Renowned throughout Europe, it has more than 2 km of fine golden sand. It has all the amenities needed to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment: specially-equipped areas for disabled guests, sunbeds, wooden walkways, playground areas, beach library, foot showers, life guard service and first aid centre. This area of Benidorm is where most of the accommodation, restaurants and bars are located, and offers a huge range of entertainment during the day and night.
With splendid crystal clean waters and more than 3 km of fine golden sand, it is located in a quieter area than Levante. There is a full range of services and leisure facilities, such as floating platforms with slides out to sea in high season, the beach library, specially-equipped areas for the disabled, life guards and play areas. The unique design of Poniente beach promenade recreates the shape of the cliffs and waves in the sea with different coloured sections, making it a remarkable attraction to visit.
This tiny charming cove beach 60m long combines sand, pebbles and rock and is located at the foot of Sierra Helada between steep cliffs. An ideal location for diving enthusiasts and for snorkelling since the water is crystal clear. If you want to escape from Benidorm's busier beaches, this is the place to come to.
This is a natural cove 100m long with fine sand located in a rustic setting at the foot of Serra Helada next to the Cala Tio Ximo. With clear waters and rocks, it is full of aquatic life. An ideal place to practice snorkelling or just perfect for relaxing since it is less crowded.
Starting in the Torrejó Square you can walk up Carrer dels Gats, a typical street made of cobbles stones, to St James' Church built in the 18th century. From outside the church you can go under the archway that leads to Senyoria Square, Castelar Square and Mirador del Castillo. The views from here overlooking the Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas beaches, are among the most beautiful ones in Benidorm. Continue your journey towards the harbour where you can go on excursions to the Island of Benidorm, Calpe and Tabarca. Other interesting places to visit in the town are Elche Park, Poniente and Levante Promenade and L'Aigüera Park.
One way to get to know the city better is by riding the sightseeing buses. There are several to choose from for example the double-decker bus 30 that goes all over the town and you can hop on and off during the trip. Bus 31. It goes to Altea (8 km away), wandering through Albir Beach. They also provide audio system that broadcasts information about its route in 5 languages: Spanish, English, French, German and Russian. Llorente Bus:
Funny bus, looking like an old-fashioned tram, which travels around the town and passes some of the most important tourist attractions in Benidorm. You can hop on and off at any of the bus stops as many times as you want during the day, allowing you to explore each area in your own time. They provide audio system in 8 different languages and the tour takes about one hour.
A fun way to explore the city is this guided tour on a Segway that last for two hours. Before the tour starts, everyone will first do a training course with the qualified guide / instructor. The tours are leaving from Parking Benidorm Palace, next to Circus Benidorm in the morning and in the afternoon. It works all year long. Be aware that booking is needed.
Boat trip to the Island: A visit to the Island of Benidorm, which is part of the terrestrial and maritime "Sierra Helada" Natural Park, where you will be able to watch the sea bed from the glass bottom boats, Aquario and Aquascope. Costa Panorama: One hour coastal mini cruise to Calpe fishing harbour, where you will be able to enjoy the awesome views of the cliffs of the "Sierra Helada", the beach of "El Albir" and the beautiful village of Altea. Boat trip to Tabarca: boat trip lasting 1,15 h to the only inhabited island of the Region of Valencia. Depending on the season, you can also visit the town of Alicante. Excursionesbenidorm.com office:
The traditional circus with animals has been replaced with new ideas. Benidorm Circus combines live music with fantasy, magic and comedy, a show that is put together with performances of jugglers, trapeze artists, magicians, contortionists, clowns...like in "Le Cirque du Soleil".
Aqualandia is the largest water park in Europe and is ideal for all ages. Experience the Niagara, slides, zig-zags, lagoon, black-hole, wave pools, adventureland for children, shows ... and much more! When the hunger kicks in there are several self-service restaurants, snack bar, barbecue, pizzeria, burgers and different kiosks to choose from.
Aqua Natura has over 1000m of vertiginous slides, a wave pool, solarium, Spa and special swimming areas for children of different ages. There are five large sections here: the Zorba beach pool, the water slides, the kid’s pool, the lighthouse breakwater and the Spa-Sun Deck. Ideal for a day out for the whole family with fun and guaranteed excitement.
