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BENIDORM INDOOR MARKET - Centro Comercial Mercaloix

If you enjoy buying inexpensive things in a friendly environment, pop into the Benidorm Indoor Market.

There’s something here for everyone: clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics, toys, jewellery, personalised gifts, books, local farm produce, money exchange booths hairdressers, property rental agents and a few stands selling snacks and refreshments.

Benidorm Indoor Market is located in the Rincon de Loix area of Benidorm, and has 3 wheel chair friendly entrances, one is next to the Mas y Mas Supermarket and opposite KFC,  another one is next to the Hotel Sol Pelicanos, and another opposite the Hotel Nereo

Benidorm Indoor Market

Some of the wonderful shops in the Indoor Market - 

Alarcon Bakery 

British Pastery And Cakes To Order Or To Eat In Situated In The Indoor Market

BB Balloons, Paulines Pick a Card

Card and gift shop.  All you need for your parties including printed t-shirts, hats, mugs and loads of personalised gifts, situated on Aisle 2B

Nova 86

The Specialist shop for all your vaping needs, Situated in the Indoor Market.

Perfume Bodega

Quality designer inspired fragrances, direct from the laboratory, saving you up to 80% off High Street Prices.

Tony´s Exchange

Tony´s Money Exchange, offering an honest and competitive service since 2002.

Hepburns Hair and Beauty

Euro Perfume

Women's Perfume and Men's Fragrances. Baby Clothes and more

The Indoor Market is open from: 

8am till 6pm Mon – Friday

8am till 6pm Saturday (some may close earlier)

Closed Sundays

During Fiesta days the indoor market will either be closed or open until 3pm

For information on all the local markets in the area click HERE

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Walks in and around Benidorm

Walks in and around Benidorm

Walks in and around Benidorm - Benidorm is much more than just bars, there is something here for everyone and if you enjoy walking there are some fabulous places to enjoy a relaxing stroll, along the beach or in the marvellous local parks or if feeling more adventurous hill/mountain walking.

Benidorm Beach front walks

The obvious choice for many and here in Benidorm itself we are lucky enough to have 2 fantastic beaches that are just perfect for a stroll anytime of the day or night, both have plenty of bars to pop into for refreshments.

Levante Beach, also know as Sunrise Beach

Beaches in Benidorm

Levante Beach in Benidorm runs for almost 2km from Punta Pinet to Punta Canfali, Levante Beach is one of the best known beaches in Europe, the beach is south facing, so enjoys the sun all day and is classed as a Blue Flag Beach.  This is the busiest beach in Benidorm.  There are hundreds of bars and restaurants along the promenade offering everything from just ice creams to live music and everything in-between.

Poniente Beach, known as Sunset Beach

At more than 3km long Poniente Beach is the longest beach in Benidorm, making it an ideal place to stroll along during the day or evening, it is usually much quieter and features a new modern promenade designed by the architect Carlos Ferrater, there are a wide selection of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Mountains and Beaches enjoy the Sierra Helada/Geleda

Follow the coast road round from Levante beach (to the North of Benidorm) and you will come across two wonderful coves, Cala Almadrava and Tio Ximo both these small coves are situated at the base of the steep cliffs of the Sierra Helada, and enjoy the stunning views. Follow the road down to Tio Ximo cove and you will see a path to the left, this leads to a lovely look out point to enjoy the views looking out to sea and over Benidorm itself. Enjoy a visit to Meritas Bar 

For a slightly longer walk just at the top of the Almadrave cove you will see another entrance to the Sierra Helada, this is a great walk with stunning scenery and leads to the Punta del Cavall watchtower. This route is about 3 km round trip, and can be done in an hour, there are a few seats to stop, rest and enjoy the views along the way.

Walk to Benidorm´s famous Cross, La Cruz.

The views from the cross (La Cruz,) are spectacular both day and night, it is well worth a visit just to see the stunning scenery across Benidorm and the surrounding area.  

It is situated at the top of the Sierra Gelada Natura reserve, and stands around 438m above sea level.

