With sun all year round, Benidorm is the perfect destination and offers something for everyone – fun, culture, leisure and lots of entertainment. Plus it’s only a forty-five minute drive away from Alicante airport...
Benidorm’s beaches make it one of the top tourist attractions on the Costa Blanca, with 5 km of coastline as well as many secluded coves. Levante and Poniente beaches are considered amongst the best in the world in terms of cleanliness and facilities. These Blue Flag beaches are set against the backdrop of a long seafront promenade that’s lined with pavement cafés, restaurants and bars.
For a cultural experience, visit the Old Town which is set on a rocky point between the town’s main beaches and offers a wonderful view over the sea. It’s really worth a visit for its cobbled streets, blue-domed church and white houses.
Try local dishes such as cazuela de pescado al estilo pobre which is a gorgeous fish casserole, or arroz de boquerones con espinacas – rice with anchovies and spinach. Whatever your tastes, there’s plenty on offer since Benidorm caters for over 6 million tourists a year.
Head to Aqualandia with its 12 swimming pools, 17 slides and 10 different games for children! Only 43 km from Alicante, 5 minutes from Benidorm, is the Terra Mitica theme park with its scream-inducing rides and acrobats! Elsewhere, don't miss visiting some of the region's castles...
Benidorm acts as a great base for seeing some of the surrounding area. To the north lie the seaside town of Altea and the popular resort of Albir. There’s also the up-market resort of Calpe, famous for its Peñon de Ifach (Rock of Ifach) – an eye-catching natural attraction. Further inland, nestled amongt beautiful landscapes, towns such as Elche, Oriheula, Guadalest and Alcio offer a rich artistic and cultural heritage.
Watersports fans should head to the coastal resorts of Denia and Xabia to try your hand at windsurfing, water skiing and paragliding. The island of Tabarca, just 15 km from Alicante, is a protected marine reserve attracting scuba divers and snorkellers. It’s the only inhabited island off the Alicante coast and is popular with day trippers. To get there, catch the boat from Santa Pola or Alicante.
Alicante itself is home to a mountaintop castle called Santa Barbara which offers the most amazing views over the city. Reach it by taking the lift from El Postiguet Beach. Also worth a visit is the MUSAC (revamped Museum of Modern Art), with works by some of the greatest Spanish artists such as Picasso. And at the end of a perfect day, why not try a glass of dry white wine from Alicante. Be warned though, it comes with a kick. Salud!