Five fab things to do on holiday in Benidorm

Spain’s Costa Blanca is famous with us British holidaymakers for the stunning location,spotlessly clean beaches, very friendly locals and of course plenty to do and see whilst on vacation here. A great holiday in Benidorm can be had here for almost any budget and any taste, and it certainly has some surprises!
surprises Five fab things to do on holiday in Benidorm
Certain sections of the British media has, for the past few years, not been very complementary to Benidorm, some would suggest, and images of lager louts, riotous hen parties and “Madge” scooters recklessly driven by drunk old ladies, seem to dominate the papers, but is it really like that?
Well, in some ways, this still exists, it is after all the party capital of the Costa Blanca, but Benidorm is a very large place and if you know where to go, and where not to go, the sort of things like this can be avoided without any problem.
So without further ado, we present five great things you can do here, all of which are either free or cheap, to make your Benidorm holiday a bit different this year.
1. Hit the beach! But which one?

One of the first things people seem to do when they come to Spain on holiday is to go and see the beach, and if you are someone who lives inland in the UK, such as the Midlands or London, just a glimpse of the sea, the soft sand and the glorious sun above, can set the scene for the whole week.
whole week. Five fab things to do on holiday in Benidorm
There are 3 main beach areas in Benidorm and they are Levante (meaning Sunrise), Poniente (meaning sunset) and Finestrat beach, which is much quieter and at the southern end of this vast metropolis.
Levante beach is the main one, the most busy, and the most “British” and it is the default location for many sun seekers but it’s not the best by a long shot. The promenade is lined with noisy and overpriced bars and discos and to be honest, we avoid the area, although it’s up to personal taste.
A more relaxing holiday can be had in the old town (in the middle of the photo above), or the Poniente beach end which is more “Spanish” and is to the left of the photo.
2. Which theme park to choose?
As befits a busy and established tourist resort, there are plenty of theme parks to keep the kids happy, and of course the thrill seekers amongst us old fogies too!
old fogies too Five fab things to do on holiday in Benidorm
Benidorm’s theme parks are located in various spots on the outskirts of the town and include:
• Aqualandia: A water park, perfect for those hot days in the summer, and the place is packed with various water based activities.
• Terra Mitica: A traditional type of theme park with exciting rides, shows and displays to keep you entertained for the whole day.
• Terra Natura: a 79 acre animal and pet based theme park allowing you to get up close and personal with some of Benidorm’s more furry residents!
• Mundomar: A mini sea world with various displays and lots of aquatic based mammals and birds to see.
• Aqua Natura :Linked, in part, to Terra Natura, and is another water based theme park.
3. Horsing around!
Benidorm is not the first place that springs to mind when talking about horses, but located just on the outskirts are several riding schools that offer various horse based activities such as pony trekking, or for the more experienced, there is dressage, carriage driving and a whole lot more besides.
lot more besides. Five fab things to do on holiday in Benidorm
You don’t have to be an expert to experience the gentle plodding of your horse, sat high up on its back, meandering through scented pine forests with the warm sun beating down on your back!
4. Spot the stars of the ITV show Benidorm!
As I write this, filming is just about to start for the new series of the popular ITV1 show “Benidorm!” and there are various places that you can spot the stars of the show, although please don’t hassle them if you do see one of them!
The hotel where the show is filmed is actually the Sol Pelicanos, which is about 3 streets back from Levante beach, in the Rincon de Loix area. We took a look in the hotel after they had finished the 4th series and its quite weird to be sat at Mateo’s poolside bar, and as a non resident you are allowed to go in and see for yourself.
see for yourself. Five fab things to do on holiday in Benidorm
Other locations include various places in the Old town, well worth walking around anyway, and Morgan’s Tavern, a Cabaret showbar located at Calle Girona and is the set for Neptunes bar. Other locations include The Benidorm Palace, Levante beach and just walking or driving around the town, you will for sure encounter other places you recognise too.
5. Shop ‘til you drop!
Benidorm, being such a large place, has a lot of shops, in fact it has LOADS of shops to see, some are just the everyday Spanish run type of nick-nack place, standing cheek to jowel with some of Europes most famous names, and there are of course the usual places like Eurotabaco where you can buy up all your cheap cigarettes for your holiday and to take home too.
home too. Five fab things to do on holiday in Benidorm
A very popular shopping destination can be found in the old town, around the Avenida Martinez Alejos, and along the Passaig de la Carretera and also around the main square, the Plaza Mayor. The Rincon de Loix area also has many shops catering for Spanish, Dutch, German and British people, including some shops selling English food items, next to the now common Chinese “Cheapy” shops selling more or less anything and everything.
If you have a hire car, you can also head over to La Marina shopping centre in Finestrat where you will find names such as Mango, Zara, Casa,Ale Hop, Douglas,Druni, C&A, H&M and more. There is also a busy food court area, several reasonably priced snack bars and a fully air conditioned cinema too.
Whatever the reason you want to take a holiday in Benidorm, you can be sure to be pleasantly surprised at how different it is to what you first thought.

5 fantastic places to stay on the Costa Blanca

Spain’s Costa Blanca is famous the world over for stunning scenery, clean beaches, friendly locals and plenty to do and see. A great holiday can be had here for almost any budget and any taste, so here are the 5 best places to stay, and why.
1. Benidorm. Party on dude!
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The sprawling and lively city of Benidorm is by far the areas top attraction, with the large majority of sun seekers arriving at El Altet Airport in Alicante heading straight for Benidorm for a week of fun and partying in the sun.
Benidorm makes no shame of the fact that it is a hedonistic place where “Anything goes” (To a limit) and has remained popular with the British for decades.
If you just cannot be without your home comforts whilst away on holiday then Benidorm is probably the destination for you, with loads of quality accommodation in Benidorm to choose from, and plenty of fellow countrymen to meet and share the experience!
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There are plenty of places to eat in Benidorm and it’s not just the stereotypical English fish n chips on offer because it is actually a very cosmopolitan place!
The range of food available when dining out in Benidorm will surprise you; from traditional spanish fayre, to German food, Chinese, Indian, Latvian (!), Irish, Dutch and a whole array of tasty cuisine from more or less any country that ever is!
It’s not quite 24 hours a day partying though as the city is big enough to have quiet areas too, and is very suitable and safe for families. A more relaxing holiday stay can be had in the old town, or the Poniente beach end which is more “Spanish” and is quieter than Levante beach, however Benidorm is packed with things to do to suit all ages and all budgets so you will never be bored on holiday!
2. Happy holidays in Javea
Javea is a smaller town just up the coast a bit from Benidorm and is again a cosmopolitan town, attracting not just the British, but the French, Dutch, Norwegians and Germans too. It is noticeably more “Middle class” than it’s larger cousin, but still retains an air of fun in the sun for the discerning holiday maker.
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Javea is very different from Benidorm, more noticeably lacking the high rise hotels and apartment blocks, and enjoys an enviable climate for most of the year. The British presence here is conspicuous in such a small place and is reinforced with the many English cafes, bakeries, charity shops (!) and even a full size Iceland British supermarket selling more or less everything you could possibly need for a self-catering holiday in Javea.

