Benidorm is a coastal town located in the Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante , Spain. It’s one of the main tourist destinations along the Costa Blanca ( The White Coast) with excellent beaches, wide variety of accommodation, restaurants and many recreational activities means it’s a hit with tourists from all over Spain and Northern Europe.
The town is divided into five parts, Poniente and Levante, each fronted by a beach of the same name, the Old Town, La Cala situated to the west side of Poniente and El Rincón de Loix situated to the east side of Levante.
Between the two beaches lies a rocky promontory and the port. The old town occupies the centre and port area immediately inland, while most of the hotels occupy the more recently developed sections inland from the two beaches. A few miles from shore is an uninhabited island (Peacock Island) which provides a dramatic centrepiece to the seascape.
Prior to the 1960′s, Benidorm was a small fishing village. Today it stands out for its hotel industry, beaches and skyscrapers, built as a result of its tourist-oriented economy. According to the 2013 census, Benidorm has a permanent population of 73,768 inhabitants, ranking as the fifth most populated town in the Alicante province. The unique skyline formed by its numerous tall hotels and apartment buildings, which is unlike any other on the Costa Blanca, and bears witness to the fact that Benidorm has the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world.
In 1954 Pedro Zaragoza Orts, the then young Mayor of Benidorm, created acity building plan that ensured, via a complex construction formula, every building would have an area of leisure land, guaranteeing a future free of the excesses of cramped construction seen in other areas of Spain. It is the only city in Spain that still adheres to this rigid rule. Most of the streets in the city are named after places such as Avenida de Uruguay, Avenida del Mediterráneo, Calle Pekín, etc. Avenida del Mediterráneo is a wide avenue that crosses Levante and links the old town with Rincón. Avenida Europa crosses Levante at right angles linking the western city limits with the Levante beach.
Benidorm is connected to the FGV railway line between Alicante and Dénia. The section to Alicante is now converted to tram operation and trams run at least every half an hour between Benidorm and Alicante. Trains run (now hourly) from Benidorm to Dénia (via Altea and Calpe) in connection with the trams.
Benidorm offers endless possibilities: from taking a walk along the promenade, swimming in the crystal clear waters, water sports, a boat excursion to the island of Tabarca, or a wander through Benidorm’s historic old town which is in great contrast to the wide avenues of the main tourist town. It’s privileged climate and great infrastructure have all gone to make Benidorm a resort full of fun, with a fantastic nightlife, but is also a destination that offers peace and tranquillity. Truly a place with something for everyone.
Things to do in Benidorm
Benidorm is a fabulous holiday destination for children and adults alike. Its selection of theme parks are ideal for children of all ages.
Top Theme Parks
Whilst many adults will enjoy these theme parks there’s also a great range of nightlife on offer with countless pubs, Benidorm restaurants, nightclubs and a variety of entertainment. A very popular week outside the main tourist season is during the Benidorm Fiestas in November when residents and holidaymakers get together for an enormous party which attracts many visitors year after year.
At its north end, two small coves of sand and rock are suitable for diving and for those who like to swim alone. Further on, starts the bustling promenade of the popular and busy Levante beach which in addition to its many facilities on offer also has the added attraction of being lively throughout the year.
South of the port, the magnificent Poniente beach, competes in beauty and facilities and both have in common that they have a south facing orientation, so in winter the sun shines all day until sunset and in summer until after eight. Between them, in the old town area and below the shelter of the Canfali hill is the small cove of Mal Pas and opposite, the Benidorm Island, a paradise for scuba divers.
As we have mentiones, Benidorm has two glorious beaches, Poniente and Levante, both of which are backed by beautiful promenades as well as a small marina. The bustling, historic old town is well worth a visit, breath-taking views of both beaches and the impressive skyline. The twice weekly market (Wednesdays and Sundays), and La Marina shopping Centre offer the avid shopper more than enough choice. The three golf courses range from a championship 18 hole to a 9 hole pitch and putt and not to be forgotten are theme, water and animal parks to visit. There is an incredible selection of entertainment and excitement for people, including cabaret shows, nightclubs and every type of bar you could wish for from sophisticated to Irish. A wide range of restaurants of all nationalities from A La Carte to Spanish tapas and the inevitable English breakfast!
Places of interest and ideas of things to do in Benidorm
- Old Town: characterful narrow streets of the old town with stunning plaza at the top beside the church.
- Promenade: two long beach front promenades.
- Beaches: two fabulous beaches either side of the old town.
- Marina: small marina beside old town from where boats depart to Benidorm island and Isla Tabarca.
- Markets: large Wednesday Market by the train station and Wednesday and Sunday mornings in the Rincon the loix
- La Marina shopping center: indoor shopping mall with bowling alley a short bus ride from the center of Benidorm
- Benidorm Palace: live shows which include different dance styles, magic tricks and much more.
- Golf Courses: Las Rejas Golf Course, Sierra Cortina Golf Course and Villaitana Wellness Golf and Business Resort.
- Tram Station: take the tram north to Altea, Gata de Gorgos and Denia or south to Villajoyosa and Alicante.
The Costa Blanca’s tourist capital and the Mediterranean’s equivalent of New York! Like it or dislike it, Benidorm is a must see for everyone, even if it is just so that you can say ‘I’ve been there’! It is one of the easiest places in the world to relax and simply do nothing!