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Benidorm travel guide

Fantastic views over Benidorm from the nearby mountains
Fantastic views over Benidorm from the nearby mountains
Benidorm city centre with its pleasant terraces
Benidorm city centre with its pleasant terraces
Playa de Levante, Benidorm
Playa de Levante, Benidorm

Benidorm, a popular travel destination

Overlooked by one of the highest mountains in the Comunidad Valenciana, Puig Campana, and the neighbouring sierra, from the outside Benidorm is reminiscent of a Hollywood blockbuster, with its numerous skyscrapers towering over the city. In fact, in many travel guides, it is often fondly referred to as the Manhattan of Spain or Beniyork. However, once inside the city, it proves to be much more down to earth and welcoming to visitors from all around the world. Benidorm has been a popular travel destination for people of all ages for many a decade. With a population of around 74,000 and over 4 million visitors a year, it is the perfect place for partying and meeting people and at the same time it is a haven for those who are looking to get away from the stress of everyday life.

Fun for all the family

Kids big and small will love Benidorm's exciting themeparks, such as Terra Mítica or Aqualandia, whilst mums and dads can enoy the numerous bars and restaurants along the seafront and in the old town after a busy day out and about. Check out our travel guide for more details. The older generations can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the promenade, with breathtaking views out over the Mediterranean or can sit back and take in one of Benidorm's many shows. The sportier ones among us don't have to travel far - Benidorm boasts a wide range of sports facilities, both on the land and in the sea, such as swimming pools, tennis courts, football pitches and excellent areas for diving and exploring the rich underwater flora and fauna of the Mediterranean coast.

Beaches in Benidorm - fun in the sun

Benidorm's beaches stretch along more than 12km of Mediterranean coast, the longest of which is Playa de Poniente, which, at over 3 km long, is well-equipped for all your needs for an enjoyable day out in the sun. Playa de Levante and Playa del Mal Pas are two more of Benidorm's most popular beaches, both of which boast the blue flag for quality, as does Playa de Poniente. Those who prefer to get away from the more crowded town beaches can travel to the numerous small coves dotted along the nearby coastline, such as Cala Ti Ximo and Cala La Almadrava. Detailed descriptions are given in our travel guide to Benidorm's beaches.

Not just a travel destination

Benidorm's foreign population, making up 37% of its citizens, proves that Benidorm is not just a great place for holidays. Pleasant temperatures all year round entice many to stay and take advantage of the fantastic Mediterranean climate, whilst making use of the numerous facilities that Benidorm has to offer.

Beds in Benidorm

Benidorm's wide selection of places to stay, from 40,000 places in 3 to 5 star hotels, to the thousands of apartments and holiday homes on offer in and around the town, as well as numerous campsites to the north-east, expanded in our travel guide, ensures you a good night's sleep, so that you can recharge your batteries and be ready for the next action-packed day in Benidorm.

Getting around

Easy access to and from the AP-7 motorway means that you can travel around the area by car in no time and, for those who don't have access to a car, there are excellent public transport services with 17 bus routes inside the city and several routes to destinations in the surrounding area. Consult our transport guide to see exactly where they go. Taxis are also a good, although rather more expensive option, for those who want to get off the beaten track and the nearest airport is just under an hour away.

Out and about

As well as having many places to visit of its own, Benidorm is also close to many places of outstanding natural beauty such as the Fuentes del Algar waterfalls and the Cuevas de Canalobre showcaves - see our out and about guide for more information. Travel to the towns of Altea, La Nucia and Guadalest, just a stone's throw away, where you have breathtaking views over the neighbouring valley and reservoir from the historic castle.