There are about 4 miles of breathtaking beaches in Benidorm and crystal clear waters as well the beautiful Playa Levante beach which lies with great restaurants, cafes and bars. Benidorm enjoys over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. Without doubt, the beaches are one of Benidorm’s biggest attractions. A five-kilometre stretch of golden sand coastline, intermingled with secluded coves where one can enjoy a refreshing swim, as well as engage in water sports, like scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, and more.
Benidorm offers two main choices of beaches: the easterly Playa de Levante (Sunrise Beach) which can get very crowded in high season and is backed by a broad promenade, bars, cafes and other eateries, and the longer Playa de Poniente (Sunset Beach). The latter is a touch quieter, has no rocks and has the added bonus of great sunsets. Mal Pas is a smaller beach beneath the port and the castle cliffs. Other quiet sandy beaches include La Cala and some surroundings.
Located to the north of the harbour, Levante beach is one of the most beautiful in the city. As a result of its urban location, it has easy access to many services, as well as the two kilometres of golden, fine sands. These emblematic sands are bordered by a busy promenade, filled with terraces and restaurants, which are very lively at night. To the south of the region, you find Poniente beach, where three kilometres of beautiful scenery unfolds. As with the Levante beach, Poniente has a long promenade and is accessible and convenient, with many facilities at hand.
Between these two famous Benidorm beaches, is the Mal Pas cove; a tranquil cove of fine sands, close to the historic quarter and the harbour. In addition, Ti Ximo and La Almadrava emerge at the northern end of Benidorm, where the coast becomes rough and inaccessible. Removed from the urban centre, these hidden natural coves allow the visitor to escape from the bustle of the city and enjoy scuba-diving around the magnificent, rocky seabed.
The beach is certainly the main attraction in Benidorm. The town’s beaches are cleaned every night and have been awarded European Blue Flags. Levante Beach has a wide boardwalk that is lined with shops, bars and cafes. Families traveling to Benidorm will appreciate the town’s four theme parks. Aqualandia is a water park, and MundoMar has sea life shows similar to Sea World. Terra Mitica has rides designed to represent the world’s ancient civilizations, and Terra Natura is a wildlife park. You can reach all four by bus from Benidorm.
Benidorm has an impressive nightlife thanks to its selection of more than two hundred clubs and one thousand bars. During the summer the atmosphere in the evening is electric, with many people flying in to have an unforgettable time. Your own hotel is often a good starting point at night, many offering high quality live entertainment from cabaret to jazz, rock and dance. Make for the Levante side if you like it lively, where countless disco pubs and cabaret bars are clustered.
Over five million people visit Benidorm each year, the majority of whom come in the summer. In fact, summertime is the equivalent of party time in Benidorm. There are over 30 discos in town and more than 1,000 restaurants to experience. Many people will stay in one of the 35,000 available hotel beds, but more people will choose one of the more than 200,000 apartments and holiday rentals for their vacation.
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! 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.
Benidorm 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. A visit to Benidorm needn’t lack contact with authentic Spanish culture. The Old Town in particular is an evocative maze of cobbled streets and inviting establishments.Benidorm’s historic centre is located on a promontory, between its two main beaches – Levante and Poniente. This is the birthplace of the city, a primitive fishing town, dominated by the church of San Jaime. Erected in the 18th century, its bluish domes rise among an intricate network of narrow streets and alleyways, filled with picturesque little corners. The peaks of the Canfali hills lead to the Balcony of the Mediterranean, a splendid viewpoint that presents a gorgeous panoramic view of the sea.
Until the first major developments in the 1960’s, Benidorm was once a quiet village. Then the Mayor of Benidorm, Pedro Zaragoza, wanted to help strengthen the economy in the area, which led him to start to develop the village into what can be seen today. The prime location along a beautiful stretch of golden coastline helped to attract visitors along with the new high rise apartments. Old Benidorm meanwhile lives on in the narrow streets near the castle, where English-owned pubs and bars have long been part of the scenery. But for a taste of Benidorm at its most cutting edge head for the nightclubs, discos, pubs and cafes spreading out to the east or the Levante beach, not forgetting the major attractions focused in the Rincon de Loix area.
Benidorm is a happy and festive town; the local holidays honour the Virgin of Sufragio and Saint James the Apostle. The celebrations begin on the second Sunday of November and offer a varied programme, including floats, theatre performances, and fireworks. A few days later, the Fiesta de la Carxofa – a very traditional affair – takes place in the historic quarter. Other celebrations worth mentioning are the Bonfires of San Juan and the Muslims and Christians festivities, both in June.
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.