Mundomar is a complete marine and exotic animal park. Flamingos, parrots, dolphins combined with spectacular performances, restaurants, picnic areas and a fabulous viewing point for unforgettable experiences! Don´t miss out the dolphin show that includes acrobatics and dizzying jumps. At the end of the show, you will get the chance to have your picture taken with a dolphin.
In 320,000 m2 you can experience a unique environment with more than 1,500 animals of 200 different species (50 endangered) and 2,500 examples of flora in authentically recreated habitats in so called "Zooimmersion" that gives visitors the sense of being in the animals' habitats with no visible barriers, a new generation of wildlife park. The park are divided into four zones: Pangea, America, Asia and Europa.
A park of fun and adrenalin-filled rides, where, as well as adventure and fun, visitors can learn about ancient Mediterranean civilizations: Egypt, Greece and Rome. Water rides, mechanical rides, the largest wooden roller-coaster in Europe and the "Phoenix", free fall of 60 m or the new attractions (Infinity and Inferno) ensure more than one visit to this huge park! Don´t miss out the shows that are offered around the park.
Iberia Park has more than a dozen family attractions designed to enjoy with your family, especially for the younger kids. Transport yourself to a world of legend in The Rescue of Ulysses and get carried away by the stream of water in the Rapids of Argos. “The Boars”, “Battering rams”, etc., endless attractions for the "kings of the house" and many more surprises will complete the perfect day offering unlimited fun. Don´t miss out the shows that are offered around the park.
Benidorm has an unbeatable offer for playing golf amongst breathtaking natural surroundings between the mountains and the Mediterranean shores. Here good weather and first class facilities are ensured. There are three golf courses located a few minutes from the town adapted to different needs for amateurs or more advanced levels. “Las Rejas Open Club” has a golf pitch & putt 9 hole par 3 and “Meliá Villaitana Golf” has two 18 hole courses, par 72 championship and par 62 executive course, both with a Nicklaus Design distinctive stamp. Las Rejas Open Club +34 91 495 28 50 www.lasrejasopenclub.com Meliá Villaitana Golf:
To combine sea and mountains has never been easier. With 300 metre cliffs and more than 5,600 hectares, the natural park of Sierra Helada, the first marine and terrestrial park of the Valencia region and rises majestically behind the Mediterranean. The Serra Gelada is perfect for hiking.
Benidorm is one of the most popular cycling regions in Spain. The irregular terrain of the Marina Baixa region makes it the perfect place for mountain biking. Sierra Helada, Sierra Cortina, Puig Campana, Sierra Aitana and Sierra Bernia are some of the most frequented by “extreme” mountain bikers. Many competitions such as the Luis Puig Trophy, The Volta a La Marina, stages of the Tour of Valencia, are celebrated here. In addition, cycling throughout the town is very easy, as bikes can be loaned economically for short journeys from various areas of the town to promote sustainable transport called "Bicidorm". With the perfect combination of sea and mountains and a pleasant climate all year round, one cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy hiking or Nordic walking in Benidorm. Different itineraries and pathways enable one to discover the most secret remote areas. Enjoy the routes through the nature park of Sierra Helada, the first Valencian protected sea & land park. With routes from 5.2 km to 16 km round trip, there are accessible and low difficulty routes, medium difficulty routes for the general public and high difficulty routes suitable for professional walkers. On the outskirts of Benidorm there is a wide range of active tourism opportunities for all levels: Paintball, jeep safaris, paragliding, high ropes... In addition, thrill seekers can experience climbing in a safe environment. Moreover, the riding offer throughout the region is varied: Club Hípico de Benidorm offers horse-riding lessons, equestrian art shows and the possibility to enjoy long rides on horseback through breathtaking landscapes.
