Benidorm is a Spanish seaside town in Alicante province. This small fishing village has now become the most famous beach resort destination on Costa Blanca.
The advent of cheap flights in the 70’s saw Benidorm transformed from by the construction of numerous high-rise hotels and holiday apartment blocks set against the backdrop of the Sierra Helada National Park.
The town boasts over 4km of safe, sandy beaches, great all-year weather and a vibrant nightlife.
Benidorm is made up of three distinct areas- Poniente, Levante (an area depicted in a British TV series) and in the middle, Benidorm’s historic Old Town, home to Benidorm’s quite extensive gay scene.
Benidorm’s substantial gay village serves tourists, locals and a large British and Irish gay expat community. The gay scene is focused around a number of walking streets in Benidorm’s Old Town.
There are a wide variety of small bars that cater to all tastes, from outrageously funny drag shows to exclusively male cruise bars with dark rooms. The Mercury Disco Bar is popular with those who want to dance all night long. A number of venues are particularly popular with the TV and TS community.
The Benidorm LGBT Pride festival in September is the city’s largest annual gay event that has become very successful.
There are daily flights from most major European cities to the nearby Alicante Airport.
A number of shuttle bus services operate between the airport and the town, and is probably the easiest way to get to Benidorm. Most operate an internet booking service and generally cost less than €10 each way (expect higher prices in the summer).
You could also get the bus into Alicante and then the train to Benidorm from there. Taxis cost around €70 if flagged at the airport.
Benidorm’s central area, including the gay village within the Old Town is very easy to walk around. Many streets are pedestrianised.
Benidorm has an excellent local bus service that operates routes through the town until midnight, and to nearby towns such as Altea, Calpe and Alicante.
For our list of recommended hotels in Benidorm for gay travellers, visit our Gay Benidorm Hotels page.
Benidorm is completed geared up for tourism, and as such, there is a huge range of things to do and see in or near the town. Here are some of our favourites:
Thanks to the mountains that surround the town, Benidorm’s enjoys consistently good all-year-round weather, with over 3,400 hours of sunshine a year.
Temperatures in the winter rarely fall below 18°C. The hottest months are from July to September. Average highs can reach 30°C in August.
Spain is within the euro zone. Cash dispensers are widely available. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
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