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The Traveler's Guide to Benidorm - Useful Tips and Information

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Benidorm’s benign Mediterranean climate is one of its greatest assets, and reason it is so popular with Northern European vacationers. As for dining, you will find a mix of traditional Spanish cuisine, based mainly on fish and rice dishes, and a diverse international food scene. Moving around is easy: take a walk, hop on a bus, or rent a Bicidorm bike, an eco-friendly alternative with stations all around the city.

Best time to travel

 

While Benidorm's coastline faces south - which guarantees long sunny days - the city is protected by mountains, creating a mild microclimate all year round. High season starts as early as May, and can run well into October, but it’s busiest in July and August. For ideal temperatures and fewer crowds, it is best to visit in late May or early June. If you're looking for a peaceful Mediterranean retreat, the quiet winter months can also be a good opportunity for exploring the region.

Not to miss

 

Take a stroll along the sculptural, wave-inspired promenade of Playa de Poniente, gaze into the Mediterranean from the Mirador del Castell, and walk down to the small Mal Pas cove for a refreshing swim. To explore Benidorm's natural beauty, go hiking in the Serra Gelada sea and mountain reserve, sail on a glass-bottom boat to the Isle of Benidorm and snorkel away in its clear, turquoise waters. At night, grab a drink at a dance club on Playa de Levante and watch as the city lights transform its famous skyline.

 

Getting around

 

The Alicante International Airport (ALC) has flights from many European cities, with most air traffic coming from Germany, the U.K., and the Netherlands. Visitors arriving by plane can reach Benidorm by bus (around 45 minutes) or rental car, although many hotels offer airport transfers. Within Benidorm, travelers can hop on urban buses that connect the city's beaches and neighborhoods. A train-tram can whisk you north as far as Dénia, and south as far as Alicante city, with a stop at Terra Mítica.

 

Cuisine

 

Perhaps the most vivid reminder of Benidorm’s beginnings as a humble fishing village is to be found in its traditional cuisine. In between the English pubs offering cooked breakfasts, seek out local places serving fresh fish and rice dishes such as arroz caldoso con boquerones y espinacas (soupy rice with spinach and anchovies). Most casual places offer all-day dining, while seafood and smarter eateries may close on Mondays and adhere to stricter opening hours; generally 1-4 PM for lunch, and 8 PM onwards for dinner. For value, look for a menu del día; a 3-course lunch at a fixed price.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

As in most beachfront tourist venues, the dress code in Benidorm is very casual. Nonetheless, shirtless strolls should happen only on the beach. Bargain hunters exploring local rastros (flea markets) should not expect to haggle, although merchants might give special offers when purchasing more than one item. Tips depend largely on the place: small change will do after a coffee or tapas at a bar, while anything from 5 to 10% can be expected at finer restaurants.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 70000
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  • Spoken languages: Spanish, English widely spoken
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  • Electrical: 230 volts, 50 Hz, plug type C, F
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  • Phone calling code: +34 96
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  • Emergency number: 112, Guardia Civil 062, Police 091