Costa Blanca holiday car hire - rent a car in Benidorm, Alicante
Benidorm is a seaside town located approx. 25 miles north of Alicante, on Costa Blanca, in the autonomous community of Valencia in southern Spain. Together with Alicante and Torrevieja, Benidorm is one of the favourite beach destinations for tourist from the UK.
Once a quiet fishing village, Benidorm has developed into a modern, vibrant holiday resort successfully combining the beauty of the Spanish coast with an array of tourist attractions. In Benidorm you will find excellent beaches with plentiful water sports opportunities, unique amusement and water parks and an animated night life.
And should that not suffice, many more places of interest await you in a short driving distance from Benidorm. In order to be able to explore the fascinating Costa Blanca or even the more remote corners southern Spain, try Benidorm car hire services or rent a car on the nearby Alicante Airport.
Cheap car hire in Benidorm (Alicante) - search and book online
Generally, there is no significant difference in price of car hire between Alicante Airport and Benidorm, however you can expect the airport rental deals to be slightly cheaper and the choice of car rental companies - wider.
In Benidorm you will find several global and local car hire suppliers, with car rental stations located in the city centre, as well as in the outskirts of the city, near the A-7 motorway. Amongst Benidorm car hire companies are: Avis Rent-A-Car, Budget, Europcar, Goldcar Rental, Centauro and Victoria Cars.
Use an online search engine Cartrawler to check prices and availability of car hire in Benidorm, Alicante Aiport or in any other popular location of Costa Blanca. The offers available on Cartrawler are usually more advantageous than when hiring a car directly and the counter.
Even during the high tourist season, in August it is usually possible to find on Cartrawler the cheapest offers of car hire in Benidorm with rates starting from below £100 for a week car rental of a small city car, such as an Ford Ka, or similar. If you are planning longer trips in Costa Blanca, however, it might me worthwhile to rent a larger, more comfortable and only slightly more expensive vehicle. The Cartrawler’s quotes for a 7-days rental of an economy class car in Benidorm, such as a Volkswagen Polo, a Ford Fiesta or similar, are frequently found with prices between £100-110.
For larger groups on holiday in Benidorm, offers of 7-seaters, such as a Ford S Max (5+2), or Ford Galaxy are available from £ 310 - 350 for a week of Benidorm car hire.
Benidorm Old Town - historic attractions of Benidorm
Benidorm is famous for its modern, tall architecture and its skyline is marked by many skyscrapers. There are not many traces of the city’s past as a quiet fishing village, except for the very compact area of Benidorm’s historic quarters.
The Old Town of Benidorm is situated in the very centre of the city, north of a rock promontory where in the past existed a fortress built with the purpose of defending the Spanish coast from the attacks of the Berber pirates. Overlooking the Benidorm beaches, the Balcon del Mediterraneo (the Balcony of the Mediteranean) is a mandatory stop to every tourist in this part of Costa Blanca.
Nowadays there are no signs of Benidorm fortress, or even the ruins of it as it was destroyed in completely on the beginning of the 19th century. Iglesia de San Jaime. To get an idea of what Benidorm looked like in the past it is worth to take a stroll along the narrow streets of the old quarter stretching north of north of Balcon del Mediterraneo and make a longer stop at the beautiful St. James’ Church (Iglesias de San Jaime).
Water sports in Costa Blanca - cable ski Benidorm
The climate of Costa Blanca, with over 300 sunny days per year and temperatures above 20 degrees, aligned to many superb beaches, make it a perfect location to practice all sorts of water sports.
Aquatic sports in Benidorm can be enjoyed throughout the year, but in the summer season the choice of the activities available is the widest. Amongst the most popular Benidorm water sports are: diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, water skiing, as well as paragliding and sailing along the coast.
The most versatile location for water sports in Benidorm is the Levante Beach (Playa de Levante), where a professional cable ski (water ski) and water sports centre is located. The Benidorm Cable-Ski specializes in many aquatic modalities, such as wakeboard, kneeboard and waterski slalom.
Amusement parks Benidorm
Tourist from all over Costa Blanca and even from more remote areas of Spain are drawn to Benidorm because of its unique amusement park, Terra Mitica.
Benidorm’s top tourist attraction is a theme park featuring a variety of rides, including rollercoaster and water slides, as well as 5D cinemas and live shows focusing on the history of the countries of the Mediterranean: Spain, Ancient Egypt Rome and Greece.
Please note that a large part of all Terra Mítica attractions is suitable for children aged 7 and up. Despite the variety of adrenaline pumping rides and rollercoasters, younger children may feel bored. You can easily spend the whole day at Terra Mitica and at meal times food stalls and restaurants are available. Terra Mitica is situated outside of Benidorm, so your hire vehicle may come in handy.
Children of all ages will surely enjoy Aqualandia waterpark located on the eastern outskirts of Benidorm. The Aqualandia offers a range of attractions, including splash pools for the little ones, as well as some adrenaline pumping rides for the older holidaymakers.
For a complete Benidorm experience, do not miss out on Mundomar, the animal and sea life park. Mundomar is located next to Aqualandia, so a visit to both places can be combined.
Southern Spain road trip - E15 (European route 15)
With a Benidorm hire car you can easily and comfortably travel along the southern coast of Spain.
Benidorm is located just off Autopista del Mediterraneo, A-7, a major motorway of the southern Spain, leading to other popular holiday resorts of Costa Blanca, such as Alicante, Torrevieja, and further south to Malaga on Costa del Sol or up-north to Barcelona on Costa Brava. The Spanish stretch of A-7 is a part of the European route E15 running from Scotland, England, France and southern Spain to Algeciras.
Benidorm distances on Costa Blanca
Find below approximate road distances between Benidorm and other places of interest in Costa Blanca and beyond it:
- distance Benidorm - Alicante Airport: 58 km / 36 miles
- distance Benidorm - Torrevieja: 117 km / 72 miles
- distance Benidorm - Almeria: 334 km / 207 miles
- distance Benidorm - Málaga: 520 km / 323 miles
- distance Benidorm - Valencia: 140 km / 86 miles
- distance Benidorm - Barcelona: 494 km / 306 miles
If you are traveling to Benidorm from Madrid, the distance to cover is approx. 460 km.