Benidorm - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Benidorm

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Benidorm is a small coastal village that has turned into a world famous tourist attraction after 1960. It is located in the Marina Baixa, in Spain. In 2010, Benidorm had a permanent population of 71,200. Thus, it ranked as the city with the fifth most population in the province Alicante. Benidorm's coast is characterized by skyscrapers which distinguish the appearance of the city from other coastal cities on the Costa Blanca. In fact, this town has more high-rise buildings per capita than New York City. Best time to travel Benidorm is a coastal town surrounded by mountains. As a result of its geography, a micro-climate dominates the weather throughout the year. The maximum summer temperature is 86°F in August. The average temperature in winter is 59°F. The temperature of the sea is also about 59°F in the winter, whereas the average temperature on the coast is a pleasant 79°F in the summer months.

General information

Subregions Benidorm is divided into five parts, namely the Poniente, Levante, the Old Town, El Rincon de Loix and the Port. The first two have a beach flanking them. Most of the hotels in the area lie in the developed sections a little further inland. The promontory El Rincon de Loix offers a great view of the town and the mountains. The town has a good infrastructure with quaint streets and roads with good access from the center of town to the beaches or the surrounding areas. By plane Altet Airport near Alicante is the nearest flight destination and is served by more than thirty low-cost and scheduled airlines. Tourists travel the 37 miles to Benidorm via bus, for instance. There are regular bus services from the Altet Airport to Benidorm, and back. In addition, there are shuttle buses to the town, which have to be booked online.

Communication

There are several relevant numbers a tourist should know. The tourist info offices in Benidorm, Spain are on call under +34 96 585 13 11. Visitors can send these offices an email at benidorm@touristinfo.net if they have specific questions.

Country and People

Country and People

History

Settlements in the Benidorm area can be traced back to 3000 BC. It came to be known as Benidorm in 1325. The city was attacked by Turks and Barbary pirates repeatedly. From the 18th century onwards, the residents of Benidorm started to make use of the wealth of marine life of the Mediterranean Sea by developing a rich fishing industry.

Landscape

The scenery of Benidorm is quite beautiful. The landscape is dominated by the sea, the mountains and the skyscrapers. A mountain that is visible from Benidorm is the Puig Campana. Sporting a height of 4613 ft, the north side of Puig Campana is still recovering from a heavy fire that occurred in 2009. There are hiking trails on the other side of the mountain slope. However, hikers should exercise caution; there is danger of slipping and falling due to the gravelly ground. The Benidorm Island is a picturesque island close by and is a recommendable sight. Right off the coast of Benidorm, Benidorm Island is an uninhabited territory with untouched nature.

Getting around

Getting around

By train

Visitors can take the train along the Costa Blanca, which stops at Benidorm Station and goes to Alicante City. The Benidorm Station comes halfway. The fast trams from Alicante to Benidorm take 1h 9 min and connect the rest of Spain through the national rail network.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Sights

The Playa de Levante, Playa de Poniente and Platja del Mal Pas are the three largest beaches in the area. The Gran Hotel Bali is a four star hotel that became famous for being the tallest hotel in Europe. Benidorm also features several music events including the Benidorm International Song Festival, which has become very popular in recent years. In fact, Julio Iglesias and Raphael became famous through the Benidorm International Song Festival.

Food

There are many tourist-oriented eateries to be found in Benidorm; it receives a high number of UK tourists each year. Therefore, it can prove to be a bit difficult to find traditional Spanish dishes in the town. Visitors who are interested in trying Spanish dishes ought to look out for eateries with Pebrot and San Blas Cake on offer. After all, Pebrot and San Blas Cake are dishes that are very typical of Spanish cuisine.