Benidorm – the Spanish New York
Benidorm is located on the shore of the Mediterranean sea in the province of Alicante. It is the city with the highest number of inhabitants and is the touristic capital of the province. Popularly known as New York of the Mediterranean because it comes second as the city with the most skyscrapers per square meter. The city is known as one of the most important touristic destinies of the Mediterranean thanks to the beaches that stretch 5,5 km long and the vibrant nightlife with the population rising to a staggering 400.000 people in the summer season. Benidorm passed 11 million hotel stays in 2015, according to figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE). Only Madrid and Barcelona can show larger numbers than this in Spain.
Benidorm is easily accessible from the motorway AP-7 with several exits for different parts of the city, also the N-332 road crosses Benidorm with a number of exits.
Many international bus companies have a stop available in the centrally situated Avenida Europa, near the “El Centro” shopping centre. ALSA buses from Alicante (airport) and Valencia (airport) stop at the new bus station at the Levante entrance of the town. Llorente bus has a number of lines covering Benidorm and the surrounding towns and the FGV offers the tram-via connection from Alicante in the South and Denia, Calpe, Altea from the north
With Benidorm having grown so large in recent years with so many nationalities there is plenty to see and do. We will just highlight a few of these things for your interest, for more information we recommend that you start with the city’s official website or our “event calendar” to begin with.
When going to Benidorm one of the places to visit if you are fond of food is the “Tapas Street”, the Calle Santa Domingo. This “tapas area” consists of one main street and a couple of parallel streets on each side where there are numerous small (and some larger) traditional tapas bars. We promise that there is something for everyone. This area is right between the Levante Beach and Poniente Beach.
This area is located in the old town which is great to visit even if you are not hungry. At the tip of the old town, there is a lookout point that divides the Levante and Poniente beach area.
With natural sand on both beaches, it is a pretty impressive sight. The Levante beach (north side) is mostly inhabited by foreign tourists, and Poniente beach is frequented by Spanish tourists and locals.
Benidorm has a vibrant and very active nightlife, with more than 200 nightclubs and 1000 bars. The biggest part of them can be found in the Rincon de Loix, popularly known as the English quarter, the part of town situated behind the Levante beach and promenade.
Benidorm is also a perfect holiday destination for families with children. Besides the beaches and a host of child-friendly places around the city, Benidorm also boasts three major amusement parks and two water parks.
Local markets spread out over the town and over different days of the week give a glimpse of Mediterranean and Spanish daily life. Throughout the year Benidorm buzzes day and night and because of this atmosphere, there are many shows and performances taking place in and around Benidorm. Check our event calendar to find upcoming events.