Benidorm by comunitat-valenciana (creative commons)
When you’re looking for a holiday that’s all about hedonistic pleasure and not really about soaking up art and culture, then you need to find a resort that has all the facilities you need in one place, so that you can make your holiday as easy as possible to organise.
There must be few places as well set up for a family holiday as Benidorm on the Costa del Sol in Spain. For a start, there’s a golden coastline that stretches for seven kilometres, offering a great location for a bucket and spade holiday. The most visited beaches are Poniente and Levante which face south and are kept beautifully clean (both have the European Blue Flag for the quality of the water and the services on the beach).
The accommodation in Benidorm is also fantastic, with great hotels and self-catering apartments, all boasting excellent swimming pools and other facilities. As the competition for business is so high, the facilities seem to improve year on year. For example, at the Melia Benidorm there’s a kids’ club run by the hotel so you can have plenty of time to relax on a sun lounger while the kids are being entertained.
And when the children have had enough of the beach there are plenty of attractions to go to. Favourites include Aqualandia, a huge waterpark, and Mundo Mar – a great place to see marine animals and exotic birds. There’s also the Terra Mitica Fun Park, which is a theme park with thrills and spills and adrenaline rush rides for all the family. And if you have animal park fans among you, head for Terra where there are not only sea and land animals, but also another water park with slides. As well as four of the biggest theme parks in Europe in the vicinity, you’ll also find a great selection of restaurants and bars, where you can find an amazing variety of cuisines.
All this activity is optional of course, and you can find corners of Benidorm that are a bit more sedate and move at a gentler pace. Look into the different options before you decide where to book, but one thing you’re guaranteed in Benidorm is that will never be a dull moment!