5 must-do activities for a great holiday in Benidorm
The original package holiday resort, Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca is a number one destination for holiday-makers looking for sun, sea and sand. With over 4 million visitors every year it’s certainly not quiet. But what it lacks in tranquillity Benidorm makes up for in fun, night life, shopping and theme parks. Don’t miss these top five must-do activities.
1. Enjoy the fabulous beaches
Benidorm has 6km of sandy beaches, so when it comes to sunbathing there’s plenty of choice. Levante is possibly the most popular, but there’s also Poniente beyond the Old Town and Malpas, near the harbour. Splashing out on a sun bed and umbrella is well worth it, and when the sun gets too much, duck into one of the beach-front bars for a cold beer and paella.
2. Spend a day at Aqualandia Water Park
This enormous water park situated in the hills on the Rincon de Loix has over 20 different slides and areas including zip wires, diving board and Verti-Go, the highest capsule water slide in the world. Not for the faint-hearted!
3. Go on a boat trip to Benidorm Island
The large rock you can see from Benidorm’s coastline, Benidorm Island is a protected part of the Serra Gelada National Park and a perfect spot for diving. But if you prefer to stay above water, the boat trip itself as a relaxing way to see the whole of Benidorm from the sea.
4. Wander through the Old Town
When the sun goes down, take a wander through the cobbled streets of the old town. Take in the architecture and stop for a drink or a bite to eat in one of the lovely street-side establishments. A great way to soak up some Spanish culture if the busy bars and restaurants along the beach-front get a bit too much.
5. Be entertained at Benidorm Palace
Grab some friends and head out for a night at Benidorm Palace, the resort’s number one cabaret venue. Featuring everything from traditional flamenco dancers to acrobats, magicians, dancers and much more, the four hour show is a real Benidorm tradition.
Benidorm holidays are usually very cost effective, and they are a great option for families and groups due to the wide range of activities on offer. If you don’t want to be vying for space on the beach consider going in the off season (outside of May to October) when there are great deals to be had on flights and accommodation. Whenever you go, take plenty of sun cream, and above all, enjoy yourself – it won’t be too hard.
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