Benidorm really is the ideal destination for a family holiday. The days of uncouth youths misbehaving on rowdy, hot nights out are long past, and today this unique resort town on the Costa Blanca is the sort of place that people of all ages can enjoy, without having to spend an arm and a leg.
The beautiful sweep of five kilometres of white sandy beaches was the cause for Benidorm’s original popularity. You can bask under the hot sun with an average temperature in July of 26°C and 13 hours of sunlight. When it gets too hot, slip into the cool blue sea – the average summer temperature in the water is 24ºC – certainly more than pleasant enough.
If you like busy beaches, then you will love Playa de Poniente Beach. For quieter days, try the beaches at Levante or Malpas. Whichever beach you visit, you will be spoilt for choice as to places to eat, whether you enjoy the local tapas and seafood, or prefer more British tastes. There are plenty of water sports available for the more adventurous, or you can easily take a boat excursion out to the Isla de Benidorm.
The Aqualandia water park is a great day out for everyone with its rides, chutes and rapids. The kids will be equally enthralled if you take them on day trip to Alicante to see Santa Barbara Castle, with its moats, canons and dungeons. Children of all ages will also enjoy the Benidorm Aquarium. Parents will be happy to hear that many hotels have kids’ clubs, affording Mum and Dad some much-needed time off!
Shopping in Benidorm
Take a trip down to the cobbled streets of the magnificent old town and explore the many shops and boutiques while admiring the sun-bleached, whitewashed splendour of the architecture. Alicante does not disappoint on the shop front either, if you are looking for designer labels or local arts and crafts.
Food and Nightlife
There is nothing quite so Spanish as tapas and you will find plenty on offer in Benidorm, especially in the Old Town. A plate of these little delicacies with a glass of Rioja is a true Spanish delight for Mum, Dad and the kids (perhaps without the Rioja!). There are plenty of other local delicacies on offer too. If you hanker for a taste of the old country, or if the kids are demanding pizza or fish and chips, don’t worry, because there are plenty of English and continental restaurants close by, like the famous King’s Arms and the Pig and Whistle. When the kids are safely tucked up in bed with the hotel nanny on hand to make sure they stay safe, parents can enjoy a taste of Benidorm’s nightlife, perhaps in the famous Levante beach bars.
It is clear that Benidorm really does make the ideal destination for the family holiday this year. We have all seen and enjoyed the sitcom named after this sunny Spanish town, but remember that it is just that: a comedy. The reality is just as much fun, but in an altogether classier way.