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.
Data obtained from Alicante weather station, 40 km to south-west
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: 14 March 2014