Beaches, mountains, skyscrapers and perfect weather year-round, it’s no wonder Benidorm is one of the most perfect places for a Spanish vacation. Sitting next to Alicante in Costa Blanca, this city is superbly beautiful, with crescent-shaped beaches and a backdrop made of high rises and rocky cliffs.
As it’s such a popular resort town, there’s no shortage of things to do in Benidorm, whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors, visit attractions and monuments, or spend your days at some of Spain’s top theme parks.
Here’s a round-up of the best things to do in Benidorm, most of which absolutely cannot be missed on a visit to this bright city!
- 1 Hit the Beach
- 2 Explore Benidorm’s Old Town
- 3 Wander Around Plaça del Castell
- 4 Eat Your Way Through Tapas Alley
- 5 Indulge at a Winery Tour & Cooking Class
- 6 Take in Wild Views from La Cruz de Benidorm
- 7 Hike Around Sierra Helada
- 8 Find Treasures at Benidorm Flea Market
- 9 Enjoy a Dinner & Cabaret at Benidorm Palace
- 10 Soar Above the Sea in a Parasail
- 11 Get Your Blood Pumping with Water Sports
- 12 Climb to the Top of Tossal de la Cala
- 13 Spend the Day at Terra Mitica
- 14 Splash Around at Aqualandia
- 15 Take a Day Trip to Benidorm Island
- 16 Dance Like Crazy at Low Festival
- 17 See Benidorm by E-Bike
- 18 Spend the Day Chasing Waterfalls
Hit the Beach
Without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Benidorm is enjoy some sunshine at the beach.
You have your fair share of places to kick back, but the most popular beach is definitely Playa de Levante, which creates the picture of Benidorm with the turquoise water, a giant crescent of sand and towering city behind. Levante can get super crowded, especially in the summer but it’s pretty easy to secure a spot between the other sunbathers.
If you’re looking for a beach that’s a bit quieter, head to Playa de Poniente, which is six kilometers of sandy paradise. The beach has a ton of boardwalks sitting behind it which is great for an afternoon walk and some beach snacks.
Explore Benidorm’s Old Town
Before skyscrapers came to Benidorm, it was actually a whitewashed fishing town, with immense amounts of old world charm. You can still enjoy bits and pieces of the Benidorm of the past, but you need to make your way to Casco Antiguo, or Old Town, for that.
Old Town sits between Playa de Levante and Playa de Poniente. Filled with tiny lanes, stone arches, and wrought iron balconies, it is the perfect place to get lost for an afternoon.
There are some traditional monuments that are worth visiting like the Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana but the most compelling thing to do in Old Town is to look out over the sea from the Balcon del Mediterraneo.
If you find yourself in Old Town on a Wednesday, there’s a lovely market where you can find anything from trinkets to snacks to leather shoes!
Wander Around Plaça del Castell
To get to the previously mentioned Balcon del Mediterraneo, you’ll have to walk through the Plaça del Castell, a bustling area filled with vendors, musicians and checkerboard tiles. Plaça del Castell is actually where Benidorm Castle once stood, so there’s deep history despite the large collection of bars and restaurants here today.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to sit on a patio and enjoy a tall glass of sangria, this is the place to do it!
Eat Your Way Through Tapas Alley
Speaking of sangria, another amazing place to enjoy Spanish specialties is along Benidorm’s famed Tapas Alley.
Situated deep in Old Town, there’s a covered alley called Calle Santo Domingo where you can find the most delicious small bites in the city. Tapas bars line the street, and it’s hard to keep your mouth from watering as you look in the windows and see jamon legs hanging from the ceiling and locals sipping on Spanish wines.
Head here to eat morning, noon, and night or take your own little tapas crawl by enjoying a drink and bite at each bar down the alley!
Indulge at a Winery Tour & Cooking Class
If you’re anything like me, the main reason you’re in Spain is to indulge in plate after plate of tapas and generous helpings of local wine. That’s why this winery and cooking tour is the perfect thing to do in Benidorm as you get a little bit of it all!
