Benidorm, often referred to as the “Manhattan of Spain”, has several extra-tall hotels, which make a unique skyline. The city is located at the foot of the 1406 m tall Puig Campana Mountain and it is one of the best and cheapest last minute holiday destinations for UK travellers. Today, the town looks really picturesque and strange at the same time: it is not every day you get to see such high buildings all in one anywhere in Spain. From around 5 years ago, there has been a growing effort to make the city a better standard holiday resort.
The metropolis has a great nightlife in the summer and this is the resort with some of the highest number of free time and holiday activities, which includes Theme parks, water parks like Mundomar, Aqualandia or 4kwatro, hiking and walking possibilities, such as the great walk to El Faro Lighthouse.
The old city centre of Benidorm is really worth visiting with its streets packed with shops, bars and restaurants. The city is full of British pubs.
Benidorm offers some of the best excursion possibilities, with nearby lying Altea, Villa Joyosa, Calpe, Albir, all beautiful villages, which are the best to visit by car. If you head toward Finestrat you will instantly find yourself in the mountains of Benidorm. You should not miss to visit the Old Watchtower, from where the view to the city is the nicest.
Budget tips for Benidorm holidays:
• Benidorm UK packages are among the cheapest of UK tour operators.
• Several attractions offer discounts for those who purchase their tickets online.
• Theme parks offer cheaper entrance for those wanting to enter a couple of hours before closing.
• Check out the cheap leather goods sold all over the city. Cheap markets are the best during July and August. Check out the weekly El Cisne on Altea Valencia Rd.
• Due to the high number of bars and restaurants, there are several cheap offers and Happy Hours all summer long.
Tip: Every July, Benidorm holds the “Benidorm Low Cost Festival” with guest musicians from all over the world.
What makes Benidorm a top last minute holiday destination?
Benidorm, being the main target of UK package tourist, is highly liked for its skyscrapers, its numerous family attractions, its great nightlife and last but not least, for its great beaches. Benidorm’s Gran Hotel Bali is the tallest hotel in Spain with its 186 m height.
How to get to Benidorm:
Benidorm is served by the international airport of Alicante and fast trains take passengers to Benidorm however it is important to note, that these trains don’t stop at the main RENFE station but about 2 km from the city centre. The new bus station of Benidorm operates international buses to the UK and other countries of Europe.
Alicante itself is a wonderful place to explore. Read this wonderful article about Alicante holidays.
Important: When travelling in Spain, always keep your tickets until the end of your journey, which means to the point you actually get out of a train station.
Travelling in Benidorm:
The best way to go is by bus, which is a lot cheaper than taxis. Being close to the Highway (Autopista) Nr. 7 it is easy to get to the city by car. If you want to hire a cheap rent a car in Benidorm you should check out the deals at Holiday Autos with pick up and drop of at multiple locations in Benidorm.
When to visit: Best time to visit is from April to mid October.
Why visit Benidorm: It is a fantastic city perfect for beach holidays. There are many late deals you can compare before you go.
Top Five Places To See in Benidorm
One of the best attractions of Costa Blanca – the Terra Mitica ensures a great daily program for families and young travellers. The huge Theme Park also has a water theme park and it consists of five different areas, each one inspired by ancient civilizations, such as Greece or China. Each part features authentic attractions and some alone-standing rollercoaster. Entrance fee: Fee is EUR 40/adult, EUR 30/junior and senior visitor. From Benidorm centre, several buses go to Terra Mitica.
Opening Hours: High season: 10 am to 12 pm, in low season closes at 8 pm
One of the biggest and best zoos of the Spanish coastline – Terra Natura features 1500 animals out of which there are around 200 different species. From the most beautiful tigers to the species living in Spain, you can see an extreme variety of animals in their natural habitat. Terra Natura was built for visitors not to see any artificial borders. There are several spectacles held here, for example, multiple sorts of bird shows. Terra Natura also has its own water theme park called Aqua Natura, localed next to Terra Natura. There are multiple sorts of entrance tickets, single ticket to Terra Natura costs EUR 28.50 (22.50 for children) and you can also buy combined tickets for 38.50 for both Terra Natura and Aqua Natura and also, you get a free 3 course menu with your tickets,
Opening hours: Opens from 10 am to 8 pm; in low season, it closes at 5 pm.
Benidorm’s biggest central Water theme park, the Aqualandia attracts thousands of people daily. It has multiple sorts of waterslides, fun pools for every age. Aqualandia and Mundo Mar are located close to each other. Entrance costs EUR 20/ adult; additionally, there are family tickets.
Opening Hours: Open from 10 am to 8pm. The park closes down from 30th Sept until middle May.
Mundo Mar is a great water complex where you not only can swim but you can also see several beautiful underwater species and enjoy quality dolphin, seal, sea lion and exotic bird shows. Entrance fee is EUR 7.
Opening Hours: Open from 10 am to 8 pm. The park closes from 30th Sept to middle of May.
•Old Quarter of Benidorm
Dividing the two most popular beaches of Benidorm, the Old Quarter is a pleasant, hilly part of Benidorm packed with bars, restaurants, stores and old style narrow streets.
Top three beaches to relax/other places:
- Playa de Levante
- Playa de Poniente
- Platja del Mar Pas
All three beaches of Benidorm are awarded with the blue flag, meaning the highest quality standard recognized by the European Union.
Other Places of attraction:
•4kwatro Theme Park
•Benidorm Palace Club