Benidorm – best beaches, best nightlife
With its towering skyscrapers and big neon signs, the sunny Mediterranean town of Benidorm has been described as being a smaller version of Manhattan. Benidorm is one of the biggest resorts on the Spanish Costas, and is especially popular with British and Dutch tourists, as shown by the fact that there are pubs and cafes on every street corner offering traditional British fayre. There is also an abundance of the traditional Spanish food too, such as paella.
The town is divided into two halves, Poniente and Levante, each of which takes its name from the beach that it lies behind. These two beaches are divided by a rocky promontory, where the old part of Benidorm lies. The Old Town offers a taste of traditional Spain, with pretty white washed houses, and tapas bars where you can get a wonderful range of traditional Spanish snacks, as well as some excellent Spanish wine.
Benidorm offers a good night life all year round, with plenty of pubs, bars, clubs, karaoke bars and restaurants.
Benidorm itself is overlooked by the 1406m tall mountain Puig Campana, one of the most lovely and impressive mountains of the Costa Blanca.
The beaches of Benidorm are Blue Flag beaches, which means that the sea is exceptionally clean and good for swimming.
Benidorm has a number of family-oriented theme parks, including Terra Mítica and Terra Natura, both of which are just inland from the town, at the foot of the mountain. Other theme parks are Aqualandia and Mundomar, on the outskirts of the city on the Levante side.
Needless to say, at this time of year there are some exceedingly good deals to Benidorm: Thomson are offering seven nights self-catering for a staggeringly cheap £103 per person, Fresh Holidays are offering three-star hotel deals in Benidorm for an amazing £16 a night.
A winter break in Benidorm undoubtedly offers value for money, as well as sunshine, clean beaches and superb nightlife.