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To many of us, Spain means Benidorm. And with over 4 million annual visitors, the quintessential Costa Blanca resort has lost none of its popularity! Long thought of as a ‘home away from home’ with Northern European holidaymakers, and while all the home comforts are present (think full English breakfasts, Irish pubs and a predominantly English-speaking population), Benidorm has lost none of its local charm if you’re prepared to dig a little deeper. Don’t write it off as a haven for those seeking the pub-culture of home just yet; Benidorm may just surprise you with its endless delights. A holiday to Benidorm for 2017 could be just what you’re looking for to escape the hustle and bustle of home! Benidorm has evolved as an all-encompassing holiday resort over the years so whether you’re seeking a tan top-up or an incredible party atmosphere, Benidorm will provide.

Most popular hotels in Benidorm

Gran Hotel Bali
Gran Hotel Bali
Gran Hotel Bali

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €283 pp
Don Jorge Apartments
Don Jorge Apartments
Don Jorge Apartments

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €220 pp
Gala Placidia Hotel
Gala Placidia Hotel
Gala Placidia Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €260 pp
Dynastic Hotel
Dynastic Hotel
Dynastic Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €285 pp
Luxmar
Luxmar
Luxmar

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €166 pp
Terralta Aparthotel
Terralta Aparthotel
Terralta Aparthotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €220 pp
Cabana
Cabana
Cabana

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €274 pp
Rosamar Hotel
Rosamar Hotel
Rosamar Hotel

Benidorm, Costa Blanca

from €303 pp

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At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 2h 50m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

As we all know, Benidorm has no qualms about its reputation as an unabashed tourist resort, so it’s no surprise that its home to Spain’s largest theme park! Terra Mitica will delight and excite you with its heady mixture of rollercoasters, attractions and street entertainment. With plenty catering for thrill seekers and more reserved types, it’s perfect for kids and bigger kids alike.

You could also escape the buzzing city and tourist traps by getting back to nature on a visit to the surrounding countryside of Sierra Helada. Chock full of dusty trails and secluded biking paths, it provides the perfect escape from Benidorm’s more ostentatious charms, and will refresh and energize you to get stuck into said charms once more... Plus, as few people look to Benidorm for natural wonders, you could have the trail to yourself!  Take our advice and indulge your wild side. 

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

With so many visitors landing on its shores each year, the cuisine of Benidorm is well accustomed to catering for international tastes from all over the globe - with mouth-watering dishes native to England, India, Italy and China all being served up night after night. But if it’s a taste of the local cuisine you’re after, relax, we’ve got you covered. Take our advice and seek out Tapas Alley (named for its abundance of tapas bars, unsurprisingly). Head down the winding cobbled streets of the ancient old town and you’ll soon find a plethora of spots serving up these delicious delicacies. Tapas is perfect for those people that look at the menu and decide they want everything, so don’t be afraid to sample it all. Also, instead of ordering all your dishes from the same restaurant or bar, you can order a couple of different tapas from three or four different places to see which comes out the winner.

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For Families

For Families

While it’s true that Benidorm has a justified reputation as a party town, the bustling beach resort is also perfect for families. The resort developed in the sixties alongside the package tourism industry, so accommodation has remained ideal for all budgets from self-catering apartments to five-star spa hotels. You’ll be in safe hands if you book with loveholidays.com! Whether it’s splashing around on the beach, building sandcastles, and casting off in a pedalo, or defying gravity on one of the fantastic rides at Terra Mitica, the king of the Costa Blanca has it all - for thrill seekers and smaller kids alike. There’s hours of entertainment and kids’ clubs on hand to keep children occupied, and when it comes to mealtimes you don’t have to worry if your little ones are picky eaters. Benidorm is chock full of familiar British and Northern European restaurants and chains, so you’ll always be able to keep them happy!

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Benidorm has had decades to hone its craft as an entertainer of the masses, so if you find yourself without something to do here, you’re really not looking hard enough! The package holiday to Benidorm is designed to keep you on your feet all day (when you’re not at the beach that is) so if you can pull yourself away from the sun-kissed sands and azure waters, you’ll find plenty in store.

Water sports are a firm favourite here, and with the sheer amount on offer you’d be crazy not to get your pulse racing. There’s everything from snorkelling and windsurfing to jet skiing and paragliding for bona fide thrill seekers. Not to mention banana boats and pedalos if you have younger kids in tow. Elsewhere, there’s also plenty of water and amusement parks around to keep all ages happy.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Declared by many to have the best beaches in Spain, when it comes to sun, sea and sand, Benidorm has an undeniable shot at the title. With incredibly famous beaches that have played host to millions of visitors over the years, the unwavering success of the resort is partly due to these gorgeous golden crescents. Luxurious swathes of golden sand stretches for 6km from Levante Beach to the easterly Poniente. They offer Blue Flag bathing, lifeguards, an array of water sports and an impeccable approach to cleanliness. When it comes to beaches, Benidorm means business.

Make sure the beach is never out of reach by booking into a swanky beachside resort or slick hotel complex on the seafront. You simply can’t beat a room with a view and if you’re clever in booking, you’ll be right in the thick of it, soaking up the best that Benidorm has to offer.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Entertaining millions of holidaymakers each year is no mean feat, but Benidorm has turned it into an art form. Its vibrant nightlife is a key attraction with many visitors. Benidorm is often nicknamed ‘the New York of the Mediterranean’ for its impressive skyline, but it shares another quality with that iconic city - it’s a city that never sleeps.  If you’re in the mood to party, it will cater to your every whim. Whether you’re after some light entertainment and karaoke, a wild pub crawl or some of the world’s raunchiest cabaret shows, Benidorm will provide in spades!

For a walk on the wild side that you won’t find anywhere else in Spain, we’d highly recommend a night of cabaret at the Benidorm Palace; consistently voted the best cabaret theatre in Europe. The theatre takes the art form seriously with the most professional singers and dancers. Go on, get swept up in all the razzle dazzle and camp glory for a night you won’t forget!

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For Couples

For Couples

With a fast-paced lifestyle and plenty of entertainment on hand, Benidorm is best suited to couples that like to keep up with each other. But there’s plenty of opportunity for romance if that’s what you have in mind. For starters, there are an endless number of luxury five-star hotels and pampering spas to check into, with diverse fine dining establishments always on hand so you can treat yourselves to a special meal while the sun sets in the distance.

Also on offer are romantic day trips to the surrounding historic villages, rounding Benidorm off as the ideal honeymoon destination or place to pop the question! If you’re looking to treat your other half to a bit of sunshine without breaking the bank, low season is perfect and can be easily pulled off on a budget. Quieter areas like Poniente Beach, the Old Town and Rincon de Loix are firm favourites with those seeking romantic vibes.

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Culture

Culture

While it’s true that Benidorm is known for its ostentatious tendencies and popularity with the package holiday crowd, there’s also plenty of culture to sink your teeth into. To truly experience the other side of the resort and catch incredible views, head for the Balcon del Mediterraneo - the ruins of a 14th-century fortress once used to warn off impending attacks from Algerian pirates. Abandoned in the 16th century, the remains now offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape and Benidorm’s impressive skyline. Next, head for the neoclassical L’Auguera Park. Separating Benidorm’s Old Quarter from the sleek modern buildings, the park is like literally stepping back in time. Those interested in Spanish culture will be delighted to find the bull-fighting museum within. There’s also a fairground site where many stalls and attractions are set up during fiesta season!

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