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As 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 see

After 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 Benidorm

Benidorm'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 stay

Benidorm'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 Benidorm

Alicante 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.

When are the best times to travel to Benidorm?

Protected by the inland mountains to the north and kissed by cool sea breezes from the Mediterranean, Benidorm enjoys warm sunny weather throughout the months of May to October. August has the hottest temperatures and the sea really warms up. It’s also the most bustling month with large numbers of visitors, especially from the UK, booking hotels in Benidorm during this time. The winter months are mild and offer plenty of cheap hotel deals.

What are the top must-see attractions in Benidorm?

Benidorm’s old town, El Castell, with its winding, cobbled streets and whitewashed houses is charming and a potter around here soaking up the sights is a must. Easily explored on foot, you can stop off at one of the many little cafés for a cooling drink. On the edge of El Castell, overlooking the sea, is the Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana, a pretty 18th-century church with distinctive blue domes. In early November, the town is overtaken by its annual fiesta with religious processions, children’s shows and huge firework displays.

What are the best types of food and restaurants in Benidorm?

Benidorm offers visitors everything from traditional Spanish dishes to full English breakfasts. Traditional tapas dishes are available in the many bars and restaurants in the old town, serving small plates of anchovies, spicy sausage or jamon, Spanish cured ham. Other international cuisines available in the town include Italian, French and Indian. You’ll also find a good selection of bakeries offering freshly made bread and pasteleria, tempting cakes and pastries.

What are the top things to do in Benidorm?

The stars of the Benidorm show are the beaches, long stretches of golden sand lapped by gentle Mediterranean waves. Bordered by bars, cafés and restaurants, Playa de Levante, or Sunrise Beach, is hugely popular and includes a large floating water playground in the sea. The Terra Natura Zoo has a variety of environments and experiences and you can see everything from elephants to gibbons there. If you’re looking for thrills, visit Terra Mitica, a theme park which has a variety of rides and rollercoasters guaranteed to entertain.

What are some fun facts about Benidorm?

It’s hard to believe today given the extensive array of modern hotels, but in the early 1960s, Benidorm was a sleepy village. Cheap flights and package holidays soon saw the town become a major tourist destination. Under Franco’s dictatorship bikinis were banned throughout Spain, but the mayor of Benidorm convinced him to lift the ban for Benidorm, making it the first Spanish resort where women could legally wear a bikini. The town’s well developed tourist industry means that there are no less than 1,000 bars and restaurants to choose from.

What kinds of public transport are there in Benidorm?

Travel in Benidorm is easy since the town has a good bus service with low fares and a dependable schedule, and you won’t have to walk far to find a stop. There’s also a tram service which runs through Benidorm, on to the neighbouring town of Alicante and to the airport which is located there. You’ll find plenty of taxis in Benidorm with taxi ranks located at strategic spots in the town. You can also hail a cab in the street.