There are various routes to get to The Cross from the town depending upon where you are, from somewhere such as The Flash Hotel the shortest walking route is about 2.6km and would take about 45 minutes for someone quite fit, bear in mind that it is ALL uphill. Read about the history of the cross and find maps here.

Walks in and around Benidorm

Albir to Altea or visa versa

This is another seafront walk enjoyed by many, catch the number 10 bus to either Altea or Albir and follow the coast Road.  Both Albir and Altea have lots of lovely bars and restaurants along the route. More information about Albir and Altea. From the seafront of Albir to the port at Altea is about 2.5 km and takes around half an hour.

Albir Lighthouse

Walks in and around Benidorm, Albir Lighthouse

The lighthouse can only be reached on foot (or bike) and the walk to it is started from the entrance to the Sierra Helada natural park. There is a large car park as well as a new visitor centre, which is open most days. To reach the natural park from the anchor monument on the seafront, take the road above it (Opp the Correos Post Office) and head uphill, following the road for around 600m. The entrance to the car park is at the top of the street.  Distance approx 4.5 km round trip, Easy/moderate terrain, Approx time 1 hour.

Walks in and around Benidorm

La Cala  - Watchtower of l'Aguilò

Take a walk to the Renaissance watchtower of l'Aguilò, situated the other side of La Cala Bay, this is actually classed as being in the municipality of Villa Joyosa.

There are two routes but the longest is the easiest and begins on the road as you head out of La Cala from the beach, the entrance is on the left, its a comfortable paths to walk with some steep climbs, so go with appropriate footwear  At the foot of the tower, the views are breath taking and there are places to rest. The walk will take approximately 90 minutes (about 1.5km), make sure you take some water with you as there is nowhere to obtain any on this walk, there are also no toilets.

From here there are various coastal paths that lead to Villa Joyosa.

The photos below were taken on 19th November 2020

Walks in and around Benidorm

Parks in Benidorm 

There are three parks in Benidorm that are perfect for a lovely relaxing stroll.

Benidorm The Old Town

L’Aiguera Park. You can find its main entrance by the Town Hall in the Old Town, to walk from top to bottom it will take you around 15-20 minutes. It’s the park that connects the old town with the new, crossing it you will come across the Julio Englasias Ampetheatre that is used by the town to organize musical and cultural events. At the very end you will find the Benidorm Bull ring.

Walks in and around Benidorm, L´Aiguera Park

Note, in the main areas of the park dogs are not permitted, but up past the bullring you will find a small dog park.

Foietes Park, near the sports center in the old town, is another green space that you will find in Benidorm. Just like l’Aigüera, in this park you will find different playgrounds, recreational areas for young and old and shady areas with tables designed for picnics. 

Walks in and around Benidorm, Foietes Park

Adolfo Suárez leisure and recreation area and pet park. This covers an area of ​​1,460 square meters and includes a fenced dog park in which different structures have been installed so that pets can move freely, jump and run. In addition, the area is equipped with gravel and pipeclay pavements, there are plenty of picnic table and even biohealthy exercise areas.

Guadalest Reservoir, Embalse de Guadalest

There is lovely walk around the reservoir, on minor roads and paths The journey is about 12.7km (7.9 miles). see map below.  Find More information on Guadalest itself HERE

For the more serious hikers

ALWAYS CHECK THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE HEADING INTO THE MOUNTAINS

If climbing take plenty of time and allow yourself enough daylight hours, mountain rescues are not uncommon

Leave your detail, name, telephone number and  route etc with someone before you attempt the climb.

Never go on your own.

It can also get very cold at the summit so be prepared.  Take plenty of water and food with you.

Wear the proper clothing and shoes etc.

If it becomes too difficult turn back.  SAFETY FIRST, ALWAYS.

The 7 Peaks of the Sierra Helada

Feeling fit? you can walk from the Benidorm cross to Albir. This is the most challenging walk of the Sierra Gelada natural park as the walk passes along the seven peaks between Benidorm and Albir. You can walk in either direction, but remember to arrange transport at the other end as it is one way. The panoramic views are breath-taking, and well worth all the climbing up and down.

