With magnificent golden-sand beaches, multiple accommodation and entertainment options, Benidorm offers everything you need for a fun-filled honeymoon in Spain.
The purpose-built beach resort of Benidorm offers a choice of three golden-sand beaches, four theme parks, more than 250 hotels, 500 bars, 400 restaurants and 150 discos and nightclubs – all the ingredients you need for a memorable honeymoon in Spain.
Benidorm receives 325 days of sunshine per year. This has contributed immeasurably to the outstanding popularity of Benidorm as a tourist destination.
With its main beach strip flanked by towering hotels and apartment blocks, the popular resort of Benidorm is often called the ‘Manhattan of Spain’.
Benidorm’s two main beaches stretch in gentle crescents on either side of a rocky promontory known as the Balcón del Mar (photo), which effectively bisects the turquoise Bay of Benidorm.
Choose the centrally located and usually bustling 2km-long Playa de Levante or the less crowded 3km-long Playa de Ponienete, a short stroll away from the town centre.
Away from the beaches, stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town, take in free cultural entertainment at the amphitheatre in Aigeura Park or head to one or all of Benidorm’s four major theme parks.
Choose from countless rides with worldwide themes at the huge Terra Mítica park, the Costa Blanca's answer to Disneyland, or thrill to the biggest choice of white-knuckle flumes, chutes and wave pools at Aqualandia’s water park – perfect for thrill-seeking honeymoon couples.
Watch performing dolphins, seals and exotic birds, as well as sea lions and turtles at Mundomar Marine Exotic Animal Park.
And see animals at Terra Natura, a new-generation wildlife park where you can come into contact with various animals as if there were no barriers – or at least, no visible ones!
Visit the picture-perfect whitewashed town of Altea and the old Moorish citadel at Guadalest, with magnificent panoramic views overlooking the lake and surrounding mountainous countryside.
Take a boat excursion out to Isle de Benidorm in the centre of the bay, tee-off at one of two 18-hole championship golf courses at the Westin Real de Faula Golf Resort & Spa or go hill walking in the mountains behind Playa de Levante.
Climb to the summit of Puig Campana, a 1406m-high mountain that overlooks Benidorm or hike its rocky slopes for spectacular views along the Costa Blanca.
After dark, party hard at the huge choice of bars, discos, nightclubs and live entertainment acts around town. Check out a show at the 2000-capacity venue Benidorm Palace or have a flutter at the roulette and blackjack tables of Casino Mediterráneo.
Benidorm’s Blue Flag beaches are spotless – even dogs are banned from the imported golden sand.
The comprehensive beach facilities even include biblioplayas (beach libraries), which provide foreign newspapers free of charge.
Three of Benidorm's best beaches include…
Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this 2km-long golden-sand beach edged by a palm-fringed promenade lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Facilities on this centrally located beach include a range of water sports, parasols and sun loungers for hire, children’s playgrounds, showers, rafts, waterslides, ramps for people with disabilities, lifeguards and regular police patrols.
Relax on Benidorm’s longest beach, a 3km-long golden-sand stretch of sand located beside a pretty park just a short walk from the town centre.
Stroll along the beach until you find your own spot to sunbathe and swim. Facilities include a range of water sports, parasols and sun loungers for hire, children’s playgrounds, showers, ramps for people with disabilities, lifeguards and regular police patrols.
Playa de Poniente is a quiet alternative to Playa Levante.
Sandwiched between Playa de Poniente and Playa de Levante, this small golden-sand beach is located between the harbour and the rocky Balcón del Mar.
Fringed by palm trees and nestling beneath sun-bleached white cliffs, Playa Mal Pas offers a pleasant alternative to the crowds of Playa Levante.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, toilets, showers, lifeguards and ramps for people with disabilities.
Benidorm offers a huge range of hotels to suit all budgets. If you want to splurge, try the deluxe Hotel Boutique Villa Venecia, next to Levante Beach in Benidorm Old Town. Or head to the spacious and adults only The Level at Meliá Villaitana.
A wide choice of hotels can be found in Benidorm close to the beach, including the following…
Hotel Boutique Villa Venecia
Prices: from AUD595 per double room
Description: Situated next to Levante Beach in Benidorm Old Town, Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique has a terrace with a hot tub and spectacular sea views. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, hydromassage bath and free Wi-Fi. Each elegant room at Villa Venecia Benidorm offers panoramic views of the sea and town. Rooms include designer furniture, a Nespresso coffee machine and a choice of pillows and mattresses. The Villa Venecia's Llum del Mar restaurant serves creative Mediterranean cuisine. El Mirador showcases local produce and fine wines from around the country. The hotel also has a stylish bar with a seafront terrace. The hotel’s small spa includes a sauna, gym and Hammam, while massages are available on request.