Javea has lovely golden sandy beaches, plenty of bars, restaurants and things to do and is somewhere for a relaxing holiday with all the home comforts that one could imagine, in fact they even have their own radio station in English (Bay Radio) which is worth listening to as anything that goes on, is advertised on the radio.
3. Altea, an alternative Spanish destination
Popular with German families for many years now, but a viable alternative often overlooked by the British, Altea is a short distance along from Benidorm, but a world apart from it’s neighbour.
It can be found just a short drive up the N332, or it is possible to take a tram from Benidorm to Altea too.
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Although sadly the town is bisected by the busy main road that runs through the centre, the harbour area is delightful and retains the look and feel of a traditional Spanish fishing village.
There are various high quality apartments to rent in the area, and there is plenty to do and see in the town. The beaches are not so good as it’s larger neighbour but the seafront promenade is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a cool beer, watching the world go by, and giving you time and space to relax and enjoy your holiday on the Costa Blanca.
4. Santa Pola
Moving some distance further south, Santa Pola is nearer to Alicante airport and not far from the interesting city of Elche, which if you are renting a villa in Santa Pola, is only a short drive away, with a great array of shops, including the eponymous (but expensive!) department store of El Corte inglés, or the variety of other interesting and varied stores to be found in the “palm tree” city of Elche.
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Santa Pola’s main industries are tourism and fishing, and boat trips can be taken to the wonderful and enchanted island of Tabarca which is the smallest permanently inhabited islet in Spain. It is also a very important nature and marine reserve and dolphins can sometimes be spotted playing in the nearby waters.
Not only that, the Island boasts a quaint but quiet fishing village, an ancient fort, a few very good seafood restaurants, a rocky beach with clear turquoise water, several coves and a scattering of secluded, tidal pools ideal for safe and private bathing.
5. More and more to see in Moraira
Moving back further north up the coast, the town of Moraira is a very upmarket tourist destination 80km north of Alicante and about an hour and 20 mins drive from the Airport. It offers a more relaxed pace of life for the many Europeans who choose to stay in Moraira each year.
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It is certainly somewhere that attracts the monied crowd and is home to many affluent expatriates from the colder climes of Europe, including British, French, Dutch and German.
However that does not mean that only millionaires are welcome here, there is something for everyone, and just browsing through the accommodation available in Moraira will show there is something for most budgets although due to high demand, real bargains are few and far between.
Although the town is another place where fishing is still evident today, it boasts another claim to fame as being an area of high quality grape production, notably the Moscatel grape variety, which is ideal for wine making.
It is an area which, along with it’s outstanding natural beauty, is protected from development and high rise buildings and for a true Spanish holiday, the town has three sandy beaches which are very popular with families.
There is also a glut of rocky coves and inlets which are frequented by snorkelers and scuba divers and basic courses, from approved and licensed diving school are available for the intrepid traveller.
All in all, a visit to the Costa Blanca makes for an enjoyable and unforgettable holiday break for all the right reasons!

A day trip to Altea

A day trip to the picturesque town of Altea, famous for its blue and white tiled roofs and many art galleries and studios. See a different landscape on the way there and enjoy a day of walking along narrow, winding streets, looking out over the sea from a village up in the mountains and finish it all off with a coffee or drink in one of the many bars and restaurants at the small port. An absolute must on the list of the five best day trips.
All about Altea

All about Altea A day trip to Altea

Located just about 15km north of Benidorm, Altea is a very different kind of holiday resort. Divided into an old and a newer part, and separated from the harbour by the somewhat unfortunate run of the N-332, it´s nonetheless a haven of peace and quiet.

Altea is the seat of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Elche and it’s art in all its forms which dominates the atmosphere of this charming town. Be it music, literature, sculpture or painting, you can´t take a few steps in Altea´s old part without running into an art gallery, a bookshop or see paintings hanging from the balconies of houses and tiny squares.

Outdoor paintings,Altea

Eye catching and a landmark of Altea, are the brilliant blue and white glazed tiles which cover the cupola of the Church Nuestra Senora del Consuleo. Narrow streets, bordered by well kept houses lead in all directions, often ending in platforms from which you can either see the Mediterranean as far as the peon of Calpe, or the peeks of the Sierre de Bernia in the background.

All about Altea2 A day trip to Altea

Street,Altea

The bay of Altea, down below has several beaches and, of course, the crescent shaped harbour, mooring place for plenty of yachts of all sizes and a lovely place to visit one of the restaurants to sample the typical rice dishes of the area.

The newer part of town which lies at a lower level than the old one, is reached by steps and has many of the shops you will find in other places too. An exception is a small chocolate confectionary, the speciality of which are dark chocolates made with olive oil and filled with olive paste and another which is topped by a few crystals of coarse sea salt, a very savoury combination.
What to do in Altea

Walk around and enjoy the different scenic views. Climb up and down the steps connecting the streets and peer into courtyards filled with flowers. Visit the church, the interior of which has a beautiful baroque altar and glass cupola.

What to do in Altea A day trip to Altea

Interior of church,Altea

If you are looking for gifts or need some decoration for your own home, you have come to the right place. You will find handmade candles, sculptures of all sizes, paintings and any other kind of decorative objects, from hand painted umbrellas to bags and scarves.

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Handpainted umbrella,Altea

Rest your feet and enjoy a coffee, drink or meal in the shade of tree bordered cafes in the old town or down at the port.

Cafe,Altea
How to get there

A day trip to Altea from Torrevieja is one which lends itself to two different ways of getting there.

One is by car, taking the AP-7or N-332 to Benidorm and from there north following the road signs to Altea, climbing steadily higher.

Another way is to take a Costa Azul bus from Torrevieja to Alicante or else drive to Alicante. From there take the local train, also called TRAM and marked with a T in a red circle. Head to RENFE, then turn right into Avenida de la Estacion until you come to Plaza de los Luceros which is also the terminal for T. Catch L1 to Benidorm, then change to L9 which heads for Denia.

The train ride along the coast is delightful. You´ll see the fabulous beach of El Campello and the theme park Terra Mitica near Benidorm.

Do not alight at the stop Altea, which will leave you in the new part of town and requires quite a long hike to reach the Town Hall and the old part, but get off at the next stop, Garganes and you are right in the middle of things.