From Benidorm the walk starts at the Cross. There is then a marked pathway up and down seven peaks, before arriving in Albir at the Sierra Gelada visitor centre.  Many walkers prefer to get a lift to the Cross.

This is only recommended for people with moderately high fitness levels and full mobility.  Distance 11km one-way trip.  Moderately difficult, but worth the challenge!.  Allow 4.5 hours.

Sierra Cortina, Finestrat

The Sierra Cortina is another marvellous experience –  quite an easy route along the crest which gives you some of the most panoramic views of Benidorm and the other coastal resorts of the Marina Baja region.

If you head to Residencia Golf Bahia, from the roundabout, it's fairly obvious which road to take and about 100m up this residential road you will see a path that leads steeply uphill.  This path takes you straight to the high point, where there's a cairn and cross "Alto de Cortina

Photo from Benidorm Seriously Member Gerrich Schoels

Walks in and around Benidorm 

Puig Campana Mountain

There are three routes you can take:  “Volta de la Serra” is the most common route to the peak, the second route “Ascension Puig Campana is a bit more complex and the third route is the “Cami de la Cove del Roget”.

The most direct  ascent is from Finestrat, starting at Font del Molí, heading towards the mountain's south face. From here, a long, steep, scree slope can be seen. It is possible (although unpleasant) to ascend the scree directly, or follow the trail which runs parallel to the scree slope on the right hand side. Both the trail and the scree slope are marked with fading red painted symbols. The trail is easy to lose in mist so only attempt this in good clear weather conditions. From the top of the scree slope, the trail turns east towards the summit. There are lots of criss-crossing paths here, which makes the route very difficult to follow.

The routes are classed as low to medium difficulty so they are apt for all hikers and the duration of the routes vary between 4 to 6 hours depending on the route chosen.  All routes start from the Font del Moli.

Sierra Bernia Mountain

This mountain with a length of 9 km between the Algar's valley river and Mascarat's ravine, divides the Marina Alta and the Marina Baixa. In it, is the Mascarat, a huge and spectacular rocky ravine which reaches the highest point of Bernia (1126 meters) this mountain covers 1,900 hectares and the towns of Altea, Calpe, Callosa d'Ensarria, Benissa and Jalon (Xaló)

The route begins at Font del Garrofer (Altea La Vella). There is a steep path which leads up to Les Penyes ravine, from there the trail goes between abandoned crop patches which then lead to a recreational area. Continuing on you will reach the beginning of a circular trail. To walk this trail you must go in the direction of Font Bernia, which are the ruins of an old fortress, following the trail you will arrive at Casas de Bernia, Font de Bernia and El Forat. Finally passing through the Forat, you will once again be back at the circular trail.

At the highest point (1,128 meters above sea level) you can see the entire coastline from the Cape La Nao in Javea to the port of Alicante.    On a clear day you can even see the island of Ibiza.

Length: 15,2 km (Round trip), Duration: 4h 35 min 

Marco Polo and the DownHill Bike Ride also provide guided walks, find more information HERE

What are your favourite walks, have we covered them? If not comment below.

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Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

Top 25 Things to do in Benidorm

Benidorm is a holiday destination that has something for everyone, whether you want to party 24/7 or have a quiet relaxing holiday.  Below is a list of the top 25 things to do in Benidorm itself as suggested by Benidorm Seriously Facebook Group Members, these are listed in no particular order.

For details of things to do in the SURROUNDING AREA

1) ENTERTAINMENT IN BENIDORM

Things to do in Benidorm, entertainment, Whats On Guide

The entertainment scene in Benidorm is the best in Europe with something to suit, whatever age you are.  With hundreds of entertainers around the town in different venues from Hypnotists to Tribute Bands, top Comedians and so much more.  To find out who is on when and where click HERE

2) BENIDORM PALACE 

See an absolutely fabulous show in the theatre styled nightclub Benidorm Palace. Before the show you can have a meal or just book to see the show, Benidorm Palace produces a different show every year and is the home to the biggest stage in Europe.

