Benidorm is believed to have been inhabited as far back as 3000 BC but it expanded as a city only after the late 1960s. The town stretches across an area of over 38 square kilometres and is presently home to a population of over 70,000 residents. The population comprises a high percentage of immigrant residents from countries such as the United Kingdom, Romania, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, Morocco, Bulgaria, China and Pakistan, making it one of Europe's most culturally diverse cities.
Benidorm is separated into five parts - Poniente, Levante, El Castell, La Cala and El Rincón de Loix - and offers a special micro-climate throughout the year. The sunny town offers a delightful temperature of around 26°C during the season of summer, which is the most popular time of the year for tourists. The city sees flocks of tourists during the season, with particularly large numbers of travellers from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The two main Blue Flag beaches of Benidorm are in Levante and Poniente. Poniente - the more sedate and family-friendly beach - is recommended for families and travellers who yearn for privacy and peaceful relaxation. Over 4 kilometres of sandy beaches are available in Benidorm for travellers to choose from.
Alicante Airport - also known as the El Altet - is the main airport serving the city of Benidorm. It is the sixth busiest airport in Spain and serves millions of passengers every year.
Benidorm offers a few Halal restaurants, offering mainly Indian cuisine. Kebabish Masala and India Gate are two restaurants that could be tried. However it is recommended that you check with the restaurant owners about the preparation of food and availability of Halal menus. Nawaab is another popular spot.
The mosque at Centro Islamico de Calpe is amongst the closest mosques in Benidorm. It is also possible to visit some of the mosques in Valencia, which are in relatively close proximity.