Connections at Benidorm tend to be good and fast and the entire journey takes about 1 1/2 hours. The return ticket costs €6.50 pp and you´ll get a time table at the Luceros terminal to plan your return journey.

If you choose the bus/train combination, bear in mind that the last bus from Alicante to Torrevieja leaves at 8pm, which is quite early. Miss it, and it´s a taxi at approx. € 45 as opposed to the bus fare of € 4.50. If you set off from Torrevieja early enough, you have ample time for a leisurely day out in Altea without worries about where to leave your car or getting lost at the many roundabouts.

 

 

Top 5 Beaches – Costa Blanca

 

Recently we looked at Benidorm, and the top 10 FREE activities there – great ways to save a few cents, especially if you’re travelling with a family – every little helps as they say. One of those things to do was to visit the great beaches of the area. it’s not called the white coast for nothing. We looked at two beaches close to Benidorm itself, but there are of course lots more to choose from. Let’s look at the top tanning spots – the top 5 beaches of the Costa Blanca.

Beach, Costa Blanca

The Perfect Plan – of Inaction Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
The Perfect Plan – of Inaction.

Wonderful as it is to explore a new destination, sometimes all you need from a holiday is a total wind down. A well stocked Kindle or that paperback you keep meaning to start, a decent sun cream, and a soft towel. A week of horizontal healing, as you top up the tan and feel the rays of Spanish sun melt away your worries and stress. Sound like a good plan?

Before you reach for your hand luggage, let’s see where’s the best place to go. Spain has miles and miles of coastline to choose from – but millions of visitors every year can’t all be wrong. Flock with them to the white coast, soak up some sun, relax and discover some, or all, of the top 5 beaches on the Costa Blanca.

Beach, Costa Blanca

1. El Paradis – Villajoyosa Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
1. El Paradis – Villajoyosa

What’s in a name? Well, El Paradis says it all then! Choose your spot on the 1km of fine golden sand. Well equipped too with facilities such as lifeguards, loos, play areas, beach-side bars and restaurants if you’re feeling peckish. A great beach for families – it has the coveted Blue Flag – this is one to visit with the kids.

Where is it? Villajoyosa lies just 32 kilometres from Alicante. You can get off the plane and be there in an hour – what a great first day to your holiday. Worth mentioning also is Playa La Caleta in the same area. Clean and clear waters, and plenty of opportunity for trying out some water-sports here too – it’s the home of the local Club Nautico. Villajoyosa is famous for the manufacture of chocolate, no wonder the name translates as ‘Joyful Village’!

An apartment to rent in Villajoyosa.

Beach, Costa Blanca

2. La Granadella – Jávea Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
2. La Granadella – Jávea

This one comes up in the nominations time and time again. Jávea itself is a popular spot with holiday makers, and it’s really not surprising at all. La Granadella is a perfectly shaped horseshoe of pebble, but don’t let that put you off. It’s very fine, and behind the beach sits a forest of Aleppo Pine trees, so you can sleep surrounded by the twin scents of salted sea air, and fresh pine….add to this dreamlike scene the gentle lapping of the waves, and you’re hooked like a baited fish.

Where is it? Jávea has superb road connections to both Alicante and Valencia and is quite charming, made up of the Old Town, the port and of course the stunning sandy beaches – an ideal holiday spot.

Holiday rentals in Jávea.

Javea

3. Les Rotes Dénia Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
3. Les Rotes, Dénia

Picture rocks and golden sand, an afternoon peering into rock pools with the kids, excellent scuba diving, and private coves. Want it all in the same place? No problem, just get down to Dénia on the Costa Blanca, and head for Les Rotes where it all awaits. Forgotten your bikini or even your mankini (er, probably best)? There’s even a nudist area too, so again, no problem.

Where is it? Right between Alicante and Valencia, Dénia is well situated. There’s a castle amongst other areas to explore when you get tired of bucket and spade life. You can even venture further afield and take a trip to Ibiza, if you fancy island life for a day.

Lovely places to stay in Dénia.

Denia

4. San Juan de Alicante Alicante Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
4. San Juan de Alicante, Alicante

Situated to the North of Alicante, you can even take the tram to the beach of San Juan, where you’ll find 8 kms of golden, fine, soft sand. Disabled access, lifeguards, toilet facilities, bars, restaurants and even a Blue Flag too. Like beach life but he gets bored? Pack him off to the nearby 18 hole golf course – sometimes being a golf widow can be really rewarding! Pass me that sun cream….

Where is it? To the north of the city, drive, take the tram, you could even catch the bus. A beach accessible to all. Like a party with an atmosphere? Then pitch up here for San Juan, the beach celebrations at midsummer, where you can join in with bonfire jumping and ritual cleansing – if you want!

Holiday rentals in San Juan.

San Juan, Alicante

5. This list is too short El Carabassí near Santa Pola Top 5 Beaches   Costa Blanca
5. This list is too short! El Carabassí near Santa Pola

Gently sloping, safe, clear waters – a parent’s dream. Your little ones will be safe and sound here, with soft golden sand thrown into the bargain. Popular with Spanish families too, take a picnic and spend all day here, bring plenty of parasols for shade. Lots of shacks selling ice cream and treats – keep up that bottled water intake – and bars for a coffee or a plate of food if you haven’t brought the kitchen sink. Bring your binoculars too – not for the design ated nudist area, but for spotted birds of the feathered variety, this beach is surrounded by salt pans and wetlands, great territory for waders.Where is it? Santa Pola is between El Altet and La Marina, south of Alicante. In fact 15 kilometres of beaches dot the coastline hereabouts, you’ll be totally spoilt for choice – explore them all!A place to stay in Santa Pola? Plenty of rentals here to choose from.Just 5? No, way more await – that’s just a small sample of some of the best beaches long the Costa Blanca – hey, what’s your favourite?

Walking in Benidorm

Benidorm continues to attract holidaymakers in their millions with many returning to the top Costa Blanca resort time after time. Its gorgeous sandy beaches, balmy weather throughout the year, great entertainment, bargain nights out and theme parks being among its many attractions.

It’s also a great resort to wander around with each area having its own distinct charm. You can stroll along the beaches and gaze up at some of the highest skyscrapers in Europe of various colours glistening in the bright Benidorm sunshine.

The two best-known beaches in Benidorm are Playa Poniente and Playa Levante.

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Levante beach, Benidorm

You can walk from one to the other with ease, stopping off at the iconic Balcon del Mediterraneo which separates the beaches and head into the old town for a bite to eat or for shopping.

Your walk could end with an invigorating trip up to the Benidorm Cross to see the sunset or a lively night out in the famous British Quarter with its fabulous bars, discoes, karaoke and tribute bands.

Serious sunseekers may like to start at Levante beach, which is the best beach for the morning sun, and finish at Poniente to enjoy the afternoon rays and the sunset.

