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Beach Safety and Spanish Warning Flags PLEASE HEED THESE WARNING FLAGS WHILST ON THE BEACH - The average amount of drowning related deaths per year in the Alicante region is 47. DO NOT become a statistic.
Flags are used on Spanish beaches as a way to state sea weather conditions. Most Spanish beaches of a relevant size/attendance display flags which can be either green, indicating safe bathing sea condition, yellow, indicating bathing with caution, or red, indicating bathing is prohibited or very dangerous. The flag is usually displayed alone on a pole. The flag is changed daily and often even more frequently, as weather conditions change. This is normally managed by Red Cross or Civil Protection volunteers.
Green - Safe to bathe
Yellow = Bathe with caution especially with children
Red = NO BATHING _ DANGEROUS CURRENTS OR WEATHER CONDITIONS
Be aware that there is a fine of up to 1,000€ for swimming when the red flag is flying.
YOU MAY ALSO SEE THESE OTHER FLAGS FLOWN AT VARIOUS TIMES
Orange - NO lifeguard on duty, swim with caution
Spanish Beach Safety
Jellyfish warning flags, these may also be just plain purple and denote dangerous marine life. Find information about Jellyfish HERE
Spanish Beach Safety
BEACH SAFETY TIPS
1. Watch for warning flags (and know what they mean).
Remember how electric devices and the bathtub don’t mix? Neither do lightning and large bodies of water. Check the weather report before heading to the beach. Avoid the beach if there’s lightning in the forecast and wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder boom before heading back out to the sand. The beach will always be there tomorrow!
3. Learn how to swim
Giving children aged one to four formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88% If you can’t do the doggie paddle (at the very least), don’t go near the water.
Ocean swimming is different from swimming in a calm pool or lake — be prepared to deal with strong surf before running in. If you’re at the beach with a child or adult who can’t swim, make sure everyone has a well-fitting life jacket handy. If you’re going boating, every passenger should wear a properly-sized life jacket at all times.
Also keep in mind that the ocean floor is not flat and beaches can change drastically from year to year. When heading into the water, be aware that the ocean floor can drop off unexpectedly, so don’t move out quickly without being prepared to swim in water over your head.
Last, but certainly not least, obey the buddy system while swimming. Keep a friend nearby in case either of you ends up needing help (see section on "rip currents" below).
Spanish Beach Safety
4. Pick a spot near a Lifeguard
Lifeguards are there for a reason — they know and can see things about the beach that most beach goers don’t. Take note of where they’re stationed on the beach and stay near them when swimming — most drownings occur at unguarded sites. Also be aware that currents will naturally push you down the shore, so make note of where you started (say, by remembering a stable landmark like the lifeguard’s flag or your brightly-colored umbrella on shore) and which way the current is moving. Return to that spot in the water regularly so you’re never far from a lifeguard.
5. Watch for rip-currents
Waves don’t always break evenly along the shore. And when they don’t — i.e., when they break more strongly in some areas than others — it can cause a circulation in the water that produces a rip current (basically a strong channel of water extending from the shore out into the water). Rip currents also tend to form near a shallow point in the water, such as a sandbar, or close to jetties and piers and can happen at any beach with breaking waves (including the Great Lakes!). They’re the number one hazard for beachgoers and can pull even the strongest swimmers out to sea.
If you see a current of choppy, off-coloured water extending from the shore, steer clear. If you do get pulled out, stay calm, save your energy (let the current carry you for a while), and keep breathing. Don’t try to swim against the current! Gain your composure and start swimming horizontal to the shore until you’re out of the current. Then turn and swim diagonally towards the shore. If you can’t make it to the shore, wave your arms and make noise so someone can see or hear you and get help.
Spanish Beach Safety
6. Know how to identify a swimmer in difficulty
It’s a fact: Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional deaths worldwide, and a person can drown in as little as two inches of water. While we tend to think that swimmers in trouble will be waving their hands and making lo ts of noise, this may not always be the case. In fact, drowning is normally pretty quiet. Watch out for people whose heads are low in the water(mouth submerged) or tilted back with mouth open, eyes closed or unable to focus, legs vertical in the water, or who are trying to swim but not making progress.
7. Be aware of the Waves
They’re much more powerful than you think. A recent study found that injuries resulting from strong waves can range from simple sprains, broken collarbones, and dislocated shoulders to more serious injuries including blunt organ trauma and spinal injuries (which can lead to paralysis). Shorebreaks— or waves that break directly on shore (rather than breaking a few yards out and rolling in more slowly) — in particular have the potential to cause serious neck and spinal injuries.
