Holidays To Benidorm
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Benidorm Holidays Guide
Located on the infamous Costa Blanca, holidays in Benidorm have long been popular for Brits seeking some cheap sunshine. Even in December and January, although the temperature can drop to 7 degrees, both months have around 6 hours of sunshine a day on average. So when you're looking to get away from the cold and rain year round, it can still be a popular choice, even at Christmas. Meanwhile during the warm, summer months of July and August, the town is alive with tourists, not the sort of place to enjoy if you like the peace and quiet while on holiday.
Cancellation holidays and last minute holidays to Benidorm are really popular. There are loads of hotels so whether you're thinking about going in October or June, it's definitely worth keeping an eye out for cheap deals. If you don't want to take your chances, book early to avoid disappointment and you may even still be able to get some good deals including free kids places with brands like TUI and Jet2holidays to Benidorm from airports across the UK.
Getting to, from and around Benidorm
Airlines like TUI and Jet2 fly from across the UK, including Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh to Alicante airport, the closest airport to Benidorm, Costa Blanca. From Alicante airport you have a number of options to get into Benidorm, the most popular is pre-booking a coach or private transfer. You can jump in a taxi from outside the airport terminal, although you should expect this to cost a little more than pre-booking. Alternatively, you can take the ALSA public bus which takes about an hour and will drop you off in the heart of Benidorm along the Av. de Europa.
Once you're in Benidorm, if you fancy venturing out of your hotel, getting around is pretty easy. There are public buses and loads of taxis. Alternatively, walking is a great way to get from A to B while exploring the city.
There are lots of tour operators offering great holiday deals here and we always recommend booking your flight and hotel together as a package with a reputable company with financial protection through the ABTA or ATOL scheme. Whatever you do, always make sure to look at the latest travel advice and information on the FCO website, particularly as a result of Covid 19. Brands like Loveholidays, Jet2holidays, First Choice and Hays Travel all offer ATOL protected holidays, some with a low deposit, however, despite what you may find, ASDA holidays no longer operate.
Areas Of Benidorm
The golden sands of all three beaches are blue flag beaches, ensuring time by the sea is safe and pleasant. It's clear to see why it's one of Spain's top destinations, even if only for a few days in the sunshine on the cheap.
Ponente is located in the western part of Benidorm and with Poniente beach, is a great place to enjoy for families. Some great hotels to take a look at in this quarter are the Hotel Poseidon Playa and the RH Corona del Mar.
The Old Town (El Castell)
In the centre, you'll find the Old Town is definitely worth exploring. This is the traditional part of town with narrow streets and typical Spanish architecture but you'll also find lots of bars and restaurants in this area too. Don't forget to check out Tapas Alley and try some tasty local dishes, as well as a wander down to Balco del Mediterrani for expansive views of the coastline and Mediterranean Sea.
Levante and Playa de Levante are the livelier areas and better suited to those who really like the hustle and bustle of a Spanish tourist resort. Levante is where you can find Benidorm's main strip of bars and clubs and is the best area for nightlife. This is the real heart and soul of Benidorm and where you'll find plenty of cheap hotels and affordable apartments. Perfect if you're visiting the Costa Blanca for a bit of a party holiday. Hotels in this area include Sandos Monaco Beach Hotel & Spa, Hotel Perla, and the Sol Costablanca.
La Cala is one of Benidorm's quieter areas and definitely one to take a look at if you're holidaying with a family. It's the furthest part away from the main town centre and still is within easy access of the beach, making for a more relaxed getaway feel. Take a look at the Gran Hotel Bali and the Apartotel Magic Tropical.
El Rincon de Loix
Bordering on Levante and found in the far eastern part of the coast, El Rincon offers a number of resort style hotels, perfect for if you only want to spend a day or two, or an evening or two in the main part of town. Here you'll find La Creu de Benidorm, Mirador Serra Gelada, and a little further north you'll reach Aqualandia water park and Mundomar. Here you'll find popular hotels like Ambassador Playa, Hotel Dynastic and the Apartamentos Luxmar.
Things to do in Benidorm
Whether you're on holiday in Benidorm for its nightlife, its beaches or its various activities, there is plenty to do in the city. Depending on where you stay, you might have a range of activities and facilities available at your hotel, however, you should make sure you head to Levante Beach for a fun day out by the sea. Another great day out is a trip to the Aqualandia water park, perfect for both kids and grown ups, along with Terra Mitica, one of the main theme parks in the region.
When the sun starts to set, head out into town for a huge range of bars and restaurants offering special deals on food and drink. And you'll have no trouble finding happy hour somewhere if you love a cocktail or two, perfect if you're on a lads weekend or a hen do. There are some great family friendly restaurants too, so you are certain to find something in your budget and taste.
A favourite for visitors, the Palace offers beautifully designed shows, and you can even include dinner as part of a package.
The island is located a few kilometres from the mainland and there are various boat trips you can take from the port area. It's worth taking a look in advance of what trips and excursions are on offer, although you may be able to grab a bargain once you're on holiday.
Where to stay in Benidorm
If you don't mind a bit of a walk, Benidorm is actually really easy to get around, but when booking your hotel or apartment, always check the location in relation to the rest of the city so you don't have to spend a fortune getting back from an evening out. The more resort style hotels are generally on the outskirts of the city in areas like El Rincon, La Cala and even further out, while many budget-friendly apartments are in the heart of the city. Make sure you check out THE Benidorm hotel, the Sol Pelicanos Ocas, also known as the famous Solana Hotel from the hit TV series 'Benidorm'.
A number of the hotels offer all inclusive in Benidorm, although you may find you want to head out and try some of the local restaurants, especially when there are plenty of food and drink deals on offer, from full English breakfasts to three course menu deals. That makes self catering a great option, allowing you to buy in some breakfast goodies whether you're just 2 adults on holiday, a group of friends sharing an apartment, or a family on a cheap break.
Flight time from UK: 2 hours 30 minutes