With its sun-drenched sandy bays, exciting water parks and attractions, historic old town and vibrant nightlife, Benidorm has all the ingredients for a superb holiday...
Holidays in Benidorm are easy to reach thanks to rapid transport available from Alicante Airport (ALC). It takes less than an hour to get to the bustling resort of Benidorm from Alicante. Accommodation options once in Benidorm extend from bargain hotels and apartments to high-end all-inclusive spa hotels.
Spain's busiest resort can thank the wonderful Levante and Poniente beaches for its popularity. Levante gets very busy, so stroll to Poniente if you fancy a quieter beach day.
Bored of the fine sands and warm seas? Then head to family-friendly attractions such as Terra Mitica theme park, Aqualandia water park, or Terra Natura wildlife kingdom. The inland fortress town of Guadalest will intrigue older travellers, and the waterfalls at Algar should impress the whole family during a day trip out of Benidorm.
Once the sun sets back in town, the bars, restaurants and entertainment venues spring to life in vivid neon. The Square is at the heart of the action and the fun will continue into the small hours.
Whether you're planning to bake on the beach and top up your tan or are hoping for slightly cooler temperatures, find out the best time to travel to Benidorm...
The temperature begins to push past 20C in April, hitting a daily average of 27C in July and August. October sees temperatures of 21C before it cools off again over winter, when the daily average is around 11C. Benidorm doesn't see much rain, though September and October are the wettest months, with rain appearing every three days or so, on average.
From exuberant fiestas and carnivals to more relaxed and laidback events, find out what's on throughout the year in Benidorm...
Carnival; February: The resort comes alive in February with a parade featuring dancers and costumed characters. It's a colourful affair to mark the start of Lent.
Fallas de San José (Feast of St Joseph); March: The nearby fishing village of Calpe takes centre stage alongside Benidorm for this fabulous fiesta.
Holy Week; March/April: This religious celebration is observed with dignity and reverence in Benidorm as church services and processions mark one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar.
Benidorm Festival Week; November: As if the Spaniards needed an excuse to dance, sing and generally make merry, here's the fiesta week, with a week of festivities culminating in a massive display of fireworks.
A combination of great beaches, fun family attractions, and buzzing nightlife mean there is something for everyone in Benidorm. Here are some ideas to get you started...
Active types: Make a splash in Benidorm by heading to Levante Beach where you can have a go at windsurfing, jet skiing and water skiing.
Kids and teens: Treat the kids to a day out at Terra Natura Park. All the family will love spotting the different animals, taking part in activities such as whizzing down a zip wire and watching shows and entertainment.
Nightlife: Benidorm has a vibrant nightlife with something to suit every taste. Whether you're looking for cabaret, karaoke, Irish pubs or buzzing clubs, this holiday hotspot has it all. Popular areas include The Square and the Top Road.
Shopping: Visit the narrow streets and cobbled roads of Benidorm's old town where countless boutiques and gifts shops will keep you busy for hours. Gambo Street and the Passeig de la Carretera are particularly popular for shopping.
Babies and toddlers: Little ones will love building sandcastles and paddling in the shallow waters of Levante Beach. Play areas and regular entertainment make this a great family-friendly option for those with young children.