This seasons show is TERRA - BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE 

Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

EATING AND DRINKING IN BENIDORM

3) DINING OUT

Everyone needs to eat and Benidorm offers something for everyone from a typical British Full English Breakfast to top a la carte restaurants and everything in-between, you will certainly never go hungry here in Benidorm.

You will find lots of ideas of where to eat here

4) Tapas Alley

Tapas Alley is a must visit if you want to soak up the real Spanish atmosphere whilst enjoying some traditional Spanish Tapas, this is situated in the old town, more information here.

5) DRINKING

A favourite pastime for many, and once again Benidorm has 1000s of different bars from small intimate bars to busy cabaret bars, Karaoke bars, sports bars and sophisticated cocktail bars, everyone will have their favourite.

You will find lots bars listed here all with interactive maps

Many of the bars and restaurants are open all day, some until the early hours of the morning.  No mater what time, day or night you will always be able to find somewhere to eat or drink

Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

6) BEACHES IN BENIDORM

Things to do in Benidorm, Poniente Beach

Did you know Benidorm actually has 5 beaches? Levante, Poniente, Mal Pas, Almadrava (Almadraba) and Tio Ximo.  Find out more about each one of the beautiful beaches here.

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7) WALK/DRIVE UP TO THE FAMOUS CROSS - Mirador de la Cruz

Things to do in Benidorm, The Cross, La Cruz

The views from the cross are spectacular both day and night, it is well worth a visit just to see the stunning scenery across Benidorm and the surrounding area.  It is situated at the top of the Sierra Gelada Natura reserve.  There are various routes of getting to it from the town, you can also drive most of the way and then take the steps and path up to the actual cross itself. The number 24 bus will take you about 1/3rd of the way up. You can also continue walking across the mountains to Albir Lighthouse.  Make sure you take water etc with you as there are no services etc at the cross itself.

Find our more information about the famous cross including the history and maps etc HERE

8) El Mirador de la Punta del Canfali – THE CASTLE, LOOK OUT POINT

The castle/fortress was situated on the big rock that divides the two beaches (Lavante and Poneinte) and its main purpose was to guard against invasions of the Berber pirates.  The castle was thought to have stood here around 1325, this is the highest point in Benidorm, with its characteristic white balustrade  it is one of the symbols of the city. The viewpoint has two parts, a top with benches and rest areas, and another viewing point down quite a  few quite steep steps which offers views closer to the sea.

The Mirador, this area is also known as "Balcony of the Mediterranean." and one of Benidorm Old Towns most visited tourist spots with panoramic 360º views.

9) Visit 'San Jaime' Church (St James) Benidorm Old Town

The church of "Saint James" is dedicated to the patron saint of the town.  It is set at the very top of the Old Town on Canfali hill. It is a Neoclassical building, built in the 18th Century with the typical blue Mediterranean tiled dome.

Inside you´ll find a statue of the Virgen del Sufragio, the well-loved patron saint of Benidorm. The Virgin has her own small chapel containing the little wood sculpture which, as the story goes, was found on a boat adrift on the high seas.

10) Parque de Elche

The famous Elche park is home to hundreds of beautiful white doves and know to many as Dove Park, it is also known for its spectacular palm trees.

It is located just in front of Poniente Beach and is close to Benidorm Harbour.  This is a lovely shady park and a great place to sit and people watch. Find more information here

11)  Parque De L’Aiguera – Known as the great centre of Benidorm

This is a long, extensive public park in the neoclassical style, designed by architect Ricardo Bofill. It´s a truly beautiful park and well worth a visit. The park separates the old city from the modern buildings and it has two amphitheatres used for cultural events in the summer months. The Benidorm song festival takes place in the Julio Iglesias auditorium in the park for two days in the month of June, and various other music festivals are held during the year.  The park ends at the Bullring and an enclosure which is used for fairs during fiestas.

