid for 30 days and can be topped up (€54, +€2 for the plastic card). Both card types are for individual use only and cannot be shared with others; they can be purchased directly on the bus.
Punta CalfaniThe rocky outcrop separates the Benidorm coast into beaches, Platja de Peniente and Platja de Levante, each of them 2.5 km long. Once the site of a defensive structure against pirates, today it is a favourite scenic viewpoint.
phone: +34 965 854 024address: Plaça de Sant Jaume, 1Built between 1740 and 1780, the church houses the effigy of Mare de Déu del Sofratge (Virgen del Sufragio – 'Virgin of the Suffrage'), the patron saint of Benidorm.
Parc de l'AigüeraThis elongated park was established in 1990. The (Plaza de Toros) is in the northern part.
IntempoAt 192m, the tallest building in Benidorm, and the tallest in Spain outside of Madrid, was designed by the Alicante Pérez-Guerras architecture firm. Construction has been riddled with problems, and completed in 2014.
Blanket trips are free tours to nearby resorts, towns and markets. Unlike timeshare sales, there is no hard sell and if you do not want to buy anything, that is fine. The downside is that by time you have sat through two demos and had something to eat, you arrive at a place at 12:30 or later as the shops are shutting and leave two hours later as they are opening again, or you get there when a market is mostly over.
Platja de LlevantA 2 km-long Blue Flag Beach.
Platja de PonentA more sedate Blue Flag beach preferred by locals and families. In 2009 a €13 million promenade was opened, which included a boardwalk at beach level and easier access for wheelchair users.
Platja del Mal Pas
Cala de l'Almadrava
Cala del Ti Ximo
Cala de FinestratA Blue Flag beach in nearby Finestrat.
Amusement parks and performances
phone: +34 965 860 100address: Carrer Serra Gelada, s/nFamily water park.
phone: +34 965 851 660address: Av Dr Severo Ochoa, 13A Las Vegas-style cabaret and dinner show with seating for more than 2,000 people.
address: Carrer Serra Gelada, s/nAnimal and sealife park.
phone: +324 902 020 220address: Partida del Moralet, s/nAmong the largest and most-visited theme parks in all of Spain, it can be crowded in the holiday season.
phone: +34 966 072 770address: Foia del Verdader, 1Wildlife and water park.
Another good walk is from the beach at La Cala. Use the number 2 bus from Benidorm, which goes to the out of town shopping malls. Here you can take an uphill walk to an old watchtower, which was once used as a look-out post for pirates and smugglers. There is a picnic site at the top. A good footpath, with benches every now and then to sit and rest. You can continue walking along the coast, through an olive grove for a few miles to Villajoyosa and return to Benidorm by tram.
Parc Natural de la Serra GeladaThe mountain park offers a couple of historic sites and two excellent hiking trails. The Ruta Roja (trail information in Spanish) is an easy walk to the lighthouse at Albir, accessible by the number 10 bus. The walk is about 3 km in length and you do not have to be super fit. You also pass ochre mines on the way.
The Ruta Amarilla (trail information in Spanish) is a more strenuous but superb cliff-top walk.
Torre de les CaletesA ruined 16th-century defensive tower.
Tossal de la CalaAn Iberian settlement dating from the 3rd to 1st centuries BCE, later occupied by the Romans. The site can be accessed from the southern end of Poniente Beach.
La Creu Benidormaddress: Carrer TaywanPlaced by a Catholic mission in 1961 as part of an effort to redeem the city from its sinful reputation. In the succeeding years it has become less of an evangelical and more of a tourist icon. Some great views of the area can be had from this point, and several hiking trails begin here.
Boat excursionsThere are boat trips to the wildlife sanctuary and to Calp. You can also take a trip to Tabarca, a small but inhabited island off Alicante.
Mercat Municipalphone: +34 965 855 500address: Carrer del Mercat, 1The municipal market is a good place for local produce, fish, and meat. There is also a Mercadona supermarket in the building.
Rastro El Cisneaddress: Ctra N332A large market for second-hand items and antiques.
Mercadillo Puebloaddress: Avda de l'Admirall Bernat de SarriàA semi-weekly street market for various goods, with a few vendors of local produce. Also has a few food and drink stands. Parking can be a problem so it's best to arrive early.
Mercadet de Foietesaddress: Avda Ciudad DeportivaA weekly street market for all sorts of goods. Here too it's best to arrive before 10:00 if you want to find a space to park your car.