A full day of adventure and fun driving through the Costa Blanca’s beautiful and and green countryside. If you choose to participate as a passenger, you will be picked up at your hotel by one of our professional drivers with a comfortable 8 passenger seated all terrain vehicle. Marco Polo Expediciones:
Benidorm offers an endless variety of water sports: fishing, boat rides or sailing, catamaran excursions, kayaking itineraries reaching the most remote corners. For the most adventurous there is an impressive range of sports offers: wakeboarding, water skiing, mono skiing, cable ski (unique worldwide, the route is 1 km long and is located at the end of Levante Beach), canoeing, parasailing, jet skis, kite surfing or kite boarding, for an amazing experience. The best way to discover the hidden secrets of Benidorm´s sea bed is practising scuba diving. To soak up the unforgettable scenery of the marine reserve of Benidorm Island and its small clear water coves, snorkelling is the best option. Marco Polo Expediciones:
Calm and clean waters, no major tides, and moderate thermal winds make the bay of Benidorm a special place in the Mediterranean, where you can set sail and navigate through peaceful waters. In the summer months is when most of the "cruisers" cast off and start their holiday at sea. Marco Polo Expediciones, www.marcopolo-exp.es/en/ Costa Blanca Sailing office:
Important sports events take place every year in Benidorm: Benidorm's International Half Marathon, International Youth Football Tournament Costa Blanca Cup, Swim across Benidorm Island, Spain International Bulshooter Darts Championship, Beach Soccer Tournament "Guillermo Amor", San Silvestre race, Bicycle Day or Triathlon "Town of Benidorm" are only a few of these sport events.
In June there is a weeklong tapas fest in Benidorm, allowing tourists and locals to sample a wide range of traditional, as well as innovative Spanish tapas for a reasonable price and vote for the best. Many of the bars and restaurants that are competing are located down Calle Santo Domingo – better known as Tapas Alley, in the Old Town.
Since 1989, Esturion Restaurant has been serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine including paellas, fish, meats, seafood dishes and other specialities. Finish your dinner with a homemade dessert like a cheesecake, tiramisu or rice pudding. Also providing live music and karaoke during dinner time.
A modern restaurant that specializing in the Mediterranean kitchen including on the international. From the menu you can choose innovated and fashionable culinary dishes or traditional Spanish cuisine like paella. With your dinner, pick a glass of wine, some of the finest wines of famous vineyards from the different provinces of Spain are kept here.
Flanked by Mal Pas and West beaches, in the heart of the Bay of Benidorm. Fresh seafood and daily fish from Calpe and Villajoyosa fish market. Grilled fish and seafood meals and a large variety of rice. It can be highlighted the rice with lobster and extensive wine list.
With a beachfront location, the Levante, Jardín Mediterráneo Restaurant is the ideal place to have dinner while enjoying the magnificent views. Here you can relish the best of Mediterranean and international cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients. The prices are higher but the location, the service and the food make it worth it.
Located in one of the best and most tourist areas of Benidorm, just five minutes from Levante Beach, offers its customers a varied and tasty cuisine that combines the best of traditional Mediterranean cuisine with the best products. They are specialized in rice dishes, meats and fish.
A small stylish Italian restaurant, situated next to Levante Beach Promenade. Excellent cuisine is offered here such as pastas, salads, meats, fish and pizzas and it is all served in a friendly and cosy atmosphere. At the weekends and during fiesta it can get crowded, so a reservation is good to make.
Located in the old town of Benidorm, Pizzeria Duomo as the name indicates serves Italian food, but also French and Spanish cuisine. Fresh pasta dishes, pizzas, rib eye steak etc. are only a few examples of the dishes you will find on the menu. After dinner treat yourself with a home-made desserts such as crepes, tiramisu, fresh fruit sorbets, etc.
Florentine, an old-world charm coffee-shop that brings you back to the thirties, with decorations from a bygone era. If you like cakes, you have come to the right place, they serve beautiful cakes with different fillings including pastries and tarts together with coffee or tea.
As the name indicates, this is the place to head for if you love chocolate! Chocolates Valor has several locations in Spain and one of them is in Calle Lepanto in Benidorm. Here you can enjoy a wide range of high quality chocolate and it is served in many ways from hot to cold. Everything from hot chocolate with Spanish Churros to chocolate crushed ice, chocolate fondue and homemade ice creams are all on the menu.
