When it comes to summer holiday destinations, Benidorm has been a firm favourite amongst Brits since the late ‘50s and ‘60s, when the hub of resorts along the Costa Blanca was first developed. Since then, it’s only grown in popularity, and today the famous Spanish city attracts around four million visitors a year. While it does have somewhat of a reputation as being a party centre, Benidorm has also become a great holiday spot for families, thanks to its vast array of resorts, restaurants and family-friendly attractions. Plus, the beaches are absolutely sublime.
There’s no doubt that summer is the busiest time of year for this popular getaway located on the southern coast of Spain, which is sandwiched between two, expansive sandy beaches. During the high season, the beaches come alive with locals and visitors playing in the sea, building sandcastles and generally having fun in the sun. While the weather remains fairly pleasant all year round, the summer months can get up to 30 degrees. If you’re looking for a dose of sunshine, the busy period is a good time to visit and perfectly coincides with the school holidays.
But as well as the beach, there are plenty of other things to keep the whole family entertained.
This popular zoo-slash-theme park combines fun with education by recreating a variety of habitats that once belonged to the supercontinent of Pangea, as well as those in other regions around the world. It really is a unique experience and it’s fascinating for everyone no matter what their age. With 1500 specimens and 200 different species of animals, it is sure to be popular with mum and dad as well as the little ones.
Also perfect for any age, this waterpark is designed to offer parents a relaxing respite while the kids can run wild for a bit in a safe environment. There are all kinds of waterslides, pools and paddle ponds, and a calming water promenade leads to the beach area where you’ll find refreshments and a great place to relax.
For families looking for more of a thrill, Terra Mitica is the place to go. Again, this theme park includes a little bit of education through its theme of ancient civilisations. But since it holds the title of being one of Spain’s most popular amusement parks, there’s no lack of fun to be had. There are rides suitable for all ages, as well as a number of fun shows to enjoy.
Enjoy a refreshing boat ride to this must-see spot, which is also known as Peacock Island, due to the birds that are found there. Families can take some time to explore this beautiful nature reserve, or make the climb to the top of the island for spectacular views.
Costa Blanca is renowned for its sandy beaches and Benidorm is certainly no different. There are three main ones from which to choose: Poniente, Malpas, and Levante. Each has its own distinct charm but all are equally clean and inviting. Levante, in particular, is great for a variety of activities, from play areas to water sports, and there is no shortage of great restaurants and cafes.
Food and accommodation are two of the most important things to consider when planning a family holiday – luckily this destination comes out top for both categories. There are plenty of great self-catering options but the plethora of local hotels also offer excellent services such as kids’ entertainment and childminding options. In terms of dining out, Benidorm has an almost endless array of restaurants, which means even the fussiest eaters are catered for – you might even be inspired to try some local dishes at home!
Where to Stay
Magic Cristal Park – Just 5 minutes walk from Levante beach, this hotel has all the amenities you could need.Facilities include a swimming pool, air-conditioned rooms, and plenty of fun activities for all ages, including a kids’ club. The restaurant offers a buffet with a great array of options.
Melia Benidorm – This stylish hotel is a short stroll from the beach and boasts extensive garden and sea views. The children’s play area and club are great for families, while you’ll have a choice of excellent restaurants for meals. All the rooms are tastefully and comfortably furnished.
Poseidon Resort – This large resort offers two pools, lovely gardens for kids to play, and a buffet restaurant with a great choice of fresh Mediterranean food. All rooms are air-conditioned and they even offer an entertainment programme to keep the kids occupied.
How to Get There
Flights from the UK to Alicante run daily and at a reasonable price, although they will vary depending on what time of the year you travel. Ryanair and Easyjet can get you to Alicante in under three hours and from there it’s just a short 40-minute drive to Benidorm. So that you can get into holiday mode as soon as possible, I’d recommend booking an airport transfer to your accommodation with Shuttle Direct. Their friendly drivers will be able to get you to wherever you want to go in Benidorm safely and quickly.
UK to ALC Flight Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
ALC to Benidorm Distance: 59 kilometres
Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 41 minutes
Types of Airport Transfers to Benidorm
If you’re looking for an Alicante airport transfer to Benidorm you’ll have a range of options at your disposal – no matter what your budget. Here are some of the most common services we offer.
Taxi: If you don’t like waiting around in queues, pre-book your airport taxi. Alicante to Benidorm is a breeze in a pre-booked taxi!
Shuttle Bus: For a more budget-friendly option, shuttle buses are another option. Shuttle buses from the airport are shared with other passengers heading in the same direction, which makes them cheaper.
Private Transfer: For the ultimate convenience, you can order a comfortable private transfer. Alicante to Benidorm private transfers will deliver you right to the door of your accommodation in style.
Minibus Transfer: Booking a larger minibus is a fantastic idea if you’re travelling with lots of luggage or a large group or family.
Choosing the Right Benidorm Airport Transfer
When you’re deciding on the best option for your Alicante airport transfer there are a few things to keep in mind.
Cost: Make sure you compare the cost of the various options to make sure you choose the right one for your budget.
Convenience: Convenience is a big factor for some people, while for others the cost is more important. A shuttle service is cheaper but will take longer, but a private service will cost more and you’ll arrive sooner. The choice is yours.
About Shuttle Direct
At Shuttle Direct, we offer years of experience and extensive knowledge to ensure that you get to where you need to be in a safe and quick journey. Whether you need help getting to your hotel, or a train station, or sending you home, we’re here to help.