In the Levante area the food is typical tourist fare with many English café-bars offering home-style food to English visitors. There are also many Chinese restaurants from a fairly large Chinese community who also have shops with items from China. Breakfast is a favourite of many with an large fried breakfast starting at €2.
phone: +34 965 857 168address: Av Mediterráneo, 9A popular Italian restaurant and pizzeria with a large outdoor terrace.
phone: +34 618 131 873address: C/ Santo Domingo, 6Serves pinchos and raciones, meat, and fish.
phone: +34 965 853 105address: C/ Santander, 22Mediterranean cuisine.
The most popular places to stay are the lively Levante, which is ideal for families and groups. The old town is preferred by couples and more mature visitors offering a less frantic holiday. The Poniente is ideal for beach holidays and peace and quiet. Also La Cala Finestrat on the outskirts of Benidorm is preferred by those who want a relaxed holiday away from the late nights and discos.
phone: +34 965 861 889address: Av Dr Severo Ochoa, 44Has spaces for tents, campervans and caravans, and bungalows for rent. Has showers with hot water, laundry, outdoor pool (indoor and heated in winter), supermarket, bar with terrace and restaurant.
phone: +34 965 889 075address: Partida Cabut, 25Has spaces for campervans and caravans, and bungalows for rent. Has showers, laundry, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centre, and restaurant. Pets accepted on request for extra charge.
phone: +34 965 868 552address: Av Dr Severo Ochoa, 35Can accommodate campervans and caravans, and also has bungalows available for rent. Facilities include showers, laundry facilities, indoor and outdoor pool, and supermarket and café. Free Wi-Fi and free parking.
phone: +34 966 811 255address: Ctra del Albir, km .3Has spaces for tents, campervans, and caravans, and rents out large tents and cabins. Has showers, laundry, supermarket, cafeteria, and outdoor pool.
phone: +34 965 850 422address: Av de l'Almirall Bernat de Sarria, 13Can accommodate tents, campervans, and caravans, and has large tents, bungalows, and villas available for rent. Facilities include showers and laundry, indoor and outdoor pool, and restaurant.
phone: +34 965 85 31 90address: Av Comunidad Valenciana S/NHas bungalows, glamping suites, plots for motorhomes and caravans and space for tents. Free wifi, supermarket, restaurant, laundry, kids playground and two swimming pools.
phone: +34 965 850 979address: Av de los Almendros, 19Has an onsite restaurant and free Wi-Fi.
phone: +34 965 860 367address: Av Derramador 2Has panoramic view, outdoor pool, fitness centre, nonsmoking rooms, and shuttle service (extra charge). Free Wi-Fi, parking €11/day.
phone: +34 965 852 034address: Carrer de Esperanto, 1Has outdoor and indoor pools, fitness centre, onsite restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Parking €18/day.
phone: +34 965 850 502address: Av Derramador, 6Facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness centre, nonsmoking rooms, and onsite restaurant. Free Wi-Fi, parking €11/day.
phone: +34 965 855 900Operates a number of hotels in the centre of Benidorm, in the Levante and Poniente Beach areas.
phone: +34 966 815 200address: Carrer Luis Prendes, 4At a height of 186m this is the tallest hotel in Europe. Facilities include a pool, fitness centre and spa, nonsmoking rooms, and onsite bar. Free Wi-Fi, parking €12/day.
Despite these warnings visitors should remember that at peak times Benidorm hosts up to 200,000 people, therefore the true crime numbers are actually quite small. Sadly crimes are talked about around the many bars and tend to be exaggerated somewhat. In reality Benidorm is as safe as any other busy tourist resort where the majority of petty crime takes place late at night and usually involves alcohol fueled crimes. The police have a very visible presence, in cars.
- Altea is a quiet up-market town with much more Spanish culture and a stunning well-preserved old town, as well as a weekly outdoor market.
- Guadalest is a village worth visiting, as many of the houses here are over 400 years old and there are spectacular mountain views.
- Wine lovers should head toward Calp (a 30-minute drive) and take the signs for Jalón, where you will find the wine-growing region and almond groves.
- A recommended driving route to see the 'real Spain' is to head toward Finestrat, just 9 km from Benidorm, and drive from there into the mountains where you will find a different world.
- The Algar waterfalls near Polop are a lovely place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Benidorm.
- For a great day out, the city of Valencia is a must, which you can reach by express coach in 90 minutes from Benidorm.