12) Visit one of Benidorm´s Museums, More information HERE

13) Boat Trip to Benidorm Island (Isla de Benidorm, peacock island)

Some call it Peacock Island, others Benidorm Rock and the locals refer to it as simply L’illa (the island), if you’ve never made the journey across the bay to explore it, then you really should, because it’s a great day out. Enjoy the amazing views of the Benidorm skyline from the Mediterranean framed by the towering Puig Campana mountain (the one with the hole in the top) it is simply stunning – in fact the whole trip is worth it just for that view. More info HERE

14) Enjoy a Walk in the Sierra Geleda/Helada Natural Park

Sierra Helada is a natural park and includes the areas of  Benidorm, L'Alfàs el Pì and Altea. Sierra Helada means Ice mountain in Spanish. The name is said to come from the way the cliffs look from the sea on a moonlit night. Fisherman on the Mediterranean Sea found that the rocks looked like an iceberg and also due to the cliffs orientation which creates a colder macro-climate.

It is a protected site with a total surface area of 5,564 Hectares, 4,920 hectares of which are a marine reserve and in these waters are some of the most interesting underwater areas of the Mediterranean peninsular.  The coastline is one of the most beautiful in the Valencian region.  The park also includes three islands: Illot de la Mitjana, the Illot de Benidorm and the Illots of Olla and la Galera.

Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

MARKETS

Things to do in Benidorm, Market days

15) Pueblo Market

One of the biggest markets in the area, known as "El Pueblo", it is situated near the Servigroup Pueblo Hotel and is held every Sunday and Wednesday, starting around 08.30 until 13.30ish. Here you can find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to leather goods and hot food.  For details of other markets in the area click here.

16) El Cisne Rastro

One of the best Rastros in the Benidorm area is the El Cisne Rastro, (which in Spanish means the Swan) also known as El Cisne Antiguedades. Only 15 minutes outside Benidorm and near the towns of Alfaz del Pi, Albir and Altea, the El Cisne market is a wonderful place to spend a few hours, not just for the cheap shopping but for the food and entertainment too. Open, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

17) BENIDORM SITE SEEING TOURS

Benidorm is a large place with plenty to see and lots of different ways of seeing the sights by bus, trains, trams and even by Segway or Scooter.  Find more information here

18) Open top Buses

The perfect way to see the city and seafront without walking too far. You can catch the open top bus from the Rincon near Mc Donalds. There are two buses available - The Number 30 goes to Cala Finestrat starting at  “Rincón de L’oix” (opp Grand National Bar) and along the Avd Mediterranean round the town Centre, by the “Parque de Elche”, “Paseo de Poniente” and finally, it gets to  “Cala de Finestrat”.

The number 31 also starts from the “Rincón de Loix” and goes via Avd Atmella de Mar, Avd Severo Ocho. And then, it goes to Albir and Altea beaches.

19) Bus Turistico

Visit the sights of Benidorm without doing too much walking? The "Bus Turistico" is a great way to see all three parts of the town without moving a muscle!  This is a fun tram with audio in 8 different languages.

20) Train Vision

This operates an hourly service and it´s a great stress free way to see the resort.

The tourist train has 2 routes: Levante Panoramico - this runs along the Avd Mediterraneo then heads up the Serra Helada where you will get a spectacular view of Benidorm.  Route 2 is Poniente – which starts at Elche Park (sometimes referred to as Dove park, at the end of the Old Town) and down to La Cala and back.

Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

ANNIMAL PARKS

21) Terra Natura - GET 5% DISCOUNT WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE HERE

At Terra Natura Benidorm you can see more than 1,500 animals from 200 different species, 50 of which are in serious danger of extinction, and over 2,500 examples of more than 160 species of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants from these regions. As well as the hugely varied collection of wildlife, our educational information (through placards with biological details and information points), the architectural theming and the range of shows, entertainment and adventure activities make Terra Natura the venue of choice for families looking to spend an interesting and entertaining day in a natural setting.  More information HERE

22) Mundomar 

A great day out for all the family Mundomar is a marine animal park, It is twinned with the water park Aqualandia which is directly adjacent to it, and shares the same car park.

Many different species can be viewed at Mundomar, including dolphins, sea lions, penguins and meerkats and many more marine and land animals.