The Level at Meliá Villaitana - Adults Only
Location: Gran Bahía Bay, Benidorm
Prices: from AUD453 per double room
Description: Set on 2 golf courses with views of Gran Bahía Bay, the adults-only Level at Meliá Villaitana is built in the style of a Mediterranean village, with outdoor pools and an artificial beach. The hotel has a spa with thermal pools and treatment rooms. There is also gym, 2 tennis courts and 6 paddle tennis courts. Spacious rooms feature a walk-in wardrobe and private balcony or terrace. They have a flat-screen satellite TV, safe and minibar. There is a seating area with a sofa. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer, bathrobes and free toiletries. The Level at Meliá Villaitana offers a large number of restaurants, bars and cafés. Guests can enjoy barbecues by the pool or dine on the terrace. The hotel is 4 km from Benidorm and there is easy road access to Terra Mítica and Terra Natura Theme Parks. Alicante is a 20-minute drive away. Alicante Airport is 50 km away, and Valencia Airport is 134 km away.
Location: Gran Bahía Bay, Benidorm
Prices: from AUD315 per double room
Description: Located 4 km from Benidorm, Hotel Villaitana offers a luxurious spa area, outdoor swimming pools and an artificial beach. Set on 2 golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, it has great views of Gran Bahía Bay. Melia Villaitana was designed in the form of a traditional Mediterranean village. Each of the large, air-conditioned rooms comes with a private balcony or terrace. They also have satellite TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. The Villaitana’s wellness centre features a gym, sauna and water circuit with thermal baths. A range of beauty and relaxation treatments is also available. The resort has its own tennis and paddle tennis courts, a seasonal children's playground for children over 5 years and a club. Villaitana Hotel has a range of restaurants and a snack bar. Easily accessible from the AP-7 Motorway, Hotel Villaitana offers easy road access to the Terra Mítica Theme Park and Terra Natura Nature Reserve. Alicante is a 20-minute drive away. Alicante Airport is 50 km away and Valencia Airport is 134 km away.
Gran Hotel Delfin
Prices: from AUD345 per double room
Description: Located right next to Poniente Beach in a quiet area of Benidorm, Gran Hotel Delfin has a large garden with an outdoor pool. It offers tennis courts and rooms with a TV and minibar. The modern, air-conditioned rooms at Gran Hotel Delfín feature tiled floors and a private bathroom. The hotel’s buffet restaurant serves international food as well as gluten-free menus upon request. There is also a café with a terrace overlooking the sea. The Gran Delfin offers live music and regular entertainment for guests of all ages. The hotel offers easy access from the AP-7 Motorway and is just 10 minutes' drive from Terra Mítica Theme Park. Real de Faula Golf Club is 3 km away and Alicante Airport is 35 minutes’ drive away. Local buses stop directly outside the hotel.
Hotel Villa del Mar
Prices: from AUD419 per double room
Description: Located in front of Benidorm’s Poniente Beach, Magic Villa Del Mar offers chic rooms with air conditioning and a fridge. It features an outdoor pool surrounded by a stylish terrace with loungers. Hotel Villa Del Mar offers an all-inclusive option for guests. It features a buffet restaurant which serves Mediterranean cuisine. The bar at this design hotel offers a great place to relax with a cocktail. Available for a surcharge, the spa at Hotel Del Mar Benidorm includes an indoor pool, sauna and Turkish bath. There is also a fitness centre. The lively centre of Benidorm is just 200 metres with its many restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel is also just 10 minutes’ walk from Las Rejas Golf Course.
Barceló Asia Gardens & Thai Spa
Prices: from AUD484 per double room
Description: This impressive Thai-style hotel is set in the Sierra Cortina Mountains, with magnificent views over the Costa Blanca. Surrounded by pine woods, it offers 7 outdoor pools and a spa. Barceló Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa features stylish rooms with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and DVD player. The design is inspired by Bali, and kimonos and slippers are included. Thai massages are available in the traditional stilt houses which are set in charming gardens with various Asian-style fountains and infinity pools. The spa is equipped with a heated indoor pool and hot tub, and there is also a fitness centre. Children will enjoy the pirates kids' club. The hotel's 4 restaurants include the Udaipur buffet restaurant and an à la carte Asian restaurant. There is also a Mediterranean and international restaurant, as well as 3 distinctive bars. Alicante Airport is 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel and Levante Beach is 2 km away.
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To avoid the soaring heat and crowds of July and August, try to plan Benidorm holidays in May, June or September when the days are sunny with an average daily temperature of around 25°C. (77°F).
For more climate info: Benidorm Weather Guide…
Benidorm is located on the eastern coast of Spain's Costa Blanca, around 43km (26mi) northeast of Alicante and 135km (83mi) south of Valencia, and is easily accessible with daily air and train connections from Europe’s capital cities.
The most convenient route to Benidorm is by air to Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), located about 9km (5.6mi) southwest of Alicante, and 59km (36mi) southwest of Benidorm – a 40-minute taxi or bus ride.
Alicante–Elche Airport receives daily flights from Madrid and Europe’s major capital cities.
Latest update: Benidorm: 21 November, 2019
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