Benidorm Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Because of its skyscraper populated skyline Benidorm is called the ‘Manhattan of Spain’ and has more skyscrapers per capita than any other city in the world.
  • Because of the city’s unique position on the coast surrounded by mountains it has its own micro climate.
  • The Gran Hotel Bali is the tallest hotel in Europe at 210 metres tall. 
  • Benidorm is a short journey by hire car from Alicante Airport.
  • The hit television series 'Benidorm' - was filmed in Benidorm can you believe!

Benidorm Mini Guide

Benidorm in Spain is a holiday resort which sprang up after World War II around a Mediterranean fishing hamlet about 100 km (62 miles) south of the port of Valencia. Known as the Manhattan of Spain because of its towering skyline, Benidorm is one of the country’s most visited tourist destinations and its population swells greatly during the peak summer months.

Benidorm City

Once a synonym for tacky, a concerted campaign by the town's tourist organisation has made it more upmarket - evidence of which can be seen in the number of top class restaurants springing up around town.

Situated on the Costa Blanca on the east coast of Spain, it offers a combination of dramatic landscape, warm weather and fine beaches. Much of what guarantees the return of tourists to Benidorm time and time again is the special micro climate which gives it sunshine and fine temperatures all year around. Another draw is that its beaches have been given the blue flag to recognize their cleanliness and the standard to which they are maintained.

The main beaches in Benidorm have been split into two halves, known as the Poniente and the Levante, by a rocky overhang and the skyscrapers in the background give it a similarity to Hong Kong. Both of those beaches are very large and the water is luke warm which makes it the ideal place to lull yourself into a relaxed state.

Benidorm Levante Beach

There are plenty of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs in Benidorm, many of which cater to the main nationalities of visitors – Flemish, Dutch and English – and the other tourists who like to take a package holiday without feeling too far from home. So many of them visit that every summer the population of Benidorm, which is around 65,000 people, is bumped up to half a million, and during the holiday season it is unlikely that you will hear anyone speaking Spanish.

There are a whole host of accommodation options for these holiday makers including the four star Gran Hotel de Bali which used to be the tallest skyscraper in the whole of Spain until 2005. A plan which was implemented in the 1950s to save the green spaces in Benidorm has had the desired effect and the spaciousness of the city can be seen by scaling the nearby Sierras.

Benidorm is very much a family destination and it can offer theme parks, day trips, shows and even wildlife to entertain youngsters. Whether you want to ride a rollercoaster, spin down a water spout or jump and shout at the sight of dolphins doing tricks in an aquarium, Benidorm has it all.

Many of these attractions offer special deals and discounts to families so a fun day out for all need not break the bank. Quite a few of these water and amusement parks are outside of Benidorm in an area called Rincon de Loix, so car hire is advisable when you visit to ensure you have the freedom to enjoy your holiday.

There are a number of shows in the town, some suitable for children who haven’t gone to bed yet and others, such as exotic cabarets and dances which will be enjoyed by couples who have finally got some time to themselves. You can choose to watch a gala production or just go to the disco to let your hair down at many different venues.

It is also possible to visit the island off  Benidorm in a sub aquatic catamaran where you are sure to see wildlife as the island is a conservation haven for hens, peacocks and other birds. Song and dance are popular and have been celebrated every year at the Benidorm International Song Festival which has unearthed many Spanish stars such as Julio Iglesias. If you are itching to keep your swing in shape then you are in luck as Benidorm is a golf player’s paradise. The Costa Blanca has 15 full size golf courses, some of which were designed by the legendary Spanish player Seve Ballesteros and rank among the world’s best.

Once you have worked up an appetite, there are numerous eateries in which to try sumptuous paellas which are all the better for the fresh seafood still being caught locally, even though this is no longer a small Spanish fishing village. But if you’re not feeling adventurous there are loads of bars which will offer bacon and eggs British style and any kind of home cooking, no matter where you have come from.

Latest Update from Benidorm:

27/04/12 - For a different taste of Benidorm try visiting it in the winter months. The sea doesn't cool down until late December and the weather rarely drops below 60f all winter long with many days over 70f. The town is much quieter then and you can take your time at the sights which remain open.

03/02/13 - Another good reason for visiting Benidorm in the winter is to enjoy the city's two main festivals. First there's the festival of the Virgin del Sufragio and Saint James the Apostle which begins on the second Sunday of November and which includes fireworks, parades and historical re-enactments. Then, shortly after, there's the Festival of the Artichoke, again with lots of festivities plus the chance to enjoy the vegetable in all its forms. 

Car Hire Benidorm Customer Comments

02/03/2012 - Was very pleased with the support given to first timers on your site, booking was actually quite simple, despite the number of cars to choose from and your prices are hard to beat.

15/02/2012 - Stereo didn’t work in the car much to my teenager’s annoyance

27/11/2011 - We hire a car twice a year when visiting our holiday home in Benidorm. This is the first time we have used Rhino as recommended by friends. Price was less than we normally pay from local agent and the car was great. Have bookmarked the site and will be back in the summer. Thanks.

20/07/2011 - We hired cars with Rhinocar our last holidays and this year will do the same if we go out, it was easy, clear in a reasonable price and didn't have any problems with the bookings.

27/05/2011 - Perfect place for a cheap holiday with the kids. Bit tacky in parts though.

Driving in Benidorm

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  • 90-100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 50mg

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  • 21

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Car Hire Benidorm Customer Comments:

Wouldn’t want to take the car on a long journey but was fine into town each evening and to the beach each day

C & G Hurst - UK
22/03/2012 00:00 AM

Struggled to get all our luggage into the small car as well as the family but the car served us well

Fosters - UK
22/03/2012 00:00 AM

Hired a car whilst there at a trade conference, it did the job and was cheap

H. Mueller - Germany
19/03/2012 00:00 AM

Buen coche y un precio barato

Silvino Gaillardas - Spain
15/03/2012 00:00 AM

Rhino will be a part of all my holiday plans from now on if you can save me money each time

Henry - UK
05/03/2012 00:00 AM

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You might be considering just going to Benidorm for the beaches and bars, sand and sea but there’s so much more you can do if you hire a car from From only £94 a week you’ll have the freedom to find other less crowded beaches then you can tell your friends all about your new discoveries.

We have cars in all sizes so whether you’re travelling as a couple or as a family, there’ll be the ideal car for you. Child car seats can be requested for the younger ones and we have cars with plenty of luggage space for those day trips to the beach. Once you’ve booked your flights and accommodation, make sure we’re next on the ‘to do’ list!

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