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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 - Saturday´s only at present

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.

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.

SCENIC PLACES TO VISIT IN BENIDORM

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) Mundomar 

Things to do in Benidorm, 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.

22) Terra Natura - Open

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

WATER PARKS - now closed for the season 

Things to do in Benidorm, water parks

23) 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.

24) AquaNatura

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.

Top 25 things to do in Benidorm

THEME PARKS

25) Terra Mitica - Closed 

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

PLACES TO VISIT ON THE COSTA BLANCA NORTH

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