Benidorm is a city in the province of Alicante that belongs to the Marina Alta region, in the East of Spain, Mediterranean coast. The city became a famous tourist destination in the 1925s, when the port was expanded and the first hotels were built. Today it is the fifth most populous city in the province of Alicante with a population of 69,010 according to the 2014 census.
The Alicante airport is just 40 minutes driving through the AP7, and Valencia airport 1h 30 min away.
We can find populations from different parts of the world here, but most of the tourists are from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The famous tour package motivated by tour operators, have contributed to the sponsorship of nightlife based on the central concentration of bars and clubs. The large number of cabaret acts that start around 21:00 and continue until dawn, make Benidorm a city with an extended package of fun.
The best attraction of this lovely sunny place is its marvelous beaches – 5 km of the coastline with secluded coves where holiday makers can enjoy a refreshing swim, or any other water sports.
Levante beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the city. The great location offers a big range of services, with a busy seafront promenade which offers several cafés and restaurants, and is also the best site for enjoying the nightlife.
The Poniente beach stretches for some 3 km to the south of the town, and also offers a full range of services.
The historic part is located between the two main beaches, the Levante and Poniente. In the past it was a primitive fishing village overlooked by the church of San Jaime, with narrow streets and picturesque corners.
The city offers a wide range of services, and leisure options, including numerous hotels, and if you want to spend a day in a Theme Park you have to visit Terra Mítica.
The local gastronomy is well known predominantly for its fish and rice. They are the most common dishes you should try. Paella is one of its most iconic dishes, as well as casseroled or fried fish, or fish stew. Ali-oli is a garlic and olive sauce always served with Arros a Banda dish which is a kind of paella prepared with fish instead of the meat.
The region offers several wines with the Alicante Designation of Origin label , including mistela (sweet wine); it is also famous for its horchata (a milky drink made of nuts, with protected designation of origin).
Different local markets are held in Benidorm; Les Foietes Market is taken place every Wednesday. Here you will find all kinds of fruits, vegetables and typical products of the Marina Alta region.