Located in the Marina Baixa region in Alicante, Benidorm is one of the top tourist destinations on the Costa Blanca, thanks to its excellent beaches and its wide range of accommodation, restaurants and leisure activities. Its historic centre stands on a promontory, and contrasts with the broad avenues lined with buildings, shops and outdoor cafés which extend five kilometres along the coastline.
Benidorm offers a whole range of possibilities: from strolling along the seafront promenade or swimming in the sea, to enjoying a range of water sports or taking a boat trip to the island of Benidorm. …Not to mention the various local festivities, and its mouth-watering cuisine featuring rice and fish as its star ingredients.
Benidorm is one of the most important tourist resorts on Alicante’s Costa Blanca. Its fine sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and outstanding year-round climate have made it justly famous, and it also has a full range of first rate infrastructures and services.
City and leisure
The historic centre of Benidorm stands on a promontory located between the two main beaches, the Levante and Poniente. This was the original site of the city, a primitive fishing village overlooked by the church of San Jaime.
Benidorm is a festive town which loves to party. The festivities in honour of the city’s patron saints, the Virgin del Sufragio and San Jaime Apóstol, take place from the second Sunday in November and feature a wide variety of events, including a parade of floats, theatrical re-enactments and fireworks.
The area around Benidorm is home to a range of exceptional natural attractions. To the north the terrain becomes more mountainous, and features cliffs and escarpments which reach down towards the sea, and also includes the nature reserve known as the Serra Gelada. This is the setting for villages such as L’Alfàs del Pi and Altea. The attractive town of Calpe is located beside the nature reserve of Peñón de Ifach, and harmoniously combines its perfectly conserved historic and architectural heritage with modern tourist infrastructures.
To the south of Benidorm, sightseers can discover towns such as Villajoyosa, the capital of the Marina Baja region. Other places of interest in the interior to the south beyond the Sierra de Aitana mountains include Cocentaina, an important mediaeval town, and Alcoy/Alcoi, famous for its Moors and Christians festival, which has been declared a festivity of International Tourist Interest.
Finally the mountains of Alicante also offer the chance to explore the Carrascal de la Font Roja nature reserve , in the area around Alcoy.