First, you’ll take a tour of a winery located in gorgeous Alfas del Pi (don’t worry, transportation is included) to learn about the wine-making process. Then you’ll get to taste many wines from the latest harvest, with a selection of local products to pair.
But we’re just getting started!
After the winery, you’ll head to a cooking school in Benidorm’s city center to meet with an experienced chef who will walk you through how to make five heavenly tapas. Once you’ve finished cheffing up your masterpiece, it’ll be time to eat your fill, drink a little bit more and depart with a happy belly and plenty of recipes to make once you’re home!
As if this tour couldn’t get any better, you even get an apron to remember your time in Benidorm — how sweet is that?
Take in Wild Views from La Cruz de Benidorm
If you want to get out and stretch your legs a little after all the beach lounging, take the 45-minute hike up to La Cruz, Benidorm’s large wooden cross sitting atop a stunning lookout point.
From the top, you can look out over the entire city, the many beaches and expansive sea, making it one of the best lookout points in the entire area.
Besides the view, the cross itself is an interesting Benidorm story. It was carried to its raised location in 1961 in an effort to redeem the city from the rampant sins committed by, well, pretty much everyone.
Hike Around Sierra Helada
Another great place to hike around Benidorm is Sierra Helada Natural Park.
Full of giant cliffs, rocky mountains and ocean views, this is one of the best places to enjoy nature in Costa Blanca. There are tons of trails that run through the park that range in distance and difficulty, so there’s definitely something for everyone here Just be sure to load up on snacks and picnic yummies beforehand!
This is the best place to escape the Benidorm crowds and enjoy some insane views.
Find Treasures at Benidorm Flea Market
Benidorm is home to some fabulous markets but the best place to really go treasure hunting is at the Benidorm Flea Market.
Open Thursday, Friday and Sunday, this is the place to go to see locals and expats selling antiques and other goods. The Benidorm Flea Market is pretty much like a yard sale, but minus the yards, so it’s safe to say you can find pretty much anything here.
The market is busiest on Sundays and really starts to get crowded around 11.00am. So if you’re seeking the best deals, head over early (like the locals do) and start bargaining around 7:30am or 8.00am!
Finally, when you’ve shopped till you’ve nearly dropped, take a load off at one of the two bars and enjoy a drink and some entertainment.
Enjoy a Dinner & Cabaret at Benidorm Palace
Spain is home to some great cabaret shows, and the most famous one in Costa Blanca is located in Benidorm.
Head to Benidorm Palace to catch a fabulous show of singing, dancing and a whole lot of fun. You can even purchase tickets that include a four-course meal, or just opt for a drink if you’ve eaten before.
Tickets are quite reasonably priced, especially those that include food. Plus the venue itself is something to behold, making for a night full of fun. This shouldn’t be missed on a holiday in Benidorm!
Soar Above the Sea in a Parasail
Parasailing is an incredible way to take in coastal views from high above Benidorm and is a thrilling activity to break up all that sunbathing and beach lounging.
Conveniently, you can take a parasailing flight from both Levante Beach and Poniente Beach and enjoy soaring around the sky as the beach, city and rocky mountains lie below you.
You can take the 15-minute flight on your own or in tandem, but no matter what you choose you’re sure to remember the weightless feeling forever!
Get Your Blood Pumping with Water Sports
Benidorm is huge hub for water sports, with tons of options when it comes to getting your thrill on.
If you’re interested in more than sitting on the beach, consider booking a jet ski tour, wakeboarding session, or flyboarding adventure, all of which are perfect for staying cool on the hottest days while doing something fun.
You don’t need any experience and will have a trained professional with you to show you the ropes — but not to worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time! Plus, when you’re on the beach watching everyone zipping around out there, you won’t be able to resist joining in on the fun.
Climb to the Top of Tossal de la Cala
If you sit on Playa de Poniente, it’s pretty much impossible to miss the giant rock formation that’s right at the end of the beach. The jagged rock has homes and apartments built into the side of it, but from the top, it offers stunning views of the entire city.
