A sea of glittering skyscrapers lines five perfect kilometers of golden sand, caressed by remarkably calm, clean seas and thousands of relaxed and slightly sunburned travelers. Welcome to Benidorm, birthplace of the package tour, and home to more than 1,000 restaurants, 30 discos, a dozen cabarets, four theme parks, and some 50,000 rooms where you can crash for a few hours, if you absolutely must.
Choose your beach, Playa de Poniente to the right, Playa de Levante to the left, where you can enjoy more than 300 days of sunny skies every year. In summer months, it is an absolute bacchanal, though there's always plenty of family-friendly fun as well.
There's even culture - the casco antiguo (old town), atop the rocky point that separates those two glistening swaths of sand, has a few older buildings and cobbled streets... today filled with discos, bars and cafés. Heck, you know exactly why you're here in beautiful Benidorm, so enjoy.
Review by colin m, June 2012
Benidorm is one of the best places on the spanish coast. It is less expensive to others on the coast. The beaches and ocean are beautifull. There is plentiful of places to stay,eat and drink
Review by Rosemary, United Kingdom, August 2011
Did this trip last week with husband, daughter and her boyfriend. Exceptionally well organised and our guide, Shane, made the trip by being very friendly, informative and funny. Collected at pickup point at 9.30am, and then went onto collect 3 more people, and then met the rest of the convey, and drove up into the hills. Very bumpy but fantastic scenery and good fun. Stopped Gualest, a small village in the mountains, which enough time for a quick look round a few small shops and have a beer, then another hours ride until lunch at a small restaurant with a very welcoming swimming pool. Nice lunch of chicken, chips and salad and fruit. Afternoon off to the Algar waterfalls, where we had about 45 mins for a very cold and refreshing dip. Back to pickup point just before 6pm.
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone of any age.
Review by Gaynor B, United Kingdom, July 2010
Benidorm has been a destination for holidaymakers and retirees since the 1970s, particularly from the UK and Ireland. Thus, there's a large English-speaking expat population and plenty of accessible tourist infrastructure, even if you left your phrasebook on the plane.
Most people arrive at busy Alicante Airport (ALC), 58km (36mi) southwest of Benidorm. Note that taxis should use the set rate, not meters, which will result in a more expensive trip. Shuttle companies offer less expensive door-to-door transfers, a better deal for solo travelers and couples.
Buses are the cheapest way between the two coastal cities, and run hourly from the airport to the Benidorm bus station 8am until 11pm. The trip takes just under 1 hour.