Benidorm’s iconic skyscrapers

Stepping out from Poniente beach Walking in Benidorm
Stepping out from Poniente beach

Both Poniente and Levante beaches offer long stretches of golden sand with sunbeds to make the most of the beautiful Benidorm weather whatever the season.

At Poniente, you can stroll by the seafront for some or all of its five kilometres along the Avenida Vicente Llorca Alos towards the iconic Balcon del Mediterraneo.

You’ll notice many Spanish couples and families also enjoying a walk along Poniente beach as it’s a popular spot for a slow stroll and a coffee. Despite many people’s impression of Benidorm as being no more than Blackpool with sunshine, it’s very popular with holidaymakers from across Europe including many Spanish tourists..

You will also find many Spanish restaurants and bars alongside Poniente beach.

Relaxing on Benidorm beach

Keep fit on Benidorm’s beaches Walking in Benidorm
Keep fit on Benidorm’s beaches

In the mornings, don’t be surprised to find groups of people joining exercise classes on the sand.
The seaside promenade gets even more crowded as you reach the pretty Parque de Elche which is home to many pigeons and white doves.

It’s a popular place for having a few minutes’ peace and quiet or letting the children play on the slides and swings. The palm trees provide much-needed shade during the long, summer months too.

If you aren’t brave enough to join the groups keeping fit on the beach, there is outdoor exercise equipment in the Parque de Elche for you to keep toned if you feel energetic enough.
Be elevated by Europe’s highest hotel

Be elevated by Europe’s highest hotel Walking in Benidorm

Gran Hotel Bali, Benidorm

Half way along the promenade, it is worth taking a detour to visit the Gran Hotel Bali in Calle Luis Prendes, which dominates the Benidorm skyline and is the highest hotel in Europe at 186 metres tall.

You can grab the lift taking you up the outside of the building to the 45th floor where you can get out to enjoy the panoramic views of Benidorm’s beaches and the mountains in the background.
Step up to Benidorm’s Balcon del Mediterraneo

The emblematic Balcon del Mediterraneo is a former fortress between the Poniente and Levante beaches which is a favourite spot to enjoy views over both beaches and to view Benidorm’s fabulous skyscrapers in all their glory.

The steps are pretty heavy going from Poniente beach or you can skirt around the Balcon to approach it from Levante beach.

Step up to Benidorm’s Balcon del Mediterraneo Walking in Benidorm

Balcon del Mediterraneo, Benidorm

This is a pretty square lined with cafes for a coffee or meal or to have your photo taken by the cannons guarding the square or to visit the charming St Jaime church with its traditional blue tiled dome.

Make sure you have your camera or smartphone with you to take pictures as the iconic viewpoint has been voted one of the most picturesque in all of Spain.
Heading for Benidorm Old Town

Behind the Balcon del Mediterraneo is Benidorm’s old town, famous for its nightlife, shops and tapas bars.

Heading for Benidorm Old Town Walking in Benidorm

If you’re looking for a taste of traditional Spain in Benidorm, you are most likely to find it in this district with its cobbled, narrow streets and traditional squares.

The old town is great for tapas at lunchtime or to enjoy fabulous nightlife, including first-class drag acts, cabaret shows and gay bars.

Benidorm old town

In and around Calle Santo Domingo, you’ll find several traditional tapas bars where you can sample tasty Spanish snacks such as meatballs, sardines, garlic prawns, Spanish ham or omelettes.

If you are new to Benidorm, either eat at or take a peek inside Cerveceria Gambrinus. As well as offering a long list of tapas dishes and paellas, the walls inside are lined with photos of old Benidorm when it was a sleepy fishing village.

In the nearby indoor market, you can stock up with tasty ham, cheese, oven-baked bread and fruit to make your own beach picnic. At the fish stalls, you will find a tremendous variety of fish and shellfish, the likes of which are rarely seen in the typical supermarket in Britain.
Afternoon delight at Benidorm’s Levante beach

Whatever the season, you’ll find plenty going on at Levante beach. Even in winter, you’ll find it’s possible to sunbathe or play beach games on the golden sand – some hardy holidaymakers will even be brave enough to take to the waters!

Afternoon delight at Benidorm’s Levante beach Walking in Benidorm

Levante beach, Benidorm

Alongside the beach is a lovely promenade lined with bars, cafes and restaurants so you can have a rest or soak up the sea views.

Heading towards the English Square at the far end of the beach, you’ll find many bars serving English beers and food. This is also a good place to pick up bargain drinks and to enjoy entertainment such as karaoke or live acts in the afternoons as well as the evenings.
Going up in Benidorm

Before heading for the famous Benidorm nightlife, you may want a short detour up to the Benidorm Cross – another icon of this top holiday resort.

It will take about 45 minutes to climb up the Sierra Helada mountain to the Cross so make sure you’re well prepared with sun cream, water and sensible shoes.

The original wooden cross was put in the Sierra Helada natural park about 55 years ago by Catholic friars. Many people take the walk up to the replacement cross to reflect on loved ones or simply to enjoy the majestic views over Benidorm.

Going up in Benidorm 1 Walking in Benidorm

Morgan Tavern, Benidorm
It’s hip to be in Benidorm’s English Square

Fans of the Benidorm TV comedy will find the English Square looks very familiar. In and around Calle Gerona, Ibiza and Avenida de Mallorca, just off Levante beach, are many bars and restaurants, plenty of which offer British beer and food as well as live music including fabulous tribute bands, cabaret acts, karaoke and plenty of action.

Morgan Tavern is a top place to go for live shows and it features heavily in the Benidorm TV comedy.

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Budget Busting Benidorm: 10 Free Things to Do

Have a look out of the window. What’s it doing? Really? Raining again? Who’d have thought it…hardly like spring, is it?

If your budget is a bit tight this year – and your mood matches the weather outside, perhaps you think you can’t afford a holiday…well, think again. Bag a cheap flight from thousands on offer and browse some budget rentals in Benidorm. Once you land under the Spanish sun, there are still lots of ways to save cash – a quick guide to print out and keep –10 free things to do in Benidorm.

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View of Benidorm
Broaden Your Horizons

The first thing to do when looking for a bargain break is to choose somewhere where there really is lots on offer, competition means lower prices. The same rule applies to flights and accommodation. Exclusivity can be more expensive, but the best option is to place your drawing pin somewhere populated, and popular!

On a budget, Benidorm makes for a smart choice, especially if you want to treat the whole family, it’s aimed at activities and family fun – you can’t go too far wrong. Flights are a-plenty, with lots of choice regarding flight times too – you needn’t necessarily land in the middle of the night, just to get a cheaper deal.
What About Accommodation?