When in the water or near the water line (where the water hits the shore), never put your back to the waves. Also be sure to check in with the lifeguard before hitting the surf to ask about the wave conditions at your beach.
8. Stay Sober
Alcohol doesn’t only affect judgment; it can also dehydrate you, increasing the likelihood of heat-related sicknesses. Among drowning-related injures of people aged 15 years or older, almost 22% were alcohol-related. We know it’s tempting to enjoy a few Pina Coladas while baking on the beach, but if you’re going to imbibe steer clear of the surf and hydrate properly..
Just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chance for developing melanoma later in life.Racking up more than five sunburns at any age also doubles the rist for melanoma. Keep the red at bay by slathering on a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, and make sure you have a source of shade — think hats, umbrellas, tents — readily available (especially during the sun’s peak hours of 12am to 4pm). Remember —Eyes can get sunburned too, so don’t forget some shades.
A few hours of baking under the sun can cause some seriously uncool symptoms and may even lead to severe sickness. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sun poisoning can all result from dehydration and extended exposure to high temperatures, so make sure to drink plenty of water (and avoid dehydrating liquids like coffee or alcohol).
Symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, include confusion and dizziness, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps or weakness, nausea, excessive sweating or lack of sweating, pale skin, swelling (particularly of the hands or face), rapid heartbeat, and confusion. Sun poisoning can also be indicated by skin redness and blistering, pain and tingling, or fever and chills.
If you (or someone you’re with) display any of these symptoms, get out of the sun and heat (umbrellas are your friend), remove any unnecessary clothing, drink plenty of water, and take a cool bath or shower. If symptoms are on the severe side — swelling, confusion, painful and blistering sunburns — it’s best to seek medical attention.
11. Ocean Life
Barnacles and the shells of mussels and clams can be very sharp, so watch carefully when walking on rocks and move slowly while walking out into the water. Little crabs also have an affinity for pinching, so proceed carefully over small rocks with nooks and crannies.
Jellyfish are another creature to look out for — many varieties have tentacles that can discharge venom-filled stingers into your skin, causing a sting. These can vary greatly in severity: They usually result only in a painful, red, irritated mark, though some types can cause severe and life-threatening injuries.
Velella Velella Jellyfish
Don´t panic if you see some of these blue jellyfish (velella velella) washed up on Benidorm´s beaches especially during the early summer months.These are NOT dangerous and will produce no reaction if they come into contact with the skin.
Known in English as the mauve stinger, commonly found in the Mediterranean sea. These are fairly small jellyfish with adults having a bell diameter of 3–12 cm.
The mauve stingers are not lethal but the sting is very painful and can leave scars.
Treating Jellyfish Stings
Find your nearest lifeguard for advice.
Most jellyfish stings can be treated at home: If any tentacles remain stuck to the skin after exiting the water, remove them using a flat object (like a credit card). Do not rub them off with your hands (you don’t want more stings!) or a towel (which can aggravate the sting even more).
Rinse the sting with seawater (using fresh water may activate singers that have not yet released venom).
Next, deactivate the stingers: Rinsing with vinegar for at least 30 seconds works for some species, while a paste of baking soda and seawater works for sings caused by Portuguese man-of-war and sea nettle jellyfish.
Finally, relieve pain by soaking the sting in hot water for at least 20 minutes. (Note: Despite the folklore, urinating on a jellyfish sting may actually cause the stingers to release more venom, rather than providing relief. Keep your pee to yourself, people.)
Pain can be treated with a heat pack for some pain relief or possibly insect bite creams that lists ‘…ocaine‘ as an ingredient.
If there is continued swelling, or itchiness, apply a light steroid cream e.g. Hydrocortisone eczema cream.
• if muscle spasms persist see a doctor.
12. Wear shoes, the sand gets very hot
We know — feeling the sand between your toes is part of the quintessential beach experience. But when it’s upwards of 100 degrees outside, the squishy sand doesn’t feel so great (and can even cause burns. Be sure to bring a pair of shoes with you in case the sand gets unbearably hot.
13. Keep Hydrated
Extended exposure to heat and the relaxing effects of waves can easily lead to disorientation and reduced energy. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks down to the sand with you, and use them.
