The Costa Blanca's major tourist destination Benidorm lies on the East Coast of Spain. Specifically in the province of Alicante with the city of Valencia approximately an hour's drive north. The nearest Airport is Alicante (El Altet) International Airport, just 60km from Benidorm's town centre. On average just a two hour flight is all it takes to get there from most major European Capitals.
The town stretches for over four miles at the centre of which lies the historic Old Town. The old town sits on a rocky headland dividing Benidorm into two very different halves. On the one side lies the area known as Poniente and on the other, Levante, each fronted by magnificent beaches of the same name. However, there are three beaches in all and in addition to the famous Playas Poniente and Levante, you'll find the smaller, more intimate Mal Pas Playa that divides the two. As well as relaxing on the beach, however, there is plenty on offer for the more adventurous visitor, including four excellent theme and water parks - namely Terra Mítica, Terra Natura, Aqualandia, and Mundomar.
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From a distance Benidorm's hotels form a shimmery high-rise skyline. On the approach therefore there's no denying the fact that this is a place where everything is geared to holiday fun and entertainment. Benidorm is sometimes known as the "Manhattan of the Costa Blanca" because of its many skyscrapers. These have been built owing to the great demand for both residential and holiday accommodation in the area and also because development outwards has been so restricted. Basically, if you can't build outwards then you have no option but to build upwards!
Fortunately, however, these skyscrapers have not been built shoulder-to-shoulder as is the case in Manhattan. One high-rise block for example in Benidorm may only occupy 30 per cent of any given plot, allowing it to stand alone in its grounds permitting sun and light to reach all parts of it during the daytime.