Benidorm is Spain’s most popular tourist destination thanks to weather that enjoys higher temperatures and more sunshine than most other Mediterranean resorts.
Benidorm weather averages and climate information
Benidorm has some of the highest average summer temperatures in the Mediterranean thanks to its sheltered position on the east coast of Spain. It sits to the north of Algeria, though this can mean there are some dust and sand storms that blow in from the Sahara. However, these mostly occur in winter.
Across the whole year, Benidorm has very stable humidity levels and low rainfall. During the summer, only the lightest of showers may happen and winter is also drier than most other Mediterranean areas. However, you can expect sudden showers in September and October as the weather cools and turns to winter.
Between June and August, there’s an average of at least 10 hours of sunshine in Benidorm. While some might find temperatures of 30 °C at this time of year too hot, there’s a gentle sea breeze and the coastal water temperatures are ideal for water sports and swimming.
Benidorm is a compact area within a natural bay that creates its own microclimate. It’s warmer and drier than most of the surrounding region. This sheltered coastline with mountains behind also means it enjoys reliably warm hot summers and mild winters. During the colder part of the year, temperatures stay at 17 °C and rise to 30 °C in summer.
Benidorm in summer
Be prepared for peaks of 30 °C during July and August that can feel even hotter due to the low wind speed. Luckily, humidity is also low to make the temperatures more bearable from June to August when there’s an average of at least 10 hours sunshine per day. There will be very little rain and the sea is ideal for swimming.
Benidorm in winter
Thanks to its sheltered position, Benidorm has very mild winters where the temperature in December and January stays around 17 °C. In the evenings it can feel chilly, but daytime sunshine of six hours between November and February make it pleasant to be outside. Expect heavier showers in September and October as the climate changes from the heat of summer to the cool of winter.
What’s the best time to go to Benidorm?
The best time to go to Benidorm is in July and August as temperatures reach 30 °C on average, with more than 10 hours per day of sunshine. Those that are slightly less keen on the heat might prefer the months immediately before and after the high tourist season, where 27 °C and nine hours of sun per day are the norm. It also feels fresher in June and September.
Bendiorm tourist information
Europe and Spain's biggest tourist resort, Benidorm is one of the most visited spots in Spain, generating over 5 million tourist arrivals per year. Benidorm is based in the province of Alicante, a coastal town situated by the Western Mediterranean. The skyline is populated with resort hotels and skyscrapers, setting it aside from the rest of the quaint Spanish coastline.
Benidorm dates back to 3000 BC when very small settlements began appearing around the area. It was not until 1325 when it garnered a town charter that it began to be recognised. The 18th century saw it become famed for its fish trade, becoming known for their tuna catches. This trade began to develop a strong local economy, which is where Benidorm began to grow.
The town of Benidorm is shadowed by nearby Puig Campana, or literally Bell Hill in English. It is available to climb, although the frequent misty conditions and unregulated paths make it suitable for the more experienced hikers out there, despite not having a challenging incline.
With the island being made up of tourist resorts and all inclusive hotels, it's no surprise that family friendly entertainment is rife around Benidorm. Its home to Europe's largest water park, Aqualandia, with several other theme and marine parks dotted around the town. The Terra MÍtica is Spain's biggest theme park which is guaranteed to provide an action-packed day trip for the family.
The turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea make Benidorm a peak tourist destination through the summer. With temperatures hitting up to 30 °C during the day, and rarely dropping below 16 °C through the night, it is the perfect destination for those looking to soak up some rays.
To kick off peak season, every July sees Benidorm's Low Cost Festival, their annual indie music event. It is the perfect opportunity to get an entirely different vibe from the town and brings in locals and tourists alike.
Last updated: Nov 10, 2016 2:18 PM