And finally, remember: The conditions, rules, and intricacies of each beach vary from place to place. Ultimately, the lifeguards on duty should be your go-tos for any questions. They're there to help!
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 9:00 to 14:00
What is El Cisne Weekend Market? – The El Cisne Rastro has grown up around an old Spanish farmhouse, on the road from Benidorm to Altea, is now a popular market visited by both visitors to the area and the Spanish themselves. The main area of the market is actually located inside what used to be the old stone farmhouse. Each of the many rooms has been converted into separate market stalls that sell antiques and collectibles – everything from old European military paraphernalia, to paintings, pottery, jewellery, furniture and collectibles.
Outside, on the farmhouse land, is an outdoor market that’s sprouted up, selling artwork, arts and crafts, second-hand clothing, books, jewellery, and more. Many of the stalls are owned by Germans and Brits, who’ve lived in Spain for years and run market businesses, with their stalls moving from market to market in the region, depending on the day.
What to Buy at El Cisne – Start out browsing the indoor market antique stalls, as there’s a huge choice of antiques and collectibles at prices much cheaper than you’ll find in many other places in Spain. Look for antique furniture, paintings, old books and pottery.
Particularly interesting are the stalls selling old military paraphernalia, with one selling medals from the First and Second World Wars, old swords, military clothing items, and even a large collection of antique lead soldiers.
After the antique stalls, move outside into the sunshine and browse the many outdoor market stalls. Here, you’ll find everything from sunglasses to DVDs and CDs, old LPs, handmade jewellery, a large selection of English, Spanish and Norwegian books, hardware items, reading glasses, clothing, shawls, shoes, and lots of second-hand items, there is something for everyone here you could spend an entire morning riffling through all the stalls.
Food at El Cisne – Wandering around El Cisne market, you’ll also come across several stalls selling huge selections of cheeses, sausages, meats, snacks and sandwiches. Buy a sandwich and a coffee at one of the small stalls as you walk into the market and sit and watch the crowds walk by, or pick up a skewer of roasting chicken at another stall further inside, and of course traditional Paella is available.
The best place to sit and enjoy food or a drink is at one of the restaurants in the center of the market. There are two large cafes here with both indoor seating or outdoor seating in a courtyard. In the winter they’re enclosed with fires or space heaters going, so it’s not cold. In the summer they’re open-air and lovely and warm. Both places make excellent cafe con leche, serve spirits, large selections of Spanish wine, and have a great variety of bottled beer and beer on tap – both the local brew and imported brands.
Entertainment at El Cisne Weekend Market – One of the big reasons why the market is so popular is the free music that’s on offer on Saturdays and Sundays. The musicians come from all over the local area and you’ll hear all types of music. The musicians and singers play on a raised patio next to the farmhouse and overlooking both large cafes. Grab a beer, a coffee or a full meal, relax, enjoy the sun, and listen to the amazing music. The atmosphere is wonderful and the music fun. Also from around 3pm on Thursdays and sometimes Saturdays watch a typical Spanish Flamenco show.
If you’re going to be in the Benidorm, Albir or Altea area, don’t miss the El Cisne Market. Opening around 10am every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday the market itself goes on until about 2pm, but the entertainment is on until around 5pm.
Being a busy place with so many people pushing and shoving it´s a pickpockets ideal scenario – so be on your guard as you would be at any market.
Getting to El Cisne
The rastro is situated on the road out of Benidorm with the junction of N332, there is plenty of FREE parking available.
The No. 10 bus also stops right outside the market.
Sierra Helada Benidorm is a natural park and includes the areas of Benidorm, L'Alfàs del 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.
The summit of the Sierra Helada is 439 meters above the Mediterranean Sea.
The terrestrial part of the park is mostly made up of limestone which is millions of years old and protected fossil dunes, you will find a large variety of protected native plants. This area also incorporates Benidorm´s famous Cross (La Cruz), Watchtowers and Albir Lighthouse.
In ancient times, the main use of the Sierra Helada was for mining for the extraction of ochre. There is evidence of its use since the time of the Phoenicians. This resource was exploited until the middle of the last century. The main remains are found on the way to the lighthouse of L’Albir and in the Cala del tío Ximo area.
There are 3 walks available - Albir lighthouse, Punta del Cavallo. For the more adventurous, the crossing of the Serra Gelada is perfect for hiking, with a distance of 8 km and a duration of about 4 hours.
