The best of Benidorm

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The Spanish resort of Benidorm has all the ingredients for a perfect week-end beach break. Your definitive guide starts here…

Things to do in Benidorm
Benidorm on the Costa Blanca may boast some of the best beaches in Europe, but there’s scores of other attractions too.
Get your adrenaline going at one of Benidorm’s four theme parks – each worth a full day. The Mediterranean themed Terra Mitica is the biggie – expect plenty of scary rides, street entertainment and areas devoted to ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and the islands at Costa Blanca’s answer to Disneyland. If adventure high on the agenda, head for Terra Natura where you can swim with sharks! Don’t fancy getting up close and personal with the ocean’s oldest predator? Make for Mundomar, a marine and animal park where you can view parrots, sea lions and so on, or beat the heat at Aqualandia – Europe’s largest water park.
But Benidorm is not all thrills and spills. Bird watchers will want to take a trip to the Isla de Benidorm – a haven for hens, peacocks and a whole host of other birds – while a cruise up the coast to Calpe is a must. Meanwhile Pringle wearers should check out Benidorm’s first class golf courses: there are over fifteen 18 hole golf courses in the Costa Blanca to choose from – many of which have been designed by golfing legend Seve Ballesteros. Beyond Benidorm the Canelobre Caves and Algar Falls are easily accessible and repay a visit.
On the culture front, there’s not much going but what Benidorm lacks in culture it more than makes up for in bars, clubs and restaurants – the social scene is sensational! Chow down on Spanish fare at any of the joints lining Calle Santo Domingo. The tapas and other authentic Spanish cuisine served up here is delicious but won’t leave you too full to hit the clubs. Talking of nightlife, aim to end at least one evening at Ku – a beautiful Benidorm club with a crowd to match.

Weather in Benidorm
Put simply, Benidorm is a year round destination. Protected by the Sierra Helada Mountains, the weather is generally excellent at all times. It’s hottest of course in July and August when temperatures hover around 30C – although beware they can climb to 40C in the middle of the afternoon which might force you to hole up in your hotel room. Accommodation can also be hard to find (not to mention more expensive) in July and August so book early if you do decide to plump for a midsummer break.
The best time to visit Benidorm is arguably in May, June or September when it’s hot but blue skied sunbathing hot – not horrible sunstroke hot. By booking a break during these months, you’ll also avoid the main crush of Spanish and foreign tourists.
Benidorm is also worth considering in winter: daytime temperatures seldom fall below 10C meaning you can still sit outside in shorts and t-shirt enjoying a bottle of beer or get in some golf while Britain freezes.

Nightlife in Benidorm
When the sun goes down, Benidorm comes alive! Spain’s largest and liveliest resort offers every kind of entertainment imaginable – indeed there are more clubs, casinos, cabarets, discos, quiz nights, karaoke, bingo, bars and pubs packed into Benidorm (and open all night long) than in any other resort in Spain. Translation? If you’re looking to let your hair down you won’t be disappointed!
After a more authentic slice of Spain? Factor a Flamenco performance into your evening entertainment. Flamenco shows, which originate from the south of Spain and encapsulates singing, dancing and instrumental arts, are like marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it – but no visit to Spain is complete without seeing one! Bullfighting is also big business (in Spain the top matadors earn salaries on a par with soccer stars and rock idols), although admittedly this may not be to everyone’s taste!
Finally there’s Benidorm’s fabulous eating out scene. Junk the diet and prime your stomach for one hell of a feast as all kinds of cuisine is available: from a traditional taste of Spain (think pukka paellas) to Brit favourites like bacon and eggs and at prices to suit all pockets.

Beaches in Benidorm
The beach is the glue binding the Costa Blanca and deservedly so; Benidorm boasts some of the best beaches not only in Spain but in the whole of Europe. If you want white sand, a suntan and a lively social scene, look no further than Levante. Also known as Sunrise beach, this place can get packed in the summer although with over 5,000 sun beds you’ll always find a spot somewhere. A sucker for showiness, Levante is the spot to see and be seen, so pack your best bathers. Feeling active? Take to the water (Benidorm is a water sport Mecca), which won’t disappoint with its healthy corals in colours and hues. Otherwise just chill out and laze on the beach or indulge in a long, leisurely coffee at one of the many cafes on the promenade that backs the beach.
Moving on there’s Malpas – probably the closest you’ll come to a private beach in Benidorm. Close to the harbour, beneath the port and the castle cliffs, Malpas is smaller than Benidorm’s two other main beaches. Straddling the middle ground is Poniente beach: it’s more packed than Malpas but more peaceful (and longer) than Levante.
Regardless of whatever beach you choose to flop on, rest assured that facilities are first rate (all are easily accessible thanks to wooden runways which run down towards the sea). All three are also absolutely spotless: Benidorm’s beaches are cleaned each and every night and dogs are banned from the Blue Flag beaches – great if you’re not crazy about canines.

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