Juan Gris, one of the most prominent of 19th century Spanish painters, spent a considerable part of his life in Benidorm, Spain. He is famously quoted as saying, 'You are that lost moment that only you know what could have become of!â€
Indeed, the city of Benidorm, a bustling city on the rise on Western Mediterranean in the Alicante Province of Spain, is all about living life in its present, not letting the past or the future dictate terms, and enjoying every single day as it comes to you. As Gris knew all too well, life is way too short to contemplate or speculate about.Â
What once was a sleepy coastal town â€“ nay, a sleepy coastal village â€“ has today become a metropolitan city with half the celebrities in the world scrambling to it for a piece of real estate. What has pushed Benidorm over the edge and into the cliff? What has made it the talk of the List A town? What makes billionaires and movie stars flock to Benidorm every summer?Â Well, the answer lies in its natural beauty and the peace of mind that it seems to offer to its visitors.Â
Cheaper End of the Hotel Spectrum
Benidorm, in spite of being a place where only billionaires and celebrities can afford to buy real estate, has become a regular annual tourist destination of thousands of young people from around the world. The craze seems to be even on the higher side in the UK, as the highest percentage of foreign visitors to Benidorm are from the UK. In that sense, Benidorm seems to have usurped the party status that Ibiza possessed for quite a few years. For ardent partygoers and nightlife connoisseurs, finding budget hotels in Benidorm can be beneficial on many levels. First of all, in a city like Benidorm, you are guaranteed to spend most of your days outside, seeing about and nights partying. Considering this aspect, it becomes justified that most tourists visiting Benidorm tend to incline towards cheap hotels rather than more taxing ones.Â
Luxury Places to Stay in Benidorm
Apart from all the budget hotels in Benidorm, there are even more luxury hotel establishments that, at times, seem to defy all senses of logic and proportion when it comes to prices. But it's quite understandable when you note the fact that ultra-rich people have made Benidorm a playground of billionaires. That's why, it's sometimes difficult for regular tourists to be able to afford such luxury establishments.
Villa Venecia ranks at the top among these luxury Benidorm hotels. During peak summer months, the hotel is known to cost north of EUR 1,200 per night's stay â€“ comparable with the highest prices of royal guest houses in Dubai and other rich Middle Eastern cities. That said, one should also account for the fact that the level of taxation is higher in Spain than other European cities, and hence, these places need to price their services higher in order to be able to remain profitable.Â
When in Benidormâ€¦
Perhaps the most obvious entry in this list will be that of various beaches that are in and around the city limits of Benidorm. These beaches, among the finest in Europe, are perennially crowded by enthusiastic tourists of all nationalities, races and religions. The white sand beaches at Benidorm â€“ affectionately called by the locals as costa blanca â€“ are pristine, well-kept and perfect in terms of weather. Surfing is not really a big thing in Benidorm, but many tourists do try to calm their surfer's nerve by riding the innocuously warm waves of the Mediterranean Sea. If that doesn't fancy you, rest assured that lounging in the warm glow of afternoon sun while sipping on a glass of authentic Spanish martinis will be far from the worst moment of your tip to Benidorm. Among all the beaches that Benidorm is fortunate to have in its vicinity, it is the Levante beach that takes the top prize. It is a beach that can rank among the top 10 beaches in the whole wide world in terms of beauty, serenity and pleasant weather.Â
For history buffs, the Old Town of Benidorm can be a great way of looking back at the history of the region. The Old Town is still in a fairly well maintained condition with its cobblestone paths and small, crowded market alleys. The Arabic and Greek influence on the region can be clearly observed in the Old Town.
If you have children tagging along with you, the Mundomar Water Park has the potential to become their most favourite place in the world. It has over two dozen thrilling and enjoyable rides, a dolphin section with audio and visuals and a host of great food joints.
Another place not to miss during your visit to Benidorm is the famous zoo of Terra Natura. The zoo houses over 200 different species of animals that range from regular to exotic and adorable to downright scary. From the tigers to Bengal to crocodiles of the Nile and from rhinos of Kenya to meerkats of Egypt, the zoo is well stocked with interesting animal specimens from all over the world.Â
Hotels Near Airport in Benidorm
There are many luxury as well as cheap hotels near the airport in Benidorm. Traveling to these establishments is easy as you can get local taxi credits right as you walk out of the airport. If you haven't already booked, you can negotiate directly (especially with budget hotel managers) to fix a mutually agreeable price for the period of your stay in Benidorm.Â
Transportation in Benidorm
Being a popular tourism centre in Spain, Benidorm has effective and efficient public as well as private transport infrastructure. From radio taxis to trains that leave for the distant corners of Spain, and from local authority run buses to private cars for hire, getting around in Benidorm should not really be an issue for tourists. In addition, all Benidorm hotels of repute provide house owned private cars to the guests that they are hosting.