The Blue Route (EASY)
"Punta del Cavallo" or "Punta de la Escaleta"
Length of route: 8,7 km (round trip), plus the 700 m of Ti Ximo Cove.
Duration: From 2h to 2h 30 min Maximum Elevation: 75 m
Accessibility: Road paved.
Hiking. Cycling. Wheelchairs.
Start the tour at the end of the Levante beach head up hill on the road leading to the Benikaktus hotel on the street Alcalde Manuel Catalan Chana.
Via the paved road, we will proceed straight up, passing to the left the route to the cross (route 2, yellow) and proceed until we find a detour which descends to the viewing point of the Punta Llisera and Tio Ximo Cove.
Along the cove you can see the old ocher mines, where, not long ago, Tio Ximo worked with his donkeys.
Watchtower: back on the road and to the right hand side access a road with restricted to motor vehicles, where we will go to the Punta del Cavall, a seventeenth century watchtower.
From here there are some of the best views of the cliffs of the Serra Gelada and very close to them, Illa Mitjana. Both here and the Punta Bombarda in Albir, are excellent vantage points, hence why in medieval times, the watchtowers were built to alert the public of the presence of pirates.
Length of route: 5 KM (round trip)
Duration: 1 h 30 m to 2 hours
Maximum Altitude: 112 meters
Accessibility: Paved route. Trekking Cycling. Wheelchairs.
Starting from the Information Point Albir (Alfas del Pi), walk up the street "Cami de la Cantera," which as its name suggests ends in an old quarry from which stone was quarried, turn to the left at the streets "Syrio" and "Neptuno", until we reached a parking area where one of the entrances to the Natural Park can be located, the route to the Albir lighthouse.
A few metres ahead there is a small recreation area. From here also the yellow route starts that climbs to the crest of the Serra Gelada. "Caleta del Metge" and viewpoint We head up the paved route towards a tunnel in the mountain, but just before on the left hand side is a dirt track which descends to a small cove known as " Metge Cove, "and soon after there is a circular balcony with a magnificent view of the bay of Altea in the background the Penyal d'Ifach (Calpe), surrounded by spectacular mountains. Arriving at the entrance of the tunnel, we can find another smaller viewing point.
Ocher mines cove "La Mina" We continue to the lighthouse and after travelling 300 metres, we come across the path that slopes down gently to the mines of Phoenician origin and subsequent Roman exploitation, from which ocher was extracted to be used as a dye well into the century, when it fell into disuse after the introduction of other new substances for this activity. The "Boca of the Balena" About 500 metres after the tunnel we arrive at a bend in the road where to the right and above you can see in the shade of the mountain a natural hollow known as the "Mouth of The Balena "or" Cova de Bou ". Albir lighthouse at the end of the road we reach the El Faro del Albir where access is not permitted. Just before reaching the light house there is another viewing point to the right.
Off the coast of Albir, there are lots of fish farms which attract dolphins. These Fish farms help repopulate the fish in the Mediterranean sea by allowing the fisherman to only catch fish from the farms.
Sierra Helada Benidorm
Crossing the Serra Gelada
Length of route: 12,8 km (one way)
Duration: 4h to 4h 30 min
Maximum height: 438 m
Accessibility: suitable only for Hiking
Due to being quite a moderately strenuous route it is suggested you take plenty of drinking water with you as there is no where to stop along the way. The route in some areas is steep up and down..
We start our tour from the recreational area of the Albir, on (red), with a steady climb in zigzag that starts with a stone step path to reach the access road to telecommunication station , passing next to an old quarry.
"Alt del Governador" At the end of this path we will reach the highest point of the Serra Gelada (438 m), where a telecommunications station is located. Continuing down a paved road will link back to the path (4).
Near the edge of the cliff is a trig point where we can see the magnificent cuts of the cliff, and view specimens of the yellow-legged gull flying several hundred feet below our feet.. "L'Illa Mitjana" The route through the Sierra continues with continuous ups and downs, passing the ruins of an old coast guard house and a small well in the valley.
Halfway we find an area where there is a small area of pines where we can relax for a few moments, offering a beautiful view of the "Illa Mitjana."
The Cross The last stretch of mountain route passes through a high area where we can contemplate again the view of Benidorm from Sierra Helada and the cliffs. From this milestone we must be careful to keep to the path that passes through low vegetation or on bare rock. A few minutes later you come to a cross located above the Raco de l'Oix, where there is a tarmac track which connects to the blue route.