Pinocchio is a café, pizzeria and an Italian ice cream parlour, ideally located in Avinguda Alcoi and offers a lovely view over the beach. Cool down with some of the yummy flavours of ice cream or just grab a cup of coffee and cake. If you are feeling hungry, they serve wood-fired pizza and pasta dishes too. You can either eat in or takeaway.
Placa del Castell has a beautiful balcony and viewpoint in the Old Town and it is here Cafeteria El Castell is located making it a great place to have a relaxing break while watching the amazing scenery over Benidorm. The menu offers everything from food to cocktails, coffee, chocolate drinks and ice creams.
A charming and cute café where visitors will be meet by friendly and helpful staff. If you have a sweet-tooth, do not worry they have plenty of options such as cakes, cup cakes, pies and pastries including food if the hunger kicks in. Gluten free cake is also on the menu. Pop in for an afternoon tea or just relax with a cup of strong coffee.
Daytona Rock bar is situated on the seafront of Levante beach. The bar has a biker theme and the clients tend to be a mix of Spanish and foreigners. At night time, the atmosphere is buzzing in the bar and there is very often live music, which attracts a great crowd. During the morning it is much more relaxed and you can have a drink while enjoying some good music and the views of the beach and sea.
Sinatras is a very popular venue in the new town of Benidorm, which offers a combination of a disco, live music and cabaret. There’s a wide selection of live acts on offer and disco until late with some of the greats resident DJs who will keep you dancing into the early hours. There is an exterior terrace where drinks are served.
Moon Beach is a plush, stylish and modern bar with a comfortable lounge area inside with sofas, where you can relax and enjoy a drink. The bar has a DJ booth and offers a mix of cool house and funky sounds. There is a terrace area outside with fantastic views of Levante beach and the sea.
Luxury sofa’s and an ambiance that makes you feel that you don’t want to leave. A beautiful setting overlooking the wonderful golden beach of Levante. Tables available on the terrace where you can have a drink and enjoy the great view. From 10am to 5pm they serve food such as salads, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.
The thing which makes KU stand out from the rest however, is the level of DJ’s which it contracts during the summer months and the best resident DJ’s which a club could have. Names such as Roger Sanchez, Judge Jules, Bob Sinclair and even Todd Terry, plus the crème de la crème of the most talented national DJ’s. During most weekends during the summer months, you will find a big name in the programme of DJ’s. Well known for club entertainment in the centre of Benidorm, in the area where there is the largest concentration of the best clubs/discos.
Magic, dancing, singing and comics, enjoy a world-class show at Benidorm Palace where some of the best international dancers and artists entertain and delight their audience for over two hours. There is also the possibility of dining and drinking during the course of the evening.
One popular market is the Foietes market, located next to Foietes Sports Centre in the district to the north of the Centre. It takes place on Wednesday morning (8am to 13:30pm approx.). Here you will find a good selection of locally produced fruits, vegetables including crafts, Spanish products and clothes.
“El Pueblo” Market is located on Avenida de L'Admirall Bernat de Sarria next to Hotel Servigroup Pueblo in the town centre. It is held every Wednesday and Sunday morning all year round (8am to 13:30 pm approx.). A great mix of Spanish goods, clothes, handbags, shoes, souvenirs, gifts and snacks are offered from the market stands.
This typical antiques market is located in the N-332 Km. 124 near the campsite Benisol, only 15 minutes outside Benidorm. It is celebrated on Saturday and Sunday mornings (8am to 13:30pm approx.) where, in addition, you will be able to enjoy live jazz music by various groups that enliven your visit to the market. Here, the market stalls provide everything from artwork to arts and crafts, second-hand clothing, books, jewellery, and more.
Old Town do not lack on shopping options, in fact some of the most popular shops in the city can be found in the pedestrianised Old Town district called Avenida Martinez Alejos. Head over to Passaig de la Carretera where the shops are well stocked with shoes, jewellery and leather goods. Another main and popular street in the Old Town is the Gambo street where you will find jewellery, clothes and so much more.
