Costa Blanca

10 of the best things to do in Benidorm

1 February 2017 | Updated 14 December 20234 min read

Panorama view of Platja de Llevant beach bay in Benidorm, Spain

The quintessential sun, sea and sand destination, Benidorm has been doing the trick for budget-conscious Brits for decades. With hot weather, lively nightlife and low prices, you can’t go wrong with this Spanish classic.

Whether you’re after a chilled beach break or a fun-filled family getaway, here’s ten things to add to your Benidorm bucket list.

1. Hit the beach

With three to pick from, Benidorm takes some beating for beaches. The epic stretches of Levante and Poniente take care of the wow factor, with long, sweeping sands that cater to everything from watersports to sunbathing.

Smaller Mal Pas is perfect for those looking for a bit more peace and quiet away from the masses, plus the calm, shallow waters make it a hit for families.

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2. Make a splash at a water park

Kamikaze slides, wave pools, lagoons – who doesn’t love a good water park? Whether it’s a day trip with the kids or a laugh with friends, Benidorm’s water parks are great for anyone looking for a bit of fun in the sun.

The two main parks, Agualandia and Aqua Natura, are just outside the city centre and are easily reachable by public transport. From adrenaline-pumping drops to chilled-out lazy rivers, all ages will find something here.

3. Explore the old town

Benners may have become famous for Brits on holiday, but the city’s old town still has a very traditional Spanish flavour. Make sure you leave behind the neon of the main strip in favour of cobbled alleys and quaint tapas bars at least once during your stay.

For a bit of culture, check out the whitewashed church of San Jaime and soak up the cracking views from the Balcon del Mediterraneo viewpoint.

4. Experience Benidorm’s legendary nightlife

When the sun sets over the Benidorm, the real fun starts. Most of the action centres on the bright lights of Benidorm Square, the city’s main strip that is packed with every conceivable type of disco bar.

However, if you’re not after an all-out party, there are plenty of lower-key bars and restaurants in the old town to choose from.

5. Barter for bargains in Benidorm municipal market

If you love hunting for bargains, Benidorm’s bustling municipal market is a must. Haggle over leather goods and hand-crafted souvenirs or pick up fresh fruit and veg and fill up on snacks from the hot food stalls.

It takes place on Wednesday and Sunday mornings in Calle Mercado 1, just north of the old town.

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6. Find some peace in the Serra Gelada Natural Park

A world away from the high-rises and neon lights of the city, the dramatic Serra Gelada Natural Park is the perfect tonic to Benidorm’s buzz.

The craggy clifftop makes for great walking, with stunning views out across the Bay of Altea; the impressive lighthouse is also worth a visit. Up in the hills, you’ll find yourself well apart from the mass tourism of the city, so make sure you take plenty of water and food.

7. Eat with the locals in Tapas Alley

Running along Calle Santo Domingo, the aptly named Tapas Alley is the place to go for classic Spanish food in Benidorm.

Popular with locals and tourists alike, the restaurants in this part of the old town offer great food at low prices, with everything from patatas bravas to mouthwatering seafood. Remember to try out your Spanish when ordering!

8. Take a trip to Benidorm Island

While it’s no Capri, Benidorm Island is a great day out.

The boat ride out is half the fun, putting the size of Benidorm into context. There’s a small café on the island but the best things to do are hiking to the top for the view and swimming off the shore.

Don’t miss a tour on the Aquascope – a part submerged submarine boat that allows you to take a peek below the waves.

9. Visit Guadalest

Perched high on dramatic, rocky mountains, the historic village of Guadalest is one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions – and it’s only 25km (15 miles) away from Benidorm.

This tiny village is home to only around 200 people and is as quaint and traditional as they come.

Climb high up to the Peñon de La Alcalá tower for remarkable views, explore the ruins of ancient castles with the kids and enjoy the many artworks found throughout the village. It’s very popular, so get there early if you want to avoid the crowds.

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10. Spend the day in Alicante

Just 40-minutes from Benidorm by car, Alicante is a must-visit. A charming waterfront and classic old town make strolling through the city one of its best activities, while the views from the medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara are fantastic.

Add in an exciting food scene and a handful of chic boutiques and you’ve got all the makings of a fun-filled day trip.

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