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There are rides and shows to suit all members of the family at Terra Mitica.
You can rent a locker for €1 they are in short supply and very popular so get there early if you require one of thes. The paddle boats seat four people can be rented out for €5 for half an hour.
Iberia park is now a separate area and offers some spectacular rides, shows and an aquatic zone, this is made up of the western half of Terra Mitica. This area of the part consists of 12 rides, eight restaurants and two arenas where various shows are performed throughout the day.
To go on the rides at Iberia Park you need to purchase a ticket which includes both Terra Mitica and Iberia park or purchase tokens as you go along. At certain times of the year tickets to Iberia Park cost an extra €10 per person which works out cheaper to go on the rides and especially if going to see the shows.
Getting to Terra Mitica
By Car - Take the CV70 road out of Benidorm following signs for La Nucia. It’s located just a few kilometres off the main A7 motorway on the mountainside overlooking Benidorm. Look closely and you’ll see the words “Terra Mitica” on the hillside.
By Bus - Llorente buses no´s 1 & 3 - For bus Times
Low season: June 4th to June 30th .Access to the areas of Egypt, Greece and Rome.
High season: July 1st to September 4th .Access to the areas of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Islands.
OPEN From - 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM - OPEN From 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM - OPEN From 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM - OPEN From 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Things to do for Families in Benidorm - One of the most frequently asked questions on the FaceBook group - "Is Benidorm suitable for children?" YES without a doubt, there is lots for families to see and do.
Most of the hotels will have some form of children´s entertainment and some even have kids clubs so the adults can get some rest. A lot of venues during the summer months also have early children, s shows. You will also find acts such as Olly Murs, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga etc that are all suitable for children. Check out our online WHATS ON GUIDE to see what entertainment is on when and where.
For a list of venues suitable for families click HERE
Spain does have rules with regards to allowing children in the bars and you can find out more here.
BENIDORM PALACE - 3rd July Benidorm Palace reopens with our brand new show TERRA - BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE
For parents of slightly older children, ie ones that can sit still lol see this absolutely fabulous show in the theatre styled nightclub Benidorm Palace. There is plenty of bright lights, music and fancy costumes to keep the children and adults entertained, but it is quite a long show. ie you need to be there at around 20.30 and the show finishes about 00.30.
A very large stage is behind the dance floor, the dance floor is raised to the level of the stage dramatically increasing the stages size and allowing the performers to come right out into the audience
Besides the large troup of female and male dancers are various top specialty acts from around the world.
The spectacular lighting effects bring the feathers of the magnificent dancers costumes to life. A different show is put on each year.
DOWNHILL BIKE RIDE - MORE INFORMATION HERE
Perfect for the whole family, There is NO age limit - but - normally a minimum of about 8 years old, and are at least 4′ 0″ tall.
Even if you haven’t ridden a bike for decades, the thrill of gliding downhill for about 30 kilometers is an experience to ensure the most memorable day out of your visit to the CostaBlanca Don’t forget your camera! The views are amazing when you’re more than a mile high!
Minigolf the Bull! Great fun for all the family - Mini Golf, Bouncy Castle, Ball Pit, Ride the Bull, Trampoline, Amusement Park. Celebrate your birthday or special occasion here, children can play in the ball pit only 3€ half an hour, whilst adults enjoy a drink.
Open from 11.00 - 00.00 Every day.
More information and interactive map can be found HERE
Things to do for Families in Benidorm
What are the two things children love best - water and sand and Benidorm has some of the finest blue flag beaches in the area, Levante Beach, the new town end (head away from the Rincon de Loix end where there are a few rocks) and Poniente Beach the other side of the old town, (this is the slightly quieter beach and perfect for children as there are NO rocks), there is also between the two Cala Mal Pas Beach, there are also two further rocky little know coves. Full details of all five beaches can be found here. During the summer months there are lots of water sports available and inflatables in the sea. Please make sure you follow the flag warning system on the beaches and be careful in the sun.
Things to do for Families in Benidorm
Perfect for all the family - 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 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.
Terra Natura is open all the year. (but not everyday, check HERE for opening hours and directions etc)
Things to do for Families in Benidorm, sightseeing train
Perfect for any age and situated right next to Terra Natura.