Forget the TV show – you don’t have to be landed with Johnny Vegas or his mum by the pool, a Benidorm bargain break can still be found. Begin by browsing in this area and I guarantee you will find somewhere to call your own for a week or more, it just might have it’s own pool too. The prices are from low to high, so get searching…

If there’s no pool, then panic not, water-sports and water-parks are synonymous with the Costa Blanca, what are you still sitting there for? Pack your flippers and scuba mask – we’re off to Benidorm – and looking for 10 free things to do!
1. A Picnic:

Not just any old picnic. And certainly not with a Thermos of tea and two deck chairs next to the motorway – why do people do that?!

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Pack up a couple of crusty barras de pan, some thinly cut jamón, and a selection of cold drinks and head for the Algar Waterfalls – just up the road from bustling Benidorm. What will you find? An oasis of peace. A tumbling waterfall, with designated picnic areas, and a river to splash and swim in. Just right for cooling off on a hot day. There are plenty of marked walks and trails here too – a perfect family day out.

Algar Waterfalls, Benidorm
2. The Old Town:

Okay, so you might want to spend some money when you get there. But the Old Town of Benidorm makes for a great stroll after dinner, made in your accommodation of course. Allow the kids to let off some steam as you explore the winding streets and cobbles of the Old Town, a stop for a cold drink won’t break the bank, and a bit of window shopping in the artisan outlets there costs nothing. Soak up the ambience of the Old Town and admire the buildings and architecture – and remember the camera.
3. The Day Trip:

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A day out called for? Guadalest is your day out destination. Hewn right from the rocks that surround the place – there’s a Moorish castle to explore, and an ancient bell tower. Just 25 kilometres inland from your holiday rental home in Benidorm, picturesque Guadalest will be a day out to remember.

Just 200 residents inhabit this lovely place, but worth remembering is Guadalest is the most visited place in Spain – after the Prado museum in Madrid – so an early Spring visit might be preferable to one on a hot Saturday in August! Just saying…!

Guadalest, Benidorm
5. The Beaches:

Ah, the beaches. Probably one of the top reasons to visit the Costa Blanca, after all, it’s all in the name – the White Coast.

Miles and miles of white sand, shelving waters – warm as a bath in Summer – and family friendly Blue Flag beaches to explore. There really is no better way to amuse kids than a few hours playing on the beach. Poniente is perfect, the requisite Blue flag, and a family orientated atmosphere await.

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Benidorm Beach, Costa Blanca

 

6. The Rock:

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The Rock? Yes, not Gibraltar but the Peñon de Ifach – I always think that sounds oddly Welsh – makes a great day out. Resembling the other, more famous rock, it juts up from the sea at nearby Calpe. You can really get back to nature here too – as the surrounding area has been designated a wildlife reserve. Calpe itself is not bad either.

Penon de Ifach, Benidorm
7. The Castle:

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A 13th century military castle – Castillo de Biar – is also a national monument. it overlooks the town of the same name. A pretty dramatic day out, the castle stands in a lofty position, the views are amazing. A stomach lurching tall tower, the Tower of Homage, fortified walls and an enviable position, a trip to Castillo de Biar will make a great day of make believe for any child in your family!

Castillo de Biar, Benidorm

8. The Traditional Village:

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The bustle of Benidorm is fabulous, but you might find that after a week you also want to experience somewhere more local, traditional, quieter. No problem. Right outside Benidorm lies Altea, the antidote to Benidorm, an oasis of calm and a perfect spot for a day of unwinding and seeing the other side of Costa Blanca life.

A super destination for couples, it’s quiet, romantic, flower filled and as pretty as the picture it paints. You may find that you don’t want to leave, if so, stay another few days and try a two centre holiday – here are some choice places to anchor down in Altea.

Altea
9. The Party:

Of course, the best way to experience a FREE party – come to Benidorm when one of the fiestas is taking place. When is the best time?

You’ll find various fiesta days, festivals and Saint’s days all year round – but November is when you’ll find Benidorm in full party mode. This is traditionally when fiesta week takes place, from the Friday of the second week. If you want to experience Spanish party overload, then pack the paracetamol for that week.

Processions, paella, and the biggest – and loudest – firework display to top it all off with a discernible bang. Yes, the Spanish ‘do’ loud very well indeed.
10. The Water:

Not just the fabulous Mediterranean Sea – although that’s good too, and also free – but some curative waters, a another great day out without flashing the cash.

The Fonts at Lion Mountain to be precise. What are they? Head for the base of Puig Camapana mountain – it resembles a sleeping lion, thus the nickname. You’ll find the wonderfully named village of Polop waiting for you, it’s all just half an hour from Benidorm. There 200 natural springs, and folk come from far and wide to drink the sulphuric curative waters, known to heal all ails – well, worth a try anyway! Back in the village square you can visit the former house of the artist Miro too – so one for the arty types with a health kick thrown in. One for me too – there’s a show factory outlet in town, with leather shoes at factory prices – now that’s what I call instant healing – or should I say heeling…? Of course, you’ll have to pay for those.

10 ways to enjoy beautiful Benidorm for FREE – what more could you possibly want? Just think, you’ll have saved so much money there’ll be enough left over for your next spanish holiday in the sun!

Sampling Benidorm’s nightlife

Nightlife & Bars

Millions of holidaymakers head for Benidorm each year, with its beautiful sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife being major attractions.

Benidorm is a beach city which never sleeps and manages to cater for many, diverse tastes. Benidorm’s entertainment rolls on from dawn to dusk with talented tribute bands, karaoke kings and queens, cabaret, drag shows and gay bars creating a raucous – and sometimes – raunchy vibe.

Whether you fancy a wild pub crawl, a casual night out or a glamorous evening, Benidorm will come up trumps.

You may find a favourite spot to return to time after time but we would highly recommend you venture out into Benidorm to try several of its world-class entertainment venues.

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Benidorm nightlife
Music and magic in Benidorm

Benidorm has been dubbed the Spanish Manhattan because of the high number of skyscrapers in the resort. However, it could also be called Spain’s answer to New York as it is certainly a city which never sleeps.

Even at breakfast-time you can hear music pumping from some of the bars or a crooner blasting out their favourite hits on the karaoke machine.

But Benidorm’s entertainment scene really shines at night when the lights are on which makes the skyline showing the silhouettes of the skyscrapers particularly impressive.

Some of the best tribute bands can be seen performing in the bars along the Levante beach promenade and in the English Quarter.

Elvis, Michael Jackson, Meatloaf, Adele, Abba, Queen and the Blues Brothers come to life on an almost daily basis in Benidorm. Some of the tribute acts are truly polished performers but all have one desire – to get Benidorm on its feet to get the party started!to get Benidorm on its feet to get the party started 300x157 Sampling Benidorms nightlife

Morgan’s Tavern in the English Quarter, Benidorm

In and around the English quarter, the Ambassador Hotel, Morgan’s Tavern and Sinatra’s are great places to enjoy live music.

