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Sun-kissed Spain has always been a magnet for vacationers looking for sunshine, good hotels, fun and exciting tours and atractions, and a beautiful beach sitting right on the Mediterranean sea. Benidorm is a premier destination for any visitor looking for a fantastic place to spend the Holidays.

Hotels in and around the Benidorm area can range from the economically priced to the luxurious, depending on how much money a visitor is willing to spend on their accommodation. Recommended hotels are the Poniente and Levante beach areas which offers a perfect place for a beach holiday, as well as piece and quiet. In a similar vein, the La Cala Finestrat on the outskirts of town is a great hotel location for the visitor who is merely looking for a quiet and non-stressful holiday, with the thriving downtown nightlife being available, but not so close as to disturb the very relaxed atmosphere of the hotel. For the holidaymaker who wants the excitement of poniente beach area in Benidorm, the Gran Hotel Bali weighs in as not only the tallest hotel in Europe, but also as one of the premier places to stay while in the town.

Local atractions include artisans markets which offer high quality crafted goods for decent prices, as well as the local landscape, including Puig Campana, which is one of the most impressive mountains in all of Costa Blanca. The town also has a historic downtown that offers slower-paced enjoyment with tours through the historical district, as well as tours in and throughout the town that highlight atractions such as the numerous and high class spas, as well as the thriving bars and discos throughout the old town. A short drive away into the surrounding countryside offers a glimpse of "traditional Spain" and exploring the local towns and villages around Bendiorm is a great diversion for those who seek culture as well as the excitement of the seaside town.

Benidorm is a seaside town that boasts many a beautiful beach with the coveted Blue Flag Beach status, as well as a pleasant climate in which to enjoy the beaches. The shoreline is frequented by both tourists and residents alike, as the town is becoming a popular destination for residents of Northern European countries to spend their holidays /vacations, the winter, or even to take up permanent residency. The seashore is also a major source of revenue for the tourism trade throughout the city and boat tours, as well as rentals offer a fun and exciting diversion for the day. There is decent fishing around the area, as well as the option of just being able to enjoy the sunshine, the beach and the Mediterranean sea from the comfort of a boat.

The sunshine and increasingly family-friendly atmosphere also makes the town a popular destination for families as well and the seaside town can boast of four family oriented theme parks located in close vicinity of the town itself. Aqualandia is a family water park that allows for a day of swimming as well as water park themed attractions. Mundomar is an animal and sealife park, offering an educational experience while losing none of the excitement of the city. Terra Mitica is an amusment park with thrill rides and roller coasters for those families who love excitement Finally, Terra Natura is a wildlife and water park, offering the benefits of both while losing the fun and excitement of neither.

As well as family friendly theme parks, the market places thrive during Fiesta times as well as the summer months of July and August. The markets offer a wide variety, as well as an abundance of leather goods like shoes. Other products are the local cheeses and other produce, jewelry, pottery and paintings made by local artisans. These markets offer a break for the traveler who is accustomed to retail stores and mass-produced goods. Local bazaars offer relatively cheap essential items, as well as nick-nacks, food and other things at a low and reasonable price. Many visitors from outside of Spain also remark upon the availability and low-cost of cigarettes and alcohol. Such items are often much more expensive in countries around the world.

The food of the area is also an attraction in and of itself. The restaurants around the town, as well Tapas bars in Old Town will offer a wide variety of menu choices, ranging from English, French, Algerian and Dutch cuisine. Many cafe bars will also offer home style food to English tourists who look for familiar food. For the traveler who seeks local fare, Old Town will offer the finest of the local cuisines, as well as fantastic Spanish wines from the Jalon valley.

For the traveler who also has an appreciation for alcohol, the seaside city does not disappoint. With close to seven hundred and fifty bars available, as well as special deals like a happy hour, the city had once gained a reputation as being a party town. This was tempered by the development and availability of family friendly destinations. However, the night life is still vibrant and exciting. Dutch and Irish bars are located, in the city as well as pubs and Spanish style cafeteria bars. Whatever the drink of choice, it can certainly be found in the city. Various discos and cabaret bars are also able to be found all over the city, and each of those offers a fun and exciting place to dance, drink, meet people and generally have a great and enjoyable time.

The beautiful seaside town of Benidorm is a jewel on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. This Costa Blanca town has something to offer nearly every vacationer who is looking to spend the holidays in a fun place that appeals to any vacationers need- from culture to a party and a good time. Blending youthful excitement with a sense of austere culture, the city is one of the best cities to vacation in all of Spain.

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