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Benidorm Guide

Benidorm was once a tiny fishing village that made a living fishing for tuna. The resort became popular as a holiday destination in the 1960s, when Spain looked to cash in on the arrival of package holidaymakers from northern Europe. Overnight, high-rise hotels started to spring up along the beach and turn what was once a quiet village into a city with 69,000 residents. Suddenly, plans were in place to provide a reliable transport network from Alicante Airport to Benidorm.

When you look at Benidorm from the surrounding mountains, it’s easy to see why it has become such a popular holiday destination. Not only is it in a magnificent setting but the horseshoe-shaped bay has miles of white sandy beaches. For tourists travelling to Benidorm for the first time, knowing which beach to stay on can be a hard decision. Here, we will do our best to explain the pluses of staying on either Poniente or Levante.

Playa Levante is considered to be the beach that tourists like best and is the place where you will find a bustling promenade with numerous restaurants, cafés and the best-known nightlife area. Playa Poniente is considered as being the Spanish side of Benidorm with fewer hotels and a less touristic feel.

Set on a hill between the two beaches is Benidorm’s old town, a maze of narrow winding cobbled streets. Here, you will find an array of traditional tapas bars and restaurants catering to all tastes. The old town allows you to get a feel for what Benidorm must have been like before mass tourism. Visit the Mirador de Benidorm for the best views of the city and take a selfie for your Instagram page.

Benidorm Beaches

Playa Poniente

The larger of Benidorm’s two main beaches, Playa Poniente, offers 3,000 metres of fine white sand and is generally less crowded than the Playa Levante. As we already mentioned, this is the beach where Spaniards like to holiday and where you will find every amenity required for the beach to retain its “Blue Flag” status. Playa Poniente is also home to Benidorm’s marina and the place to go for boat trips and diving.

Playa Levante

Regarded as being one of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca, Playa Levante offers a 2,000 metre long, wide sandy beach that has a gentle slope into the sea that is perfect for families with young children.

Cala Mal Pas

Located below Benidorm’s old town, Cala Mal Pas is a 120-metre long quieter stretch of sand that still has all the amenities you would expect to find on a top-rated Spanish beach. Also, being sheltered by giant rocks on both sides, it is protected from waves, making it an ideal place to go snorkelling.

Benidorm Attractions

Every year, Benidorm attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists who come not only for the beaches and nightlife, but for the theme parks and attractions as well.


If you are on holiday with children, you must spend a day at a water park. Covering 150,000 square metres of lush landscaped gardens, Aqulandia has something for the entire family, from supervised children’s pools to adrenaline pumping slides that teenagers will love.
Address: Parque Natural Sierra Helada, 03503 – Benidorm, Alicante (Spain)
Phone: +34 965 860 100

Terra Mitica

Terra Mitica theme park transports its visitors back in time to ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome with a variety of shows and attractions that include a wide range of rides and roller coasters. For people not seeking an adrenaline rush, Terra Mitica has gentle boat rides and areas for smaller children.
Address: Partida del Moralet, s/n, 03502 Benidorm, Alicante
Phone: +34 902 02 02 20


If you have ever been to Orlando, you will know all about SeaWorld. You probably didn’t know that Benidorm has its own marine park where you can see shows performed by dolphins and sea lions. Very modern and with large enclosures, Mundomar’s staff have a unique rapport with the dolphins that kids will just love.
Address: C/ Sierra Helada, s/n, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante
Phone: 965 86 91 01

Benidorm Holiday Accommodation

If you haven’t yet decided where to stay, don’t worry – there is no shortage of holiday accommodation in Benidorm. Here are some suggestions:

Experience a stay in Benidorm’s famous skyscraper

Benidorm proudly holds the title for the highest density of skyscrapers per capita globally, trailing only behind New York City. Numerous structures soar above a hundred meters in height, with the most prominent among them being the awe-inspiring “Intempo” twin towers, reaching a staggering height of 202 metres.

This air-conditioned 2-bedroom apartment features a rooftop pool, mountain and pool views, a balcony, a hot tub and a sauna. A coffee shop and bar, as well as yoga and fitness classes, are available on-site. For guests with children, there is also a kid’s pool and a children’s playground on offer. See here for more information.

Get spoilt by the beach

Located directly on the shores of Levante Beach, just 600 metres from the quaint old town of Benidorm, Hotel Cimbel presents an enticing setting. Guests can indulge in an outdoor swimming experience complete with a poolside bar and hot tub, all while admiring panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel’s onsite restaurant offers delectable Mediterranean fare.

