Benidorm is one of the oldest established of all the well known holiday destinations, and remains a favourite amongst those searching for a break with guaranteed sunshine and fun; set at the heart of the beautiful Spanish Costa Blanca the bright light and glitz of the dramatic high-rise skyline is the perfect foil for more than a few unexpected gems.
With blue flag beaches, a palm lined promenade and the relaxed feel of the quaint old town that is steeped in history, Benidorm offers a sense of something different, something quite special that sits perfectly alongside the neon lights of the tourist filled strip giving a place in the sun that is perfect for young and old alike.
As you would expect Benidorm is filled with hotels that cater to the tourism trade, standards and prices do vary, but finding a bargain is never too difficult especially outside the peak summer months; the skyline may promise little more than high rise accommodation with little variation but look a little deeper and plenty of alternatives to these serviceable but uniform buildings soon reveal themselves.
Check out the old town for a selection of simply stunning boutique hotels, notably Hotel Fetiche with it’s light and airy rooms that showcase individuality with splashes of colour and the creative local photography that adorns the walls, whilst the Villa Vanecia Hotel Boutique on Plaza San Jaime is known for having possibly the best sea views across Benidorm. Those seeking nothing more than a budget base for a sun drenched break will find plenty of great accommodation choices like Sol Pelicanos Ocas with it’s wonderful lagoon like pool area, and the Helios Benidorm boasting a large outdoor pool that is heated throughout the winter months, ensuring maximum enjoyment during the less ambient of days..
Benidorm holds a somewhat unfair reputation as being the place to get your fill of English food, with nothing but all day breakfasts and fish and chips, and if this is what you want then there certainly is no shortage of suitable places for your needs, but be sure to check out the culinary scene that also exists in the resort with fantastic fresh seasonal produce, the tastiest paella, and locally caught fish, all carried along by the fabulous aromas and flavours of the Mediterranean.
Head to the old town for the best tapas bars in Benidorm, the cobbled streets offering a plethora of quality eateries where locals are to be found enjoying the very best of the region’s fare, highly recommended is Cava Argonese with it’s delicious platters of cured meat, fresh bread, and huge garlic prawns. More formal dining is also widely available, and the innovation of young local chefs is often evident, try the Kataria Gastronomica at Hotel Belroy for a truly stylish meal, where courses of molecular gastronomy are presented for your pleasure.
Although many choose to idle their days away around the fantastic pools of the resort hotels once you leave the confines of your hotel there is certainly no shortage of things to do in and around Benidorm, whether it is enjoying the two fantastic blue flag beaches and the myriad of activities on offer, or taking a boat trip from the port along the coastline, you will find it easy to appreciate the true beauty of this resort.
Head out of Benidorm for a different experience, the local bus travels through the traditional village of Albir to the charming town of Altea with it’s glorious Cathedral overlooking the cobbled streets and the boutique shops selling the very finest souvenirs, best known for it’s love of Flamenco, this lovely town is the perfect place to spend a few hours experiencing the very best of Spanish culture.
With its Mediterranean climate Benidorm has year round appeal for those wanting to escape the unpredictability of the British weather; the long hot summers enjoy their own microclimate created by the shelter of the surrounding mountains, and are characterised by sunny days and the bluest of skies, temperatures frequently climb to 30C however the low humidity and incoming sea breezes make these highs entirely bearable.
The autumn and spring months are also popular times to holiday in Benidorm, the autumn month’s cooler but gaining the advantage of warm seas whilst the spring months can see up to 8 hours of sunshine a day, both enjoying temperatures that remain in the 20’s. Perfect throughout the year Benidorm is one destination that truly lives up to its reputation as a place in the sun.