There are dolphin, sea lion, and parrot displays several times a day at the park, where visitors can watch trained handlers interacting with the animals, and putting on spectacular shows.

 

WATER PARKS

Things to do in Benidorm, water parks

23) Aqua Natura GET 5% DISCOUNT WHEN BOOKING ONLINE HERE

Perfect for any age and situated right next to Terra Natura.  There are more than 1.000 meters of exciting slides and exclusive bathing zones for children  Aqua Natura has five large sections: the wave pool, the water slides, the kid’s pool, the lighthouse breakwater and the Spa-Sun Deck.

24) Aqualandia 

Aqualandia in Benidorm, the first water park built in Spain, opened in 1985. Since then it has been not only one of the largest water parks in the world, but also ranks among those which offer the most attractions and facilities as well as outstanding customer service. Situated right next door to Mundomar.

 

Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

THEME PARKS

25) Terra Mitica 

Discover ancient Mediterranean civilisations at Terra Mitica, Benidorm, where the theme park will transport you directly to the history of Greece, Egypt and Rome. Terra Mitica will let you enjoy the finest days of summer, with shows and rides to excite and fascinate you, whilst taking your adrenaline to new limits. Are you ready to live the dream?

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Hire a  e-Bike, Segway, Scooter or even a quad bike and see the sights, you can hire from Marco Polo or Benidorm Trips, you will find lots of hire options HERE

Read about our experience seeing the sights by E-Bike here

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What are your favourite things to do in Benidorm, comment below.

Cycling in Benidorm

Cycling in Benidorm

It has long been our quest to provide as much information to our members as possible regarding Benidorm and the surrounding area.  We have shared our experiences from our road trips as we explored many parts of Spain beyond Benidorm.  For those experiences reserved for the visitors and very seldom tried by those of us who have made Benidorm our home, we have been guilty of leaving that to our members.  Today we decided to put some old theories to the test.  The first is that you often miss the most beautiful things right on your own doorstep.  The second was a test on the theory, "its like riding a bike".  If you have done it once you never forget it.  Armed with these two challenges Derek and I accepted an invitation from Sergio of Visit Benidorm to go cycling in Benidorm. 

Cycling in Benidorm

Benidorm actually has more then 100km of cycle paths and today we were going to explore a small portion of them, one being the beautiful  Sierra Helada/Gelada Natural Park, which is right outside our door and an area we walk our dogs every day.  This time we would do it by Bicycle.  I have to admit we did cheat a little with the use of Electric Bikes (E-bikes).  After some encouragement from the proprietor of Tao Bike and the reassurance of Sergio´s more youthful years travelling with us, one or two trial circles of the immediate area outside the shop to make sure I would not need children´s stabilizers Derek and I were ready for our adventure. 

Cycling in Benidorm

Rather than face the deadly hills around the coast, we headed first of all to the Viewing point, EL Mirador de la Punta del Canfali in the old town.  It's true, it was just like riding a bike.  Within a few minutes our confidence was rising and peddling uphill toward the Mirador really was surprisingly easy with the assistance of electric power. 

The view from El Mirador was as spectacular as ever.  Even though this is an area we are very familiar with, and with the weather a little duller than what we normally experience in Benidorm, it is from this point Benidorm can really be experienced in all its grandeur. 

Looking to the east past Mal Pas Beach and along Poniente Beach, Benidorm´s longest Beach towards La Cala bay, we can marvel at the fabulous M shaped building the Intempo Apartments and the The Gran Bali Hotel as it stands proudly as Europe´s  tallest hotel

Cycling in Benidorm, Mal Pas Beach

To the West, Levante Beach looks equally as inviting and the view stretches right across to the Punta del Cavall look out tower.  Sergio suggested that should be our next destination.  To a walker that would have seemed quite daunting as it stands around 5 km away.  But if you really want to explore, I suggest you consider cycling in Benidorm.  

Downhill through the Old Town and along Levante beach seemed a breeze with our now enhanced cycling skills and we again began to ascend up into the Sierra Helada Natural Park, this entire area took on a completely new feel. 