Surrounding the Cimbel Hotel are bustling streets adorned with shops and vibrant bars. Las Rejas Golf Course is a mere 10-minute drive away, and the Terra Natura Zoo and Aqualandia Water Park provide other nearby entertainment options. See here for more information.

Are you looking for a good-value alternative?

A mere 200 metres from Poniente Beach, this 2-star hotel sits within the bustling heart of Benidorm City Centre. It offers a buffet-style restaurant, a cosy bar, and a shared terrace. The rooms are air-conditioned, and come with a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom featuring either a bath or shower and complimentary toiletries.

Guests will find an array of dining options, bars, and shops within a convenient 5-minute stroll from Hotel Primavera. For captivating vistas, the Balcon del Mediterraneo viewpoint stands just 650 metres away, while Levante Beach beckons with its sandy expanse, a mere 8-minute walk away. See here for more information.

Whatever your preferences, you will find plenty of choice for every budget. Use the search button below to explore more options:

Benidorm Shopping

La Marina Shopping Centre

Located between Benidorm and Villajoyosa, La Marina Shopping Centre in Finestrat, just off the N-332 is a multi-floor shopping mall with free parking. The mall has two floors dedicated to clothing, accessories, electronics and sports and one floor with eateries, a bowling alley and multiplex cinema. There is also an area for children that includes mini golf, a bouncy castle and other attractions to keep the kids busy while you shop. The La Marina Shopping Centre is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 10pm.

Address: Avda. del País Valenciá, 2 03509 Finestrat.
Phone: 966 80 07 06

Avenida Martinez Alejos

Located in Benidorm’s old town, the pedestrianized Avenida Martinez Alejos is home to shops selling every conceivable item you could think of. For more upscale shopping and designer goods, visit the Levante and Rincon de Loix districts behind Playa Levante.

Tip: If you need to buy swimwear or things for the beach such as sunscreen, towels and hats, visit one of the many Chinese bazaars, where these items can be purchased at very good value.

El Cisne

If you are looking for a unique souvenir or just enjoy wandering around flea markets on a Sunday, the outdoor flea market at El Cisne has hundreds of vendors selling everything including the kitchen sink. El Cisne Rastro is located 15 minutes outside Benidorm on the N-332 near to the towns of Albir and Alfaz del Pi.

Travelling to Benidorm

Frequently asked questions

Does Benidorm have an airport?

There is no airport in Benidorm. Most people fly to Alicante Airport to get to Benidorm.

Which is the nearest airport to Benidorm?

There are 3  airports near to Benidorm and each is within driving distance if you choose to hire a car; Valencia, Murcia and Alicante.

How far is it from Alicante Airport to Benidorm?

The journey is approximately 58 kilometres from the airport via A-70 and AP-7 motorway. Alicante airport transfers to Benidorm usually take around 40 minutes via toll roads.

Useful transport options – How to get from Alicante Airport to Benidorm

Public transport


There is a bus service from Alicante Airport to Benidorm, which takes around 50 minutes. If you don’t mind waiting and a little walk from your stop to your hotel is no problem, this may be the best option if you are on a budget. The nonstop express bus from Alicante airport to Benidorm usually runs at least 12 -13 times daily even in the winter months.


There is no direct train service from Alicante Airport, however, you can get a train or a tram to Benidorm via Alicante city. Please see here for more information.

Airport transfer

For ease and convenience, you may wish to take a taxi from Alicante Airport to Benidorm. There is a taxi rank outside the arrivals hall at Alicante Airport, however, if you want to avoid potential queues, you may want to book an airport transfer in advance.

How much is a taxi transfer from Alicante Airport to Benidorm?

Taxis from Alicante airport to Benidorm can range from 70 – 80€, although the taxi metre may add on any extras due. Consider booking a transfer in advance to secure the best price from the airport.

Car hire

If you are planning to go on a few outings and to explore the area a bit more, then you may benefit from a hire car. There are plenty of car hire companies at Alicante Airport, however, it is worth booking car hire in advance to ensure availability and for the cheapest deals.

Benidorm Tourist Information Centre


2 Torrejó, Pl. de Canalejas, 1, 03501 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain

Contact number

+34 965 851311


Further Information

The beautiful city of Alicante is known for its historic charm, stunning beaches, and vibrant cultural scene. It is situated around 45 km from Benidorm and can be reached in under 40 minutes by car or taxi. There are also good bus and tram connections.

If you are looking for activities and things to do in an around Benidorm, we have listed a few options for you.

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