Moving to Benidorm: The definitive guide

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Once a small fishing village, Benidorm is now one of the most popular all-year-round destinations for holidaymakers and those looking to move to Spain.

Known for its nightlife, the beautiful coastal destination of Benidorm has plenty more than bars on offer for single people, couples, families, and retirees who are thinking of moving to Spain. Whether you are looking to get involved in the local Spanish culture, make friends with fellow expats, relax on the beautiful Mediterranean beaches or bring out your adventurous side in one of the warmest areas in Spain, moving to Benidorm will not disappoint.

So, you are thinking of moving to Benidorm, but where do you go for all that essential information on the types of property on offer, the best schools and the coolest restaurants?

To make moving to Benidorm a bit easier, the Euro Weekly News has put together this handy guide to everything you need to know before heading over.

 

Contents

  • Where is Benidorm?
  • Properties in Benidorm
  • Terra Natura Benidorm
  • Things to do in Benidorm
  • Best restaurants in Benidorm
  • Schools in Benidorm
  • Healthcare in Benidorm
  • Important contacts

 


Where is Benidorm?

Benidorm is a central destination in the north of the Costa Blanca coast, close to the popular destinations of Alicante and Altea.

The nearest is Alicante-Elche (ALC), just 36 miles south of Benidorm. You can fly to Alicante from most UK airports, with a flight time that’s usually around two hours and 30 minutes.

 


Properties in Benidorm

As one of the most popular areas on the Costa Blanca, Benidorm has a thriving property market offering modern flats as well as bungalows to choose from when moving to Spain.

A one-bedroom studio flat in Benidorm will cost around €60,000 and a one-bedroom flat will cost around €110,000. Villas in the so-called British area of Rincon de Loix start from around €200,000 and can go up to €3 million for something more luxurious. The prices for bungalows start from around €150,000 upwards.



Things to do in Benidorm

 

1. Take a wander through the street of Benidorm’s beautiful old town

Take a walk through the meandering small streets of Benidorm’s old town, also called El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm, with stunning views and plenty of shops and cafes to stop off at.

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2. Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches in Benidorm

Relax and soak up the sun on Benidorm’s sandy beaches, most notably, Playa de Levante and Playa de Ponent. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to stop at along the palm tree line promenades.

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3. Spend the day at Aqualandia

Aqualandia is one of the best places to spend the hot summer months.

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4. Terra Mitica

Discover the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean at Terra Mitica, Benidorm, the theme and amusement park that will take you straight back in history.

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5. Take in the stunning views at Balcon del Mediterraneo

Take in the stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea to the beautiful Benidorm Island.

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6. Walk up to the La Creu de Benidorm

If you like walking, take this trail up to the La Creu de Benidorm where you can see the city from above – a view that is especially spectacular at night.

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7. See the city from a different angle on the Isla de Benidorm

You can take a short boat trip to the Isla de Benidorm where you can sit and soak up the views at the newly built cafe.

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8. Find a bargain at Benidorm Municipal Market

This large market has plenty to offer, from souvenirs to fresh local produce and food.

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9. Catch an incredible live show at Benidorm Palace

With regular live shows and events, Benidorm Palace has been offering unforgettable evenings almost for 40 years.

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10. Escape the hustle and bustle at L’Aiguera Park

This beautiful flower-filled park with two amphitheatres offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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10 best restaurants in Benidorm

With so many restaurants in the area, you will be able to try them all after moving to Benidorm!

1. Ians’ Restaurant

Ian’s Restaurants offers an extensive menu to choose from. Including lobster seafood and steaks.

Open: 7pm until 9:30pm, closed on Sundays

Address: Calle de San Vicente 39, 03501

Booking: 683 33 55 25

Price: €€-€€€

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2. Tepuy Burger

For the best burgers in Benidorm, Tepuy Burger serves up juicy patties with a range of toppings.

Open: 1:30pm until 4pm and 8pm until 11pm, open until 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays

Address: C. Gerona, 16, 03503 Benidorm

Booking: 623 40 06 87

Price: €€-€€€

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3. Restaurante Zodiac

Restaurante Zodiac serves up European, Spanish and Columbian cuisine as well as a great selection of tapas.