Under Electric power, the hills disappeared and the freedom of rolling around some of Benidorm´s jagged but stunning coastline liberates the entire experience when the sun is not zapping your energy as you dread each uphill slope. 

This is an area not often visited by the British, but is an area of outstanding natural beauty which demonstrates to perfection that Benidorm really has something for everyone.  You could spend hours here just soaking up the sun on the beaches of Tio Ximo and Almadrava and enjoying the stunning scenery, in peace and tranquility, two words not often used to describe Benidorm.

 

After snapping a few pictures from the lookout tower, it was approaching lunch time.  Where else would be better to finish off our tourist prospective of Benidorm than Tapas Alley.

La Taperia Aurrera tapas bar was suggested as the place to dine, situated in the heart of Tapas Alley and with a mouth watering selection of reasonably priced Tapas and friendly staff, we relaxed and enjoyed some of the best tapas we have ever found in Benidorm accompanied by the ever popular Pan y Alli Oli.  A favourite throughout Spain, not just in Benidorm.  

In closing, we have both enjoyed yet another experience in Benidorm.  Derek is already 60 years of age and I am not all that far behind him.  If cycling in Benidorm has sounded a little daunting in the past, I suggest you do not let age put you off,  It is a relaxing way to see some of Benidorm´s most glorious places.  Its true, it is just like riding a bike even after 30 odd years.

Many thanks to the VisitBenidorm team and Tao Bikes for a wonderful day out.

E-Bikes can also be hired from Marco Polo and Benidorm Trips

Find more information on things to do in Benidorm HERE.  There are also guided bike trips available, more information can be found here.

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Benidorm Sightseeing tours

Benidorm Sightseeing tours  - Bus, Train, Tram, Bike etc 

Benidorm is a large place with plenty to see and lots of different ways of seeing the sights by bus, trains, trams and even by Segway or Scooter. Benidorm Sightseeing tours  

Sightseeing tours in Benidorm - Open Top Buses

The perfect way to see the city and seafront without walking too far. You can catch the open top bus from the Rincon near Mc Donalds.

Benidorm Sightseeing tours

There are two buses available – The Number 30 goes to Cala Finestrat starting at “Rincón de L’oix” (opp Grand National Bar) and along the Avd Mediterranean round the town Centre, by the “Parque de Elche”, “Paseo de Poniente” and finally, it gets to “Cala de Finestrat”.

The number 31 also starts from the “Rincón de Loix” and goes via Avd Atmella de Mar, Avd Severo Ocho. And then, it goes to Albir and Altea beaches. For bus times etc click here

Both buses have an audio commentary available in 5 different languages: Spanish, English , German, French and Russian.

The price for each route is 6€ however this does not permit you to hop on or hop off. To be able to do that, you need to purchase the 24 hour tourist card which then allows you to ride on both of the above buses.

24h Card (24 hours) (also for tourist buses or excursion to Guadalest, or Fuentes del Algar)
Buy card: € 11.00
Tarjeta72H (72 hours) (also for tourist buses or excursion to Guadalest, or Fuentes del Algar)
Buy card: € 20.50
Tarjeta7D (7 days) (also for tourist buses or excursion to Guadalest, or Fuentes del Algar)
Buy card: € 32.00

Sightseeing tours in Benidorm -  Bus Turistico - currently not running

Benidorm Sightseeing tours

Visit the sights of Benidorm without doing too much walking? The “Bus Turistico” is a great way to see all three parts of the town without moving a muscle!  This is a fun tram with audio in 8 different languages.

