Benidorm, European capital of sun & beach
The pearl of the Costa Blanca is from this year the first Smart Destination with the Q mark awarded by the Spanish Tourism Institute for Quality
Benidorm is located on the Costa Blanca on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. With its exceptional micro-climate visitors can enjoy sunshine and pristine beaches all year round. Even in the cooler months, the water temperature remains constant and suitable for swimming. The wide variety of facilities available, safe shallow waters, fine golden sand and scrupulous cleaning, make them some of the best local beaches on this coastline. In the streets you can see signs of the city’s past as a seafaring town, with sprawling, whitewashed houses. But its cosmopolitan present is also very much in evidence, with skyscrapers surrounded by green areas, a sustainable model that has aroused the interest of town planners all over the world. Moreover, its unique skyline has earned it the nickname of “Manhattan on the Mediterranean”
This little great pearl of the Mediterranean has been the first city in Spain in obtaining the Smart Destination accreditation as Intelligent Tourism by the Institute for the Spanish Tourist Quality of the Q brand. The goal is to improve relationships between tourists and residents, while increases the capacity for innovation and technological development of the city based on greater sustainability, accessibility and governance. It’s been a while since the town has a deep commitment to innovation, striving to adapt to the pace of the latest digital updates. Considered already as a model of sustainability, stands out for its buildings in vertical, with some high constructions that, flanked by numerous green areas and gardens, respect the environment with responsibility. Good weather, beaches, a wide offer cultural and sports … Benidorm offers throughout the year to a cosmopolitan tourism to the height of the new times, combining wisdom, tradition and modernity.
The viewing point of Benidorm, which overlooks the town’s bay, has earned its name,’ the Mediterranean Balcony’, where nature enchants with wonderful panoramic views: the island, three of the five beaches, the horizon and borders of the town. The reflection of the sun on the sea stirs feelings of warmth and well- being, which will relax and motivate you to continue to discover what Benidorm has to offer.
The destination’s excellent value for money and the variety of accommodation, entertainment, shopping, sport and dining, is ideal for all age groups. Its facilities are specially designed to meet the needs of our visitors. High-quality hotels are constantly being improved and updated and are complemented by eleven campsites and numerous holiday apartments.
Benidorm is a compact town, easy to get around and with everything close at hand. It offers a wealth of leisure services with all kinds of shops (fashion, footwear, accessories, gifts, crafts); night and day entertainment; sports; local and international gastronomy; five major theme parks, and fun for all ages.
There are large public areas for recreation and a leisurely stroll: Levante beach promenade, Poniente beach promenade, Elche Park, Aigüera Park, Serra Helada Nature Park and its beaches. Due to its privileged position and great variety of landscapes with contrasts of coast and mountain, there are places of spectacular beauty to visit within just a few kilometres of Benidorm.
Benidorm boasts 5 gently-sloping beaches with crystal clear waters, and pleasant temperatures for swimming in any season. Each year they receive awards for quality, safety, cleanliness and amenities. The two main beaches have a privileged south-facing position providing long hours of sunshine every day: Levante and Poniente Beach.
For sport lovers, Benidorm, as well as the surrounding villages, has unique characteristics for the practice of the different types of cycling, which together with the good weather of the area, make our region one of the most visited for cycling in Spain.
People who see holidays as the best time of the year for doing sport, or those who want to combine relaxing with being active are spoilt for choice in Benidorm, where the enormous range of things to do just goes on and on. In Benidorm you can practice almost any sport, both in the municipal sports facilities and in the open air, where the opportunities are infinite. Water sports, mountain sports, golf on one of the city’s three courses or running along the seafront promenade. For more extreme sporting disciplines or those requiring special equipment or training, there are special companies, some of whom organize routes on horse-back or 4×4 and paintballing events.
The seabed is a real treasure for marine life and Posidonia (sea grass) meadows. Plus, the underwater part of the Benidorm island has lots of caves that are included in the scuba diving routes. For those who prefer to be closer to the surface, snorkel is a good alternative.
We cannot forget the richness and variety of the cuisine in Benidorm that has developed thanks to the success and influence of our ancestors and other cultures, all of which have left their mark on the local gastronomy. As a result, the influence of international cuisine, culinary traditions inherited from the Arabs, the legacy of merchant mariners, as well as the typical cuisine of local fishermen and traditional dishes from inland areas, results in an extraordinary range of flavours, aromas, textures, and colours to suit all palates.