Benidorm is a 70,000-inhabitant costal town in the province of Alicante, on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. It has been a popular tourist destination since the beginning of the last century; however, tourism boomed in the 1950s, when it became famous among Spaniards coming from the inland, in particular from Madrid. Nowadays, Benidorm is famous for its hotel and tourism industry and for the beautiful beaches and old town. The tourism trend ultimately shifted in favour of foreigners, which now surpass by number the Spanish tourists.
3,000 hours of sunshine a year and minimal chances of rain
Thanks to its the good weather and scarce rainfall, an increasing number of northern European citizens are renting apartments and villas in Benidorm to escape from the colder winter and enjoy a warmer climate. Benidorm receives around 300 mm of rain per year, with the dampest months being October and November, and enjoys more than 3,000 hours of sunshine. The average annual temperature fluctuates around 19°C. During a sunny day in winter the temperature can reach 22°C, making Benidorm a perfect choice for a long-term winter rent.
Five districts and two stunning beaches
Benidorm has five districts: the old town – known locally as El Castell; Poniente and Levante (West and East side), with their respective beaches; La Cala, on Poniente’s west side; and El Rincón de Loix - known locally as El Racó de L’Oix - to the east of Levante. The port lies in between Poniente and Levante beach. The best areas for renting an apartment in Benidorm are the Old Town, where you can a fully furnished flat for a reasonable price (approximately € 700 a month based on a long-term let), and the Poniente and Levante districts, where you can find upper-scale apartments and villas.
Nightlife, theme parks, and other activities in Benidorm
Benidorm is a popular destination among tourists coming from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Tourism is all year round, thanks to the bustling town’s centre bars and clubs that act as the focal point for the vivid night-life. The town is famous for the huge number of cabaret acts – some of which unusual to say the least, tribute shows, and karaoke bars. The shows start around 21.00 and continue until the early hours of the morning.
For a more family-oriented type of entertainment, Benidorm boasts three stunning theme parks: Aqualandia, Mundomar, and Terra Mítica, located on the city’s periphery.