Adult tickets – 7€

Children 4 – 11 – 4€

Babies – 0 – 3 FREE

From November to February Monday to Sunday

C/Gerona (Pelicanos Hotel) 1, 10.00, 11.15, 12.30, 13.45, 16.00, 17.15

Elche Park 2, 10.30, 11.45, 13.00, 14.15, 16.30, 17.45

The Cove (Hotel Bali) 3, 10.40, 11.55, 13.10, 14.25, 16.40, 17.55

March from Monday to Friday

C/Gerona (Pelicanos Hotel) 1, 10.00, 11.15, 12.30, 13.45, 15.00, 16.15, 17.30, 18.45, 20.00

Elche Park 2, 10.30, 11.45, 13.00, 14.15, 15.30, 16.45, 18.00, 19.15, 20.30

The Cove (Hotel Bali) 3, 10.40, 11.55, 13.10, 14.25, 15.40, 16.55, 18.10, 19.25, 20.40

From March to October Saturdays and Sundays

C/Gerona (Pelicanos Hotel) 1, 10.00, 11.15, 12.30, 13.45, 17.45, 19.00, 20.15

Elche Park 2, 10.30, 11.45, 13.00, 14.15, 18.15, 19.30, 20.45

The Cove (Hotel Bali) 3, 10.40, 11.55, 13.10, 14.25, 18.25, 19.40, 20.55

From April to October Monday to Friday

C/Gerona (Pelicanos Hotel) 1, 10.00, 11.15, 12.30, 13.45, 15.00, 16.15, 17.30, 18.45, 20.00, 21.15, 22.30

Elche Park 2, 10.30, 11.45, 13.00, 14.15, 15.30, 16.45, 18.00, 19.15, 20.30, 21.45, 23.00

The Cove (Hotel Bali) 3, 10.40, 11.55, 13.10, 14.25, 15.40, 16.55, 18.10, 19.25, 20.40, 21.55, 23.10

Sightseeing tours in Benidorm - Train Vision - currently not running

This operates an hourly service and it´s a great stress free way to see the resort.

Benidorm Tourist Train

Tourist train routes:

The tourist train makes two different routes, one through the Poniente area and the other through the Levante area.

Throughout the day, independent routes are made to Poniente beach and Levante beach. These routes are narrated with audio-guide. Approximate duration of 45 minutes.

Prices

One Route (Levante or Poniente):

Adults € 5.50

Senior * € 4

Children * € 3

* Senior from 65 years old
* Children between 3 and 12 years old

Route along the Levante beach

The starting point from Monday 25th of March - Avenida del Mediterráneo 43, in front of the cafe The Four Kings (4 Reyes),  normally  Avenida del Mediterráneo 29 ​​(opposite Farmacia 24H) changed due to road works.  The other pick up point has also changed and is now just on the road round the corner from the Belroy Hotel

Benidorm Tourist Train

Levante area the route goes along the famous Avenida del Mediterráneo and then takes in some of the most spectacular views of Benidorm from the Sierra Helada (towards the cross).

Route along the Poniente beach

The starting point is on Av. Rey Jaume I, in front of the Golden Hotel.

Benidorm Tourist Train Poniente

 This takes in the Poniente area,  Hotel Gran Bali and the Intempo Tower.

Departure times:

The duration of the route is 45m approx.

  • Levante  Avda. Mediterráneo 43 Four Kings: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15, 18:15
  • Levante  Avda. Mediterráneo Festilandia: 10:25, 11:25, 12:25, 13:25, 15:25, 16:25, 17:25, 18:25
  • Lift  Palm Beach: 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45, 15:45, 16:45, 17:45, 18:45
  • Poniente Av. Jaime I (Golden Hotel): 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15, 15:15, 16:15, 17:15, 18:15
  • Poniente Hotel Bali: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30

Monday to Sunday 365 days a year.

Special Double Route

From February 16 - Levante Bajo and Poniente. The approximate duration of this special double route is 1h 30 min. The Levante mountain and west trains will continue making their usual 45 min routes.

Festilandia : 10: 00-12: 00-16: 00
Palm Beach : 10: 30-16: 30
Av. Del Mediterráneo 4 Four Kings : 10: 40-16: 40

Jaime I : 11: 00-17: 00
Hotel Bali : 11: 15-17: 15

Prices are: 
Adult € 9 Senior € 7 Child € 5

* Children between 3 and 12 years old

* please note that times stated above may change due to Covid19 restrictions.

There are various other ways of sightseeing in Benidorm for example hire a bike, scooter or segway.  Details can be found HERE

 

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