Frequented by locals and tourists alike, Tossal de la Cala one of the best places to catch a sunset in Benidorm.
A fun fact about Tossal de la Cala is that traces of the earliest human inhabitants were found here, so go exploring and see what mysteries you can uncover!
Spend the Day at Terra Mitica
If you’re ready for some serious fun in Benidorm, a day at Terra Mitica is a must.
One of the largest theme parks in all of Spain, this is where you can find rides, fried foods, and all the other bells and whistles that come with a day at the amusement park. Terra Mitica is actually a super cool place as it’s broken up into different areas that are designed to look like ancient Egypt, early Mediterranean civilizations, old-time Greece, and more!
There’s something for everyone at this park, whether you fancy wild roller coasters or just lounging in the wave pool.
Splash Around at Aqualandia
If a wave pool and other water activities is really what you’re seeking, you’d better score tickets to Aqualandia, a total water paradise without the sand from the beach.
Filled with tons of pools, slides, and rides, it’s easy to understand why so many people flock to this water park for a day of fun while in Benidorm.
Take a Day Trip to Benidorm Island
No matter what beach you lounge on in Benidorm, you’ll be able to see an unmistakable rock formation floating out in the distance.
This is actually Benidorm Island, a small chunk of land sitting just off the coast. Legend says that Benidorm Island came to life when a giant ripped off the top piece of a mountain and threw it into the sea, creating what sits there today.
It’s the perfect place for a day trip since it’s so close, and the beauty of this little island is enough to transport you past Benidorm.
It’s extremely easy to get to the island as there are several boat options that leave from the harbor several times a day. Choose from a submarine, gondola, glass-bottomed boat and more, and you’ll be on dry land again in no time!
Bring a picnic, your bathing suit, and snorkel gear if you have it to enjoy a day away from the city!
Dance Like Crazy at Low Festival
If you find yourself in Benidorm at the end of July, you can’t miss out on the three-day Low Festival.
This music festival is definitely one of the biggest highlights of the year in the city and always has a killer line-up, especially if you’re into alternative and indie music. Past festivals have welcomed artists like Belle and Sebastian, Foals, The Hives, and Franz Ferdinand. There are also lots of Spanish artists who play, giving you plenty of music to dance to.
Low Festival is a sensational atmosphere, filled with cool people and parties that last until the wee hours of the morning. It’s an unmissable event for music-lovers! Oh, and did I mention that Low (in Low Festival) stands for Low Costs, so you won’t even have to pay a fortune for tickets!
See Benidorm by E-Bike
While Benidorm isn’t an incredibly big city, there’s still tons to see, which is why renting an electric bicycle is one of the best ways to make sure you see it all. Riding an e-bike is practically the same as a normal bike, but with more speed and less effort, so this is a great option for anyone looking to cruise around town!
Rentals are pretty reasonably priced here. Just remember to bring your passport or ID, and you’ll be set to go. You could also choose to go on an e-bike guided tour.
If you’re truly looking to see Benidorm in style, you can also take a two-hour segway tour that brings you all over parks, down avenues, and past famous attractions like the bull ring and City Hall.
Spend the Day Chasing Waterfalls
TLC always told us “don’t go chasing waterfalls” but this is actually the perfect activity for a day in Benidorm.
Take a quick trip out of town to the beautiful Algar Waterfalls, located just 30 minutes from Benidorm. You’ll have transportation there and back, along with an English speaking guide to bring you to the best spots.
Enjoy hanging out around this stunning natural area and walking along paths to seek out different hidden waterfalls. You can even go for a dip in the natural pools at the base of the falls! Just be warned: the water can be freezing!
Before heading back to Benidorm, grab a drink at one of the many bars or a quick snack at a local restaurant. Talk about a day well spent!
Doesn’t this city sound like a dream vacation spot? With so many things to do in Benidorm, it really has something to please every kind of traveler, but let’s be real, the lure of perfect weather year-round is enough.
From sitting on the beach to perching at rocky lookout points over the entire city, you’ll quickly fall in love with this fishing village turned resort town.
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