Benidorm city can be described as the city of contrast. On one hand, the endless waves of the Mediterranean Sea shine in the beaches of the Costa Blanca. The life around the beaches starts dancing to the tune of the endless bars after sundown. On the other hand, the old square of the city brings you back towards the rich history of the Spain. Once a small fishing town, the city is quite famous for its variety of the theme parks, with the promise of endless adventures residing in every corner. Learn more about the best things to do in Benidorm!
1. A must start of your trip: Levante and Poniente beaches of the Costa Blanca
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The city of Benidorm proudly presents the wide sandy beaches of Costa Blanca. At the southern part of the city resides Levante Beach. This beach is famous amongst the travelers and the young crowd of the city. The wide varieties of bars and nightclubs keep the beach awake from sundown to the next sunrise. Also, the sunrise from this beach is not to be missed. On the northern part, Poniente Beach is located around the old and historic part of the city. This beach is comparatively calm and quiet and most preferred as a family-friendly beach.
Address: Av. Madrid, Benidorm, Spain
Address: Av. de la Marina Espanola, Benidorm, Spain
Website: Official Website of Benidorm
2. Now, the theme park Terra Mítica
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The city is famous for its awesome collection of theme parks. At first, you must visit Terra Mítica, the ancient civilization themed park. The ancient world of Egypt, Rome, Greece can be revived in various parts of the park, along with the adventurous rides. The Iberia Park is the water park adjacent to the Terra Mítica, which is themed on the history of Spain.
Address: Partida del Moralet, s/n, 03502 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain
Website: Terra Mítica
3. Mundomar: the marine animal park to see the sea animals
Give a visit to the marine park Mundomar to interact with dolphins and the sea lions. The live shows of dolphins are not only for the kids, they are to entertain people of any age. Along with dolphins, you get to see the penguins, sea lions and many more water-animals here. The water park Aqualandia is adjacent to Mundomar, to complete your day of enjoying the water activities. Aqualandia is the oldest theme park of Spain and it still has some of the unique rides.
Address: C/ Sierra Helada, s/n, 03503 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain
4. A visit to Balcón del Mediterráneo: in search of lost history
Balcón del Mediterráneo is located on the site of the lost castle of Benidorm. Today, in its place, stands an amazing structure to get the best view of the nearby sea. The white-black chessboard tiled balcony stands in the place of the old fort which used to protect the city Benidorm from attacks of outsiders for around 300 years. From here, get amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea and the secluded island off the shore. The Balcón del Mediterráneo literally divides the two beaches, Levante and Poniente.
Balcón del Mediterráneo
Address: Plaça de Castelar, 1, 03501 Benidorm, Alacant, Spain
5. Climb La Cruz de Benidorm, to get an amazing view of the city
In the west part of the city, La Cruz de Benidorm was once planted by a religious group in order to free this city from its sin. Today, a 45-minute uphill journey will give you an excellent view of the city from the hilltop. In the year 1975, the old original cross was blown away by a storm. The original cross was replaced by the present-day one, and the place has become popular as a tourist attraction for its awesome scenic outlook.
La Cruz de Benidorm
Address: Calle de Taywan, Benidorm, Spain
6. A stroll through the Old Town of Benidorm
The old quarter of the town gives an excellent glimpse of history and architecture of the town. Away from the glitz and glamor of the Costa Blanca, this old quarter represents typical Spanish cobbled lanes, the Gothic churches, the white-washed houses. In the old town, head towards the Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana. Sitting in the old quarter, you can feel the vibe of the old Spanish town. The Malpas Beach of the old town portrays another flavor of the Benidorm Coast. Now, after a long walk, if you are hungry, head on to the Tapas Alley for the excellent taste of local cuisine.
Parroquia de San Jaime y Santa Ana - Benidorm
Address: Plaza Castelar, 1, 03501 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain
7. Hiking on the Sierra Gelada
Beyond the coastline, if you are hungry for a taste of nature, opt for the National Park Sierra Gelada. Sierra Gelada is the first marine and terrestrial park of the total Valencia region. This national park combines the cliffs with the Mediterranean Sea. There are several hiking routes located on the Sierra Helada. The hike to Serra Gelada is easy and enchanting. On the way, don’t miss the view from the Punta del Cavall, the seventeen-century watchtower.
Address: L'Albir, Camí Vell Del Far, s/n, 03581 L'Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, Spain
Website: Hiking in Benidorm
8. A day trip to the sleepy old town Altea
Altea is a sleepy Spanish town, located just 15 minutes away from Benidorm City. This old town takes you back in time, along the coastline of the Costa Blanca. The church of ‘Virgen de Consuelo’ is perched on the hilltop of the town. The architecture is more attractive for its blue-doomed top. The main square, located on the top of the town, gives an awesome view of the cities like Benidorm and Albir. If you are visiting on a Tuesday, head to the main market around the town hall, as Tuesday is the market day in the town.
9. Enjoy a day-trip and watch the sunset from Castillo de Biar
If you are an ardent fan of the history, a trip to Castillo de Biar is a must. The 13th-century military castle is located on the top of the hill, which overlooks the city of Castillo de Biar. The fortified castle will take you back to the era of kings and kingdoms, but the view will bring you back to present. After a full day of discovering this castle, don’t miss the awesome sunset from here.
Castillo de Biar
Address: Explanada del Castillo, 03410 Biar, Alicante, Spain
Website: Castillo de Biar (in Spanish)
10. Another short trip to Guadalest: to see the Moorish establishments
Guadalest is located around 20 km (12.4 miles) from Benidorm. Surrounded by the mountain chains of Sierra d´Aixorta, Sierra de Aitana, and Sierra de Serella, the village is most popular for its Moorish heritage. The castle of Guadalest (Castell de Guadalest) is accessible through a tunnel named Portal de San Jose. This secure castle was built around 1,300 years ago by the Moors. Today, the village around the castle is a small establishment and popular as a tourist destination.
Address: El Castell de Guadalest, 03517, Alicante, Spain
The amazing gifts of Benidorm
No matter which places you discover, by the day-time or night, Benidorm hosts a wonderful array of attractions just waiting to be discovered. Once you are finished exploring, the best idea is to dance till the East sky lightens and the music fades away.
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