If you prefer a beach view, Heartbreak Rock Bar and Daytona on Avenida Madrid in front of Levante beach have tribute bands and other live music.

Another popular live music venue along Avenida Madrid is Tiki Beach, which is one of the liveliest beach bars in Benidorm. It’s perfect for cocktails or a few cool beers after a day on the beach. As well as music you may also find Yanni the street magician performing some really great tricks at your table.

The Rock and Roll House in the Rincon de loix district (near Benidorm Palace) is a great venue for fans of the 50s.

However, there are hundreds of bars offering live music in Benidorm, so you could just go for a wander to stop at the one that takes your fancy.
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English food on offer in the English Quarter, Benidorm
When you head for the English Quarter, which is a few streets running behind Levante beach, you can see why Benidorm is often described as Blackpool with sunshine.

It’s largely made up of British holidaymakers making themselves at home in the British bars. The only difference is in the price. Here you will find bars offering John Smith’s bitter at knockdown prices, a euro a pint, happy hours, all-day English breakfasts and a cracking Sunday roast with all the trimmings.

It may seem familiar to you as this part of Benidorm stars in the TV comedy Benidorm. The Sol Pelicanos Ocas hotel is the all-inclusive Solana while Morgan’s Tavern features as Neptune in the series.

With so many bars, discoes and restaurants in the Quarter, this is the perfect place for a good old British pub crawl.

Popular spots are Morgan’s Tavern and Rockefellers for live entertainment while the younger crowd tend to head for the Hippodrome Disco Pub for great music and dancing.
Enjoy a taste of Spain in Benidorm’s Old Town

For a flavour of Spain in Benidorm, the old town is the place to go. It has a lovely mix of shops, bars, discos and restaurants among its narrow, cobbled streets.

For entertainment, the old town is well-known for its drag shows and gay bars. It’s another great area for wandering around from bar to bar or sitting on an outside terrace and people watching.

One of the best acts to see is international female impersonator Jordan Rivers performing at the Rich Bitch Showbar in the old town. It’s great value for money, incredibly funny and the costumes are divine!

Rich Bitch Showbar
Calle del Pal 4
Open from 9pm to 2am
Closed Tuesdays
http://www.richbitchshowbar.com/
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If cabaret takes your fancy, a night out at the Benidorm Palace needs to be planned into your trip.

In the past, the popular Benidorm Palace has been voted the best cabaret theatre nightclub in Europe – and the venue continues to put in the razzle dazzle with its great shows, singers and dancers.

Benidorm Palace

You can enjoy the complete dinner-show package or just the theatre show. The Palace also regularly puts on concerts by great singers from the world of music.

Benidorm Palace
Avda Doctor Severo Ochoa 13
info@benidorm-palace.com
+34 965 851 660
http://www.benidorm-palace.com/

Nearby is the well-known Levi’s Showboat with hilarious acts including drag acts, singers, comedy and dancing. It can be bit risqué and isn’t for the faint-hearted but it is a scream.
For something a bit different in Benidorm

A glitzy night out can be enjoyed at the Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm which opened in 2014.

It’s a massive gambling venue with many slot machines to try your luck or you can settle down at one of the tables to play Black Jack, American roulette or poker.

Sports fans will love the casino as it has many television screens to follow the major events as well as sports betting booths where you can have a flutter.

The casino hosts tournaments on the first floor where there is also an art exhibition showcasing local artists.

Casino Mediterraneo Benidorm
Avenida Mediterraneo 55
casinos@casinosdelmediterraneo.es
+34 902 332 141
http://www.casinomediterraneo.es/
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Flamenco in Corral de la Morería, Madrid

A visit to Spain would not seem complete without witnessing the passion and emotion of flamenco.

Although many miles from Andalusia, which is the birthplace of flamenco music and dancing, shows are often shown in bars in Benidorm.

You are most likely to find a flamenco show in one of the tapas bars in Benidorm old town. Alternatively, Cerveceria El Andaluz in Calle Esperanto regularly holds flamenco shows. Book a table, order some tapas and get ready for a rollercoaster ride of emotions during your evening.

Top 10 family activities in Benidorm

The busy beach resort of Benidorm on the Costa Blanca is ideal for families for so many reasons. As well as the gorgeous, safe, sandy beaches, there are plenty of theme parks to let off steam, a tourist bus to get you around the main attractions, a slow train ride along the coast as well as boat trips.

The resort grew up in the 1960s when it became the first package tourism resort. Nowadays Benidorm continues to be a fantastic place for a family holiday to suit all budgets from self-catering to first-class five-star spa hotels.

There are so many things for children to do. Even if they are picky eaters, there are plenty of British restaurants, fast food chains and pizza joints, so they are likely to find something to suit.

Spain-Holiday has picked its top 10 things to do with the family in Benidorm.
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Rides at Terra Mitica theme park, Benidorm

If your idea of fun is spinning upside-down at great heights or defying gravity,

Terra Mitica theme park is right up your street. Terra Mitica has some of the best rides in Europe including Inferno where you can ride upside-down or spin like a ball at 60km an hour, the Synkope disc swinging you at 90km/hour at 120º angle and 35 metres in the air, a top-speed fall in the Flight of the Phoenix, or spinning on the inverted rollercoaster called Titanide.

If white-knuckle rides and adrenaline rushes aren’t your thing, there are more gentle rides too.

The park is split into different regions – Iberia Park, Egypt, Rome and Greece – to take you back to a time of gladiators, Greek gods and Titans. Spectacular shows are put on such as street theatre, mock fights, dances and flamenco with Andalusian horses.

You can find out more about Terra Mitica or book online from the website. You can usually save money by booking online or to pay a pass for the season, if you are in Benidorm long-term. It is closed during the low season months.

Terra Natura and Aqua Natura

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Terra Natura wild animal park. Benidorm

Tigers, elephants, chattering monkeys, slithering snakes, bearded lizards, birds of prey, buffalos and rhinos are some of the exotic animals at the Terra Natura wildlife park.

The park has been designed to imitate the animals’ natural habitats and to make it feel as though there are few barriers between you and the wildlife.

Special shows include feeding of the elephants, flights of the birds of prey, talks about different animals and donkey rides (at the weekends).

There are more than 1,500 animals, including some at serious risk of extinction as well as 2,500 trees, shrubs and plants.

It’s a great day out for all ages as you can learn about different animals from around the world while enjoying their antics. The monkeys are very entertaining as they swing through the trees with their non-stop, high-pitched chatter.

You can buy tickets for Terra Natura on the door or online, including an annual season ticket or family pass to save money. The wildlife park is open all year.

