Benidorm only has 73.000 registered inhabitants making it the city with most high-rise buildings per capita in the world. By some considered a terrible example of how mass tourism can destroy a city and how ugly arcitecture can become. But there are also beautiful sides to Benidorm, like taking an elevator up in one of the tall buildings enjoying the view, or the old city centre with Plaza Castelar.
Plaza Castelar is located just between the two beaches of Benidorm, Playa Levante and Playa Poniente. From here you have a nice view over the skyline and the beaches.
Benidorm was opened for mass tourism in the early 60s and before that it was just a small fishing village.
Benidorm is conveniently situated at approximately only 45 minutes drive from Alicante airport, making it easily accessible from most European cities. In recent years the local economy has hugely expanded due to the tourist industry, and Benidorm is a very cosmopolitan place boasting a strong contingent of British, Irish and Germans. Many of these live there all the year round, along with many Spaniards who like to have a holiday home on the coast.
Parq d'Elx is where there are thousands of white pigeons is definitely worth a visit if you are not iafraid of birds.
Benidorm Island, also known as Peacock island is the tiny island that can be seen just outside Benidorm. There are boat trips to the Island to see the peacocks, hence the name.
Mundomar is located just next to the water park and shares the same parking facility. It is a marine park with dolphins, sea lions, penguins, meerkats and several other marine animals. Every day there are sea lion, parrot and doplhin displays. Mundomar is open from February to November. www.mundomar.es
Terra Mitica is an extremly fun and diversified activity park inland from Benidorm with rides, motion simulators, carousels, paintball, boat rides, roller coasters, ferris wheels, shows, flying chairs etc for children in all ages. www.terramiticapark.com
In Benidorm there is always plenty to do. Bars, cafeterias, and restaurants abound and you can find any cuisine you like. Spanish, Indian, Chinese, etc. Due to the cosmopolitan make up of the town, Benidorm boasts a gastronomic range more fitting to a large capital city than an average sized seaside resort.
There are several gyms, which offer holiday memberships and spas wh, pools. ere you can spoil yourself. In Benidorm, you will never be short of things to occupy you.
The Carnival is celebrated in the end of February (exact dates vary year to year), then there are the usual Easter fiestas, a local fiesta in April, the May Fair in May. Fallas is celebrated at the same time as Valencia. Also on the 19th of July the patron Saint of the fishermen, the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated. In August we also celebrate San Emigdio and on the 9th of October the whole Valencian community celebrates el Día de la Comunidad Valenciana. In the beginning of October there is the Moors and Christians festival. In november the Patron Saint of Benidorm, the Virgin of the Sufragio and San Jaime Apostle and this is the most important celebration in Benidorm
Add to those the "national" fiestas such as Christmas Day, New Year, Kings Day (Día de los Reyes) on the 6th of January, Father's Day (Día del Padre) on the 19th of March, Labour day on the 1st of May, Spain's National day on the 12th October, All Saints day on the 1st of November, Constitution day on the 6th of December and the day of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th. plus a few others and you can see that whenever you decide to visit Benidorm there is likely to be some kind of party going on !!
Just outside Benidorm is the Marina Shopping Centre with high street brands such as Claires, C&A, Mango, Zara, H&M, Benetton etc. THere is also a bowling and a cinema in the shopping centre. Apart from the fashion stores you will find Carrefour, a garden centre, computer stores, furniture stores toy shops etc.
There is an El Corte Inglés in Alicante and Cartagena, less than an hours drive away. You will find Ikea in Murcia 1,5 hour drive from Benidorm.
Alicante is the largest city in the Alicante province with plenty of shopping opportunities, such as the Gran Via Shopping Centre with more than 100 shops and the Plaza Mar 2 Centre.
There are also many street markets in Benidorm. The Foietes street market takes place every Wednesday morning next to the Foietes Sports Centre near the railway station. The El Pueblo market is in Avenida de L'Admirall Bernat de Sarria, next to Hotel Servigroup Pueblo every wednesday and sunday. The El Cisne flea market takes place every sunday near the campsite Benisol on N-332 Km. 124. This is a antiques/flea market which often features live jazz music.
The Benidorm Indoor Market is located on the Calle Girona in the Rincon de Loix district of Benidorm and is open for 8am to 6pm monday to friday and until 3pm on saturdays.
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