15 Things you must see and do before you leave Benidorm

The city of Benidorm is so diverse. From the bustling city to the relaxing beaches, there is something for everybody. The ‘Forever Summer’ city is a perfect multicultural place to visit, with long days filled with sunshine, there is always something to smile about.
How long you choose to spend here is up to you, whether you’re here for a weekend, a month or a year, everything is at your disposal. So, here are 15 things you must see and do before you leave Benidorm.
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1. Relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches

In Benidorm, there are a choice of beaches to keep you relaxed and get you that perfect summer glow.

Levante Beach is the most popular beach with stretches of white sand and plenty of summer activities. Why not test your water skiing abilities and skim across the Mediterranean Sea?  

Poniente Beach is a family friendly quiet beach. If you’re looking for a chilled-out day, this is where to head!

Don’t forget about the idyllic Cove of Mal Pas, situated in between Poniente and Levante.

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2. Find the ultimate adrenaline rush at the theme parks

Benidorm has a wide array of theme parks all within a close vicinity. With thrill seeking rides to chilled out experiences, there truly is something for all ages.

Mundomar: Mundomar is a marine animal park filled with dolphins, penguins and sea lions. Marvel at these majestic animals and watch the beautiful animals in natural surroundings. For an extra treat, you could even swim with the dolphins!


Terra Natura: Fancy seeing an elephant, a lion and a rhino all in one place? Then Terra Natura is where you want to be! The ‘zoomersion’ allows visitors to make contact with the animals with invisible barriers. End the day with a splash at Aqua Natura, the conjoined water park that has a Greek beach theme.


Terra Mítica: Thrills and adrenaline rush is more your style? Take a trip to Terra Mitica and be transported to Greece, Egypt, Rome, Iberia and the Islands of the Mediterranean. With rollercoasters, simulators and even paintball there’s something for all the ages.


Aqualandia: Enjoyment, thrills, excitement, all in one water park. Spain’s biggest water park and Europe’s highest capsule slide, it really is record breaking wet and wild fun for all!

Escape Room Benidorm

3. Solve the Benidorm mysteries at the Lockdown Escape room


Think you’ve got what it takes to diffuse a bomb? Think your analytical skills are the best of the best? Think you can solve the zombie epidemic?

Get together with your strongest group and raise the adrenaline levels at the Lockdown Escape Room. Three exciting games are awaiting. Book Now

Race against the clock and try to keep your cool. Escape rooms are the hottest thing of right now, prove your skills and work together as a team to get yourselves out of there, before it’s too late!     

Benidorm Night Life

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4. Party the night away at the discos

The discos of Benidorm have a unique, international ambience. With cultures and languages from across the world, it is a truly fantastic experience. For the best experience head to the N-332 and settle in for a great atmosphere at one of these:


- KU: The Discoteca KU is perfect for the summer months, with a pool it’s the ultimate summer party. With the best international DJ’s and a drink included, the €15 entry price is a steal!

- KM, Privilege X and Penelope: Open every weekend of the year, every day in July and August and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in September, they promise to be a blast. €20 to enter all three, plus three drinks included. House music, dance and Spanish tunes, you can dance the night away mixing and matching between the three!
 

Benidorm Night Life

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5. Party with the ‘Stars’

Benidorm has some of the best nightlife, and if listening to tribute bands is more your thing, then Benidorm has you covered.

You can start the night dancing to Abba and finish swaying to Queen. For something a bit more up to date, why not find Olly Murs and Jessie J?

The tribute acts circle the new town of Benidorm, but for a guaranteed good time, head to Morgans Tavern, Sinatras Bar or The Western Saloon.

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Sierra Helada Benidorm

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6. Reach new heights at Sierra Helada

Combining sea views with mountain walks has never been easier. The natural park of Sierra Helada is the first marina and terrestrial park of the Valenciana region which towers majestically over the Mediterranean and the city of Benidorm.

Filled with picnic zones and views of Benidorm, Altea and beyond. The 300 metre cliffs certainly make for stunning photos, so don’t forget your camera!

Benidorm Church

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7. Light a candle in the San Jaime y Santa Ana church

The beautiful white church with blue domes sits beautifully in between Poniente and Levante.

Inside the church, you can light a candle and make a wish. The church was constructed between 1740 and 1780 and the architecture is simply breathtaking.

Benidorm Island

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8. Take a boat to the Island

Water as clear as it comes, look to the bottom and see the variety of the fish.

If you’re feeling really brave, take a jump into the sea from the ledge. Climb to the top and you can see Benidorm from a whole new perspective.

Lounging around on the sea inflatables whilst watching the world goes by is not to be missed!

The boat departs from Levante and the Poniente port.

Street Market Benidorm

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9. Get the freshest produce at the market

Is there anything better than strolling through a bustling market picking up the freshest of produce?

Make your senses come alive at the Market, close to the hotel Servigroup Pueblo Benidorm every Wednesday and Sunday morning.

Benidorm Palace

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10. Dress to the nines at the Benidorm Palace

The dinner and show is known as the Spanish Moulin Rouge.

With cabaret performances, flamenco dancing and exquisite food, it’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up and see the show of a lifetime.

Sunset Beach Benidorm

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11. Watch the sunset from the Tossal

The La Cala Tossal has arguably the best Benidorm sunset views.

Watch the sky put up a colour display with pinks and yellows and reds. A truly magical marvel.

Climb the Tossal and enjoy the magical views that are bestowed upon you.

Benidorm View From Hotel Bali

View from top of Hotel Bali. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

12. Stand at the top of the Hotel Bali

Did you know the tallest hotel in Europe stands proudly on the Poniente side of Benidorm?

Take a trip up the panoramic lifts up to the viewpoint. Rise 43 floors, and another few by foot and open up into the panoramic views of Benidorm.

There you will find the impressive views.

Arroz Alicante

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13. Try the Alicante Rice

Arguably better than any paella, in Alicante there are many rice dishes to try filled with fish, seafood, meat or vegetables.

For some of the best, head to one of the following places before you leave Benidorm:

Restaurant La Falua is on Avenida de Santander in Poniente.  With incredible food and a beautiful ambience, it comes highly recommended.

Restaurant Ulia is also in Poniente on the first line of the beach. On Avenida Vicente Llorca. Super clean and a friendly atmosphere, you will not be disappointed.

Restaurant Aitona is on the Avenida Ruzafa 2. The rice is the ultimate speciality there. There is a wide choice of rice dishes that will leave you more than satisfied.

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14. Get Active

Fancy hiring an electric bike and taking a ride up to Sierra Helada? Maybe you want to ride a pedalo on the sea? What about a game of paddle or football? How about snorkeling or kayaking or riding a Segway? Perhaps a round of golf? This holiday you can truly get active. In Benidorm, there is a wide array of sports all waiting for you to try and enjoy.

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15. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea at the Don Pancho

If something a little slower paced is your style, head to the Hotel Don Pancho in Levante and enjoy an afternoon tea.

With beautiful sandwiches and light cakes, you can enjoy a glass of cava and a hot drink of your choice whilst relaxing by the pool.

There is so much for you to see and do in Benidorm it’s no wonder it’s a popular with the tourists. Make sure you keep up to date with the hottest things to do in this diverse city. With so much to do, you’ll never be stuck for ideas in Benidorm, the only problem you’ll face is fitting it all in!
Article by Lauren Bate, author of the blog Diary of a Spanish Girl