Renowned for its beaches, Benidorm has become a popular holiday hotspot for good reason. This buzzing resort in sunny Costa Blanca is one of the original Spanish beach resorts. With golden sands, lively nightlife and beachfront hotels just a stone’s throw from late-night bars and family-friendly restaurants, it’s little wonder Benidorm holidays are such a popular choice for all ages.
The resort has been a favourite holiday destination for British families and couples for decades. There’s no shortage of British-themed bars, and you’re likely to spot a Union Jack or two as you explore the fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants of the resort. Further away from the seafront there’s the opportunity to soak up Spanish culture at some of the more traditional bars and restaurants. Splash about at Aqualandia waterpark, laze on the golden sandy beaches or party until dawn in Benidorm’s bars and clubs. This destination has something for everyone.
Benidorm is best for…
Beach lovers: there are so many gorgeous beaches to explore along the coastline. With clean, golden sands, quiet spots to unwind and bustling beachfront bars and cafés, it’s easy to spend a whole day doing nothing more than relaxing at the beach. Check out Playa de Levante, Benidorm’s most famous Blue Flag beach, or Poniente, which stretches for over 3km.
Families: you’ll find a wide range of entertainment for all ages, from family-friendly beaches to thrilling waterparks and parks where the kids can let off some steam.
Clubbers: Benidorm’s exciting nightlife has something for everyone, from live music and shows to British-themed pubs and bars, or clubs that stay open until the sun comes up.
Fast facts about Benidorm
Language: the language spoken here is Spanish. However, because of the resort’s cosmopolitan vibe and popularity with British tourists and expats, you’ll find English widely spoken in most hotels, bars and restaurants. It’s a good idea to pick up a phrasebook or download a language learning app to practice your Spanish on your holiday. Using a few Spanish phrases is always appreciated by the locals, however bad your pronunciation.
Currency: the currency used here is the Euro (€).
Local time: Benidorm is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Alicante Airport is the closest airport to the resort. The transfer time to Benidorm is around 1 hour by bus or 40 minutes if you take a taxi.
Flight time from the UK: the flight time from the UK is around 2.5 hours.
Tourist information: you can find additional information and information on the best things to see and do at http://en.visitbenidorm.es/
Visa & health: for the latest visa and health recommendations for your holiday, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain
Typically about 2 hours and 30 minutes from UK airports to Alicante Airport (ALC).
Benidorm Weather & climate
The most popular time to visit Benidorm is from May to October, when average temperatures range from around 18 to 25°C. If you’re looking to make the most of the gorgeous sandy beaches, August is the hottest month, with temperatures of around 25°C, although it can often be as hot as 30°C. This is also the best time to take a dip in the sea, with sea temperatures of around 25°C.
If you’d prefer to spend more time exploring, shopping and sightseeing, book your Benidorm holidays in the spring or autumn. April is a popular month, with daytime temperatures around the high teens or low 20s (°C). This makes it the perfect time of year for exploring the Old Town or taking off for a hike along the coast.
Winters here are relatively mild compared to the UK, and dry too, so this is the ideal time of year to come if you want to avoid the crowds. With average temperatures of around 12-13°C in January, you can enjoy a relaxing break while still getting some sunshine. Bear in mind that there’s more rain here in the autumn and winter months than at other times of the year, although this is usually in the form of short showers in between long spells of sunshine.
Getting around Benidorm
By bus: getting around Benidorm is easy, as there’s an excellent bus service, with bus stops located throughout the resort. The buses are regular and cheap, with colour-coded routes for easy navigation.
By tram: the affordable tram service is handy for day trips, running to neighbouring Alicante, the airport and larger attractions like theme parks. The trams run approximately every 30 minutes.
By taxi: with a number of taxi ranks located throughout the resort and at the airport, you’ll be able to grab a lift easily. Taxis can also be flagged down and are a good option for short journeys. Just remember to agree on the fare before you set off.
By car: if you’d like more flexibility and independence during your stay, you may prefer to hire a car. You’ll find various rental firms at the airport or in the city itself, although it’s often cheaper to book in advance. It’s worth bearing in mind that parking near beaches can be limited in the summer, especially during the British school summer holidays.
In Benidorm, you’ll find plenty of events happening throughout the year. The beginning of November marks the Benidorm Fiestas, a week that honours the town’s patron saint, St James. The festivities span six days and include traditional events and religious processions in addition to parties, competitions, and a huge fireworks display on the beach at the end of the week.
Come to Benidorm at Easter and you’ll be here just in time for the Carnival. Celebrations start in the morning with the children’s carnival and bouncy castle, while the adult carnival later hosts a party and fireworks show. This is a great time to don your fancy dress costumes as you’ll be in good company among the beautiful floats at the parade. The celebrations finish with the ‘burial of the sardine’ on Ash Wednesday.
In August, this destination hosts Electrobeach, a two-day festival featuring big names from the world of electro. The concerts take place outdoors and attract big crowds and there’s room for dancing the night away. Previous headliners included Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox.
Things to do in Benidorm
Spend the day in the sunshine at Playa de Levante enjoying some water sports, lounging on a sun bed or wandering along the bustling promenade to find somewhere for lunch or drinks. Benidorm has superb attractions within easy reach, including its own water park, theme parks and interesting markets where you can indulge in some retail therapy. Make sure you save some energy, because the nights out in Benidorm are legendary. If you’re away with kids, take them to an exciting dinner show or disco, and if you’re here for the clubbing, hit the Square for the best choice of bars and clubs.
Beaches: Benidorm’s beaches are twin arcs of golden sand, framed by rocky headlands and backed by a busy, colourful waterfront promenade. Both have Blue Flag status for their upkeep and water quality. The largest and liveliest beach is Playa de Levante, which has a central location right next to the promenade. Close to all the bars and cafes, Levante has loungers, showers and umbrellas and is well equipped for families. If you’re after somewhere a little quieter, the place to go in Benidorm is Playa Poniente, located a little further along the coast and loved for its easy-going atmosphere and beautiful sunsets.
Attractions: Away from the beaches, Benidorm has a pretty old town that is a good place to eat and shop. The twice-weekly markets are the best place in Benidorm for picking up souvenirs and jewellery. When you fancy a break from the beach, Benidorm’s fantastic water park Aqualandia is a must-visit, with a top choice of water slides, swimming pools, and rapids. Families can hang out in Adventureland, with water playgrounds and smaller slides, or have a splash around in the wave pool. Not just for kids, Aqualandia has some seriously high-level water slides for the thrill seekers among you.
Nightlife: Benidorm is the nightlife capital of Costa Blanca, with a vibrant array of clubs and venues coming alive after dark. The town has a thriving cabaret scene with plenty of shows suitable for families, plus a good variety of pubs and discos for a laid-back night. Join in with the hoedown at the country and western bars or watch a game at one of the Irish pubs. If clubbing is your thing, the best place in Benidorm is the Square, the hub of Benidorm’s party scene. For an extra-special night out, visit the glittering Benidorm Palace, a Las Vegas-style venue with glitzy dinner shows.