Whether you’re a beach bum or a culture lover, a sunny getaway to Benidorm should be at the top of your holiday bucket list. Situated in Spain’s Alicante region, this coastal resort is the perfect place to ride the waves on a surfboard, discover historical landmarks or haggle your way through open-air markets. But regardless of what fun-filled activities you opt for, there’s one thing that all visitors love: the city’s rich and varied gastronomy. Although Benidorm is peppered with restaurants from A to Z, here are the five that’ll allow you to truly and fully experience the authentic taste of Spain.
La Cava Aragonesa
If you’re looking for fine dining and especially wining, look no further than La Cava Aragonesa. This chic yet rustic venue is located in the heart of the old town, and is a household name among locals. It exclusively served champagne when it opened its doors in 1980, but has since broadened its gastronomic horizons. Along with spoiling diners for choice with a wine list of approximately 700 different bottles, it’s known for its pa amb tomàquet, a Catalonian bread that’s toasted to perfection and topped with tomatoes. Oh, and why not supplement that with a plate of traditional Spanish meats and cheeses?
Top Tip: Thanks to the restaurant’s central location, you could even stop by on your way from Alicante Airport to Benidorm’s city centre! What better way to start an indulgent holiday?
If a romantic seaside restaurant is what you’re after, get ready for an unforgettable dinner date at La Falúa. This culinary haven boasts an impressive variety of international dishes, but is most famous for its Mediterranean seafood sensations. While you’re toasting to your holiday, you’ll find yourself mesmerised by sweeping ocean views, which are best enjoyed over oysters, paella and a selection of decadent desserts. There’s truly no better place to up the romance and tantalise your taste buds!
Llum del Mar
Can’t get enough of the spectacular sea views? No problem: a visit to Llum del Mar is a treat for both your eyes and your stomach. While this restaurant’s vibe is not quite as romantic as that of La Falúa, its panoramic views and Mediterranean delicacies promise not to disappoint. As you listen to the waves lapping against the shore, we recommend savouring the Iberian pork appetizer, the wild-caught fish main course and the heavenly chocolate cake dessert.
Restaurante Casa Toni
For a casual dinner after a day of topping up your tan, pop into Casa Toni, a homey restaurant that’s always bustling with locals. From traditional nibbles, such as bocatas (little sandwiches), to a hearty steak, this venue caters to every appetite. If you’d like to get an insight into local life, simply sit down to a glass of wine and an authentically Spanish meal and chat with the friendly regulars.
How to Get There
Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a longer stay in Benidorm, beginning your holiday on the right foot is a breeze. The direct flight from London airports to Alicante (ALC) only takes about two and a half hours, and is offered by several reputable airlines, including Jet2, easyJet and Ryanair.
Once you’ve arrived at the airport, you could faff around with unreliable public transportation – but why not start your holiday on the highest possible note? For a quick, convenient and dependable ride from Alicante Airport to Benidorm, it’s best to book a private transfer with Shuttle Direct, whose services are highly regarded throughout Europe and North Africa. Before you know it, one of the provider’s experienced drivers will have whisked you away from Alicante Airport to Benidorm, where you’ll be ready to pamper your palate like never before.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for the most affordable ride from Alicante Airport to Benidorm, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.