Benidorm HotelsAs the first resort in Spain to lift a ban on bikinis, imposed by the Franco regime, Benidorm has been the party capital of the country for over 60 years. Families splash in the transparent sea by day, before the moon summons out the night owls who revel in the excesses of cabaret shows, bars, and casinos until the early hours. The skyscraper hotels that dominate the skyline welcome 5 million tourists each year, and only add to Benidorm's larger than life appeal.Things to seeAfter dropping your luggage in the hotel room, it's time to slap on the sunscreen and head straight to the beach. Levante and Poniente are the longest stretches of pure, white sand, but they can get a little busy at times. Instead, seek out Malpas Beach, a secluded boomerang of bliss, where you can relax under the shade of palm trees. While exploring the coastline, be sure to climb up to the viewpoint at the Mediterranean Balcony, where stunning views of revelers bronzing for as far as the eye can see, backdropped by jutting skyscrapers, await. Need more than the sea and sand to entertain you? Spend a day swimming with sea lions at Mundomar, before attempting to hold your nerve while peering down from the heights of the death-defying water slides at Aqualandia. Make sure you set a night aside to experience the unique cabaret show at Benidorm Palace, where you'll crack open lobster claws while glamorous dancers swirl hypnotically around you. Hotels in
BenidormBenidorm's economy is entirely geared towards providing tourists with a great experience, so visitors have an unrivalled range of hotels and apartments to choose from - from basic to boutique. If a more modest accommodation choice will leave you with a few extra euros to spend on tapas, then it's worth the compromise, as even the cheapest digs tend to have swimming pools to lazily lounge around after a heavy night. Increasing numbers of luxury Benidorm hotels are also dotted around the city, and it's amazing how much easier waking up is when the sight of turquoise water meeting uninterrupted blue sky is the first thing you see from your pillow. Where to stayBenidorm's unique high-rise hotels, which look out over the Mediterranean towards Ibiza, mean rooms with a sea view, and instant beach and bar access, are readily available. There's no need to waste cash on taxis, as you'll be right in the thick of the action, with Benidorm's legendary nightlife just a stone's throw away. Whether you're planning on hopping between tapas bars – to wash down succulent seafood paella with jugs of fruity sangria – or gearing up for an all-night fiesta at a lively club, you're guaranteed a great night. How to get to BenidormAlicante Airport welcomes an assortment of budget and long haul passengers to the Costa Blanca, and visitors will be treated to their very first taste of the impossibly blue Med as they swoop in to land. Catching a bus connection from the terminal to Benidorm couldn't be much easier, and is a better option than clambering up the steep incline to the airport's train station - especially when the sun's beating down. A large, modern bus station will welcome you to Benidorm, and taxis are always on hand to shuttle you and your luggage to the hotel.