Benidorm Facts File
Benidorm is the main resort on the Spanish Costa Blanca and is famous for its two fabulous beaches, wonderful nightlife and a guarantee of a fun filled holiday. Benidorm is a popular beach holiday which is loved by the Brits who have flocked to its shores since the start of cheap packaged holidays in the 1960’s. The in-place to be seen in the town is the Playa de Levante, a two-mile (three km) boardwalk lined with trendy cafes and bars. Nightlife is non-stop ad there’s a pub or club to suit every taste. For a great night out try the Benidorm Palace which is probably the most famous but there's also a host of others all on hand.
Days can be filled either on the beaches or if you’re into waterparks then you’ll be spoilt for choice with the Aqualandia and the Aqua Natura offering rides to frill all ages. Theme parks are also on hand with Terra Mitica being the largest in the area. Some call Benidorm the “Marmite resort” as you’ll either love it or hate it with other’s referring it to “Blackpool but with sunshine”. Whatever your thoughts are a Benidorm adults only holiday is hard to beat if you’re looking for a fun filled grown up holiday closer to home.
Shopping in Benidorm can be an exhilarating experience. The amazing variety which a tourist can shop in the Town Center from gold to clothes, bags, shoes and gizmos and gifts. There are specialty shops selling football gear, crystal, artwork, personalized teddy bears, designer lingerie, wines, candy and chocolates too.
Benidorm has a vibrant nightlife. From awesome and raunchy shows and cabarets, to a lively bar scene and clubbing and discos, Benidorm has every thing. For a Las Vegas style of shows and entertainment The Benidorm Palace must be visited. Carriages, Jokers, Valentine’s, Chaplin’s, Ritch Bitch, and Molino are other places to watch shows. Casino Mediterraneo has French roulette and slot machines for some low stakes and high entertainment.
Head to the beach
Benidorm is considered as the Mecca of beach and water activities. It has two beaches; the Playa de poniente and the Playa de levante which are together about 5 km long.
A tourist is spoilt for choice when it comes to activities in Benidorm. For those who are energetic and adventurous, a tourist registering with Marco Polo Expeditions can experience sailing, moonlight safaris, diving, jeep safaris and biking. Those interested in golf can visit the golf courses in Costa Blanca near Benidorm. Boat rides to Calpe and submarine trip to Benidorm Island are other suggested activities.
Vaccinations and health
There are no certificates required for vaccinations. UK tourists should take a European Health Insurance Card to avail themselves of free health checks at State hospitals in case of emergency. An all-inclusive Health Insurance is recommended. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
The climate in Benidorm is hot and humid. Always drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Remember that alcohol has a stronger affect in hot temperatures. A more detailed average climate guide for Benidorm can be seen below.
220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
The currency in Benidorm is the Euro. Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted at most establishments. ATMs, which are found almost everywhere, are generally the easiest and most economical way of obtaining money. Though money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, it is advised to get them exchanged at banks, as they offer the best rates.
The international access code for Spain is +34.
Local time is GMT +1 hour. During summer (between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October), local time is GMT +2 hour.
The official language is Spanish, but English is widely understood in main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Benidorm
There are flights from many of UK’’s regional and International airports to Benidorm. Smaller UK airport may only offer weekly flights so do set the “Give or Take” box (in the search box) to plus or minus 3 days as this will then give you better results. Flights are available throughout the year.