Benidorm

Benidorm’s beaches

With temperatures of up to 30C in the height of summer, and an average temperature year round of 18C, Benidorm is one of the top destinations in Europe for sun seekers on a budget. The bay of Benidorm lies on the Mediterranean facing south and the beaches are protected from high winds by the mountains behind.

Benidorm has two main beaches: Levante and Poniente. For a family friendly atmosphere with plenty to see and do during the day, you’ll want to head down to Levante. Despite being the busier of the two, it is regarded as safe, with lifeguards on patrol, and stretches for over two kilometres of clean blue flag sand. There are a number of activities to keep the more lively visitors occupied, from jet skiing and paragliding to a beach library.

Poniente, on the other hand, is a quieter beach for those who prefer to relax a bit more. Situated to the west of Levante and separated from it by the Old Quarter, it offers more sun, sea and sand with no rocks and a gentle slope down to the sea. It’s the perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming.

Both stretches of beach are notable for more than their daytime activities. In the evening you can take a stroll along the promenades to dine in one of the many restaurants, or sip your drinks looking out over the sea.

Attractions in Benidorm

Aside from the sun, sea and sand, Benidorm has plenty to offer you as a holiday destination. Although it is heralded as a lazy holiday for the British, with English bars and restaurants galore, there is plenty of culture to keep those that can’t stay still on a sunbed busy.

A short distance from Benidorm, and looming over it protecting it from the prevailing winds, are the mountains. If you fancy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town, there are a number of villages tucked away in the mountains. Altea has a fantastic weekly outdoor market that’s worth a visit, and Calpe has the ‘Penon de Ifach’, a volcanic boulder akin to the Rock of Gibraltar jutting out over the sea amongst a wildlife reserve.

For a swimming experience away from the pool or sea, take a trip to the Algar Waterfalls. You’ll find them just 15 kilometres from Benidorm and it’s worth taking a look at the view over the waterfall and going for a dip in one of the river’s swimming areas.

There is also the opportunity to take a 30 minute long trip in a glass-bottomed boat from Benidorm to Peacock Island. The island houses a notable population of – what else? – peacocks. It is a nature reserve with plenty of walking trails and a café to refresh yourself at the end of the day. There are also spectacular views back over the bay of Benidorm from the island, so don’t forget to take your camera to snap your hotel from an entirely different angle!

Clubbing in Benidorm

With Benidorm being the destination of choice for most British holidaymakers looking for a good time, it is no surprise that it has a lively night time scene. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a variety of clubs, bars and shows.

Clubbing in Benidorm is the big thing. Although it is far cheaper and less extravagant than most other club scenes, it is still vibrant and features a number of top DJs in clubs such as Space, Penelope and Ku. The clubs are renowned for opening around midnight, and not closing their doors until around dawn, some not even until 8am.

The clubs in Benidorm aren’t just restricted to banging music and dancing, they also feature a variety of acts, from cabaret to drag. If you’ve ever watched the popular television programme ‘Benidorm’, you can’t fail to know of ‘Sticky Vicky’ which needs no further explanation than it being an interesting ‘magic’ act, not one to take the kids along to!

There are over 150 night clubs and bars to choose from in and amongst the three main clubbing areas of Benidorm: the Old Town, the Levante Beach and Avenue de Mallorca. The heart of it all is the English Square. It has nearly 20 clubs and bars based there including Neptunes, Pretty Woman Lapdance Bar, Champions, Broadway Cabaret, and many more.

With so much competition between the many clubs of Benidorm, be on the lookout for vouchers, fliers and freebies from promoters on the streets. There’ll be everything from free entry to free drinks, and enough for a different deal every night of your holiday.