Benidorm since the late 1950s has led the way for Spanish holiday resorts, catering always for what the visitors want. And so visitors return, still in huge numbers to enjoy now Benidorm's two glorious blue flag beaches Playa Levante and Playa Poniente, a choice of family holiday attractions including a huge waterpark, amusement park, animal parks and a selection of Benidorm local golf, shows and lively nightlife. For full listings of Benidorm Bars, Benidorm Restaurants, Benidorm Watersports providers and more see the excellent official Benidorm Tourist Guide weblink right for details.
The largest of the Mediterranean resorts, Benidorm offers something for everyone from families to stag and hen parties to relaxing beach base out of season. Essentially it's a resort with three characters - Benidorm Playa Levante, Benidorm Playa Poniente and the centrally placed between the two Benidorm old town. Benidorm Levante sweeps to the east of the central Benidorm old town and is the most densely populated, with the golden sands of Playa de Levante beach, a fine promenade lined with huge hotels, bars and restaurants and the liveliest of Benidorm's nightlife is in this area.
Playa Levante to the east of the Canfali hill Benidorm old town promontory (where Benidorm castle once stood) is the most densely packed. The view from the central promontory of Levante with huge hotels rising up from the 2km stretch of Playa Levante's golden sands, and backdrop Serra de Corrina mountains is spectacular indeed. Playa Levante's paseo maritimo is a fine stroll, lined with hotels, restaurants and bars for most of the way and it's level and accessible (For Scooter rental contact Scooter De Paseo, Rent Scooter, C/Asuncion, 10 - 03500 Benidorm. Tel. 677 519 929. They offer 1 day, 1 week or 1 month hire). Of Benidorm's two halves, Levante tends to be more lively. The beach area is shorter than Poniente. Many of Levante's beach bars and restaurants offer a host of day and evening entertainment.
Packed in peak summer season, there's plenty of sunbeds and parasols to go round. Things quieten down come October when the Spanish tend to come. As good as Blackpool Illuminations by night, Levante's paseo maritimo lights up and bustles with life. All three of Benidorm's beaches - Playa Levante, Playa Poniente and little Mal Pas beach in the Benidorm Old town area have blue flags and are a key attraction to tourists. Services are excellent on all three beaches. Both Levante and Poniente have medical centres, lifeguard service, a choice of adjacent bars and restaurants, meeting points and information services and Poniente and Levante beaches are particularly accessible. Indeed holidaymakers with mobility issues would do well to choose Benidorm as a holiday location. Special care has been taken especially around the beaches with parking areas, disabled toilets, accessible routes to the sand and wooden walkways, ramps to the beaches provided and footbaths. Benidorm's blue flag beaches, including Playa Levante are cleaned daily.
In peak summer season visitors can expect sunshine all the way, with average temperature in the summer months 26 degrees centigrade, and often pushing into the 30s. Benidorm has around 3,400 hours of sunshine annually. Winter temperatures are around a pleasant 15 degrees centigrade. All comes together perfectly in Benidorm - great beaches, a superb climate, a choice of holiday attractions and excursions, a fine paseo maritimo, a huge choice of lively bars, restaurants and nightlife shows and clubs galore.
Benidorm Tourist Information Office, Oficina Municipal de Turismo, Av.Martinez Alejos, 16 03500 Benidorm. Tel. 96 680 59 14. Find more Benidorm Tourist Information also at Av.De Europa, s/n 03500 Benidorm. Tel. 96 585 00 95.