Next door is Aqua Natura water park so you can combine a trip. You can also buy tickets for both attractions to save money. Aqua Natura has a wave pool, water chutes, children’s pool and sunbathing area. It’s open from mid-May to the end of October.
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Benidorm is known as the European Manhattan

Benidorm’s beaches are among its top attractions and it’s easy to see why. Long stretches of golden, sand lapped by the deep blue Mediterranean are the perfect outdoor playground for all ages.

Levante Beach is very popular with British holidaymakers, who can enjoy looking out to Benidorm Island or turn your back to the sea for a panoramic view of Benidorm’s impressive skyscrapers and the mountains beyond.

The beach promenade is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants where you can pick up a cold drink, ice-creams or enjoy a meal with sea views. You’ll find great value menus and special offers on drinks as well as live entertainment throughout the day.

It’s a Blue Flag beach with lifeguards in the summer months. You can also try water-skiing, wakeboarding and other water sports at Cable-Ski , 100 metres off Levante beach, from April to October.
Benidorm Old Town

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You can still feel a hint of traditional Spain in Benidorm’s bustling old town with narrow streets and charming little squares crammed with shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. You’ll find high street brands as well as little market stalls selling fake but cheap football shirts.

The old town is a great place to wander around the shops or enjoy a meal outside while people watching.

In the indoor market you can buy fresh fish, home-made sausages, cheese, fruit and veg at better prices than the supermarkets.

In and around Calle Santo Domingo are traditional tapas bar, where you can savour Spanish snacks such as squid, meatballs, spicy sausages, ham or cheese for a few euros.
Benidorm Balcon and Castle viewpoints

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Balcon del Mediterraneo, Benidorm old town

The iconic castle viewpoint has been voted one of the most picturesque in Spain, so it is definitely worth stopping off here during your visit to the old town.

You can walk along the promenade by Levante beach to get to the old town and its famous Balcon del Mediterraneo and the castle viewpoint. From here, you have far-reaching views of both Levante and Poniente beaches as well as the colourful high-rise apartment blocks and hotels.
Eating out in Benidorm

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Jamon Serrano with melon balls

With more than 500 restaurants in Benidorm, even the pickiest eater should find something they like. The best places to go are alongside Levante beach, in the British quarter behind Levante beach or the old town.

If you want all-day English breakfast, Sunday roast, fish and chips, or pies, then the British quarter is the best place to go. The prices are incredible and you can enjoy British beers and lagers with your meal.

If you want your children to try something new, tapas alley in the old town could be right for you. They can try the traditional Spanish snacks known as tapas for a few euros. It’s similar to pic ‘n’ mix as you can all choose different dishes to share.

Alongside the beach are bars and restaurants, including fast-food chains, selling food at all hours of the day and night.
Boat trip to Benidorm Island

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Levante beach looking out to Benidorm island

To get a different perspective on Benidorm, you can enjoy a short trip with the family to Benidorm Island, also known as Peacock Island. The boat journey lasts about 30 minutes and you can sit back to enjoy views of Benidorm’s beaches and skyscrapers.

There isn’t much to do on the island itself but it is worth going just for the ride. Your ticket includes a ride on the Aquario or Aquascope boats specially designed with an underwater viewing area so you can see fish and other marine life.

The boat trip to Benidorm Island runs throughout the year from the port, weather permitting.
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Benidorm beach

If the little ones are getting tired, a relaxing way to go sightseeing is on board the Benidorm tourist bus.

Sit upstairs for the best views as the bus takes you around the major attractions including Levante and Poniente beaches, the old town, Balcon del Mediterraneo, bullring and the Gran Hotel Bali, which is the highest hotel in Europe with 52 floors.

Earphones are included so you can listen to a guided tour during your hour-long journey.
Coastal train from Benidorm to Denia

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Blue tiled roofs,Altea

A cheap way to visit other coastal resorts on the north Costa Blanca is by train. For just a few euros, you can get a return ticket from Benidorm to Denia, a pretty beach town with a castle, old town, beaches and chic marina.

If you feel the 77-minute journey is too much for your children, you could go a little way up the coast to Altea to visit its beaches and old town or Calpe, home to the iconic Ifach rock.

The train runs every hour and you can book tickets online, pay at the station or on the train itself. There isn’t a toilet on board or any food or drink service.
Beach walk from Benidorm to Finestrat

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La Cala de Finestrat, Benidorm

In the cool of the morning or just before sunset are great times for a family walk along the beach to the little beach at Finestrat.

It’s about 3kms from Poniente beach, near to Elche park, to Finestrat. You can choose to paddle, walk along the sand or go by the coastal road, the Avda Vicente Llorca Alos.

It’s a pretty little beach but can get crowded in summer. During high season, local artists and crafts people set out their stalls on the promenade, where you can buy souvenirs such as jewellery or bags.

The Cala de Finestrat beach has a number of restaurants, where you can try the local fish or paella dishes as well as bars to enjoy a cool drink before heading back to Benidorm, either walking, by bus or by taxi.
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Five amazing places to visit on the Costa Blanca

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581 Fill 670 0 300x225 Five amazing places to visit on the Costa BlancaThe Costa Blanca, the jewel in the crown of Eastern Spain, is extremely popular with the British, in fact a staggering 2 million people from the UK visit the area every year, most of whom head to the areas most popular “magnet” for British holiday makers, Benidorm.

Benidorm

….but to suggest that there is far more to this part of Spain than just Benidorm, would be somewhat of an under statement. However the city of Benidorm is still well worth a visit, although those wanting a quiet, relaxed and cultured holiday, may be disappointed as this is well known across Spain as “party central”!
Discover the real Spain on the Costa Blanca

For those wanting a slice of the “real” Spain, being based in the city for a holiday need not be a nightmare, and due to the sheer availability of accommodation here, there are many bargain breaks to be had.

Not only that, with the glut of car rental companies in the city wanting the tourist Euro, why not hire a car, get a map and go an explore some different places around the Costa blanca, to make your holiday an unforgettable one.

As the city is served by a fast (toll) motorway (AP-7) this gives quick and easy access, on congestion free roads, to a multitude of towns, villages, monuments, and places of special interest, all waiting to be discovered.

Sitges – Vintage Car Rally

Day tripper! Five places to see on the Costa Blanca

Not just a popular Beatles song, but a concept that is emerging amongst British holidaymakers. It is now so easy to take advantage of cheap flights from the UK (to either Valencia or Alicante airports), cheap hotels or budget villa rentals in Benidorm and head further out to explore this amazing area.