Open: 10am until 5pm and 7pm until 11pm, 10am until 7pm on Sunday, closed on Wednesdays

Address: Calle San Pere,6 Bajo Local 2, 03501

Booking: 966 80 46 60

Price: €€-€€€

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4. ReFuel Bar & Restaurant

Missing your full English breakfast or classic fish and chips? Enjoy some great British food with stunning sea views at ReFuel Bar & Restaurant.

Open: 9am until 11pm

Address: Calle San Pedro 10, 03501

Booking: 865 67 64 39

Price:

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5. Stars Lounge Bar

For fresh Mediterranean food and tapas, Stars Lounge Bar comes highly recommended.

Open: 12pm until 11:30pm, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Address: Calle Londres, 03503

Booking: 965 89 89 22

Price:

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6. Sherpa Restaurante Asiatico

If you’re searching for some spice, Sherpa Restaurante Asiatico serves up some of the best Indian, Asian, Thai and Nepali cuisine in Benidorm.

Open: 1:30pm until 4pm and 6pm until 11:30pm

Address: Calle San Roc 13, 03501

Booking: 633 47 75 68

Price: €€-€€€

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7. The Vagabond

Enjoy some beautifully presented French cuisine in a cosy atmosphere at The Vagabond.

Open: 7pm until 11:30pm, closed on Tuesdays

Address: Calle Palma 17, 03501

Booking: 636 14 69 85

Price: €€-€€€

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8. Merita’s

Merita’s cafe serves up European food and especially good waffles and desserts for those with a sweet tooth!

Open: 11am until 7pm, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays

Address: Calle Sierra Dorada Calle Sierra Dorada, 30503

Booking: 607 83 15 66

Price: €€-€€€

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9. Paradiso

For some of the best ribs and steaks in Benidorm, Paradiso is a must – it is also particularly popular for its Sunday roasts!

Open: 1pm until 11pm

Address: Avenida Ametlla de Mar 22 Avenida de Roma 1, 03503

Booking: 965 86 51 95

Price: €€-€€€

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10. Restaurante Marisqueria Cordoba

For some truly Spanish paella and seafood, Restaurante Marisqueria Cordoba is known as one of the best.

Open: 12pm until 11:30pm

Address: Paseo de la carretera 29, 03501

Booking: 965 85 34 59

Price: €€-€€€

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Schools in Benidorm

When moving to a new location, making sure there are some great schools is essential, and Benidorm has some impressive international and local schools.

The best British schools in Benidorm are Elian’s British School on la Nucia and the Sierra Bernia School in Alfaz del Pi.

The international schools in Benidorm are the Lope de Vega International School and the Costa Blanca International School.

The Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Benidorm and the Academia Nova Benidorm are known as the best Spanish curriculum schools in Benidorm.

 


Healthcare in Benidorm

Having access to quality healthcare is vital when moving to a new home and Benidorm has an impressive public health service as well as private healthcare options.

 

Hospitals

Hospital Clinica Benidorm (HCB)

Hospital Clinica Benidorm is one of the most prestigious hospitals in the area with multilingual staff and 24-hour emergency services.

Address: Avinguda Alfonso Puchades, 8, 03501 Benidorm

Contact: 965 85 38 50 or click here

 

Doctors

Centre de Salut de Benidorm Tomas Ortuño

Centre de Salut de Benidorm Tomas Ortuño is a public health centre in Benidorm that can assist the whole family.

Address: Carrer de Tomàs Ortuño, 69, 03501 Benidorm

Contact: 966 81 65 50 or click here

 

Dentists

Happy Smile Dental Clinic Benidorm

Happy Smile is a multilingual dentist that provides dentistry for the whole family and seven-day emergency care.

Address: C. Lepanto, 14, 03503 Benidorm

Contact: 656 61 16 41 or click here

 


Important contacts

 

Moving somewhere new is exciting but it’s important to know the contact information for the emergency services.

That´s why we have included information on important contacts when moving to Benidorm.

Emergency services, including health, fire and police: 112

National police: 091

Local police: 092


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Laura Kemp

Originally from UK, Laura is based in Axarquia and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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