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Benidorm is a tourist town on the Spanish Costa Blanca. The once small fishermans village you will find at the rock outcrop in the middle of the town. To the north you will find the more family orientated Poniente beach and to the south you will find the beach of Levante, where you will find most of the bars and clubs were you can go out until sunrise. This a town where you either retire or where you go to have one big long party. If you are looking for a dive into Spanish culture you have picked the wrong town for your vacation.
If you want to arrive by plane, you can best fly into [Alicante Airport], which is located a good 40 kilometres to the south. Another option is to fly into [Valencia Airport] which is located a good 120 kilometres to the north.
There is a regional train that runs from Alicante to Benidorm. It takes forever to get to Benidorm as it stops at all possible station between the two towns.
Benidorm lies along the A7 highway that runs along the coast from the French to the Portuguese border. When coming from [Madrid] you can follow the A3 highway (towards Valencia), and then change to the A7, or alternatively the AP-7 the toll road which is in better shape and much faster to Benidorm. An alternative is to follow the A31 highway to Alicante, and then drive north to Benidorm on the A7.
There are city busses running across town, and at night taxi's are readily available.
If your holiday has the tempo of party - beach - party - eat - beach and repeat you can probably get around by foot. Just make sure you book a hotel or apartment at the Levante part of the beach not too far from the sea.
Surprisingly there is even a bike plan in Benidorm, these are not the best bikes in the world, but apart form the old bit of town and the northern part of la Poniente the town is reasonably flat, especially if you stick to the boulevard.
There are many of restaurants all over town. In between the restaurants belonging to fat food chains there are actually a couple of good ones like Pizzeria Va Bene (found in both part of town.)
There are bars and pubs all along the boulevard, especially at the Levante beach you will find all kind of bars, with all kinds of music. Some turn into clubs at night, other have bands playing.
|Casa Don Juan||Santa Faz 28||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Andalucia||C/ Florida 2||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Iris Benidorm||Calle La Palma 47||Hotel||100|
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|Medplaya - Hotel Rio Park||C/ Murcia, 16||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Rdª La Santa Faz||C/ Santa Faç 18-20 Centro Hístorico||Hotel||-|
|Residencia Bristol||C/ Martínez Alejos, nº 1||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Fleming||C/ Maravall Esq. P.Campana||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Vista Oro||C/ Ruzafa, nº 39||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bristol Park||Plaza Dr. Fleming, nº 2||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Avenida||C/Gambo , nº 2||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Mar Blau||C/ San Pedro, nº 20||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Los Dálmatas||C/Estocolmo, nº 4||Hotel||-|
|New Payma Apartments||Avenida Almeria 5 (Costa Blanca, Alicante)||Apartment||-|
|JM La Cala Sun Apartments & Hotel||Avenida dels Mariners de la Vila Joiosa s/n Cala de Finestrat||Hotel||-|
|Paraiso 10 Apartments||Calle Lerida nº 5||Apartment||-|
|Hostal Del Mar||Pintor Lozano 5||Guesthouse||-|
|The Babylon||Calle Alicante 28 Benidorm||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Esmeralda & Art||Calle San Pedro 14||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel La Estacion||Passeig dels Tolls, s/n||HOTEL||-|
Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.
In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.
The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.
If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.
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