Top 10 Best Things To See In Benidorm
The Costa Blanca’s favourite playground is at the top of the travel list for many UK sun worshippers and it’s easy to see why.
Relax and do nothing on its famous beaches, have a round of golf each day, take the kids to a water park, daytrip around the area and delve into the dazzling nightlife of restaurants, bars, clubs and live entertainment.
Here’s a look at 10 best things to see in Benidorm.
1. Levante Beach
Are you ready to launch into the hustle and bustle of the energetic Levante area? Not only is there a long stretch of beach with beds, parasols, lifeguards and water sports, but you can also explore the atmospheric promenade and even pick up a summer read at the beach library. Though ‘levante’ means sunrise in Spanish, the area bursts into life as the sun sets and the night owls come out to play.
2. Water and Theme Parks
If you’re taking the whole family on your Benidorm break, the kids are going to love the range of theme parks on offer. Visit Terra Mitica for adrenalin rides, Aqualandia for wave pools, lagoons and thrilling slides and Terra Natura to get up-close-and-personal with all your favourite animals.
Perfect for a day trip from the ‘Benidorm busyness’, Altea is only a short drive away towards peace and relaxation. Retaining Spanish charm, the town sits along a picturesque bay surrounded by mountains. Retrace the steps of artists and writers as you explore shops, galleries, restaurants and churches.
4. Old Town
Stroll through the maze of cobbled streets in Benidorm’s Old Town to explore history and culture. You can admire white-washed buildings, the blue-domed church and eat until you burst in ‘Tapas Alley’. If you’d like to blend your beach stay with an historic flavour, there’re a number of hotels available, with restaurants and nightlife just steps away.
5. Santa Barbara Castle
Just a short trip from Benidorm in Alicante, is Castillo de Santa Barbara. Originally built by the Moors, here you can indulge in your fantasies of dungeons, cannons, moats and towers. Make sure you have your camera at the ready for panoramic views as you explore the walls.
6. Boat Trips
You don’t have to stay on land to make the most of your holiday to Benidorm. Boat trips are available to Peacock Island to check out the local sea life and catch amazing views of the coastline. You can also take a ferry trip around Calpe to explore the Rock of Ifach and excursions to Tabarca Island.
Gaudalest is a small village perched on a granite mountain, in the province of Alicante. In a day trip, you can traverse the twisting roads, taking in spectacular views, before discovering the bell tower of Penon de la Alcala, the castle, ancient houses, museums and quaint craft shops.
8. Poniente Beach
Only slightly less crowded than Levante Beach, Poniente Beach still has all the facilities, such as sunbeds, parasols and activities, but the feel is a tad more laid-back and family oriented. Cafes, bars and shops line the promenade, which is perfect for an afternoon stroll or bike ride.
Spain’s third largest city, Valencia, is within easy reach as a daytrip from Benidorm. Filled with cultural monuments, museums, opera houses and sporting events, Valencia’s vibrant appeal blends historical tradition with futuristic architecture, including the City of Arts and Sciences.
10. Golf Courses
You can actually take a ‘golf holiday’ in Benidorm, which may be a dream come true for lovers of the sport. With over 15 courses in the surrounding area, you can play with a backdrop of rugged mountains or pristine coastline and there’s also golf academies, to fine tune your swing during your break.
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