If you are want to book an action packed holiday with the option of relaxing on beaches then Benidorm Spain ticks all the boxes.
Benidorm is situated on Spain’s northern Costa Blanca coast just a two hour plane hop from most of the U.K.’s international airports.
Benidorm is serviced by three international airports all around a ninety minute drive or less from Murcia, Alicante and Valencia. Stay self-catering by renting an apartment in Benidorm or book a villa or stay in the wide range of Benidorm hotels and aparthotels. Read our overview of all the different types of Benidorm accommodation options.
WHAT CAN I DO AND SEE IN BENIDORM?
There are so many attractions in Benidorm a week’s holiday will not be long enough to fit them all in. There are just so many different things to do and see in Benidorm which is why so many people come back to Benidorm year after year. Many of these tourist attractions are local and some can only be reached by tram or car.
First of all there are the famous golden beaches of Playa Levante and Playa Poniente or Finestrat further afield. All the beaches have fantastic promenades with boutiques and shops, restaurants and bars.
Apart from the beaches the second best attraction Benidorm has are the many theme parks. Not many resorts can boost so many parks so close together as Benidorm does. Benidorm is well known for its theme parks, like Orlando has the Magic Kingdom, Wet and Wild, and Sea World, Benidorm has Terra Natura-Aqua Natura, Terra Mitica, Aqualandia and Mundomar.
Terra Mitica is an ancient world theme park with roller coaster rides, rides and live entertainment while Terra Natura its sister park is divided into four zones with a zoo and live entertainment. Aqualandia has over 30 rides, slides and flumes while Mundomar has exotic aquatic creatures with dolphin, sea-lion and parrot shows.
Another Benidorm tourist attraction not to be missed of course is an evening at The Benidorm Palace where you can enjoy dinner and a show. The fabulous dancers with glamorous costumes and artistes from around the world and superb choice of menus and wine definitely make it a night to remember.
Marco Polo Expeditions lives up to its name by offering paint balling, mountain biking, safaris, kickbacking, quad biking, snorkelling and hiking. To book your experience you can visit their offices which are located on the corner of the Avenida Europan and Avenida Mediterraneo.
No vacation to Benidorm would be complete without a boat trip. Boats depart from the marina at Benidorm at eleven in the morning, going up the coast to Calpe which takes roughly an hour. You can go to Calpe’s fine beaches or enjoy their promenades serving fine cuisine. Your return journey to Benidorm begins at three in the afternoon. These boat trips are available all year round with the exceptions of Tuesdays and Sundays.
Taking a sub aquatic catamaran trip also is a fantastic experience with glass bottomed boats you can admire the marine life. The destination of this trip is to the two kilometres out to sea Peacock Island, a nature reserve with many varieties of wild birds. Trips run every hour and tickets are sold at the far end of the quay.
A tourist resort in Spain would be incomplete without a golf course and Benidorm is no exception. The Real De Faula Golf Club designed by Jack Nicklaus is made up of two eighteen hole golf courses suitable for all levels of ability. Rates start at €46.
Many people are attracted to Benidorm because of the lively Benidorm nightlife that Benidorm is famous for. Many visitors come for stag do’s and hen do’s and to drink until they drop! In the evenings on the streets of Benidorm with its colourful and vibrant nightlife there are many live shows and acts in the pubs, clubs and bars of which Sticky Vicky Spain must be the most famous attraction of them all.
ATTRACTIONS NEAR TO BENIDORM
There are also many attractions up and down the Costa Blanca coast as the whole area is a popular tourist destination due to the hot weather and climate and the sandy beaches. To visit these attractions you really will need to hire a car in Benidorm or get on an organised coach or bus tour as public transport is minimal.
For example, thirty three kilometres inland from Benidorm is the Aitana Safari Park. There you will be able to see lions, tigers, elephants and many other animals in the wild. There is a little zoo for children to enjoy and a special nursery where the zoo cares for the new born animals. The park is open all year around at eleven o’clock in the morning and tickets start at €13 for adults and €10 for children.
The Vergel Safari Park in Ondara is a thirty minute drive from Benidorm featuring lions, tigers and leopards in the wild where you can view them in their natural habitat from the comfort of your car much like the Kruger National Park in South-Africa. Vergel also has domesticated animals such as pigs and ponies as well as seals and dolphins which put on a show. There are also go-carts, a mini train and a children’s play area. The park is open to the public during the summer months from ten in the morning until seven in the evening.
Cactuslandia Gardens not far from Benidorm and it contains an array of impressive cacti specimens and colourful exotic birds. The park is divided into two areas one with cacti and the other with mango trees, guava trees, Papaya trees and banana trees. You can view a collection of shells, corals, fossils and insects in the on-site Natural History Museum.
Natural attractions close to Benidorm are the Algar Falls and Canelobre Caves. The Algar falls located behind Altea are waterfalls with pools where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon, either bring your own picnic or dine at the small restaurants on site. In the small town itself there are a couple of restaurants with pools and play area where you can enjoy a relaxing meal while the children amuse themselves in the pool and play area.
The Canelobre caves are in Busot just twenty kilometres north of Alicante. The caves are open all year around and consist of a large natural chamber with mineral deposits resembling a candelabra. The lighting of this natural wonder are so fantastic that concerts are held here regularly.
Guadalest is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Costa Blanca and is not far from Benidorm. Guadalest is a tiny village sitting on top of a mountain. The village appears perched on a tiny pinnacle rising into the sky which makes it look absolutely amazing.
Guadalest is famous for the castle (Castell de Guadalest) which can only be accessed by walking through a 15 foot long tunnel carved out of the rock and the other famous building that you will often see photographed or on postcards is the white bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which rises up seemingly precariously perched on the mountainside.
Page Summary – This page contains unique content about the many attractions in Benidorm. Of course many visitors and tourists coming to Benidorm just want to lie on the beach and use the nearest bars and restaurants but many other people ask us just what there is to do for a more active holiday or vacation experience. Well Benidorm has plenty for visitors to do and see and in this article we list the best attractions in Benidorm.
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