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Benidorm had humble beginnings in the 60's, a small village with its only testament to this lying with three streets that make up the old city centre - Casco Antiguo. Now, towering above it and with the bulk of a great tree, building structures rise skyward. Perhaps Benidorm was trying to emulate the height of its mountains that it stands against. The Puig Campana, one of the most impressive mountains in the Costa Blanca measures up to 1406m tall.
However, this is not without conservation in mind, an ex- mayor of the town before it became the sprawling metropolis it is today, decreed that every building made should have "leisure area" green spaces. This is still enforced today and can be seen from a panoramic look over the city. Benidorm is also blessed by the arm of the mountains that wraps around it. The cold northerly Levante winds are kept out and couple that with the cooling influence of the Mediterranean sea, provides a warmer, drier and sunnier weather all the year round.
This is great news for the beaches and the sun worshipper hoping to take in some of the rays. Though, they only have a few beaches, they are significantly long at a whopping four-mile stretch: the Playa de Poniente, the Playa de Levante and Malpas Beach. The first two are very well catered for; they have excellent provisions. All are kept clean and safe and are appropriately sign-boarded.
The coastline also provides the sea for water sports such as windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, paragliding, scuba diving and boating. There is also the excellent cable water-ski station which eliminates the need for a boat. Other sports to consider too are fishing and golf. Golf can be played at the Villaitana Hotel. It offers two 18 hole courses and instruction can be provided.
Benidorm also has an animal park and theme park: Terra Nattura and Terra Mittica just on the outskirts of Benidorm. Shopping is not just a chore in Benidorm either, with plenty of different products on sale, there is bound to be that special purchase which makes your vacation memorable.
When the sun settles, the night has already begun. Nightclubs vie for the tourists' attention with live bands and acts. Benidorm is one of the biggest nightspots on the Mediterranean and is sure to please.
Benidorm boasts top end restaurants as well as the usual fast food establishments. International foods of many denominations are available as well at the old harbour, which is one of the best places to try out the taste of the region.
Accommodation is well provided for in Benidorm in the offer of hotels and cheaper B & B options. Though much to consider is the option of renting a holiday home. These can range from a simple apartment to a spacious townhouse. From period style to modern with all facilities built in.
The closest airport is at Alicante. Shuttle services can be booked at the same time of arranging your flight and this is highly recommended. Private car hire can be arranged too and a driver can be waiting for you when you arrive.