Cheap holidays to Benidorm
Benidorm is an all-round winning destination, offering everything you need for an affordable break in the sun. Its excellent location between the low, fertile mountains and blissful Mediterranean coast means it has a fantastic climate year-round, with sheltered shores and ample sunshine. Indeed, Benidorm is an ideal destination for both summer and winter: from May to September, the resort is bustling with crowds, its beaches lined with shops selling buckets, spades and flip-flops; by the time winter rolls round, Benidorm is quieter, but provides a perfectly pleasant change from the cold weather in the UK.
However, the best thing about holidays in Benidorm is that they are some of the cheapest to be had in Europe. Not only are flights reasonably priced, but there are lots of free activities and attractions to enjoy in the area. Booking private accommodation is yet another great way to save money, but don't worry if you want to leave self-catering at home: Benidorm is truly budget-friendly, and nights out don't have to be expensive. What's more, most of our villas and apartments in Benidorm provide you with convenient access to major attractions, so you're only ever steps from the beaches, bars and banter!
Top things to do in Benidorm
Benidorm's major attractions centre around spectacular beaches. There are two main shores in the area, the crescent-shaped Levante and Poniente (or Sunrise and Sunset) beaches, which stretch for over three miles. Renowned as some of the cleanest in Europe, they are extremely popular with tourists, and likely to be your main haunt during your stay! There are dozens of restaurants, bars and shops behind the sands, so you're never too far from an ice cream parlour, and there are also lots of opportunities for water-sports, from scuba diving and jet skiing, to banana boating and parasailing.
Benidorm is possibly most famous for its array of exciting theme parks, which include Terra Mitica and Terra Natura, as well as Aqualandia and Aqua Natura. Terra Mitica is Spain's largest theme park, and divided into five themed zones which include Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia, and the Mediterranean Islands; Aqualandia, meanwhile, boasts a great range of flumes, rapids and slides. Both are adjoined to Terra Natura and Aqua Natura, two animal and marine parks respectively. After a thrilling roller-coaster ride or two, you'll meet elephants, monkeys, lions and rhinoceros, as well as dolphins, sharks and sea-lions!
Benidorm is a shopper's paradise, lined with gift shops and well-stocked supermarkets. Prices are extremely reasonable, and you can pick up everything from silly souvenirs to traditional arts and crafts. There's also an open-air market every Wednesday, and a car-boot sale every Sunday where you can pick up even better bargains! Nearby towns such as Altea are also worth a visit, as they host outdoor markets filled with fresh produce and local delicacies. Conversely, head for cultural Alicante for designer clothes and goods.
Benidorm is very much a 24-hour resort, with endless entertainment in the evenings. There are over 1,000 restaurants to choose from, including British pubs and traditional tapas bars, but those in search of authentic cuisine should head for eateries in the old quarter. For party animals, Benidorm is also one of the best nightspots on the Med, with something to suit all ages and interests: there are cabaret performances, comedians, bingo and karaoke nights, as well as famous nightclubs such as Hippodrome and Pasha.
There are plenty of excursions to be had if you fancy exploring elsewhere, and tours are easily booked in the centre of town. The surrounding picturesque mountains can be explored by jeep safari or bicycle, whilst the colourful city of Alicante is just half an hour away. There's also an ancient Moorish fortress at Guadalest for those in search of history, as well as the medieval town of Altea with its quaint, cobbled streets. In the evening, the Castle of Conde de Alfaz is a great place to go, offering a great package for families: featuring knights fighting on horseback, you'll be served a medieval dinner as you watch.
Free things to do in Benidorm
During the day, beaches remain among the best attractions in Benidorm, with plenty of space to sunbathe on clean sands by warm seas. If you want to get active, there are lots of opportunities to try water-sports, but there's nothing wrong with simply relaxing in the sunshine! If you want to join the throngs of tourists, visit Poniente beach on the main road, which boasts dozens of shops, restaurants and bars. For something a little more relaxed, head for Levante beach instead: it's off the beaten track but certainly worth the trip.
For some free sightseeing, head for the Cerro Canfali Rock between the Levante and Poniente beaches. Here you'll find the Balcon del Mediterraneo, a spectacular lookout point with panoramic views across the resort. There was once a castle on top of the rock, used to defend the village against pirate invasion; today, there is only a pretty balustrade of white stone, but plenty of good watering holes to enjoy along the way.
Benidorm is also known for its free excursions, known as 'Blanket Trips'. Advertised in free brochures and posters given out along the main strip, the coach and boat rides are completely free, and involve visiting many sites of interest in the area. There's only one catch: before you head off on the trip, you'll have to endure a short selling demonstration of blankets and bedding. There's no obligation to buy anything if you don't want to, and if you're patient enough to last through the half an hour of sales, it's a fantastic free tour!
More cheap holiday accommodation in Benidorm
The no1 resort on the Costa Blanca a secure gated detached villa set in its own private tropical grounds fabulous sea & mountain views with formal lawns palm trees, fruit trees, private pool, outside BBQ with naya for 'al fresco' dining, top quali...
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Cosy, comfortable apartment block Suecia, 5 storeys. In the resort 300 m from the centre of Benidorm, in a central, sunny position, 100 m from the sea, 100 m from the beach, road to cross, east facing positi...
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Playa Levante: Large, simple apartment block Edificio Kennedy II 13-B, 15 storeys. In the resort 600 m from the centre of Rincon de Loix, in a sunny position, 700 m from the sea, 700 m from the beach. For sh...
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Playa Poniente: Comfortable apartment block Don Lorenzo, 5 storeys. In the resort 200 m from the centre of La Cala, 200 m from the sea, 200 m from the beach. For shared use: property (fenced), swimming pool ...
Super nice apartment with unique panorama view from the exclusive terrace on the 27th floor. Enjoy the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea and the city lights at evening and night time.
Located on Levante beach, most popular area to stay, is one ...