There’s something about Benidorm that no other Spanish resort can seem to compete with, but the question is what is it? Could it be the fantastic nightlife, the home-from-home bars and restaurants or the far-stretching beaches?
Well, whatever it is us Brits can’t seem to get enough of this former fishing village and most of us step foot in Alicante Airport as much as we do our own. So, whether you’re a Benidorm regular going on your annual family holiday or a first-timer going on a girly weekender Holiday Hypermarket has listed 11 reasons why you need to visit Benidorm.
1. Spanish sunshine
The Spanish sun is perhaps one of the biggest pulls – particularly for us Brits who have to travel far and wide to catch a glimpse of sunlight. And even better, Benidorm has its very own micro climate with average highs of around 28˚C throughout the summer months. The region is also protected by a mountain range which means holidaymakers can expect around 330 days of sunshine a year.
2. A family’s heaven
Holidays are the perfect time to spend some much-needed time with your family and what better place to do it than Benidorm. Benidorm may not immediately strike you as a family-friendly resort with its booze heavy reputation, but trust us it is!
In fact, the Spanish resort is great for families with its plentiful attractions such as Aqualandia waterpark, Terra Mitica theme park, and Terra Natura park. There are also a number of hotels which cater to families with their kids’ centred facilities, for instance, family rooms and kid’s pools, so be sure to choose your accommodation wisely if you’re travelling with children.
3. Every kind of nightlife
Flashing neon signs, bar crawls, and a lively square filled with revellers ready to take on the resorts bars, yes you’ve made it to Benidorm. Famed for its vibrant night scene Benidorm has been entertaining its holidaymakers for years with its live shows and plentiful hangouts – but the best part is there’s no age limit!
Benidorm nightlife is enjoyed by everyone so as you wonder through its energetic streets you can expect to see every kind of partier from retired regulars to die-hard hens and large groups of youths sporting ‘lads on tour’ t-shirts as they take on the resorts nightlife for the first time.
4. Traditional Spanish cooking
When we think of Benidorm we often expect to see menus filled with everything British such as tomato ketchup covered chips and gravy overloaded cooked dinners, but this isn’t necessarily the case.Yes, you can find plenty of English dishes here, but Benidorm is also known for its traditional Spanish kitchens which serve up some of the freshest seafood and paella.
5. The Mediterranean Manhattan
When we imagine sky scrapers we automatically picture New York, but Benidorm isn’t far behind. This ever-increasing Spanish resort now boasts over 300 skyscrapers, which means the resort has the most high-rise buildings per population in the world.
6. Most popular beaches in the Costa Blanca
If your holidays are all about the beach then Benidorm is a great choice. With three Blue Flag beaches the resort offers some of the finest coastlines in the Costa Blanca. Levante and Poniente are perhaps the most famous, Levante being busiest out of the two with over 2 kilometres of sand, while Poniente is less crowed and offers a much more relaxing sunbathing experience.
7. New UNESCO recognition
If you haven’t already heard Benidorm is applying for UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition. This is amazing news for the bustling resort as it shows that there’s more to Benidorm than bright lights and mobility scooters.
8. Outstanding hotels
Want to go to Benidorm and stay in first-class accommodation? Well, you can do just that as this Spanish resort is home to some stunning hotels. Soak up 5 star luxury in Barcelo Asia Garden Hotel & Thai Spa, this oriental-inspired hotel is all about relaxation with its beautifully landscaped gardens and first-class spas.
However, if you’re travelling with younger guests you may want to consider a hotel which caters to families such as Hotel Flamingo Oasis. This property offers 4 star frills but is also great for families with its very own kids’ club and splash pool.
9. See the sights
Behind Benidorm’s brash exterior lies plenty of cultural spots which are great for those who want to experience traditional Spain. The church of Saint James is positioned at the top of Benidorm’s Old Town, and is one of the resorts hidden gems with its beautiful blue domed roof.
Alternatively, why not visit the castle viewpoint, one of the most photographed tourist spots in Benidorm, and look out across the beautiful Mediterranean Sea? Originally an old fortress built upon a large rock and known as El Canfali, this viewpoint dates back to the 14th century.
10. Fiestas and fancy dress
Fancy dress, fireworks and flamenco dancers – Benidorm fiestas know exactly how to wow their crowds. As part of Spain’s fun-loving culture with a calendar jam-packed with celebrations there’s plenty of opportunities to get involved in these mammoth street parties. From the British Fancy Dress Party to Electrobeach Festival and Patron Saint of the Town there is a mixture of festivals for all holidaymakers to enjoy.
11. Yes, Benidorm has an Old Town
Away from the high-rise skyline of Benidorm’s main strip lies Benidorm’s Old Town. This maze of cobbled streets and white washed houses is a complete contrast to the Benidorm we know and love. So, if you want to experience some of the resorts old charm then head to the Old Town and see a different side of Benidorm.
Now, it’s time to find out what all the fuss is about.