Benidorm, situated 45 kms. northeast of Alicante on the Costa Blanca, often referred to as Spain’s New York, given the proliferation of skyscrapers in the town – it even has its own Twin Towers, is in fact quite a small town with around 70.000 permanent residents, but which grows enormously due to its prominent tourist industry with over 3M annual visitors. Discovering Benidorm is easy on foot as the area is very compact and flat making it easy to walk a few miles and still remain within the town.
In summer, it’s difficult to find a spot on its Blue Flag safe beaches and in winter, equally difficult to find a place to watch and listen to the numerous bars and restaurants offering fantastic daily, live music to its winter residents. Benidorm is alive all year round, with something to offer visitors of any age group.
With its long promenade and 5 kms. of white sandy beaches, it’s a haven for long walks exploring the tree lined avenues with over 1,000 places to eat and drink and over 30 Discos. The town offers every type of accommodation from small and inexpensive hostels and “pensiones” to 5 star hotels, spa and apartment complexes. The town still preserves its “casco antiguo”, the original heart of the town, with San Lorenzo, Santa Fez and San Vicente Streets.
Local attractions during the day include the Mundomar Park, where you can view the most popular marine animals like dolphins or seals, which is also adjacent to the Aqualandia Water Park with all types of water activities for the kids to enjoy and an abundance of bars and restaurants. Enjoy the all that is hidden on the Mediterranean with Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology at the Terra Mítica Amusement Park. Try also the Terra Natura Animal Park. For those of you who practice golf, there are an abundance of courses along the entire Costa Blanca.
For Boat Trips: Visit the Isla de Benidorm wildlife sanctuary and Calpe. You can also take a trip to Tabarca, a small island off the coast of Alicante as well as charter a boat or yacht from the harbour in Benidorm or go scuba diving.
For night lovers, visit the Benidorm Palace: a Las Vegas style cabaret and dinner show seating over 2,000, plus a host of similar venues with live music all year round. Enjoy the Spanish Mediterranean cuisine, this region of Valencia being famous for its paella, together with a wide choice of English, French, German, Dutch and Italian food that meets with the very cosmopolitan atmosphere that reigns here.
Benidorm is easy to get to by plane with its International airport in Alicante (59 km.), a 40 minute drive away, by train from Alicante (which connects to the Euromed service to Valencia and Barcelona which in turn is served by the high speed AVE train to Madrid), by bus with routes along the entire Costa Blanca, by taxi from the airport, or by car using the Mediterranean coastal motorway (AP-7).
For getting around, explore the rest of the towns and villages of the Costa Blanca such as Denia, Jávea, Calpe and Altea to the north, and Villajoyosa, El Campello, San Juan, Alicante, Santa Pola and Torrevieja, to the south. And if you wish to enjoy the real Spain, takes a trip inland and discover the small, and in many cases, unspoilt Spanish villages, or visit the Carracal de la Font Roja Nature Reserve in the Alicante mountains.
Town HallPartida Cabanes y Pino, s/n, 03502, Benidorm, Alicante. Tel. (+34) 965 97 25 17.
Tourist OfficePlaza de Canalejas, 1, 03501, Benidorm (Alicante). Tel. (+34) 965 85 13 11 / (+34) 965 85 32 24. Fax.: (+34) 965 86 36 25. Official Web. Email: email@example.com
Property in Benidorm
Given the town’s many attractions, you may be considering a property purchase. Check out our list of apartments, flats and villas for sale in Benidorm, or alternatively, you can rent long term in Benidorm on an all year round basis or during the winter months.
Video – Benidorm
Video – Aerial View of Benidorm