Located in the commercial area of Finestrat, approximately 11 minutes from Benidorm. Shopping Center La Marina is one of the biggest shopping centres in the Costa Blanca region and with its four floors you will not only find a wide variety of stores selling clothes, designer items, sportswear, toys, accessorises, shoes and more but also food court, snack bars, cinema and bowling alley. If you are travelling with kids do not miss out the top floor with 4000m2 of fun attractions for children that includes bouncy castles, mini golf, an assault course, karts and a princess’s castle. Stores such as C&A, Benetton, Mango, Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Guess, Desigual, Swarovski, Pandora, Primichi, Mayoral, Stradivarius, Tous, Macson and more are all housed at La Marina.
Find some bargain at this popular indoor market that boasts a wide variety of goods and food such as clothes, accessories, electronics, toys, jewellery, gifts and local farm produce. They also offer local and international merchandise. This market is a great mix of both British and Spanish vendors selling typically Spanish and British items among other things.
Rincon de Loix districts is the most new and modern part of Benidorm and home to some of the city’s top fashion boutiques, supermarkets, gifts and souvenir shops. Here you will find plenty of small boutiques including an indoor market. When feeling hungry there are quality restaurants and fast food premises to choose from.
Ale Hop, a popular Spanish chain of shops with several locations in Benidorm, selling funky gizmos and gadgets. A fun and original shop where to buy gift items, decorations, accessories and other things for reasonable prices. Items such as quirky key chains, toys, hats, wallets, hand bags, sunglasses, cushions, jewellery, magnets, jewellery's notebooks, and more are stocked here.
Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
One of the initial attractions of Benidorm was its location, on the Mediterranean coast, opposite a beautiful bay which is split into two by the rocky tip of the old castle and facing south. All the other sides were protected from the cold Northern winds of Levante and the cold northern winds by mountain ranges, so the microclimate, especially in spring, winter or autumn, is very mild, with considerably higher temperatures than along the rest of the coast. The sea water is also warm enough to bathe all year round. If you are looking for the warmest time to visit Benidorm, then the hottest months are August, July and September when temperatures reach up to around 30°C. Travel in spring and autumn to Benidorm is enjoyable too, with average temperatures of 20°C.
Alicante-Elche Airport is located near the city of Alicante only 60 km. from Benidorm. There is a regular bus service (www.alsa.es) which offers the possibility to travel quickly, comfortably and economically from Alicante airport to Benidorm bus station and vice versa. It takes 45 minutes to get to Benidorm and then it will continue to the town Calpe, so look for the bus "Benidorm-Calpe" at the airport. Tickets can be bought from alsa.es, self-services ticket machines, Alsa app, laCaixa cashpoint machines, Alsa sales points or when boarding the bus. You can also take the train the Alicante TRAM that connects Alicante city centre with Benidorm (route L1. Alicante (Luceros)-Benidorm). Trains run every 30 minutes and the journey takes 70 minutes. The C6 bus line connects the airport with the stations in Alicante city centre and from there TRAM lines 1 to Benidorm depart. Taxi stands are situated outside both Arrivals and Departures. If you need information about the taxi service, head over to the information desk in Arrival hall. You can also book shuttle transfer service, such as Beniconnect transfer: www.beniconnect.com, +34 965 850 790 There are several car rental companies at the airport such as Hertz, Goldcar Rental, Sixt, Record Go, Europcar and Avis.
Benidorm is located in the Valencia Region and in the province of Alicante, 38km from Alicante and 106 km from Valencia. It is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Mediterranean and has excellent connection with the rest of Spain and other countries for easy access. By road, Benidorm is well situated on the Mediterranean coast right by the AP7 motorway and the national road N332 which connect the Mediterranean coastline from north to south, so that visitors travelling by car or scheduled bus service can reach the resort with ease. There are connections with most national and European cities. Train connections are also available via the city of Alicante. The nearest airport is Alicante International airport, just 60 km away served by numerous airlines daily. There are also ports in Alicante, Altea and Villajoyosa should one wish to reach Benidorm by boat. When travelling within the city there is the local bus run by Llorente Bus. When it comes to tickets there are several options to choose from such as single ticket, tourist cards of 24 hours and 72 hours. Tickets can be bought on the bus, in the town halls, Benidorm Card 1 Day or 3 Days only in the bus lines 20 or 30.