A water park of 40.000 square meters designed so that EVERYONE enjoys themselves equally since the design offers a field of vision that allows the parents rest without worries and relax while the children can play and have fun in the water. Aqua Natura's water promenade guides you up to the beach area where you can find changing rooms, just relax, sunbathe and get refreshments.
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.
MUNDOMAR - Open from April 9th (select days during April, May, June, Sept Oct, Nov & Dec), OPEN From 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Open Every Day during July and August From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
A great day out for all the family Mundomar is a marine animal park, It is twinned with the water park Aqualandia (see below) which is directly adjacent to it, and shares the same car park. More details on MundoMar HERE
AQUALANDIA - BENIDORM - Re-opens 4th June 2022
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.
Aqualandia is an extensive natural area where you can enjoy a wide variety of water activities and many other amenities. It covers an area of 150,000 square metres and has 50,000 square metres of free parking.
Aqualandia also features spacious landscaped areas which have been planted with a variety of local vegetation.
Other facilities and services available at the Park are its picnic areas, souvenir shop, photography, cash dispensers, locker hire, safe deposit boxes, hire of sunbeds and swimming floats, more details HERE
Things to do for Families in Benidorm
OZONE BOWLING CENTRE
There is a nice bowling alley located on AVENIDA MEDITERRÁNEO, Nº 22, EDIFICIO MIRAMAR PLAYA, (one block from Playa Levante). It also has recreation rooms and restaurants. The bowling is designed for all ages and abilities incorporating bumpers for younger and inexperienced players.
There are also various slot machines, pool and football tables available.
Things to do for Families in Benidorm
BENIDORM SIGHT SEEING TRAIN
All children love trains and this is a lovely way for the adults to see some different areas of Benidorm. This operates an hourly service.
More information on the train above and other ideas for sight seeing round Benidorm can all be found HERE
TAKE A BOAT TRIP TO - BENIDORM ISLAND
Children will especially like the glass bottomed boat that is included in this trip.
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 information on boat times and prices HERE
BENIDORM CIRCUS - CLOSED
Benidorm Circus, has a new slightly different show every year, with more than 30 artists who will delight the audience with magic, acrobatics and much much more.
This is two hours of entertainment with visual humour from clowns "Tito" and "Pascual", veterans with a long trajectory performing in circuses around the world, contortionists, tightrope walkers, jugglers, acrobats and magicians.
A quality show with aerial acts and magic tricks at the hand of David Climent. Spectators will discover that it IS possible to fit into a soap bubble or that you can change clothes in the blink of an eye. A fantasy world inside the Big Top where nothing is impossible.
The show contains no animal acts and is designed for an international audience with dialogue in English and Spanish.
Open every Saturday afternoon with the performance starting at 18:00 hours.
Box Office Prices : - Adults 15€ - Children 8€.
Things to do for Families in Benidorm
Photo by Marimar del Valle Benidorm Seriously member.
Fairground rides and attractions for all the family, newly re-opened Easter 2021
The new park has two distinct indoor and outdoor areas plus a bar. The outdoor area is the playground with plenty of attractions for all ages, the park also has bathing areas.
Situated on the Avenida Mediterraneo no 20.
This is a wonderful place to take the children, set in beautiful cactus gardens so the adults will enjoy the views as well. Most of the life size dinosaurs move and make noises as they are on sensors as you walk round the park.
TERRA MITICA, & IBERIA THEME AND ADVENTURE PARK - Re-opens June 4th 2022
The park is divided into 5 themed zones: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia, and the Islands (of the Mediterranean). This is a Spanish version of Disneyland, most people come to enjoy the roller coasters and the altitude rides where you will get wet, so bring swimwear. There are also mini versions for the smaller younger visitors, who are measured before each ride for height.
Iberia park is now a separate area and offers some spectacular rides, shows and an aquatic zone, this is made up of the western half of Terra Mitica. This area of the part consists of 12 rides, eight restaurants and two arenas where various shows are performed throughout the day. More information HERE
LA MARINA SHOPPING CENTRE
This may seem a strange recommendation for families, but this shopping centre has something for everyone, shopping for mum, somewhere for dad to have a beer and on the top level there is a wonderful area for the children with over 4000 square metres of fun, with attractions for all ages including bouncy castles, go-cart and motorbike tracks, a Safari Train, assault course, Trampolines and the Stars Party Castle, where girls become princesses and boys become princes or pirates. More information HERE
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