There are various places along the Costa Blanca to whet anyone’s appetite for virtually anything so here is a selected list of five places you really must see.
Things to see outside of Benidorm

If you are staying in the city during your trip, or not, it is well worth a good look around Benidorm at the sights, smells and sounds of a fascinating, awe inspiring and very quirky place, so much loved by the hordes of British tourists who come here each year, especially fans of the TV show “Benidorm”.

Here is Mateo’s bar, which is at the Sol Pelicanos hotel, near to Levante beach.

Benidorm tv show pool

The city is by far the premier destination along this section of coast and boast the highest hotel in Europe (the gran hotel Bali) and also has the largest concentration of skyscrapers in Europe. Not satisfied with that accolade, Benidorm also has the largest concentration of skyscrapers per square metre outside of New York, which adds to the feel of a very cosmopolitan city.
Venture out of Benidorm and discover another world

1. Become closer to nature.

A short drive from Benidorm is the natural park of Serra Gelada (ice mountain) which is a rugged area on the coast, which rises more than 300 metres over Benidorm, Alfàs del Pì and Altea. This is an amazing place for many reasons: Tranquillity, nature, fresh air and the most amazing view that could be had anywhere in the whole of eastern Spain.

The mountain can be climbed on foot and takes around 2 hours but it is for very fit people!

The more “Normal” of us can take various journeys up the mountain by various means, and there is a even a service where a 4X4 Jeep takes visitors to the top and then they cycle back down, which has to be said, does not involve a great deal of pedal power!

2. Scare the hell out of the children.

No, not take them to a dungeon and leave them for the duration, however tempting, but a reference to the areas theme parks which are quite amazing, as good as anything you will find in the USA, and they cater for most tastes, although the thrill seekers get the golden egg on this occasion.

The main theme parks in the area are Terra Mitica, a sort of “around the world” themed park, Aqualandia, a crazy water slide themed park, Mundomar (which is basically a small version of Sea World), and Terra Natura, a wildlife themed park, all of which have been seen at some point in the Benidorm TV show.

Benidorm – Terra Mitica

3. Visit Calpe.

Calpe is a delightful seaside town which is dominated by a large rocky outcrop called the “penon de lfach” and is often likened to the rock of Gibraltar, although smaller in size.

The town is full of sleepy side streets, lazy tapas bars and 2 lovely churches which are well worth a visit for some quiet contemplation, or even just to escape the scorching summer sun! These lovely old Spanish churches are worth a visit and are quite close to each other too. They are the Iglesia Antigua and the Iglesia de la Senora de las Nieves.

A visit to Calpe, a small, beautiful, quaint and traditional place steeped in History will be very much a highlight on anyone’s holiday and visitors come back time and time again to soak up the real atmosphere.

4. Visit the city of Valencia!

The city of arts and sciences in 2007

If car hire and driving is not a problem whilst on holiday here, then venturing a bit further afield, the regional capital city of Valencia is about an hour and 40 minutes drive north from Benidorm and is a must see. There are many attractions too, and something for all the family, such as the quite astounding city of arts and sciences which encompasses a museum, opera house, 3d cinema and a massive aquarium.

5. Algar Waterfalls.

Lastly, a visit to the Costa Blanca could not really be marked as complete without a visit to the unspoilt beauty spot of the waterfalls of Algar, 10km from Albir and situated near the small inland town of Callosa d’en Sarria.

The weather during the summer time around the Costa Blanca can be quite a shock for many people and to escape the heat, there is nothing better than to swim in the crystal clear waters of the algar, which whatever the weather, always stays very cool and is a great way to recharge the batteries whilst on holiday.

The site includes a refreshments area, toilets, a picnic area and a small camp site.

A family holiday to the Costa Blanca does not need to be just sun, sea and sand. There is so much to do and see, and the list above is a tiny fraction of the things to do and places to go whilst visiting eastern Spain.

Benidorm

skyscrapers BenidormLevante – the high energy area of Benidorm!
If you like a bit of bustle and hustle on your holiday then you’ll enjoy the energy of the Levante area of Benidorm. Beach, hotel and theme park pleasures by day and the highest concentration of entertainment and clubbing venues in Europe by night. You can just feel the happy atmosphere.

The smiling guests of the iconic sky scraper hotels ensure the bar and beach life is always lively and varied. Or, if you just want to relax with family and friends, there are plenty of opportunities for that, including taking in the sun by the pool with a cooling drink in hand.
Fabulous Beach!

Rated as one the best beaches in Europe. Long and safe, Playa Levante stretches for more than two kilometres of luxuriant sand butting up against the area known as Rincon de Loix. There are plenty of beds and parasols for hire, lifeguard patrols and a wealth of water sports. You can also read the daily papers on Levante Beach, at the Biblioplaya (beach library). Run by the local Council it’s free but usually closed in February and March.

It might be known as the sunrise beach, but there’s even more going on at sunset and into the night in the broad promenade that runs parallel to it.

More about Benidorm’s beautiful beaches
Levante Hotels & Apartments

The Levante has the highest proportion of hotels in Benidorm, 11 of them are 4* which lend the area an air of polished chic. There are many more with 3* and 2* star and also a good selection of apartments of varying price and quality. In general the standards of food & service in the hotels are very good with meals served buffet style, most have entertainment in the day and in the evening some form of live entertainment – dancing is very popular. You can find a wealth of information on our Levante hotel guide at Benidorm Hotel Guide for detailed information on specific apartments and hotels in the Levante Area. All easily bookable online.
Eating out

There are a few good restaurants and if you like pub grub, you’ll love eating out here; every possible permutation is explored, there’s oodles of noodle joints, Indian, Chinese and fast food restaurants. The stiff competition has resulted in amazingly low prices, even on the waterfront.

Yet for those special occasions there are also modern restaurants offering high class food in contemporary surroundings.

See our guide to Benidorm’s Restaurants for the complete lowdown on eating out in Benidorm
Holiday Shopping

Certainly there are some good quality boutiques but don’t expect too much from the rest of the shops, mainly souvenirs or low-priced clothing, supermarkets are small and the off licenses very cheap- hooray! English newspapers and mags are easy to find.
Daytime Fun

Two of the best theme parks in Europe are to be found in Levante – a visit to Mundomar and Aqualandia guarantees a great day out. The former features a Dolphinarium and a bat cave and the latter is a very large complex of water slides and other fun features for the whole family.

If you prefer sitting to walking then just relax by the pool with a cocktail or imbibe a reasonably priced beer or two at one of the music bars by the beach. The ones nearer the old town are particularly good.

The best Theme Parks in Europe
Night-time Entertainment

The cluster of disco’s and cabaret venues around the Av. De Mallorca offer popular and amusing nights out. There are comedians, tribute acts and much more. There are no admission charges and the drinks are very reasonably priced with many specials in the early part of the evening. Some very stylish bars are also there to be discovered. Admission to the big clubs further inland is much lower than at other famous destinations.