Benidorm has a firm place in the heart of any British tourist visiting Spain on holidays. Loud and proud, it even has its own comedy drama TV series on ITV. It seems then that everyone knows something about Benidorm, but what is it really like?
The birth of Benidorm
Before the 1960s, Benidorm was just a small village but the increasing popularity of Costa Blanca holidays meant that it was soon being developed. It is easy to see why. Benidorm’s beach sweeps from Poniente in the west to Levante in the east and the sea is perfect for swimming. The climate is ideal too, a mild 15°C in winter rising to an average 26°C makes it perfect for your Spain holidays all year round. It also has a whopping 3,400 hours of sunshine every year which makes it great for topping up that tan.
Things to do in Benidorm
Costa Blanca holidays have something for everyone and Benidorm has loads of attractions. You might just sunbathe on either Poniente or Levante beach, but when it’s time to take a break from the sun you have many choices. Why not try a trip to Aqualandia to enjoy all the water slides and wave pools. Alternatively the Terra Mitica theme park has great rides and takes you through the five worlds of Egypt, Rome, Greece, Iberia and the islands. Mundomar, just beside Levante in the east of town, is a fun marine and exotic animal park and is great for kids. For a change of pace, try visiting the historic Old Town or simply have a ball with all the water sports available.
Benidorm does have a reputation a a very developed resort but efforts have been made to maintain something of the original culture. The Old Town with its blue-domed church and narrow cobbled streets offers a glimpse of the past and Benidorm boasts over 50 fiestas every year so there is always something to do. Many restaurants offer a taste of traditional Spain, from tapas to paella and if you venture just a few miles inland you will find a whole different world of white-washed houses, vineyards and ancient little villages.
A night out in Benidorm
For many people, their Costa Blanca holidays are not complete without a night out in Benidorm. The town comes alive at night with a huge concentration of bars and clubs. Levante is particularly buzzing and there is a wide range of entertainment on offer from cabarets and show bars to discos and karaoke bars.Spanish holidays don’t come more any more lively than this.
For those who want a change from the bustle of Benidorm, the surrounding countryside provides a great backdrop for some hiking or just a pleasant drive. The town is surrounded by a mountainous area offering stunning views of the Mediterranean below. Valleys are dotted with villages and the landscape is surprisingly green, growing lots of produce for the neighbouring towns. Jeep safaris are offered as a great way of exploring the region.